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Dunham's day no accident for Eagles

September 01, 2000

Dunham's day no accident for Eagles



By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor


HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Hedgesville tailback John Dunham helped coach Dave Lopez look like a genius Friday night.

Lopez's game-time decision to use Dunham, who was in a car accident Tuesday, turned out to be a no-brainer as the senior running back ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles broke a 12-game losing streak by beating James Wood 27-7 at sticky, muddy Mumaw Field.

"We were worried about his health, but we knew he was OK. It wasn't anything serious," Lopez said after getting his first win as Hedgesville's head coach. "We were ready to go on without him if he couldn't go."

But Dunham did go, and it didn't take him long to do so. On the second play from scrimmage, Dunham broke free down the right sideline for an 87-yard touchdown run.

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Dunham also scored the Eagles' final touchdown, a 2-yard run with 4:38 to go in the game.

"Our offensive line just did a great job tonight," Dunham said. "There were just huge holes to run through tonight."

The Eagles (1-1) racked up 327 yards on the ground, while holding the Colonels (0-2) to minus-14.

James Wood had some success throwing the football. Quarterback Logan Sheppard threw for 109 yards and the Colonels' only score, a 25-yard scoring toss to Dale Omps that cut the Hedgesville lead to 13-7 just before the half.

"We were worried about the field conditions. It was pretty sloppy in our end in the first half," said James Wood coach Steve Campbell. "We didn't want to get out there slipping around in that stuff. But maybe we were a little too conservative early in the game."

The Eagles took a 15-7 lead early in the third quarter, getting a safety when the ball was snapped over Omps' head while in punt formation. Omps chased the ball down and kicked it out of the end zone.

Hedgesville's stingy defense never let the Colonels sustain a long drive. Their longest of the game - seven plays - resulted in a missed field goal.

"We had some opportunities, that's for sure," Campbell said.

Chris Amenta added 64 yards rushing and a touchdown for Hedgesville, which won for the first time since Oct. 30, 1998, when the Eagles beat Jefferson, 17-9.

"This is a big confidence boost," Lopez said. "All of athletics is about confidence. Hopefully this win gets them to keep building. The kids finally believe in what we're doing."

Hedgesville 27, James Wood 7


James Wood 0 7 0 0-7

Hedgesville7 6 2 12-27

H - John Dunham 87 run (Alex Bennett kick)

H - Sean Moore 1 run (kick blocked)

JW - Dave Omps 25 pass from Logan Sheppard (Omps kick)

H - Safety, ball kicked out of end zone

H - Chris Amenta 10 run (kick blocked)

H - Dunham 2 run (kick blocked)

JW H

First downs 6 16

Rushes-yards 30-(-14) 47-327

Passing yards 109 0

Comp-Att-Int 7-13-0 0-3-1

Total offense 43-97 50-327

Punts-Avg. 3-26.3 0-0

Fumbles-lost 3-1 6-3

Penalties-yards 3-15 4-40

Records: James Wood 0-2; Hedgesville 1-1.

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