Musselman defeats Martinsburg in football

August 27, 1999|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

INWOOD, W.Va. - For the record, David Walker would do it again given the chance.

That is, with his Martinsburg football team cutting Musselman's lead to one with six minutes left in the game Friday night, he would still go for the two-point conversion rather than kick for the tie.

But this time, he would have the Bulldogs convert the two-pointer.

Quarterback Raymond Snow overthrew C.J. Gainey on the conversion attempt that would have given No. 5 Martinsburg the lead, and No. 1 Musselman tacked on a late score to lead the Applemen to a 19-12 win in the season opener for both teams.

"They're rated No. 1 in one poll, No. 4 in another ... we didn't have anything to lose," Walker said. "I would rather take my chances going for two. I knew we were going to have to take chances to have a shot to beat these guys. That was our shot, and it came up a little short."


Martinsburg's shot was set up by an outstanding effort from Brad Davis. On first-and-goal from the 11-yard line, Davis, a 165-pound running back, carried two defenders on his back into the end zone to get the Bulldogs (0-1, 0-1 Cumberland Valley Athletic League) within a point, 13-12.

On the conversion attempt, Snow dropped back to pass and had Gainey open in the right flat. But the ball sailed high and Gainey could not come up with the catch.

Still, six minutes remained and Musselman (1-0, 1-0) had to find a way to move the ball, something the Applemen hadn't done since early in the third quarter.

On third-and-7 from the Musselman 40, Kevin Dingus ran right, then spun back to the left for 12 yards and a big first down. He scampered for 15 yards later in the drive to set up Jason Chambers' second touchdown run, giving the Applemen a 19-12 lead with 1:39 left.

Dingus wasn't expecting to be the go-to back on the pivotal third-down play.

"That was crazy. It about gave me a heart attack," said Dingus, who led the Applemen with 83 yards on 15 carries. "I was just thinking, 'Run hard. Just run hard.'"

Martinsburg had one last chance, but Wes Kees picked off Snow at the Musselman 17 to end the threat.

Musselman made some uncharacteristic plays early, fumbling twice in the first half and four times in all, recovering only one.

The Bulldogs took advantage of the first turnover, which came on the Martinsburg 4-yard line. Na'eem Page, a transfer from Allegany, took the handoff and, after being stuffed at the line, broke through for a 96-yard touchdown dash and a 6-0 Bulldogs lead. Josh Suddueth blocked the extra-point attempt.

Page exited the game shortly after that run when he aggravated a bruised calf.

Just two plays into their next drive, Chambers dropped the ball for the second time and Martinsburg recovered. The Bulldogs' drive stalled at the Musselman 14, and Andrew Demory's field-goal attempt was blocked from the left side by Dingus.

Todd Mosby hit Peter Yos on a timing pattern down the left sideline for a 30-yard touchdown and Chad Brock added the conversion to give the Applemen a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter.

After a Martinsburg fumble, Musselman took six plays to move 26 yards, capped by a 4-yard plunge from Chambers for a 13-6 lead at the half.

Price said he wasn't deterred by Chambers' early troubles holding onto the ball.

"Kids are going to make mistakes. They're going to fumble," Price said.

"We'll give the ball to Chambers. When we're inside the 5-yard line, he's going to touch the ball a lot."

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