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Rams need a quality win; Mason could be it

Posted 2017-10-12 By Larry Beazley

    Strasburg’s football Rams take to the road again Friday for the fourth time this season, traveling to Falls Church where they will face the George Mason Mustangs.

    To keep alive any hope of the Rams reaching the post season, a win at Mason will be crucial.

    A week ago, the Rams suffered a stinging defeat to the Skyline Hawks, 28-26. The Rams fought back from a 14-point deficit to close within two points when a missed two-point conversion denied Strasburg a shot at winning in overtime.

    The Mustangs are undefeated at 5-0 with wins over teams that have not had successful seasons.  They opened the season with a 34-3 victory over Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology followed by wins over Sidwell Friends, 28-15; Nelson County, 42-24; Manassas Park, 62-31, and last week Brentsville, 34-20.

    Senior Thomas Creed, the Mustangs’ quarterback, is having a solid season and directing the team offensive while playing linebacker on defense.

    Junior West Hagler leads the team in rushing and plays defense back on the other side of the ball.

    Sophomore Michael Turner is an all-around player for the Mustangs, playing halfback and outside linebacker on defense and returning kicks.

    Seniors Jack Bawdy (6-1, 210), Mitchel Mckeon (5-9, 200), and Craig Hagigh (5-1, 180), are the nucleus on the line on both sides of the ball.

    Senior Peter Scardino gives the Mustangs a solid kicking game, plus he plays wide receiver on offense and is a defensive back.

    Though the Mustangs’ schedule has not been challenging, Strasburg needs a win to improve its record to respectability.

    The Rams have been erratic. One week they come out of the box strong and grab a lead only to give it up in the second half. A week ago they were down big at half and rallied in the last two quarters to close the gap.

    Last week, Rams’ sophomore quarterback Chase Hart played the whole game. Quarterback Dylan Hamrick did not see any action because of injuries.  Hart’s passing game improved as time passed. He completed passes to junior Stephen Kloosterman and a 45-yard touchdown pass to junior Brody Tomblin.

    Sophomore Trevor Sager returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.

    Senior running back Austin Miller remains the team’s workhorse at running back. Miller also plays linebacker on defense.

    Junior Hunter Miller, senior Ian Alsberry and junior Alec Campbell are just a few of the Rams’ linemen having a good season.

    The Rams need to put a complete game together to get back to 3-3 for the season. They play unbeaten Clarke County Oct. 13.

    A week ago, Skyline scored twice in the first half while holding Strasburg scoreless, then held off a Rams’ second half rally to win, 28-26.

Strasburg scored four second half touchdowns, but failed to make good on PAT attempts three times. It turned out to be the difference in the game.

  Skyline’s Quinton Diggs scored from a yard out in the first period, and Douglas Cummings booted the PAT. Skyline scored again before the half when Matt Rutherford snagged a pass from Ryan Scott from the seven. Cummings again converted.

  Strasburg’s offense got on track after the break when Austin Miller crossed the goal line from the four, but the first of four attempts at a PAT failed. The Rams trailed 14-6.

    Skyline scored again to take a 21-6 lead, but the Rams answered when Trevor Sager took the kickoff 75 yards for a TD. Chase Hart ran in for the two-point conversion to bring Strasburg to within seven, 21-14.

    Miller closed the gap to a single point early in the fourth when he ran in from four yards out, but again the conversion failed.

  Skyline responded with a TD minutes later but Hart was able to connect with Brody Tomblin from 45 yards out, giving the Rams an opportunity to tie. A running attempt for the PAT failed, resulting in the loss.