By Michael Minnich
Mineral Daily News Tribune
Martinsburg tries to keep rolling, Frankfort and Moorefield look to move to 2-0, and Musselman faces a cross-state foe. It’s Week 2 of high school football in the Eastern Panhandle.
AAA No. 1 Martinsburg (1-0) at Sherando, Va. (1-0) (7 p.m., Friday)
The Bulldogs hung on to defeat H.D. Woodson (D.C.) by a 20-14 score last week.
The Warriors drove down to the Martinsburg 29 before four incomplete passes ended the game, the 10th straight win for the three-time defending Class AAA champions.
Touchdowns by Mitchell Henson and Deamonte Lindsay gave MHS a 14-0 lead; a 5-yard pass from Henson to Troy Walker increased the lead to 20-8.
They’ll likely get a challenge this week, too, from a Sherando team that took care of Musselman, 40-13, behind 152 yards on 22 carries from LeeQuan Johnson, who found the end zone twice.
Martinsburg won last year’s meeting, 38-0, in the opener for both teams.
Berkeley Springs (0-1) at AA No. 4 Keyser (0-1) (7 p.m., Friday)
Neither team got off on the right foot in week one: Keyser’s highly anticipated game at Wheeling Park fizzled late in the first quarter when the Patriots scored three touchdowns in 3 ½ minutes en route to a 45-22 victory, while Berkeley Springs was blanked by Clarke County, Va., by a 34-0 score.
Danny Fife was a bright spot for Keyser, rushing for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
Berkeley Springs has lost 17 straight games dating back to 2011, and two of those have come at the hands of Keyser.
Last year, KHS won by a 47-0 margin thanks to two rushing TDs from Fife and Blake Ravenscroft.
Frankfort (1-0) at Moorefield (1-0) (7:30 p.m., Friday)
In one of the sneaky-good rivalries in the Eastern Panhandle, the Falcons and Yellow Jackets are likely to produce another close game this year.
Frankfort enters fresh off of a 35-13 home win over North Marion thanks to 126 yards and three touchdowns on the ground from Brady Watson.
Moorefield, on the other hand, allowed a touchdown on the opening kickoff and trailed by three points at the half before rallying for a 29-25 win.
The last two meetings between FHS and MHS have been decided by 10 points or less, with both teams winning at home. Watson had three TDs in last year’s 28-20 win, with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Gage Shaffer to Thane Cutter the go-ahead score.
Washington (1-0) at Spring Mills (0-1) (7 p.m., Friday)
The Patriots had little trouble with Hedgesville last week, taking a three TD lead, then, after allowing a touchdown, Colin Gustines returned a punt 99 yards for a back-breaking TD.
Gustines also scored two rushing touchdowns.
Spring Mills, playing their first home game in program history, will try and wash the bad taste of a 58-6 defeat at the hands of Jefferson out of their mouths.
Oak Hill (1-0) at Musselman (0-1) (7 p.m., Friday)
Musselman dropped its opener at Sherando, Va., last week by a 40-13 score, despite scoring first and getting 100 yards through the air and 66 on the ground from quarterback Trevon Wesco.
Oak Hill’s all-state running back, Jalen Jones, rushed for 180 yards and three scores, returned a kick for a touchdown, and kicked six extra points in the Tigers’ 48-14 win at Oak Hill.
The two schools did not meet last year.
Mountain Ridge, Md. (0-0) at Jefferson (1-0) (7 p.m., Friday)
The Cougars scored 38 points in the first half to spoil Spring Mills’ first-ever game last week, with Andrew King throwing for 139 yards and three of those scores.
Mountain Ridge was winless last year after making two straight playoff appearances in Maryland 1A West, and no game perhaps typified their season like their opener against Jefferson: six fumbles, five in Cougars territory, resulted in a 40-12 loss.
Hampshire (1-0) at Elkins (0-1) (7 p.m., Friday)
Lucas Powers returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown for Hampshire last week against Preston, and the Trojans never really looked back, winning 34-14.
Elkins suffered a 48-14 defeat against Oak Hill at home in their first game of the year.
Last year’s 57-42 shootout, an Elkins win, proved to be pivotal to Hampshire’s playoff hopes; the Trojans just missed out at 6-4.
Hedgesville (0-1) at Millbrook, Va. (1-0) (7 p.m., Friday)
Hedgesville started 2013 with a 47-14 loss at Washington, while Millbrook won a defensive struggle at Broadway, Va., 6-0.
The two teams did not meet last year.
Petersburg (0-1) at Pendleton County (1-0) (7:30 p.m., Friday)
The Vikings put up a good fight against rival Moorefield last week, but came up short.
Pendleton County won at Tygarts Valley, 34-6.
East Hardy is idle after last week’s 37-34 win over Page County, Va.