By Alex Moore
George Mason High School’s football team dominated on the ground against the Nelson County Governors, delivering a 42-24 blowout victory last Friday, Sept. 15, in a Bull Run District matchup.
Mason has now won all three of its games this season, and is 1-0 in Bull Run District competition. Nelson County fell to 2-2 after the loss.
Big plays came early and often with the Mustangs scoring four of their touchdowns on runs of 40 or more yards with all six scores coming in the first half. The team piled up more than 430 rushing yards, averaged almost 11 yards per carry and made five of its six endzone trips on the ground.
To support this explosive offensive performance, Mason turned in a disruptive defensive effort. Recording two sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery, the Mustangs prevented the Governors from ever making the game close. After the first quarter, Nelson County never came within 14 points of the Mustangs’ lead.
Mason junior running back Jack Felgar was the star of the game, scoring three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and a fourth in the second, ripping off plays of 45, 69 and 42 yards in the process. On defense as a linebacker, he added 12 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.
Of course, it takes a team effort to create such a blowout victory, and many other Mustangs turned in well-rounded performances. Senior running back Finn Roou dashed for his own 65-yard touchdown in the second quarter and recorded 10 tackles on defense.Sophomore running back Michael Turner caught a 29-yard touchdown from senior quarterback Thomas Creed as a receiver while recording a sack and a fumble recovery as defensive back on the other side of the ball. Nine different players carried the football for the Mustangs and 22 players contributed tackles.
As of now, the Mustangs’ prospects for the rest of the season look bright, especially if they can continue to create big plays running the ball.
This week, they will look to continue their winning streak in their homecoming game where Mason will host the Manassas Park this Friday. The Cougars sport a 1-3 record and are coming off a 51-21 victory against Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, who the Mustangs defeated 34-3 in their opening game of the season.