By Randy Arrington
LURAY, March 19 — The Luray High School football team has performed well in two lop-sided “tune up” games heading into the final two key matchups of the season against Clarke and Page that will determine their postseason status. While Luray’s last two opponents have no wins between them, the Bulldogs’ next two opponents are currently undefeated.
The Bulldogs dominated the Mountaineers of Madison County on Friday night in a 70-6 Bull Run District win that was never contested.
Senior running back Austin Holloway started Friday night’s game much like he did a week ago against Stonewall Jackson, with touchdowns runs of 16 and 20 yards to open a 14-0 lead for Luray just 3:33 into the game. But the Dawgs spread out the scoring. On the ensuing kickoff, sophomore Kenny Frye ripped the ball away from the Madison returner and fought his way 30 yards to the endzone.
On the next Luray possession, senior quarterback and Division II signee Dalton Griffith threw a 25-yard touchdown strike to sophomore Alex Runyan. Sophomore Brady Jenkins capped off the first quarter scoring with a perfectly timed interception that he returned 40 yards for a “pick six”. That marked Jenkins’ fifth touchdown in the last two games. The Bulldogs lead 35-0 after the first 12 minutes of action.
In the third quarter, Luray added touchdown runs of 40, 14 and nine yards from Frye, senior Jaden Couper and senior Alan Stull. Senior Brendan Fitzwater would add the final two scores, with a 48-yard run at the end of the third and an 8-yard sprint to the endzone in the fourth.
The Mountaineers only put together three sustained drives during the game. One ended on Jenkins’ interception in the first quarter, and another was stiffled by a big sack by Frye that put Madison way behind the sticks in the second quarter. The Mountaineers’ first drive of the third quarter would prove to be the only one to find pay dirt, as junior running back Jordan Morris found the endzone from 15 yards out. Sophomore quarterback Wade Fox put together a few good runs as well as hitting a few receivers through the air, but Madison struggled against a stingy Luray defense all night.
While the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 127-30 in the last two games, Luray (2-2) will have their hands full when they next host Clarke County (2-0) in a key Bull Run District matchup at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19. Madison County (0-4) will host Stonewall Jackson (0-3) on Friday.
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