By Michael Minnich
Mineral Daily News Tribune
Martinsburg (3-0) at Tuscarora, Va. (3-0), 7 p.m.
Martinsburg continues to impress against a difficult schedule.
Malique Watkins’ 19-yard pass to Tory Lee with 50 seconds left carried the Bulddogs to a 35-29 victory at State College (Pa.) last week.
Watkins completed 10 of 16 passes for 150 yards and ran 17 times for 118 stripes, including a 31-yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs’ final out-of-state game of the season pits them against a fellow undefeated out of Leesburg.
Tuscarora has won their games with relative comfort: 31-21 at Kettle Run, 21-14 versus Woodgrove, and 34-14 at Loudon Valley.
The Huskies, a 5A school in Virginia, scored on five of their first six offensive series last week. Noah Reimers rushed 26 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
Jefferson (3-0) at Musselman (1-2), 7 p.m.
Jefferson hasn’t made the playoffs since 2005, but is well on its way this year, out-scoring its first three opponents by a 120-19 margin to match its win total from the previous three seasons combined.
Last week, the Cougars went on the road to take care of previously perfect Hampshire, 34-7.
Tanner Cantrell had a 78-yard touchdown run and a 40-yard TD reception for Jefferson.
Musselman was on the winning foot for the first time last week, taking care of Spring Mills, 61-14.
Trevon Wesco continued his strong season, accounting for six touchdowns, passing for 122 yards and rushing for 117.
Deonte Glover had two rushing TDs and one receiving, accounting for 203 yards.
Musselman won last year’s meeting by a 55-21 score.
Berkeley Springs (0-3) at Frankfort (2-0), 7 p.m.
Off a bye, the Falcons return home on the fringes of the MetroNews top five for Class AA. Brady Watson has found the end zone seven times on the ground for FHS.
Berkeley Springs, who scored their first points of the season on a safety at Petersburg in a 27-2 loss on Saturday, hasn’t won since beating the Falcons two years ago.
Frankfort won 64-14 on the road last year.
Keyser (1-2) at Northern Garrett, Md. (1-1), 7 p.m.
The Golden Tornado suffered their second loss of the season at Maryland power Fort Hill last week, 24-7, fading in the third quarter after a tight start to the game to fall out of the MetroNews top 5.
Garrett Crites scored the lone touchdown for Keyser, who were saddled with penalties all night.
Danny Fife, who set up the score with two long runs, had 93 yards on 15 carries.
For Northern, it’s been all about defense: the Huskies won 7-6 at home over Smithsburg, then turned around and held Tucker County to just seven points last week. Northern, though, could not score.
Last year, Fife scored three touchdowns in a 40-0 KHS win.
Keyser has dominated the series historically, but have had to come from behind in the second half in each of their last two visits to Half-Mile High Stadium.
Tucker County (3-0) at Moorefield (2-1), 7:30 p.m.
An excellent Class A class is in the offing as the Mountain Lions and Yellow Jackets meet for the third time in two years.
Last year, Tucker took a 44-13 win in the regular season, but found the going tougher in the playoffs, pulling away late for a 27-14 result.
Last week, Seth Underwood’s 16-yard touchdown run on the first possession turned out to be all the points that Tucker needed (or received, for that matter) in a low-scoring affair against Northern.
Moorefield bounced back nicely from their close loss to Frankfort with a 20-12 win at the other Garrett County school, Southern, last week.
Hedgesville (2-1) at Spring Mills (0-3), 7 p.m.
Once again, the Troy Markley show was in full effect for the Eagles last week.
Markley threw for 323 yards and six touchdowns, ran for two scores, and made four extra points.
Oh, and a 41-yard field goal, too, as Hedgesville handed Mountain Ridge their 13th straight loss, 61-35.
The Eagles have scored 98 points in their last two games.
Spring Mills’ two touchdowns last week against Musselman came on a 2-yard pass from Lane Riner to Michael Cushwa on fourth down and a 4-yard run by William Sweeney.
Don’t be surprised if there is a larger-than-usual amount of conversation between the two teams on Friday: Hedgesville was one of the schools de-consolidated to make Spring Mills.
Pocahontas County (1-2) at East Hardy (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
East Hardy showed few signs of rust out of their bye week, racing out to a 20-0 halftime lead and defeating Craig County (Va.) by a 48-12 score last week.
Pocahontas County took care of Pendleton County, 36-12, last week.
East Hardy won last week’s meeting, 39-0.
The Trojans lost 34-6 at home to Jefferson last week; Shane Ennis’ 6-yard touchdown pass to Dale Bryson accounted for the lone score.
The Patriots suffered their first loss against a good Sherando (Va.) team last week, 28-21, despite 137 rushing yards from Colin Gustines.