Roundup: Martinsburg’s streak reaches 44, top teams cruise in second week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — News and notes from around the state on the second week of the high school football season.

Bulldogs cruise from start to finish in 44th consecutive win

Class AAA No. 1 Martinsburg won its 44th straight game Friday in a similar fashion to how the Bulldogs have won many of the previous 43.

MHS jumped all over Eastern (D.C.) early, scoring 35 first-quarter points and never looking back in a 76-6 rout of the Ramblers.

Elijah Banks threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Anthony Smith and another to Teddy Marshall. Naieem Kearney rushed for a touchdown and Kevon Warren returned an interception 22 yards for a score as well to stake the Bulldogs (2-0) to the 35-0 lead.

Kearney had another rushing touchdown early in the second as the Bulldogs continued to add to their lead.

Big Reds no match for Cabell Midland

Bryson Singer threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Samuel Potts to give Class AAA No. 8 Parkersburg an early lead, but it was all No. 6 Cabell Midland from that point on as the Knights rolled to a 55-13 win.

Jayden Johnson and J.J. Roberts accounted for first-quarter rushing touchdowns to give Cabell Midland a 13-7 lead.

Roberts added two more rushing TDs in the second quarter, while Johnson had another to help send Cabell Midland (2-0) into halftime with a 34-7 lead.

The Big Reds (1-1) had five first-half turnovers in their first loss.

Spring Valley shuts down Hurricane

Luke Christopher ripped off touchdown runs of 32, 4 and 33 yards in the first half to help the Class AAA No. 2 Timberwolves (2-0) build a 21-0 lead in a 28-7 win over No. 10 Hurricane.

One week after shutting out Wayne and allowing fewer than 40 total yards, the Timberwolves were again dominant defensively. Hurricane had minus-4 yards at halftime.

Brody Brumfield returned the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a TD to up the SV lead to 28-0.

Austin Womack’s late 22-yard TD pass to Abel Cunningham got the Redskins (1-1) on the scoreboard.

Capital rallies to beat South Charleston

The Class AAA fifth-ranked Cougars scored 38 unanswered points to overcome an early 14-0 deficit for a 38-14 win against the Black Eagles.

Trey Dunn rushed for a 7-yard touchdown for the game’s first score and South Charleston (1-1) doubled its lead on a 32-yard TD reception from Tyson Rohrmiller.

But Evan Landers connected with Tay Calloway on a 50-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to change the complexion of the contest.

Calloway’s 1-yard touchdown run 6:49 before halftime tied the game at 14, and Capital (1-1)  went into the break with a seven-point lead after Calloway’s 15-yard touchdown run 24 seconds before halftime.

Logan Spurlock’s 30-yard field goal gave CHS its first two possession lead, before Calloway scored again on a 4-yard run.

Kerion Martin put the game out of reach with a 32-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Bluefield gets by Princeton

The Beavers overcame an early 8-3 deficit for a 45-16 victory over their nearby rival Tigers.

After a Kaulin Parris field goal gave the Class AA top-ranked Beavers an early 3-0 lead, Princeton went on top via Josiah Honaker’s touchdown catch.

But Bluefield (2-0) took control soon after, getting a 10-yard touchdown pass from Carson Deeb to Jahiem House along with an interception return for a touchdown by Qunzell Payne to help send the Beavers into the locker room with a 31-8 hafltime lead.

Princeton, playing its season opener, fell to 0-1.

Polar Bears cruise in home opener

Gage Michael needed just six completions to toss three touchdown passes as Class AA defending champion Fairmont Senior rolled to a 62-0 win over Lincoln at East-West Stadium.

The Polar Bears led 43-0 at halftime. Michael tossed scoring strikes to Frankie Smith, Nate Kowalski and Jacob Gomolak. Fairmont Senior has outscored their opponents 118-14 in their 2-0 start.

The No. 2 Polar Bears will host Marion County rival North Marion (2-0) on Thursday. Lincoln (1-1) will return home to host Grafton.

Nicholas holds off Shady in Chick-fil-A Class AA game of the week

Nicholas County won their 17th consecutive regular season game, winning at Shady Spring 19-13. The Grizzlies broke up a pass attempt in the corner of the end zone on the game’s final play to improve to 2-0.

New starting quarterback Timmy Baker hit Luke LeRose on a long touchdown connection to open the scoring for Nicholas. Baker threw another touchdown pass to Kyle Groves midway through the third quarter to break a 13-13 tie.

The Grizzlies (2-0) will host Wyoming East in their home opener in Week 3. The Tigers will continue their season-opening three-game homestand next Saturday against Summers County.

Williamstown bounces back

Class A No. 4 Williamstown rebounded from a season-opening loss to Wheeling Central, defeating No. 7 Magnolia 27-0 in the Yellowjackets’ home opener.

Junior quarterback Brayden Modesitt accounted for three total touchdowns. He ran for a score and threw scoring strikes to Mason Deem and Nick Bondi as Williamstown jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead.

Williamstown (1-1) visits Marrietta, Oh., next while the Blue Eagles look to pick up their first win against Shadyside, Oh.

Top-ranked Central wins again

Jordan Waterhouse rushed for three first half touchdowns as Class A defending state champion Wheeling Central Catholic defeated Steubenville Catholic 39-12. The Maroon Knights jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead before Payton Marling and Adam Murray added rushing touchdowns in the second half to pull away.

Wheeling Central (2-0) will make a short trip to Linsly in Week 3.

Quick Slants

  • New Wyoming East head coach Larry Thompson won his first game as head coach of the Warriors. East defeated Westside 44-14. The Warriors will travel to face No. 6 Nicholas County (2-0) in Week 3.
  • Brooke’s 11-game losing streak came to a close at Hedgesville. The Bruins survived a long road trip to defeat the Eagles in a shootout, 45-44. The victory is the first for the Bruins since they defeated Princeton 14-7 in the 2017 season finale.
  • Frankfort collected the 300th win in school history as the Falcons blanked East Hardy, 41-0.
  • The Man Hillbillies have outscored their two opponents 117-15 so far this season. MHS defeated county rival Logan 62-8 last week and had no trouble winning at Class A No. 5 Mount View in Week 2, 48-7.
  • Midland Trail’s regular season win streak reached thirteen games as the Patriots defeated Oak Hill 35-10. Trail is now 25-3 in their last 28 games overall.
  • Cameron bounced back from a season-opening loss to West Greene, Pa. with a 59-6 win over Hundred. CHS quarterback Jessop Broughton set a school record with seven touchdown passes.
  • Trinity’s return to varsity-level football is off to a solid start. The Warriors improved to 2-0 with a 42-0 win over Hannan.
  • Moorefield kicker Atikilt Tamiru lifted the Yellow Jackets to a 9-8 win over Pocahontas County. His 45-yard field goal in the final seconds was the difference. Tamiru also connected on a 49-yard field goal in Week 1.
  • Greenbrier West’s Noah Brown set a school record with six rushing touchdowns as the Cavaliers improved to 2-0 with a 54-25 win over Summers County.

Looking ahead: Webster County, Calhoun County seek 2-0 starts

Only one game remains on the Week 2 schedule for Saturday. Webster County looks to improve to 2-0 as they host Calhoun County in Upperglade. The Highlanders defeated Richwood in the ‘Battle for the Wagon Wheel’ last Friday, 40-15. The Red Devils won a defensive struggle against Wirt County, 8-6.

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