The defense of the George Mason High School junior varsity football team got down to business Monday night, as they stuffed Strasburg High School, 35-8, to open up Bull Run District play. So far for the team, it has either been feast or famine, as most of their contests have seen an abundance of points on both sides of the ball.
This game, however, a relentless blitz wreaked chaos on the Rams offense, as they scored two touchdowns on the night as well. The Mustangs' pressure defense worked to perfection, forcing four turnovers and scoring two touchdowns.
“Stephen Lubnow, Matt Palmieri and Ryan Trauth caused a lot of havoc,” said Mustangs Head Coach Andre Jackson. “Our defense is really clicking right now. We planned to blitz all game long.
“It's a credit to the players’ preparation. Our defense was so pumped up that they stripped the ball on the fist play of the game and Ty Hall scored,” he added.
While the defense did a majority of the work, the offense too feasted on the Strasburg defense. Sophomore quarterback Quinn Casteel hooked up with the speedy Ben Taylor for a 40-yard touchdown pass play. The offensive unit also had another score to its credit.
This year, unlike seasons past, the coaches of the Bull Run District have decided to play their sub-varsity games as JV games, as opposed to freshman games. With the tweaking of the rules, it allowed sophomores to see action below the varsity level, as opposed to the freshman matches, where only eighth and ninth graders could participate.
The win against Strasburg began a five-game jaunt through the Bull Run District for the Mustangs. The next JV game will be at home on Monday against Madison County High School at 6:30 p.m.