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The Martinsburg Bulldogs find themselves in a position that they have not been in since the start of the 2010 season and that is getting ready to play a game after a loss. Martinsburg lost last Friday 36-33 to Westminster, Md. that is the first loss for the Bulldogs since a quarter-final playoff loss to South Charleston in 2009. In the game last week Martinsburg faced their best team of the season and maybe one of the best teams they have played since the streak began. The Owls were led by the throwing ability of Deryk Kern who went 23 for 43 for 359 yards and 5 Touchdowns. Kern accounted for all but 11 yards of the offense for the Owls in leading them to the win. For Martinsburg, Quarterback Cookie Clinton continued to improve and also continued to improve as being a leader as Clinton led the offense both rushing and passing as he threw for 164 yards and rushing for 154 yards, Clinton also took back a kickoff 95 yards for a score.
So the winning streak is gone but for this Martinsburg team all of the other goals are still within reach and that includes another shot at a state championship and that journey will continue Friday Night against their first Eastern Panhandle opponent in the Hedgesville Eagles. Martinsburg still has a couple of streaks in tact that they will try to improve on including a home winning streak as Martinsburg has not lost at home since a 2009 loss to Park View, Va,. and Martinsburg has not lost to a in state opponent since the 2009 game against South Charleston.
Hedgesville, is coming off a bye week, and is sitting a 2-2 on the season. Hedgesville lost their first two games but have won their last two games and even though the teams do not have the numbers that most AAA schools have the group has gained some confidence with the last two wins. Hedgesville who has been trying to find a quarterback after Troy Markley went down to a off season knee injury and have settled on a combination of two quarterbacks in Sophomore Lane Riner and senior Rashaan Shanton. Ringer who is the passer in the offense while Shandon is the more running QB who can make good cuts and has great speed to run the veer offense. On the Outside, Hedgesville looks to Eli Gates and Hunter Weaver to bring down the passes from Ringer.
This is a long standing Berkeley County Rivalry that has been dominated by Martinsburg as of late. Martinsburg will not be in a good mood after last weeks loss and will look to start another streak this week and it is also Homecoming so another big crowd is expected. Martinsburg and Hedgesville will play Friday Night at 7:00pm.
#14 Musselman (3-2) at Jefferson (1-4)
The Musselman Apple men went into the game last week against the Washington Patriots trying to forget about a frustrating loss to Parkersburg South the week before where the Apple men let a 12 point halftime lead slip away and suffered their second loss of the season 29-26. Their would be no lead slipping away for Musselman last week as they put 41 points on the board and defeated the Washington Patriots 55-34. Musselman and Washington combined for 975 yards of offense in the game. Musselman racked up 598 yards of total offense including 409 yards rushing and 189 yards passing. Musselman had two running backs rush for over 100 yards led by Josh Ferguson who rushed for 155 yards on just 7 carries and two scores. Denote Glover also rushed for over 100 yards getting 115 yards on 9 carries. Maverick Keller just missed the 100 yard rushing barrier carrying the ball for 95 yards on 9 carries. Quarterback Caleb Tembec also had a good game throwing the ball going 6 for 7 for 189 yards and 2 scores. Trevor Wasco was the leading receiver with 3 catches for 95 yards.
This week, Musselman will travel to take on another Jefferson County school in the Jefferson Cougars. The Cougars are sitting at 1-4 and are coming off a 50-7 loss to Sherando, Va. Jefferson’s offense has struggled this season as the Cougars have only scored more than 10 points once this season. Last week Jefferson could not stop the offense of running back Taylor Loudan and Quarterback Reid Entsminger as Loud rushed for 211 yards on 14 carries, while Entsminger threw for 127 yards and three scores. The Warriors defense held Jefferson to just 102 yards of total offense and only allowed 24 yards of rushing and only passed mid field 4 times all night. Sophomore QB Andrew King threw 7 for 17 for 77 yards.
Musselman will try to improve their playoff rating this week while Jefferson will try for the third straight week to improve on their win total which would surpass the win total for the past 2 seasons. Musselman and Jefferson will battle at Shenandoah Junction this Friday Night at 7:00pm and will be the Game of the Week on Sports Radio 1340 WEPM and WEPM.com
Handley, Va. (1-3) at Washington (1-3)
The Washington Patriots went on the road last week after the bye week trying to stop a two game losing streak against the Musselman Applemen, well nothing went right for the Patriots in the first half of play and the Patriots fell behind 41-0 at the break. But give credit to the Patriots as they did not quit and even though they lost the game they were able to score 34 second half points and were able to build on some things that they could work on going forward and throughout the rest of the season. Washington rushed the ball for 321 yards and two backs rushed for over 100 yards as Colin Gustines led the way with 185 yards on 22 carries and two scores, and Dante Washington rushed for 134 yards on 18 carries.
