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After 7th straight loss SJ coach offers praise


Posted 2018-11-01 By Larry Beazley

    After Stonewall Jackson had lost its eighth consecutive game of the season a week ago, Generals’ coach Pete Lampman was in no mood for excuses.

    He had something positive to say. “Nobody on this team has quit. They all come to practice.”

    The Generals had just lost to the East Rockingham, the top ranked Virginia High School League Group II, Region 2B team, 65-6. They trailed at the half, 56-6.

    The Generals simply were no match for the Eagles’ speed, depth and experience.

    By the end of the first quarter, the game was out of reach for Stonewall, down 35-0.  By the half, East Rock had racked up 397 total yards.

    Stonewall Jacksons only bright spot came in the second quarter when quarterback Austin Ritchie completed a seven-yard pass to wide receiver Griffin Proctor for a touchdown.

    Stonewall’s regular season ends Friday at home against Buffalo Gap.

    The Bison are 4-4 after a bye week.

    They run a shotgun offense, occasionally unbalancing the line. The ball is sometimes snapped to a running back.

    Buffalo Gap is stacked with speed, size and experience.

    For Stonewall Jackson football fans, the end of the school’s losing streak, now at 36 games, is nowhere in sight.

    The Generals have an automatic berth to the 1B region playoffs.  With only seven teams in that region, Stonewall Jackson is currently ranked in fifth place, even though it is winless.  The Generals have acquired VHSL points playing all 2B schools, except Riverheads, class I state champs last year.

    The Generals may play 2-7 Altavista.