WHEELING, W.Va. — A live in-game blog of the Class AAA state championship game between Martinsburg and Huntington.

 

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  • Fall fan

    No honestly it just sounds like what happened. I'm happy for you guys winning your 4th. Disappointed that we didnt our first. I never have downed nor attacked your team and won't, even though you are a fan! : )

  • Fall fan

    The bulldogs d shut hhs down totally in the first half. Hhs offense showed a little life in the second and shut martinburg down in the second. The difference in the game was a safety. Both teams played great d. Hhs lack of being able to complete a pass in this game cost them when in the previous games they could get by with it. Martinburg earned a hard fought game period. Maybe hhs will address the need to be more diverse in their offense. . Defense does win championships, but i knew huntington would have trouble putting up points against martinsburg. The game went how i thought it would, not how i hoped.

  • High School Sports Fan

    Oh My Word...Honestly. Let me start off by saying that I do not have a child who plays at Martinsburg. My children attend another High School in the E.P. I DO SUPPORT Martinsburg High School and all of the other teams in our area, because they represent the E.P. talent. I would support any and all teams from the state of WV competing, because that is what you do; you support your own. I am appalled at the malicious comments posted. These are children, hard working and talented young men. Martinsburg's team IS from WV and they are ALL 18 yrs old or younger. They are good boys with good parents! Give credit where credit is due. Dominant or not, best of the best or not, Martinsburg was the best that day. Emotions were high for Huntington. Are they bad kids? I'm sure not, they are young boys whose frustrations got the best of them. Composure is a hard lesson at this age with the state championship on the line. Forget all the negativity and bashing this team and that player. Parents, lead by example.... Congratulations Bulldogs from an Eagle fan!!

  • EP Haters

    It was a shame to watch the end of this game. HHS earned respect until MHS started to kneel on the ball. The boys in green showed their lack of maturity with how they handled that situation. You show who you really are in defeat...

    #7 for HHS is a disgrace to everything Seals is trying to build there. Instead of pouting and trying to fight, shake the guy's hand across from you and show respect. The DE from HHS that joined him on the sideline trying to fight the MHS bench...same thing. How tough are you? Fighting with pads and helmets on? You're selfish, taking away all the attention from the great 1 on 1 battles in the trenches all day and made it all about you and your feelings. It's about the team, not the name on the back of your jersey

    • Fall fan

      I am glad i didnt see what happened at the end. When a game is done, its done. I am a huntington fan and hope that if we ever get the chance to play for a championship in football again that we will be better winners than we were losers. I've seen it before. Now on to basketball.

  • EP Haters

    It was a shame to watch the end of this game. HHS earned respect until MHS started to kneel on the ball. The boys in green showed their lack of maturity with how they handled that situation. You show who you really are in defeat...

    #7 for HHS is a disgrace to everything Seals is trying to build there. Instead of pouting and trying to fight, shake the guy's hand across from you and show respect. The DE from HHS that joined him on the sideline trying to fight the MHS bench...same thing. How tough are you? Fighting with pads and helmets on? You're selfish, taking away all the attention from the great 1 on 1 battles in the trenches all day and made it all about you and your feelings. It's about the team, not the name on the back of your jersey

    • Herd98

      You sure you got the story straight? Not what I heard at all. It was Martinsburg that threw the punches and wandered over to HHS side to continue. But we should believe you because your superior from the eastern panhandle. I thought it was a good game but as usual the fans show how ignorant they can be. It was 9 to 7 a very close hard fought game on both sides. And if your going to call out players even by their number well I challenge you to talk to their parents about it. I'm sure 7's family would love to hear about your thoughts on their kid.

      • 1prouddog

        Herd 98...Are you ok? I know you said HHS had the better defense. How did you like Martinsburg's? Need I ask. If any other team in WV ever gets to 4 titles in a row then all of you would understand the pride that comes with winning! Don't hate....just appreciate!!!!! smile........

        • Herd98

          Huntingtons defense looked just fine. So did Martinsburgs. If anything i would say these teams where very evenly matched. One play made the difference and it happened to be for Martinsburg. Thats it, 1 play. Quit acting like it was a blowout. 1 play decided the game not the overwhelming dominance of your ego or either team.