This week, the Washington Patriots will try to take the positives from last week and correct some of the things that hurt them in the first half and try to pick up their second win of the season against the Handley Judges. Handley comes into the game with a record of 1-3 and are coming off a bye week. Handley has struggled holding opponents down this year as the Judges have been outscored 147-66 and have been outscored 105-28 in the past two games.
Washington will try to continue to use the strong play of Colin Gustines who has scored 7 Touchdowns in the past three games and get their second win of the season this week. Game time from Washington High School will be at 7:00pm
#12 AAA Hampshire (3-1) at #9 AA Keyser (3-1)
#4 AA Frankfort (4-0) at Mountain Ridge, Md. (0-4)
#14 Philip Barbour (3-2) at #11 Petersburg (3-1)
Pendleton Co. (3-2) at #4 A East Hardy (4-0)
Berkeley Springs (0-5) at Moorefield (2-3)
#3 Martinsburg (3-0) at #6 Morgantown (2-0)
The Martinsburg Bulldogs continue their early season dominance over their opponents last week in a 63-7 win over Handley from Winchester, Va. The Bulldogs scored 5 times in all three phases of the game in a span of 7 minutes in the first quarter to race out to a 35-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Martinsburg’s offense once again benefited from the great field position that they had most of the night so while the numbers are impressive the Bulldogs had a short field to work with for the most part of the night. Martinsburg rushed for 236 yards as a team while Justin “Cookie” Clinton had his best game throwing the ball this year going 9 for 14 for 107 yards and 2 TD’s, Cookie also rushed for 1 score in the game. The Martinsburg defense still continues to hold their opponents down as Handley was only able to get 29 yards rushing in the game and just 136 yards of total offense. Handley’s Sophomore Quarterback Wil Dearing was just 13 for 23 passing for 107 yards.
This week the Bulldogs will face their toughest opponent this year, the Morgantown Mohigans, and for the first time in the last 4 meetings between these two Class AAA powers the game will be played in Morgantown. Martinsburg and Morgantown usually meet in the playoffs and these two teams met twice last year, with the Bulldogs winning both matchups. Morgantown is led by a very talented group of skill players. Running Backs Chazzy Thomas, Alex Weidman and Jalen Thomas lead the attack on the ground while Quarterback Mark Johnson and Wide Receiver Blaine Stewart lead the attack through the air. Morgantown is coming off a very impressive win over Parkersburg South last week.
Martinsburg winning streak was increased to 31 last week which is the 7th longest streak in the nation this week after two of the longest winning streaks were broke last week including Don Bosco Prep who had won 48 in a row. Martinsburg knows that this matchup will be the toughest test to date for the Bulldogs as Morgantown has had this game circled on their schedule since last November and after the last four times when Martinsburg has won against Morgantown a win by the Mohigans Friday Night to break the winning streak and to become the first team to beat the Bulldogs since the 2009 playoff loss to South Charleston would make Morgantown forget about the previous defeats to Martinsburg. It should be a great matchup Friday Night between to great football teams and programs.
Parkersburg South (2-1) at #11 Musselman (2-1)
The Musselman Applemen came up with their most impressive win of the season last week when Musselman came up with a 41-0 shutout of James Wood from Winchester, Va. Musselman was able to rack up 504 yards of total offense, and for the first time this season Musselman was able to get a 100 yard rusher and in this game two running backs passed the century mark. Josh Ferguson picked up 103 yards on 12 carries while Maverick Keller rushed for 101 yards on just 4 carries. Quarterback Caleb Dembeck continues to put up great numbers this season as Caleb was 13 for 120 for 184 yards and 3 TD’s in the win. As impressive as the Musselman offense was the star of the game might be the defense as they gave up just 118 yards of total offense and just 35 yards of rushing.
This week, Musselman welcomes the Parkersburg South Patriots to town, the Patriots are coming off their first loss of the season, a 41-7 loss to the Morgantown Mohigans. Parkersburg South will try to bounce back this week and will rely on the running attack of Jordan Quiocho and Cody Hively and the passing attack of Tyler Bolen. These two teams hooked up in a great contest last year at Parkersburg South with the Applemen pulling out the close win.
Both teams are looking at this game as a big matchup as both teams need this win from a playoff perspective as they both already have 1 loss on the season and a second loss in the first 4 games would put a lot of pressure on the teams not to trip up more than 1 more time throughout the final 6 weeks of the regular season as if either team is sitting at 6-4 they would be on the playoff bubble.
