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Martinsburg wide receiver Jarod Bowie scores a touchdown during Friday’s game against H.D. Woodson (D.C.).

Martinsburg rolls by H.D. Woodson for 43rd straight win

The Class AAA top-ranked Bulldogs started fast and scored 18 first-quarter points in a 49-12 victory over H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.).

Elijah Banks had a first-quarter touchdown run along with a 70-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Smith to help MHS build the early lead.

Banks added a second TD run in the second quarter and Christopher Catlett made two first-half field goals to help the Bulldogs hold a 28-0 halftime lead.

Jarod Bowie caught a pair of touchdown passes in the second half and Naieem Kearney capped the scoring for Martinsburg with a TD run.

Cougars fall to Johnson Central (Ky.)

The No. 3 Cougars put themselves in an early hole and couldn’t recover in a 28-13 loss to the Golden Eagles.

Ryley Preece scored on a 14-yard TD run to give JCHS (2-0) the early lead, but Capital answered with an 11-yard touchdown run from Shawn James.

Preece threw a 76-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to Seth Dalton to give Johnson Central the lead for good, then tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Keygen Pelfrey late in the opening half to make it 21-7.

Chance Knox had an 85-yard punt return in the fourth quarter to bring the Cougars to within one possession, but JC sealed the verdict with a 2-yard TD run from Preece.

Musselman finishes strong to beat Spring Mills

Caleb Horner’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Nick Zamora broke a 14-all tie in the fourth quarter and helped sent the No. 5 Applemen to a 29-14 win.

Applemen tailback Blake Hartman, who battled injury in the second half, rushed for his second touchdown down the stretch to put the contest out of reach.

Hartman had a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in the opening half that broke a 7-all tie, before Chase Henson threw a TD pass to Bernard Newman to pull the Cardinals even before the break.

Big Reds hold off Morgantown

Following a lengthy delay for lightning, No. 10 Parkersburg topped No. 8 Morgantown, 27-21.

The Big Reds scored all 27 of their points in the first half. They capitalized on a pair of Mohigans’ turnovers to race out to an early 14-0 lead via a Justin Waybright TD run and Matt Curry’s TD catch.

Jackson Wolfe’s 2-yard run got Morgantown on the scoreboard early in the second quarter, but Bryson Singer answered with a 38-yard TD pass to Kyle Moore.

Curry hauled in a TD pass from Singer that stretched the PHS lead to 27-7.

Quinn Thompson’s fourth-quarter touchdown run brought the Mohigans closer, and Gunner Latimore found the end zone to later cut the Morgantown deficit to 27-21.

Luke Read’s late interception of a Cam Rice pass helped the Big Reds preserve the win.

Spring Valley posts shutout in win over Wayne

The Class AAA second-ranked Timberwolves had their way in a 38-0 win over the Pioneers.

Spring Valley built a 17-0 halftime lead on the strength of Zane Porter’s 43-yard field goal, combined with touchdowns runs of 1 yard from David Livingston and 37 yards from Nate Ellis.

That was more than enough offense for the Timberwolves to cruise in their opener.

Fairmont Senior blows by Buckhannon-Upshur

The defending Class AA champion and second-ranked Polar Bears picked up where they left off a season ago, scoring 44 first-half points in a 56-14 win at Buckhannon-Upshur.

Polar Bears’ quarterback Gage Michael, taking over for last year’s Kennedy Award winner Connor Neal, had four rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown in the first half.

Top-ranked Bluefield downs rival Graham (Va.)

Class AA No. 1 Bluefield defeated Graham (Va.), 41-27 at Mitchell Stadium.

The Beavers, last year’s runner-up, built a 21-13 halftime lead against the G-Men, who won the 2A state championship in Virginia a year ago.

It was the third straight win for Bluefield over Graham.

Doddridge County opens new stadium in style

Playing at its brand new on-campus Cline Stansberry Stadium for the first time, Class A No. 2 Doddridge County defeated South Harrison, 49-6.

The Bulldogs started fast and got first-quarter rushing touchdowns from Hunter America and Griffin Devericks.

Doddridge didn’t slow down any in the second quarter, scoring three more TDs for a 35-0 halftime advantage.

America had three of his four rushing touchdowns in the opening half. Last year’s recipient of the Curt Warner Award, America finished with 184 yards on the ground.

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