Despite a fast start and an early 7-0 lead, George Mason High School football team dropped their 2011 season opener to the J.E.B Stuart Raiders 37-7 Thursday night.
The game featured a number of explosive plays by both teams, but the Stuart players made the most of their opportunities. Mason hung tough into the second half before the defense appeared to run out of gas Mason head coach Tom Horn got the fast start he was looking for when senior Stephen Lubnow broke loose on a long touchdown run to put Mason up early with 11:01 to go in the first quarter.
Mason’s defense came out fired up and forced the Stuart offense to punt after holding them to a three and out. A momentum-driven Mason got the ball back with a chance to add to their lead. After the punt, the Mason offense started at its own 20 yard line, but couldn’t get anything going and punted. The Stuart offense started the drive at the Mason 47 yard line.
Stuart senior quarterback Javonte Robinson didn’t waste any time, going to work with a big run to the Mason eight-yard line, followed by senior running back Chris Kirby plowing up the middle with the game-tying touchdown with 6:28 left in the first quarter. The Raider’s offense was only getting started. Robinson and Kirby rushed for a combined 295 yards for the game.
On their next drive, Stuart’s was pushed back to their own 33 on a holding call. On the next play, Kirby beat the Mason defenders to the edge running 67 yards for his second score of the game.
After that, the early momentum that Mason had enjoyed was a distant memory. The Raiders kicked a field goal at the end of the first half to push their lead to 17-7 and would tack on three more touchdowns in the second half and dropped the ‘Stangs 37-7.
The Mustang coaches and players must put this game behind them and get ready for next week’s opponent as George Mason will host Luray High on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.