Bulldogs get first win over Stonewall, 57-24

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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, March 13 — The Luray High School football team picked up its first win of the season on Friday night with a dominating performance over Stonewall Jackson.

The Bulldogs started the season at 0-2 after narrow losses to Buffalo Gap, 17-14 in overtime, and Strasburg, 7-6 after a late score by the Rams. However, on Friday night in their home opener, it was all Luray as the Bulldogs handed the Generals their third loss of the season in an impressive 57-24 win.

Friday’s game was previously scheduled to be played in Quicksburg, but electrical problems at the Generals’ stadium prompted the Bull Run District matchup to be moved to Bulldog Field.

LHS senior running back Austin Holloway set the tone for the game early as he scored on runs of 77 and 60 yards on the Bulldogs’ first two plays from the line of scrimmage. That’s two touchdowns, on two plays, in about 20 seconds of game time.

The Generals answered back early on their first possession, putting together an 18-play drive covering 75 yards and eating up 8:27 off the clock. It was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown plunge by junior quarback Jacob Lemon. It would prove to be the Generals most sustained drive of the evening.

Stonewall would turn the ball over on its next three possessions, including two interceptions by LHS junior linebacker Alex Bogner and a fumble caused and recovered by junior Lebron Peyton. Luray scored on all five possessions of the first half, adding 1-yard touchdown runs by sophomore running back Brady Jenkins and senior running back Jaden Couper. The bulldogs added their final points of the first half in the final 15 seconds. Following a pass interference call with no time left on the clock, senior quarterback Dalton Griffith hit Jenkins for a 55-yard touchdown pass that put Luray up 36-6 at the half.

The Generals would put up their highest point total of the season, with three more scores in the second half behind the running of Lemon and senior Rion Dennison. Lemon scored on a 57-yard run, while Dennison found the endzone on runs of 5 and 15 yards. Dennison set up one of his two touchdowns with a 53-yard run.

Some of the Generals success was seen as Luray began to substitute in the second half. The Bulldogs opened up the third quarter scoring on their first two possessions. Both drives lasted only two plays. Griffith scored on a 69-yard touchdown run, while Jenkins had a 30-yard touchdown run.

Griffith connected with Jenkins through the air again in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs final points.

Luray never punted the ball all night and scored on eight of 11 possessions, with two fumbles and once turning it over on downs late in the game. Holloway ended the night with 190 yards on the ground and two touchdowns — both TDs and 137 yards came on his first two carries. Griffith scored one TD on the ground and threw for two others. Jenkins scored four times, with two on the ground and two through the air.

The Generals (0-3) will next host Page County on Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m. for their homecoming game.

The Bulldogs (1-2) will host Madison County at Bulldog Field next Friday at 7 p.m.

For scores, standings, rosters and schedules — check the Bull Run District website.



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