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Stuart Raiders Top Mason Mustangs in Season Opener

sportsinside028After losing hard-fought games to George Mason in 2008 and 2009, the J.E.B. Stuart Raiders finally got the Mustangs’ number last Friday, winning 48-29 in the season opener for both teams.

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IN THE SEASON OPENER for both schools, Falls Church’s George Mason High hosted the J.E.B Stuart Raiders last Friday night, with the Raiders prevailing in a high-scoring affair, 48-29. (Photo: Gary Mester)

After losing hard-fought games to George Mason in 2008 and 2009, the J.E.B. Stuart Raiders finally got the Mustangs’ number last Friday, winning 48-29 in the season opener for both teams.

Stuart’s junior quarterback Jevonte Robinson threw touchdown passes of 56 yards and 22 yards and ran for two more scores. Junior Sam Drigo had two long touchdown runs (71 yards and 51 yards), and junior Chris Kirby carried it in from 20 yards out.

Stuart scored on its opening drive, then Mason dug itself into a deeper hole by fumbling on its first possession and allowing a quick Stuart tally.

Trailing 14-0, the Mustang offense mounted a sustained drive and got on the board with a 16-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tyler Duncan to junior end Spencer Trevisan.

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IN THE 2010 SEASON OPENER for both teams, the J.E.B. Stuart Raiders topped the George Mason High Mustangs, 48-29, last Friday at the Moore Cadillac Field. (Photo: Gary Mester)

Mason’s defense forced Stuart to punt, and the Mustangs then drove into Raider territory. But Stuart held on 4th and short, and then on the next play the Raiders’ Drigo broke free for his 71-yard touchdown run, giving his team a 20-7 advantage.

A nice drive of 71 yards by Mason concluded with junior running back Bryce Cooper punching across the goal line, and after the PAT by sophomore kicker Henry Darmstadter, it looked like the Mustangs would go into the locker room down by only six.

But with time expiring in the half, Stuart quarterback Robinson scrambled and rambled for 39 yards, slipped several would-be tacklers and just barely reached the end zone. That put the Raiders up 26-14 at halftime.

The Mustangs fought gamely in the second half, but were blunted by a pair of third-quarter interceptions. They did score twice in the fourth quarter, with senior running back Patrick Rhodes carrying it in both times. But the speedy Raiders continued their offensive dominance, finishing the game with 251 rushing yards and 185 more in the air.

Next up for the Mustangs is a Friday evening visit to the Luray Bulldogs. Stuart plays at Marshall.

 

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