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Martinsburg bounces Hedgesville

September 24, 1999|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - The first bounce went Hedgesville's way. Then Martinsburg did all the bouncing.

The No. 4 Bulldogs scored nine unanswered touchdowns Friday night on their way to a 63-7 rout of the Eagles in a Cumberland Valley Athletic League game, marred by 22 penalties and a fight that had two players ejected at Mumaw Field.

"I'm a little disappointed," said Martinsburg coach David Walker. "Too many penalties, too much talking, not enough playing - on both sides of the ball, from both teams. We've got some things we need to address, and we're going to do that next week in practice."

Hedgesville coach Dave Lopez had no comment on the game.

Aside from that first bounce - a muffed punt that Hedgesville recovered at the Bulldogs' 30 and converted into a touchdown one play later - there probably wasn't much for Lopez to talk about.

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The Martinsburg defense allowed just 28 yards in the first half and 126 yards in all, while the offense showed explosiveness on nearly every possession.

Na'eem Page, returning to the lineup from a leg injury, scored three touchdowns and Raymond Snow threw three touchdown passes as the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1) posted the highest point total by an area team this year.

"Raymond stepped up. He started sluggish but stepped up his game and our kids caught the ball," said Walker. "We tried to go to (Danny) Wise, but they covered him well. We were able to get to some other kids."

C.J. Gainey caught two of Snow's scoring strikes, with Page grabbing the third.

Ricky Webster scored a pair of touchdowns - one coming on one of his two interceptions.

"Webster's a great kid. He's really been working hard, has a great work ethic," Walker said.

Warren Brown and Joey Yurish also scored for the Bulldogs.

Craig Harrison scored for the Eagles (0-5, 0-1) on a 30-yard pass from Sean Moore.

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