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Strasburg favored over Mason Friday


Posted 2018-10-18

    Strasburg is expected to pick up its fifth win of the season Friday at home against homecoming foe George Mason.

    The 4-1 Rams have improved weekly since a blowout loss at Luray in the season’s second week. Mason will arrive at Strasburg with a 2-2 record.

    Strasburg and Mason have had just one common opponent, Skyline.  Mason lost to Skyline, 42-22. The Rams a week ago defeated Skyline, 28-3.

    Mason opened its season with wins over Thomas Jefferson Science & Tech, 38-0 and Nelson County, 48-0, but has since lost to Skyline and Brentsville.

    In four outings, the Mustangs have given up 140 points for an average of 35 points a game, while their offense has scored just 22 points for an average of 5.5 a game.  All of Mason’s opponents thus far have losing records.

    The Mustangs’ quarterback, Evans Rice, is a 150-pound freshman. Running back Matthew Teague (6-1, 185) also is a freshman. The other running back, junior Conner Plaks, is 5-6 and listed at 140 pounds.

    Mason’s offensive and defensive lines are small and young. Mason fields a team of just 30 players, more than half of them sophomores and freshmen.

    The Mustangs lack the size and experience to match up with Strasburg.

    Strasburg should improve its record to 5-1 with little effort.

    A week ago in Strasburg, the Rams improved their record o 4-1 by defeating Skyline, 28-3.         

    The Rams started slowly against Skyline and trailed 3-0 at the half.  Quarterback Chase Hart’s strong arm ended the Rams drought with a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Stephen Kloosterman for a first score. The two then teamed up for a 2-point conversion.

    Strasburg scored three more times in the second half, all on two yard runs by Jalen Bray.  Hart had 11 completions for 144 yards and a touchdown, and Bray ran for 72 yards to compliment his touchdowns.

    Kloosterman and Trevor Sager each had four receptions, while Gregory Mason pulled down two.

    The Rams’ defense was solid throughout, allowing only a first quarter field goal.  Strasburg defensive back Landen Elliott picked off a Skyline pass and returned it 68 yards to set up a touchdown.