By Jackie howell
Viva Loudoun Intern
Ashburn (Oct. 24, 2013) – Stone Bridge High School (5-2) romped past winless Marshall (0-7), 56-7, Friday, Oct. 18 . in the Bulldogs as always anticipated homecoming game. The team had a cause close to home that sparked their fire for the game, as they played for head JV coach Kyle Wrenn’s family after his parents were killed earlier this month by an alleged drunk driver.
It was the Bulldogs best offensive outing of the season with three 1-play TD “drives” and a comfortable 35-point lead by halftime.
Stone Bridge sophomore quarterback Joe Thompson went deep to senior wide receivers Kyle Purcell (1 TD, 55 yards receiving) and D’Ante Yarborough (1 TDs, 76 yards receiving) who both found the end zone. Thompson finished the night 6 of 7 for 228 yards passing and 2 TDs.
Bulldog running backs, senior Sterling Dailey (1 TD, 34 yards on 2 carries) and Colin Buckley (2 TDs, 65 yards on 2 carries) successfully moved the ball on the ground in limited action. Yarborough also picked up 72 yards and a TD on just 2 carries. In all 12 Bulldogs got carries on the Homecoming night.
“As a team we took advantage of our opportunities, we went after it on offense and did well on defense,” junior tight end Tanner Karafa said.
The Bulldog defense smothered the Statesmen offense only allowing one touchdown. Junior defensive linemen Tony Gallegos and junior Aaron Crawford effectively covered the line of scrimmage and each had multiple sacks.
“I felt exciting making big blocks during the game,” Gallegos said.
Although the gaame wasn’t as high stakes as that of earlier non-district contests with Westfield or Lake Braddock, the Bulldogs still played their hardest.
“As a team our strengths were our focus and intensity, everyone stayed up and didn’t play down to the competition,” junior wingback Anthony York said.
With the big lead at the half, the Bulldog JV swing players got the chance to showcase their talents for the remainder of the game. Sophomore quarterback Matt Grillo delivered with 3 carries for 15 yards and sophomore running back Jackson Brown scored a rushing touchdown.
The crowd showed their respect for coach Wrenn’s family and Stone Bridge choir teacher Deborah Settle, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, by dressing head to toe in blue for support.
“I think we knew we would beat Marshall, so the win can’t be labeled as a ‘confidence booster’,” Karafa said. “We just have to play game by game and be ready for playoffs.”
Stone Bridge 56, Marshall 7
GM 0 0 7 0 – 7
SB 14 21 14 7 – 56
1 SB Lynch 57 punt return (Smedley kick)
1 SB Purcell 55 pass from Thompson (Smedley kick)
2 SB Dailey 22 run (Smedley kick)
2 SB Yarborough 28 pass from Thompson (Smedley kick)
2 SB Buckley 1 run (Smedley kick)
3 SB Yarborough 69 run (Smedley kick)
3 GM Dudding 10 run (Garner kick)
3 SB Buckley 64 run (Smedley kick)
4 SB Brown 1 run (Rosario kick)
GM: Timmons 15-36, Hurlburt 9-21, Dudding 11-16. Totals 35-73.
SB: Yarborough 2-72, Buckley 2-65, Dailey 2-34, Radford 1-16, Grillo 3-15, Patterson 2-9, Ciampini 2-9, Winston 1-9, Strahin 2-4, Rosario 1-3, Brown 1-1, Webster 1-0. Totals 20-237
GM: Dudding 3-11-0, 55 yards.
SB: Thompson 6-7-0, 228 yards.
GM: Garner 2-28, Timmons 1-27.
SB: Yarborough 2-76, Purcell 1-55, Dailey 1-51, Tracy 1-33, Gorman 1-12.