Eastern Panhandle Report


Martinsburg (6-0) at Washington(1-4)

The Martinsburg Bulldogs offense is starting to click and that is not good
news for teams in Class AAA.  Martinsburg went through a stretch a couple
of weeks ago where the defense helped out a struggling offense and secured a
couple of wins.  But the last two weeks Martinsburg has scored 90 points
including 48 in a shutout win over Berkeley County rival Hedgesville last

The Bulldogs got great performances from running back David
Gladden who rushed for 212 yards, quarterback Brandon Ashenfelter who threw for 221 yards and wide receiver Cedric Brown who racked up 155 yards receiving.  All totaled the Bulldogs racked up 504 yards of total offense.  The defense continued their dominant play as the held Hedgesville to under 200 yards of total offense and no points on the board, the second shutout of the year for Martinsburg. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 176-52 and close to half of those points were given up in Week 1. 

This week the Bulldogs will take their 6-0 record on the road to Jefferson County to take on the Washington Patriots, a team that is coming off a bye and got their first win two weeks ago over Pope John Paul the Great High out of Dumfries, Va. 

The Patriots were led in that game by Tyrek Collier who rushed for 196 yards.  The Patriots will be without two of their starters who were ejected in the game two weeks ago and will have to sit out this week.  Martinsburg will be heavy favorites in the final four games of the regular season as the combined record of those opponents is 5-16.  Gametime for Martinsburg and Washington is Friday night at 7:00pm.

Hedgesville(2-4) at Musselman(2-3)

The Hedgesville Eagles had a game plan going into the game against
Martinsburg knowing that it had to execute that game plan to perfection to upset one of the top teams in Class AAA.  The game plan started well as Hedgesville took the opening kickoff and went on a 26 play 89 yard drive to the Bulldog one yard line, taking nine minutes off the clock, but a couple of penalties moved the Eagles back and on a 4th and goal from the seven and Hedgesville missed a 24 yard field goal wide right. That would be the best chance for the Eagles to score.  The Bulldogs took over at the 20 play and on the first and only play for Martinsburg in the first quarter, Quarterback Brandon Ashenfelter and wide receiver Cedric Brown hooked up on an 80 yard touchdown pass.  The Eagles tried to come back but the Bulldogs offense could not be stopped and the defense continued to play well and Martinsburg shut out Hedgesville 48-0.

Hedgesville’s freshman quarterback Troy Markley who had amassed 950
yards of offense over the past three games went down with a leg injury on the opening drive and did not return until the second half and was held to just 50 yards rushing and 58 yards passing. 

This week Hedgesville will be on the road to face another Berkeley County rival in Musselman.  The Applemen are also 2-3 on the season but unlike Hedgesville, Musselman has won their last two games. 

Last week Musselman relied on the running game getting 350 yards and scoring
all five touchdowns on the ground in a 35-6 win over Jefferson.  The winner of this week’s game keeps them alive in the Class AAA playoff picture, If
Hedgesville loses the Playoffs could be out of reach.  A loss by Musselman would really hurt their chances but with the final 3 games against playoff teams they could still get in, so there is a lot to play for Friday Night for these two Berkeley County teams.  Game time is 7:00pm.

Fort Hill, Md.(3-2) at Jefferson(0-6)

The Jefferson Cougars put together a pretty good first half last week
against Musselman but the running attack of the Applemen were too much in the
second half and too many turnovers by Jefferson  led to another loss by the
Cougars. Jefferson had a bright spot in Quarterback Justin Carter went 16 for 31 for 189 yards but Jefferson could not stop the running game of Musselman and lost 35-6. 

Jefferson, who is playing one of the toughest schedules in the area, will face another tough one this week as Fort Hill, Md. comes to town. The Sentinels are 3-2 on the season and is coming off a 42-0 win over the Maryland Academy of Technology for Health Sciences which broke a 2 game losing streak for Fort Hill which marks the first time since 2001 that Fort Hill had a two game losing streak.  The Sentinels are led by running backs Garrett Clay and Shawn Matheny who rushed for two touchdowns each and rushed for 202 yards as a team. 

This will be the 27th meeting between these two teams in a series that dates back to 1982.  Fort Hill has a 20-6 all time advantage.  It will be another tough matchup for the Cougars whose opponents have a combined record of 30-18. 

Game Time at Shenandoah Junction is 7:00pm.

Other Games

East Hardy(5-1) at Tucker County(4-1)
Allegany, Md.(3-2) at Frankfort(4-1)
Hampshire(2-3) at Northern Garrett, Md.
Keyser(2-3) at Berkeley Springs(1-4)
Petersburg(1-4) at Southern Garrett, Md.

Moorefield is off this week

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