Bulldogs struggle with Mountaineers in homecoming loss

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LHS sophomore Rayquon Bradley had seven carries for 46 yards during Friday's homecoming, in addition to a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

By Randy Arrington

LURAY, Oct. 6 — The Luray Bulldogs suffered a lop-sided, 63-21, loss during their Bull Run District opener and homecoming on Friday night after turning the ball over twice and getting whistled a dozen times. The Mountaineers of Madison scored on eight of their 10 possessions after getting 216 yards and three touchdowns from junior running back Jeremiah Brown, and five total touchdowns from junior quarterback Robert Wingate.

The Luray defense was only able to force one punt by Madison all night. The Mountaineers’ opening drive lasted nearly eight minutes and ate up most of the first quarter. Wingate ended the 13-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard plunge into the end zone with less than a minute left in the first quarter to go up 7-0.

After picking up one first down on its initial drive, Luray picked up another in its second drive before Madison’s Adam Johnson snagged an interception at the Luray 46-yard line. On the next play, Wingate completed a 41-yard pass to senior William Acton Jr. to set up a five-yard touchdown by Brown. Madison lead 14-0 with 9:46 left in the first half.

On the ensuing kickoff, Luray sophomore Rayquon Bradley zig-zagged his way 92 yards on the return for a touchdown, bringing the score to 14-7. After a punt by each team, Madison would score again before the half. Wiggins found Acton again for a 27-yard touchdown strike, giving the Mountaineers a 21-7 lead at the break.

The third quarter would produce three Luray punts and three Madison touchdowns. Brown broke loose for a 63-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half and would later ramble in from one yard out. Between those two scores, Wingate found sophomore Aiden Foster for an 18-yard touchdown pass. Madison held a 42-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Three plays into the final period, the Mountaineers posted another score as senior Wesley Woodward ran it in from 14 yards out. On the Bulldogs’ next play from scrimmage, Foster snagged Madison’s second interception for a pick six, driving the score to 56-7 with 9:51 left in the game.

The fourth quarter would see four touchdowns scored in a period of only 4:34 in game time. Following the back-to-back Madison scores (in just over two minutes), Luray senior running back Braden Ancell broke loose on Luray’s second play of the quarter for a 69-yard touchdown run to give Luray its second score of the game.

Madison scored once more on a three-play drive that covered 51 yards. Wingate completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Stephan Turner to go up 63-14. On the night, Wingate was 4-for-7 through the air for 131 yards, with all four completions resulting in touchdowns (two of 40-plus yards). The junior quarterback also ran for a touchdown as well. Brown carried the offense with 21 touches on the night.

The Bulldogs put together an 11-play drive covering 61 yards on their final possession. Senior running back Ayden Starkey scored from three yards out to cap the scoring at 63-21. The Luray offense gained about 200 yards and eight first downs on the night.

With the loss, Luray falls to 1-5 on the season, but only 0-1 in the Bull Run. The Bulldogs dropped a tough non-district home game to Rock Ridge, 26-21, on Sept. 22, followed by an open week last Friday. Up next, Luray has two tough road games — traveling to Strasburg on Friday, Oct. 13, followed by a road trip to Woodstock to face the No. 1 Falcons of Central on Oct. 22.

With the win, Madison moves to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the Bull Run. Next up, the Mountaineers host the top-ranked Central on Oct. 13.

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



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