a close game, but it got away from us at the end.”
Stone countered before the intermission by going 50 yards in seven plays, with Gray launching the Cougars deep into McDonough territory with a 26-yard run off left tackle. After Gray was stuffed on the first two plays from inside the Rams’ 5-yard line, Harris called his own number and plowed forward to even the score at 13 at halftime.
Stone regained the lead late in the third quarter when Harris capped an 8-play, 64-yard drive with a 1-yard run. On its first possession of the fourth quarter, Harris hit Austin Workman for 27 yards on a middle screen and, three plays later, Thompson found a hole up the middle and raced 23 yards for another score that extended the Cougars’ lead to 27-13.
McDonough responded by marching 65 yards in nine plays with Golden hitting Butler twice for 40 yards and eventually Messiah Original plowed forward from three yards out to narrow the gap to 27-20 with 3 minutes 13 seconds remaining. But it was not enough in the end.
The Rams travel to Patuxent for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday against a Panthers team that defeated previously unbeaten Calvert in Week 6, 23-8.
Stone takes on Westlake in the 301 Classic at 7 p.m. Friday. The Wolverines were shut out by Lackey in Week 6, 28-0.