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Martinsburg’s Teddy Marshall is one of the team’s top playmakers on the perimeter.

 

GAMES TO WATCH

CLASS AAA

No. 2 Musselman (3-0) at Tuscarora, Va. (2-1)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week: Musselman handled Jefferson, 49-0. The Huskies edged Woodgrove (Va.), 13-12, for their second straight win.

Why it’s important: The first of two straight out-of-state matchups for the Applemen, this one should be a tough test against a Tuscarora program that won eight games a year ago. After a season-opening 29-14 win over Spring Mills, Musselman has outscored its last two opponents, 124-0.

Who to watch for Musselman: Blake Hartman is one of the state’s most electrifying players and scored five touchdowns a week ago. Hartman is a big factor on the ground as well as in the team’s passing attack. Hartman caught touchdown passes of 80 and 81 yards from quarterback Caleb Horner last week.

Who to watch for Tuscarora: Quarterback Ethan Gick is coming off a performance in which he passed for 188 yards and rushed for 101. Wideout Jevonn Gilyard had 140 receiving yards on four catches and kicker Max Skirkanich made a pair of field goals.

Academy Park, Pa. (4-0) at No. 4 Martinsburg (3-0)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week: Martinsburg had its way with Sherando (Va.), 37-0, for the program’s 45th straight win. 

Why it’s important: The Bulldogs were thought to perhaps face a tough test a week ago against a Warriors’ team that nearly knocked off Martinsburg in 2018. Instead, MHS prolonged its state record win streak to help set up a clash of unbeatens against the Knights. Academy Park has allowed 41 points in four games and has already registered a shutout. Martinsburg won this matchup on the the road last season, 42-20.

Who to watch for Academy Park: Quarterback Barry Brown passed for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns in last week’s win, which featured two blocked punts from the Knights, including one for a touchdown.

Who to watch for Martinsburg: The team appears to have endless weapons. Quarterback Elijah Banks distributes the ball to a talented receiving group that includes Jarod Bowie, Teddy Marshall and Anthony Smith among others. Naieem Kearney and Trey Sine are explosive out of the backfield.

CLASS AA

No. 12 Weir (2-1) at No. 3 Keyser (3-0)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week: Weir got a much-needed 28-27 win against Frankfort when the Red Riders stopped the Falcons’ 2-point conversion try in overtime. Keyser rolled over Petersburg, 59-0.

Why it’s important: The Red Riders will come in confident following an important win over the Falcons. After losing its season opener, Weir is trying to continue showing it has made progress over the first month of the season. Keyser, meanwhile, has been downright dominant in all aspects. Following an eye-opening 56-7 win at Robert C. Byrd in the season opener, the Golden Tornado have a pair of 59-0 wins since.

Who to watch for Weir: Speedster Sebastian Spencer rushed for 97 yards and three scores last week to help his team rally from a 14-0 halftime deficit.

Who to watch for Keyser: Having allowed seven points in three games, the Golden Torando defense has established itself among the elite groups in the state. Keyser also has a strong stable of ball carriers, including Caden Biser, Aaron Lyons, Drae Allen and QB Ryan Shoemaker.

Other games: Berkeley Springs (1-2) at Frankfort (2-1); Pocahontas County (1-2) at East Hardy (0-2); Hampshire (0-3) at Petersburg (1-2); Hedgesville (0-3) at Morgantown (0-3); Class AAA No. 7 Spring Mills (2-1) at Jefferson (0-3); Tucker County (0-3) at Class A No. 8 Moorefield (2-1); Bath County, Va. (0-3) at Class A No. 5 Pendleton County (2-0); North Hagerstown, Md. (0-2) at Class AAA No. 14 Washington (1-1)

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