SUMMERVILLE -- It's an all too familiar scenario for Ashley Ridge football coach Kenny Walker.
The Foxes fall behind early, rally to get back in the game, but can't make a play in the fourth quarter that could win the game.
Stratford quarterback Jacob Park and running back Devin Washington each scored two touchdowns to lead Stratford past Ashley Ridge, 31-24, Friday night at Ashley Ridge High School.
The Foxes (2-1) fell behind by three touchdowns early, but rallied over the next three quarters and had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.
"We didn't start out very well and got behind early," said Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker. "That's been our M.O. We fought back, got back into the game and just fell short. We've come so close against some of these big schools, but we can't seem to make a play late in the game."
Stratford coach Ray Stackley said the early lead came too easily for the Knights, who improved to 3-0 on the season.
"We got that 21-point lead and I think we relaxed a little bit," Stackley said. "It came too easily for us. We didn't really earn it. We were in a dog fight from the second quarter on. Give Ashley Ridge credit, they played their hearts out."
Stratford jumped to a 21-0 lead just seven minutes into the game as the Knights capitalized on two Ashley Ridge turnovers.
Washington, who finished with 114 yards rushing, scored on two short runs. Park added a 1-yard sneak for the Knights in the first quarter. He finished with 42 yards rushing and 133 yards passing.
The Foxes responded with two straight touchdowns. Jacob Thompson found Vernon Moree over the middle for a 68-yard TD early in the second quarter.
Then Thompson scored on a 26-yard run on Ashley Ridge's next possession to close the gap to 21-14.
"Just a great individual effort from Jacob," Walker said.
Cole Rymer added a 20-yard field goal just before intermission to give the Knights a 24-14 lead.
Dalton Robinson's 33-yard field goal pulled the Foxes to within 24-17 early in the third quarter.
But the Knights answered on their next possession, extending their lead to 31-17 on Park's 10-yard TD run late in third quarter. The Foxes rallied again, driving the ball 63 yards as Romelo Doctor capped the 12-play drive with a 7-yard TD run with less than six minutes left in the game.
After a three and out from the Knights, the Foxes drove the ball inside the Stratford 15-yard line. But Thompson was sacked on third down and came up two yards short on a fourth-down scramble with less than two minutes left in the game.
"We finally came up with a play defensively," Stackley said. "We've been playing pretty well defensively all season, but Ashley Hall has some excellent skill guys. We finally got a play defensively when we needed it the most."
ST--Devin Washington 3 run (Cole Rymer kick)
ST--Jacob Park 1 run (Cole Rymer kick)
ST--Devin Washington 1 run (Cole Rymer kick)
AR--Vernon Moree 68 pass from Jacob Thompson (Dalton Robinson kick)
AR--Jacob Thompson 26 run (Dalton Robinson kick)
ST--Cole Rymer 20 FG
AR--Dalton Robinson 33 FG
ST--Jacob Park 10 run (Cole Rymer kick)
AR--Romelo Doctor 7 run (Dalton Robinson kick)