          • EP Haters

            HHS had 1 good drive. Martinsburg ran a majority of their plays in HHS territory. MHS DID in fact dominate HHS defensively for all but 1 drive......

      • Cooper

        I would hope 7's Family would be embarrassed by his actions at games end. I witnessed nearly the entire HHS Staff plus WV State Troopers attempting to get control of only kids in Green. But like I said, looking forward to watching the replay and film copy!

      • Cooper

        Herd98, you did miss a gr8 game. You should check off here as well, cause you didn't witness the end of the game first hand. But, you continue to talk trash. I will be waiting to read about the suspensions from the AD at HHS for the those who should be missing their next winter or spring sport contest. I'm hoping the game film copy I order to watch and enjoy like I have the others will not be edited to remove the antics of the few. Regardless, they are your kids and your responsibility. I know what I witnessed....do you?

      • EP Haters

        And you're right. It was a great game. A hard fought battle. I understand their frustrations in defeat, but they showed the couldn't handle it. Now, instead of talking about a great game and the improvement in Billy's program, we're talking about a handful of HHS players that were selfish and embarrassed the rest of the kids and the program.

        What should've happened was what happened after the trophy presentation. Big Eric (MHS DL) crossed midfield and tracked down HHS's Cabell and shook his hand, showing respect for the battle in the trenches for 4 qtrs.

        • Herd98

          So the Martinsburg player who robbed the school a few years ago was a class act? Dont cast stones there buddy.

          • EP Haters

            I don't condone Cookie's actions off the field either. But what I can say, is that he never acted like those kids whining in green and black. I bet that if I dug, I'd fing some HHS players that have had problems of their own.

      • EP Haters

        I'll be willing to do that. You obviously weren't there, nor did you watch the replay on tv. Stop relying on what you heard, and watch the game. You'll see the HHS linebackers and DL crashing the backfield after the kneel down. You'll see a player nonchalantly hovering over the center presnap. You'll see #7 take his helmet off and square up on MHS players trying to fight. You'll see a teammate of his come over confront the bench too.

        I'll gladly have this talk with any of their parents. Unless they're as much of a disgrace to Billy's program as the kids were yesterday, they're probably as embarrassed of what happened as everyone else is.

  • dogs1981

    Hey Big John i'll take the chesse and THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!

  • Cooper

    You can hate No name....take shots at kids as well. We win and U lost. Sit and spin my friend. LEAVE THE KIDS NAMES OUT OF IT.

  • Cooper

    Dogs were the more dominate team. They didn't need 2 personal foul calls to get to the end zone. 1 flag was legit, the first was bogus. The overthrow in the first half should have been an easy 6. Both teams made several knucklehead penalties that hurt their clubs. It was sad to see HHS kids getting ejected. Both teams should have left the field with great respect for each other!

  • Jdough

    I am very disappointed in the comments regarding Martinsburg recruiting. Really? What a bunch of whiners! This isn't college. The larger cities in WV have always been winning championships. It's our turn now that our population has increased in the panhandle. Who cares where people work. Anyway,if we have such high recruiting then where do our students playing college sports? Alabama, USC, Michigan, huh? Please...they are just normal kids like all the rest in the state. We have excellent coaching in the Panhandle, plain and simple These players have families that have been here for a long time. Such excuses...such a poor example for our youth.

  • sheila

    well, little mburg escaped the game with a small victory over the much larger HHS, but clearly it was an escape and not a victory. mburg and their tiny hamlet can celebrate now but that will evsporate next season when the largest school and most powerful in AAA once again meets them and obliterates them on the field. wont be another title...guaranteed. and you wvwho fans have to root for mhs because they did one thing you cant at wvu-win. its all you losers have left up there in that tiny town.

    • WVUFan

      sheila tell me, do small minded people like you get into the movies for the children's rate?

    • 1prouddog

      sheila...this was a state championship...these are not small games nor small victories. Not sure if you understand the game of football. Maybe theres some cooking, cleaning or diapers that you can go change! LOL

    • Big Dog

      I'm confused...... Why would recruits come from all around to play at this "tiny pathetic town"?

    • dogs1981

      Hey Sheila were going to Beat you in basketball too!!!

