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Riverside eliminates Martinsburg

November 04, 2000

Riverside eliminates Martinsburg



By TODD MILAM / The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette


BELLE, W.Va. - Riverside tailback Terris Baldwin figures to be among the frontrunners for the Kennedy Award, which goes to the state's top player.

His performance Friday did nothing to hurt his candidacy, rushing for 171 yards on 14 carries to lead Riverside to a 30-7 win over No. 11 Martinsburg in a Class AAA first-round playoff game at Warrior Stadium.

Baldwin scored on a 66-yard run in the first quarter and a 59-yard scamper in the third as Riverside's linemen allowed him to burst through the line of scrimmage virtually untouched.

"He did what we thought he'd do," said Martinsburg coach David Walker. "The game plan was to keep them off the field. But special teams and a 40-yard catch by (Karl) Booker broke our backs."

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Martinsburg had taken the lead early in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run. Andrew Demory added the extra point to put the Bulldogs (8-3) ahead, 7-6.

But Booker's 60-yard punt return for a TD with three minutes left in the first half gave the Warriors a 12-7 lead. Booker fielded the punt and raced down the left sideline, where he appeared to be trapped, but broke several tackles, raced across the field and outran the Martinsburg defenders into the end zone.

"I was just trying to make something happen," Booker said. "We started kind of slow and I knew a big play would help our momentum. But I have to give credit to the downfield blocking."

Martinsburg rushed for 175 yards and had 15 first downs to the Warriors' nine, but a failed fourth-down conversion on Riverside's 7-yard line on the game's first drive, a pair of interceptions and a blocked field goal sealed the Bulldogs' fate.

"Riverside is a great football team," Walker said. "We did what we tried to do and consumed a lot of clock. But they have great athletes and are probably the best team in the state."

Riverside 30, Martinsburg 7


Martinsburg0700-7

Riverside66126-30

R - Terris Baldwin 66 run (kick failed)

M - Ricky Webster 2 run (Andrew Demory kick)

R - Karl Booker 51 punt return (run failed)

R - Baldwin 59 run (pass failed)

R - Tony Laughlin 2 run (kick failed)

R - Lucas Wright 26 FG

R - Wright 22 FG

MartRiv

First downs1411

Rushes-yards44-14927-177

Passing yards34132

Comp-Att-Int5-16-26-11-1

Total offense60-18338-309

Fumbles-lost0-04-1

Penalties-yards4-273-35

Punts-avg5-36.83-32.3

Records: Martinsburg 8-3; Riverside 9-2.

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