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'Dogs try bite vs. Warriors a second time

November 02, 2000

'Dogs try bite vs. Warriors a second time



By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor


Suffice it to say that last Friday was not a good day for the Martinsburg football team.

The Bulldogs had their eight-game winning streak unceremoniously laid to rest by Fort Hill, 35-6 at Cobourn Field. Meanwhile, the seven teams directly behind Martinsburg - then No. 6 in the West Virginia Class AAA playoff ratings - all won.

"Things really didn't go our way Friday," said Martinsburg coach David Walker. "We didn't play particularly well against a very good team. But it goes that way sometimes.

"The good thing is we're still practicing and still playing and I wasn't picking up the equipment on Saturday."

The Bulldogs tumbled to No. 11 in the ratings, earning a trip to Riverside for the first round of the playoffs tonight at 7:30.

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Riverside (8-2) is one of the hottest teams in the state, finishing the season on a six-game winning streak that included a 34-12 victory over defending champion Parkersburg.

The Warriors and Bulldogs meet in the first round for the second straight year. Riverside eliminated the Bulldogs 59-22 last year at Martinsburg.

"As far as a revenge factor, we haven't really talked about that," Walker said. "We lost 10 guys on offense and six on defense from that team, so we're basically a different team. We just want to come out and play a solid game."

The Bulldogs (8-2) will make the five-hour trip to Charleston this morning, then board a bus after the game and drive right back.

"It's better for the kids to sleep in their own beds, just so they can get their rest," Walker said. "We had two real long trips this year and did it that way and had success. We might as well keep that routine."

The Bulldogs will have to move the football much better than they did last week against Fort Hill if they are to stay in the game at Riverside. Martinsburg had 154 yards total offense last week.

"Fort Hill physically manhandled us," Walker said. "Riverside is not as physical, but I think (the Warriors) have better athletes. They have more big-play guys ...

"I think we realize now we can't go three plays and punt and expect to get in the end zone," Walker added. "Fort Hill is a very good team and I don't know that we'll play anybody better. But we know that we can play better this week, and we will need to play better this week."

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