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Things look no easier for SJ

Generals travel to Gap in waning days of season of despair
Posted 2017-11-02

    Winding down a football season that began with hope but quickly spiraled to despair, Stonewall Jackson travels to Buffalo Gap Friday for what likely will be yet another disappointment.

    It has been a long season for first year coach Pete Lampman, but the Generals have shown improvement as this long season nears its end.

    Buffalo Gap comes into the contest with a 4-4 record and victories over Fort Defiance, Parry McCluer, Page County and Stuarts Draft.  It has lost to East Rockingham by three, Robert E. Lee by four, and Luray and Riverheads by 10 each.

    Its offense is led by senior quarterback Dylan Rankin who at times has displayed a strong arm, connecting on deep passes to his favorite target, senior wide receiver Jay Johnston.

    Rankin runs the ball on occasion, and Johnson is used on the reverse at least once per game.

    The Bison also play junior McKenzie Hamric, a left hander at quarterback, while senior Dylan Thompson and junior Carter Rivenburg share time at halfback and Jacob Callison is their fullback.

      Stonewall Jackson senior Brendan Hoover and freshman Austin Richie have shared the quarterback position the last few games.  Richie is gaining valuable experience for the future.

    Senior Logan Patton, Hoover, junior Udreka Claude, and A. Ritchie have all rushed for more than 100 yards this season with Patton leading with over 300 yards.

    Turnovers (17) and injuries have had a major impact on Stonewall.

    Senior Drew Binion led the team in tackles with 27, 21 solo, plus a sack, and has recovered two fumbles.  Senior Wade Banks has 13 tackles, including 10 solos, and two sacks.

    The Generals compete in one of the strongest districts in the western part of the state.  When all opponents are 2A, save for 1A No. 1 ranked Riverheads, it will take some time for the Generals to turn it around and again be competitive.

    A week ago, Stonewall Jackson fell behind 28-6 at the half and went on to lose to East Rockingham, 42-12.

    Patton carried 19 times for 45 yards. Ritchie connected on thee of five passes for 38 yards but was intercepted once. Hoover was two for four in passing for 53 yards, but connected with William McCourt for a 26-yard touchdown. Ritchie scored Stonewall Jackson’s other TD from a yard out.