There is a lot riding on this game Friday Night as Parkersburg South makes the long journey to Waldeck Field to take on the Musselman Applemen. Game time is set for 7:00pm and you can hear the game on Sports Radio 1340 WEPM or WEPM.com
Dunbar DC (3-0) at Jefferson (1-2)
The Jefferson Cougars tried to get their second win of the season last week against the Millbrook Pioneers but Millbrook had other ideas as the Pioneers defeated Jefferson 55-6. Jefferson could not stop the ground attack of Justin Anderson who rushed for 152 yards on 16 carries and Quarterback Justin Neff went 8 for 11 for 124 yards and 3TD. As the defense for the Cougars struggled to stop Millbrook the offense could not get anything going as Jefferson Quarterback Andrew King was 12 for 27 passing for 202 yards but Running Back Rynal Newman who rushed for 192 yards the week before was held to just 17 yards on 12 carries.
This week the road does not get any easier for the Jefferson Cougars as Dunbar from Washington DC comes to town. The Crimson Tide are playing well this season as they have started 3-0 on the year and more impressive is they have not given up a point all season outscoring their opponents 101-0. Going back to last year Dunbar has won 9 games in a row and look to continue the streak this Friday Night.
Game time between Dunbar and Jefferson is set for 7:00pm.
James Wood, Va. (1-2) at Hedgesville (1-2)
The Hedgesville Eagles were in the first two games of the season but penalties and turnovers at key times in the game cost Hedgesville a win. Last week against Mountain Ridge, Md. that changed as the Eagles were able to get their first win of the season in a impressive 43-0 win over the Miners. Hedgesville got their first 100 yard rusher of the year in Rashaan Shanton who rushed for 113 yards and scored 3 times while Hunter Weaver picked up 141 yards of total offense in the game. The same problems that plagued Hedgesville early in the year seemed to hurt Mountain Ridge as the Miners surrendered 2 safeties and had four misplayed punts that help secure the win for the Eagles. Hedgesville’s defense stepped up as well holding Mountain Ridge to just 73 yards of total offense in the game.
This week, Hedgesville will be at home and will welcome the James Wood Colonels to town. James Wood suffered at 41-0 loss to Musselman last week in a game where James Wood only got 118 yards of offense and only 35 yards rushing. Bradley Skillman was the leading rusher for James Wood only gaining 19 yards on 8 carries. Quarterback Camden Bailey struggled as well going 8 for 16 for just 83 yards.
Hedgesville will try to get to .500 on the season before their off week to gain some more confidence because after the off week, back to back games against Martinsburg and Musselman. Game time between James Wood and Hedgesville is set for 7:00pm
Hampshire (1-1) at Southern Garrett, Md.
Northern Garrett, Md. at #4(Class AA) Keyser (2-0)
#7(Class AA) Frankfort (2-0) at Berkeley Springs (0-3)
Lincoln (0-3) at Petersburg (2-1)
#10(Class A) Moorefield (2-1) at #5(Class A) Tucker Co. (3-0)
#5(Class A) East Hardy (2-0) at Pocahontas Co. (0-3)
Washington (1-2)-IDLE This Week
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
As I watched a lot of college football this weekend it was very interesting to me. First of all, WVU was very impressive in their win over Marshall in the final installment of the Friends of Coal Bowl. West Virginia's offense was able to do whatever they wanted to do against the Marshall defense and proved that they will put up a lot of points this season. As for Marshall, I really liked what they did on the offensive side of the ball. I thought Cato showed great improvement over last year and played well as he threw for over 400 yards, the only QB in Conference USA to do that in week 1, I thought Van ran the ball well and Marshall proved to have more weapons on the outside than just Dobson. If they can get the defense worked out by making more tackles Marshall should contend for a Conference USA title.
I also watched the University of Miami play on Saturday afternoon, I thought the Canes came back well and looked good after falling behind 14-0 to BC on the road. Miami is a very young team that unless the NCAA comes down hard on them, which I think they might, could make some noise back on the national scene in the next couple of years unless these young players decide to do what a lot of Canes players do and that is leave early for the NFL.
And finally I started watching the Alabama-Michigan game and wow Alabama even though they lost a lot of talent from last year they just reloaded and looked like a team that will contend for another national championship, and could be on the way to establishing themselves as a dynasty which I did not think would happen again in the college game. After watching some of that game I flipped the TV over to watch Oregon, mainly to see their new uniforms which I think are GREAT!! I know they played Arkansas State, but the athletes the Ducks have on this team is impressive and the play of their true Freshman QB was impressive and Oregon will be in the conversation for the National Championship all season and the Game on November 3 at USC should be fun to watch.
Overall it was a good week of College Football and just be looking at some of the scores that were put up by some top teams we could see a lot of offensive records broken this year.