Monday, September 29, 2008

Stone Bridge Bulldogs blow Rams away

Bulldogs blow Rams away
By Jamey Malcomb
Source: Special to the Loudoun Times-Mirror

Senior running back Daniel Allen rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns to lead host Stone Bridge to a 49-7 victory against Robinson Sept. 5 in Ashburn.

The blowout victory allowed the Bulldogs to avenge their only loss of 2007. The Rams defeated Stone Bridge 41-7 in the second week of last season before the Bulldogs ran off 13 straight victories to capture the Virginia Division 5 championship.

Stone Bridge (2-0) amassed 241 yards rushing and more than 450 yards of total offense Friday night in dominating Robinson (1-1) on both sides of the football.

“I think the thing that separates us is our ability to spread the field and make plays,” Stone Bridge coach Mickey Thompson said.

“In the past, we’ve been very single-wing oriented, and you have to spend the time to prepare for us in the single wing. But now you also have to prepare for us in the spread as well.”

Bulldog quarterback Patrick Thompson started the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the game. Stone Bridge took the ball 46 yards, after being set up in excellent field position by a 49-yard kickoff return by Marcus Harris.

Field position defined the first quarter, with the Bulldog offense taking over after a three-and-out series by Robinson at the Rams’ 42-yard line. Allen carried the ball six times for 24 yards on the drive and scored the first of his three touchdowns on a one-yard carry.

After another Robinson punt, the Bulldogs faced the longest field they would see all evening, taking over at their own seven. The situation got even worse when Patrick Thompson was picked off by the Rams’ Xavier Duncan at the Bulldog 41.

On the second play of the drive, Rams quarterback Timmy Meier found Duncan behind the Bulldogs' secondary for a 37-yard touchdown strike and cut the Stone Bridge lead to 14-7 early in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs quickly snuffed out any momentum Robinson had gained by driving right back down the field for another Thompson touchdown run, this time from the eight-yard line. The defense did its part as well, not allowing another first down for the remainder of the half and only one more first down in the final three quarters of play.

The Bulldogs took a 28-7 lead into the locker room and didn’t look back in the second half. Stone Bridge added three more touchdowns, and the defense did not allow the Rams a chance to get into a rhythm.

Stone Bridge will travel to Marshall High School Sept. 12 to open Liberty District play against the Statesmen.

Bulldog stat leaders
Passing: Thompson (14 of 24 for 201 yards)
Rushing: Allen (19 for 108 yards, 3 TD); Thompson (9 for 53 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Sheehan (4 for 30 yards); Prince (3 for 64 yards)

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