Special teams play and strong defense led No. 11 Fauquier to a 24-0 Commonwealth District victory over visiting Stonewall Jackson last night.

After the Falcons forced Stonewall Jackson to punt on its initial possession, Carlos Marshall fielded the kick and handed off to Aaron Robinson, who broke through a wall of tacklers at the 25 and raced into the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 8:11 left in the first quarter.

"It was real clogged up, but once Carlos gave me the ball, it was clear sailing," said Robinson.

Stonewall Jackson then drove from its 34 into Falcons territory, where it faced a third and four. But the drive halted when Brad Eubanks broke through the line to sack Kevin Corum (five of 12, 67 yards, two interceptions).

After forcing another punt, which bounded into the end zone, Fauquier (3-1) drove to the Raiders 6, setting up Mike Cackowski's 25-yard field goal.

Again, it was time for a big special teams play. Stephen Abrams recovered Cackowski's onside kick at the 44.

One play later, Donnie Holt hit Michael Porter in full stride on a post pattern to give the Falcons a 17-0 lead with 2:53 left in the half. "Our offensive line had to block hard and they did a good job, which allowed me to get open on the play," said Porter.

Stonewall Jackson (2-2), which was held to 44 yards on 24 rushes, couldn't gain a first down on the second half's first offensive series and had to punt.

Steve Hunt recovered a fumble by Kevin Webster at the Fauquier 30 and the Raiders drove to a first and goal at the 9. Marshall, who had 10 interceptions last season but has had teams throw away from him this season, picked off Corum's pass in the end zone.

Fauquier finished the rout in the fourth quarter with a 12-play, 87-yard drive capped by a two-yard touchdown run by junior fullback Ross Cook, who led the Falcons with 86 yards on 10 carries.

"We came into the game trying to get our passing game in gear," said Coach John Chmara. "Although we weren't that successful with our passing game, I think it opened it up for our running game {45 carries, 240 yards}. It came through for us and that was the difference."