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Strasburg draws top seeded Clarke for opening game


Posted 2017-11-16 By Larry Beazley

    Strasburg will be cast in the role of underdog Friday when the Rams travel to Berryville for the opening round of the Virginia Class 2 Region B football playoffs.

    The Rams, seeded No. 8, will play No. 1 seeded Clarke County. The game will get under way at 7:30 p.m.

    Stasburg finished its regular season a week ago, losing at home to Central, 42-6. The loss dropped the Rams to 5-5 for the season, just good enough for the final seed in tournament play.

    Friday’s game will mark the second meeting of the two teams this season. Clarke beat the Rams then, 49-20.

Injuries to key players have hurt Strasburg late in the season.

    If Austin Miller, the Rams’ outstanding runner, and sophomore quarterback Chase Hart have solid games and their defense is able to keep the game close late, Strasburg has a shot at winning.

    Hart’s passing game has improved over the past few weeks and with Brody Tomlin and Stephen Kloosterman, he now has two dependable receivers.

    Even if the offense clicks, though, some key players will need to return to the lineup for post season.

    Bryan Wallace is Clarke’s key player on offense and defense.  Last year, Wallace was a first team 2A all-state selection on offense and is a two-time 2A East Region defensive player of the year.

    The Eagles are known for playing a physical game. Their size and strength wear opponents down.  Along with Wallace, the Eagles have excellent linemen in Kyle Anderson, Jacob Pence and Pete McLean.

    Clarke County’s young backfield, sophomore quarterback Colby Childs and sophomore running back Peyton Rutherford have a full season of experience under their belts and are prepared for the Eagles to make another strong run in the playoffs.    

    Injuries will be a factor in Clarke County’s post-season success.