Stonewall Gets Outscored by Fauquier
By B.J. Koubaroulis
After starting the season with three straight wins, Stonewall Jackson suffered its fourth consecutive loss Friday -- 54-16 to visiting Fauquier that eliminated the Raiders from the Northwest Region playoff race.
"We are extremely banged up," Raiders Coach Loren Johnson said. "We tried to give the kids an opportunity to play, but it just didn't go our way tonight."
In those four games, the Raiders averaged 22.3 points, and Williams and Thigpen, who doubled as defensive backs, helped fortify a defense that allowed only 11.5 points.
Without Williams and Thigpen, the Raiders were outscored 49-6 in losses to Liberty and Loudoun Valley. Their return Friday night restored hope but did not produce enough of a punch to derail Fauquier (7-0, 4-0 Cedar Run).
"We didn't execute," said Thigpen, who finished with 11 yards on two carries and spent the majority of his playing time as a defensive back. "We have everybody down and hurt. We need to get healthy and execute on every play."
Williams finished with 11 carries for 29 yards in an offense that produced 141 total yards and yielded three turnovers.
"Losses are going to hurt anyway, but we have to come in on Monday and get ready for another team," Thigpen said.
Fauquier junior quarterback Ryan Steves hit senior wide receiver Aubrey McClean for a 21-yard touchdown pass and senior wide receiver David Lewis for a 65-yard score to give the Falcons the 14-0 lead with 8 minutes 5 seconds left in the second quarter.
After Raiders freshman running back Chris Mason answered with an 18-yard touchdown, the Falcons scored on an 85-yard kickoff return to push their lead to 21-6.
Stonewall Jackson's Nathan Stepp recovered a fumble that set up a 29-yard field goal by Patrick Diamond to cut Fauquier's lead to 21-9 before halftime.
Stonewall Jackson was penalized eight times for 80 yards.