By Jackie Howell
Viva Loudoun Intern
Ashburn (Sept. 30, 2013) – Stone Bridge High School used a strong air and ground game to defeat James Madison, 42-6, in a Liberty District game played Friday, Sept. 27.
Sophomore Joe Thompson threw for 234 yards and 3 TDs on 15 of 18 passing and senior D’Ante Yarborough accounted for 193 total yards and 2 TDs as he averaged 17.5 yards per touch with 128 yards receiving on 7 receptions and 65 yards rushing on just 4 carries.
Senior Sterling Dailey had another efficient outing with 130 yards rushing and 2 TDs on 16 carries.
“On offense our strengths were passing and getting the ball in the air and on defense our strength was the pressure,” Yarborough said.
The Stone Bridge team showed their superiority against Madison on all levels of the game: strength, agility, athleticism, and drive.
“Individually we were more athletic, faster and stronger,” Yarborough said. Receiver wise they couldn’t cover us.”
The Bulldogs came into the Madison game on a positive note previously beating rival Broad Run in the highly anticipated Battle of the ‘Burn.
“As a team I think we felt better after the Broad Run game, we fixed our mistakes and came into the game ready to take care of business, “Yarborough said.
The game highlighted major contributions by playmakers Dailey and Yarborough who both scored two touchdowns for Stone Bridge.
“There weren’t any thoughts in my head in the moment I knew I just had to make a play,” Dailey said.
Dailey has proved to be a dependable force on the offense averaging with 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns per game.
“My strengths are speed and agility, getting outside of people and changing directions,” Dailey said.
Both players have consistently led the Stone Bridge offense this season, developing a chemistry with new quarterback Thompson.
“I feel comfortable with Joe, I know the passing game is always there,” Yarborough said.
The duo serve as role models for the team, constantly providing an example for hard work and unwavering will.
“I think I positively affect the team because they’re energy comes off of me,” Dailey said.
Dailey, Yarborough, and the rest of the Bulldogs will be tested this Friday with a tough non-district match-up with powerhouse Westfield.
“Westfield is a pretty big matchup, we just have to go to practice and work hard to beat them,” Dailey said.