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Eastern Panhandle Report 9-5-12
by Fred Persinger II,posted Sep 5 2012 12:16PM
Handley, Va.(1-1) at Martinsburg (2-0)
The two time defending state champion Martinsburg Bulldogs continue to roll as the Bulldogs picked up their 30th straight win, which is the 9th largest streak in the nation, in a impressive 62-20 win over HD Woodson out of Washington DC. The Bulldogs offense racked up over 300 yards rushing led by Sophomore Trey Boyd who had 84 yards on 9 carries. Malique Watkins rushed for 51 yards on just 3 carries, and Quarterback Justin “Cookie” Clinton threw for 57 yards and rushed for another 64 yards. The Bulldogs put the game away in the 1st quarter scoring 21 points, including 2 scores in 20 seconds.
This week, Martinsburg will be at home for the third straight week as they welcome the John Handley Judges from Winchester, Va. Handley is 1-1 on the season and is coming off a 32-21 loss to Harrisonburg. In the game for the Judges Sophomore Quarterback Will Dearing tossed 2 TD Passes but did throw 4 interceptions in the game. Handley is a young ball club with only 9 Seniors on the team, and will be playing their first Friday Night game of the season, as the field that Handley plays their home games on does not have lights so home games for the Judges are played on Saturday Afternoons. So it will be a tough test for Handley this week for a young team going on the road for the first time this season taking on a ballclub that has not lost at home since 2009. Game time Friday Night is set for 7:00pm.
Musselman (1-1) at James Wood, Va. (1-1)
The Musselman Applemen went into the game last week against the Sherando Warriors looking for their first win of the season. Musselman came out with a exciting 21-19 win thanks to a very balanced attack offensively and some great timely defense. Musselman gained 258 yards of total offense in the game, 131 yards rushing and 127 yards passing. Senior Running Back Josh Ferguson led the way with 87 yards rushing while Senior QB Caleb Dembeck was 13 for 20 passing for 127 yards.
This week, Musselman is back on the road to Winchester, Va. to take on James Wood. The Colonels are 1-1 on the season and are coming off a 52-19 loss to Loudon Valley. James Wood could not stop Loudon Valley as the Vikings scored 8 times in 11 possessions. Tailback Bryce Wince led Loudon Valley with 19 carries for 162 yards. Loudon Valley as a team rushed for 305 yards as a team. James Wood rushed for 169 yards in the game, led by Bradley Skillman who rushed for 84 yards on 14 carries and Quarterback Camden Butler finished the game going 7 for 18 for 90 yards and 2 INT. Musselman will try to keep that balanced attack going for a second week in a row. Game time is set for 7:00pm
Washington (1-1) at Sherando, Va. (0-2)
The Washington Patriots went into the game last week against Strasburg trying to get off to their first ever 2-0 start. But the Patriots had problems slowing down Strasburg 6’3” 220 pound running back Rakwon White who rushed for 184 yards on 22 carries and 3 Touchdowns to lead Strasburg to a 29-14 win over the Patriots. The Washington offense struggled throughout the night but one bright spot was the play of Colin Gustines who for the second week in a row scored 2 touchdowns.
This week Washington will travel to Stephens City, Va. to take on the Sherando Warriors. This will mark the third straight Eastern Panhandle team that Sherando has played. Last week, Sherando lost a 21-19 decision to Musselman. In the game Quarterback Reid Entsminger went 12-20 for 180 yards and 3 Touchdowns. Sherando also got good production from Running Back Taylor Loudon who rushed for 68 yards and also had 74 yards receiving. Washington and Sherando will battle Friday Night at 7:00pm.
Millbrook, Va. (1-1) at Jefferson (1-1)
The Jefferson Cougars went on the road last week and accomplished something that had not been done since October of 2010 and that is win a game on the road. Led by running back Rynal Newman, who rushed for 192 yards and 3 scores. Jefferson scored a impressive 40-12 win over Mountain Ridge, Md. The Cougars defense forced 6 Miner fumbles including three in the Red Zone to help secure the win.
This week, the Cougars will try to surpass their win total over the past 2 seasons as they welcome the Millbrook, Pa. to town. Millbrook is also 1-1 on the season and is coming off their first win of the season a 27-14 win over Broadway, Va. Game time from Jefferson is set for 7:00pm
Hedgesville (0-2) at Mountain Ridge, Md. (0-1)
The Hedgesville Eagles struggled last week in their matchup with Heritage losing 26-16. Hedgesville has been slowed so far this year by injuries and low number turnout. Hedgesville was hurt in the game by botched snaps, errant throws, and mental mistakes. Hedgesville was able to move the ball down the field on Heritage but a mistake would stop the drive for Hedgesville. For Heritage, Quarterback Michael Galvan finished the game 10 for 19 passing for 183 yards and 2 scores. Hedgesville’s Sophomore Quarterback Lane Riner was hurt by the turnover bug as he was 10 for 26 for 215 yards but threw 3 INT.
This week, Hedgesville will go on the road for the first time this season as they travel to Frostburg, Md. to take on the Mountain Ridge Miners. Mountain Ridge is also coming off a loss, a 40-12 decision to the Jefferson Cougars. Mountain Ridge was also hit by the turnover bug as the Miners turned the ball over 6 times in the game. Two teams will try to right the ship and get their season turned around this week as Hedgesville battles Mountain Ridge. Game time is set for 7:00pm.
Fort Hill, Md. at Keyser (1-0)
Petersburg(1-1) at Berkeley Springs (0-2)
East Hardy (1-0) at Auburn, Va.
Southern Garrett, Md. at Moorefield (1-1)
Hampshire (1-1)-IDLE this week
Frankfort (2-0)-IDLE this week