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Defense is key to Bulldogs' season

August 25, 2000

Defense is key to Bulldogs' season



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It would sound so natural coming out of a lawyer's mouth: "David Walker for the defense."

In 2000, though, the Martinsburg football coach knows his team's success hinges on his ability to get a not-guilty verdict on disappearing charges for his offense.

"On paper, we look better defensively because we've got people back," Walker said. "But you still have to run and make the tackles and make the plays."

The Bulldogs, coming off a 9-2 season that included a home game in the W.Va. Class AAA playoffs, can easily read the evidence in front of them - plenty of alibis on defense, all sorts of holes in the offense's case.

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Reason No. 1 to get his team off the hook: All-State defensive lineman Nikolai Payne, his bookend (Steve Roach) and the top two tacklers from last year (linebackers Joe Jackson and Marc Ostrowski).

"I'm looking forward to it," Ostrowski said. "If we can put some points on the board, we should shut out a lot of people."

Reason No. 2: Andrew Demory, who returns to placekick and punt for the Bulldogs.

"If you've got good defense and a good kicking game, you can compete with anyone," Walker said. "If we move the ball, we've got the opportunity to be a good football team."

That leads to the questions: Who is going to step up for an offense that lost its quarterback, two running backs, wingback, best receiver and four offensive linemen?

"They'll be OK," Payne said. "They'll come together and we'll be OK."

Joey Yurish, who started the playoff game against Riverside, will be back at QB and Ricky Webster is penciled in at running back.

"We lost some really big players, and we may have some guys on defense coming to the offense, too," Walker said. "We have to put our best 11 on the field. We just don't have the numbers to let people stay in one position."

Martinsburg won't mind the two-position game as long as it doesn't leave them in the No. 2 position in the Panhandle again. The Bulldogs have had their chances - and wasted them - against Musselman, but they get first crack at the Applemen again in the season opener tonight.

"We can make a statement if we beat those guys," Walker said.

"That's the one right now, and we don't look any further," Payne said. "We owe them one."

Martinsburg Bulldogs



Coach: David Walker, 4th year (16-16)

1999 record: 9-2



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Ty Page

Carlos Lee

Brandon Barrett

Daniel Hoff-Hayles

Nikolai Payne

Paul Lehman

T.J. Cromwell

Joey Yurish

Steve Weatherholtz

Mark Ostrowski

Ricky Webster

Jesse Keyser

Joe Jackson

Billy Barbour

Brandon Green

Kyle Vogan

Justin Walther

Greg Irving

Nick Houpt

Matt Harrold

Travis Durst

Justin McDonald

Michael Kelsey

Eric Perry

Larry LeMaster

Ricky Jefferson

Aaron Warner

Aaron McGraw

Brandon Ingle

Mark Burkhart

Davis Moore

Matt Wilson

Justin McCown

Steve Roach

Ben Saxman

Ryan Bird

Aren Gibson

Andrew Fream

Dozier Young

Josh Sanders

J.J. Bullett

Andrew Demory

Russ Franklin



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5-7

6-0

6-2

6-0

5-9

6-0

6-0

5-10

5-9

5-10

5-9

5-11

5-7

6-2

5-9

5-10

6-1

5-11

6-1

5-8

5-11

5-10

6-4

5-10

5-10

6-1

6-0

6-2

5-10

5-9

6-2

5-9

6-3

6-1

6-2

6-4

6-2

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6-1

6-1

6-0

5-10



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215

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175

197

182

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215

229

247

249

219

225

254

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227

272

350

158

156

200

197

183

195

2000 Schedule


Today, Musselman, 7:30; Sept. 1, at Greenbrier East, 7:30; Sept. 8, at Oak Glen, 7:30; Sept. 15, Stone Bridge (Va.), 7:30; Sept. 22, Hedgesville, 7:30; Sept. 29, at Keyser, 7:30; Oct. 7, at Allegany (Md.), 7:30; Oct. 13, Southern Garrett (Md.), 7:30; Oct. 20, at Jefferson, 7:30; Oct. 27, Fort Hill (Md.).



 

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