    • Titletown

      That's loser talk.. You don't get four without being a dynasty and without hardwork.. What you fail to realize is Martinsburg played a bad game and still beat you.. Your program isn't on the level of MHS. These boys will go home and immediate start preparing for next year. When opening day of practice comes those boys are in game shape ready to beat up on the rest of the state. Your negative post trying to diminish the accomplishment of Martinsburg shows just as little of class as your players showed at the end of the game, none..

      • Herd98

        Your crazy if you don't 1. Admit HHS was the best defense you played (not the lame we played a bad game excuse) 2. HHS boys will start prepping for next season just as early and be ready as well. Comments like yours show little you know outside your tiny little town. How much contraversey will their be for next season at Martinsburg? Eventually they will have to pay for all the "questions" about the players. If I'm not wrong just google your school and HHS . You don't find 1 article about HHs having issues but Martinsburg, well there is more than 1 I will tell you that.

        • 1prouddog

          Herd98...You really should focus on HHS and Marshall. You really don't have a clue about Martinsburg!...google...my word! Get a life!!!!!!

        • Cooper

          Herd98, you live in Huntington and state there are no issues with athletes and former High school athletes? Wow, I've seen post on here from your brethren that state HHS would win everything in the state if the criminals and kids with no GPA., could find a way to get eligible. Not my words just a post from a Highlander earlier. An OJ Mayo didn't play 8 years of high school ball? And he didn't shove a ref and tie the suspension up in court? You have buffalo pie on the brain my friend and it doesn't look good on you, smells even worse!

        • Titletown

          When you are a threat and people envy you they talk about you.. That's why we have rumors about us that are just that, rumors.. Always proven to be false.. Your defense is good but State College and Tuscarora had just as good if not better defenses... Your team is good but we made a lot of mistakes that aren't normally made jumping offsides etc.. Should have been a 2+ TD win.. We are not a tiny town like you think.. Your boys may workout early but I can guarantee you their preparation isn't on the same level.. Until you see it first hand you really don't know.. Seriously, you want to talk about our rumored controversies after the ridiculous display of sportsmanship and maturity your boys showed at the end of the game?

          • Herd98

            Excuses abound. You made mistakes, your entire team admits that HHS had by far the best defense they played so why cant you? And take your own advice you have no clue what prep goes on here. In 4 years an 0and 10 team went 13 and 1. they have improved each year since Seals became coach. I would say his prep is pretty good. And BTW people I know plenty about the panhandle believe it or not us "dumb old hillbillies" (actual quote from one of your fans) are well educated and travel as well as have family in the panhandle. We dont have the superiority complex you have in the "good" part of the state.

  • Titletown

    Just curious, all the people who say Martinsburg recruits.. Name one player who starts and isn't from Martinsburg. Please, I would love to know.

  • JD

    Everybody knows that there is not that good talent in the Eastern Panhandle, Martinsburg must get their kids from Maryland and DC to play for them. And I am from the Panhandle, I went to Musselman class of 97. 1 or 2 championships I can see but 4 now that is suspicious .

    • Cooper

      JD, are you suspicious of Musselman's 3 state titles? You hating on Berkeley Co.? Must be your youth. Eventually, you will learn to stick up and with your eastern panhandle family as we battle the historical bias and put downs as the little brother to everything Charleston! I've attended numerous playoff games of Musselman going back to the 80's. Attended and supported Jeff. High, Hedgesville and even Berkeley Springs. Study your WV History young man!

    • Cooper

      The only thing suspicious JD, is the fact that your diploma might have been inadvertently awarded to you. Go back to Musselman and help them rebuild!

    • Titletown

      You went to Musselman, that says it all ... Envy..

  • Keyser fan

    Glad to see The East get another title.

  • Herd98

    Now that was a good game. I told you that HHS had the best defense you had faced. All I heard was how dominate MHS was going to be. That was pretty even and hard fought. HHS will be back also people a lot of youth on the sideline and let me tell you next season the QB is the kicker and he has an arm. Bad thing is he is also a great defensive player. Good game boys both sides of the ball.

  • panhandleman

    I can remember a time when people in Charleston/Huntington used to look down on football almost anywhere else, particularly in the East...well, Martinsburg went 4-0 against the MSAC. Well done, men.