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Strasburg needs 2 in a row

Rams travel to Madison County Friday for must-win game
Posted 2017-11-02 By Larry Beazley

    Strasburg’s Rams travel to Madison County Friday hoping to move their record over the .500 mark and win two consecutive games for the first time this season.

    If the Rams expect to secure a berth in the post-season, they must defeat Madison County.  They are hovering around the last playoff spot in the power ranking but still have a rivalry game with Central to end the regular season.

    The Rams are coming off an impressive 50-34 win over Nelson County, breaking the 30-point tier for the first time since opening night when they put up 34 against Stonewall Jackson.

    Senior running back Austin Miller has been the workhorse for Strasburg’s offense. Miller rushed for 234 yards and four touchdowns a week ago.

    Sophomore quarterback Dylan Hamrick is settling in, passing for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns in the Nelson County win.  Stephen Kloosterman is Hamrick’s favorite receiver.

    The Madison County Mountaineers are in a state of shock, losing to Central, 77-0 and then Clarke County, 61-10. Getting up for Strasburg may be a challenge.

    Madison’s Junior quarterback Eijah Lewis is a threat with both his running and passing games.  Teammates of Lewis, juniors Michael Carpender and Almus Davis are his main targets in the passing attack.  Senior Jamar Turner and Lewis bring the running game.

    The defense has been shaky all season, allowing over 50 points in three games and over 30 in another.

    Strasburg and Madison County have had two common opponents, Rappahannock County and Nelson County. The Rams defeated Rappahannock County, 26-0 and Nelson County, 50-34. Madison County topped Rappahannock County, 49-27 and Nelson County, 55-7.

    Madison, a team that has shown no ability to stop a strong running game, will have is hands full with Strasburg’s Miller. The Rams’ defense should control Madison County quarterback Lewis, the Mountaineers’ primary attack source.

    Strasburg scored three times in the third period a week ago to break open a close game and defeat Nelson County, 50-34.

    Winning at home for the first time this season, the Rams led at the half but built on that lead in the third period to seal the win.

    Miller scored on runs of 52 and 42 yards soon after the break, and the Rams’ Jalen Bray scored from 16 yards out to put Strasburg up 50-25.

    Nelson County would score in the final period, but its offensive effort came too late.

    Strasburg scored first on a two-yard run by Miller in the opening quarter. Miller gave the Rams an 8-0 lead when he ran over for the point after.

    Nelson countered, but its conversion failed.

    Strasburg’s Brody Tomlin caught a pass from Dylan Hamrick from 29 yards out to increase Strasburg’s lead, and Hamrick found Stephen Kloosterman open in the end zone for the PAT to give Strasburg a 16-6 lead. 

    Nelson County again answered, but Hamrick once more connected with Kloosterman for a TD, this one from 50 yards, and Miller ran in for the PAT.

    Nelson County kept within striking distance with a 73-yard scoring play, but the Rams took a 24-20 lead to the break before building a winning margin in the third.