Prep football notes - Bulldogs looking for a test

September 27, 2002|by MARK KELLER

The Martinsburg Bulldogs are making it look easy this season.

Since winning their season opener at Woodrow Wilson by a scant 25-16 margin, the Bulldogs have poured it on by scoring 184 points in their last three wins.

The average margin of victory in the wins over Greenbrier East, James Wood and Hedgesville - 51 points.

While coach David Walker is thrilled about the team's offensive proficiency, there is a concern that with the playoffs a mere six weeks away, the Bulldogs will not be game-tested when the postseason rolls around.

"We've talked about that. It's one of those things that we have to take care of in practice," Walker said. "We have to make sure that they are prepared when they take the field, no matter who the opponent is."


Walker said the team got a taste of what it will be up against when Hedgesville held them to 17 points in the first half last Friday.

"We were tested in the first half. They tested us," Walker said. "They were aggressive. I guess in the end we just had a couple more athletes than they had."

The Bulldogs, now tied for first in the West Virginia playoff ratings and third in the state poll, could make it four blowouts in a row tonight when they play host to Century, a first-year varsity program from Carroll County, Md.

"We've got a couple tough games coming up, with Sherando and Fort Hill and Jefferson," Walker said.

Around the horn

At 3-1, Berkeley Springs is off to its best start since 1995, when the Indians began the season 6-1. ... Boonsboro's 6-0 loss to South Hagerstown marked the first time the Warriors have been shut out by a team other then Middletown since 1996, when Walkersville beat them, 46-0. ... Brunswick evened its series record against Williamsport at 11-11 with its 38-6 win over the Wildcats. The Railroaders have won four of the last five in the series. ... Catoctin has been shut out by its opponent this week, North Hagerstown, each of the last two years. Prior to that, the Cougars had won four of the last five games in the series. ... Chambersburg's three losses have come against teams with impressive pedigrees this season. Central Dauphin is the top-ranked team in Pennsylvania and is No. 23 in the USA Today rankings; Park View is one of the top teams in the D.C. area and is No. 12 in the Washington Post poll; and Altoona is unbeaten and just outside the Pennsylvania Class AAAA Top 10. ... Frederick has scored in double digits in 16 of their last 18 games. The two times the Cadets were held under 10 points were both against Urbana. ... Greencastle-Antrim lost its fourth straight game against Northern. The Blue Devils have been outscored 125-23 in those games. ... Last week's loss to Bishop Walsh ended Hancock's three-game winning streak. The Panthers have had only three such streaks since 1991. ... Hedgesville has lost its last five games to Martinsburg, scoring a combined 43 points. In their last win over Martinsburg, in 1997, the Eagles scored 42. ... James Buchanan has lost 11 straight to Scotland. The Rockets' last win in the series was in 1986. They've scored just 70 points in those 11 losses. ... Jefferson and Stone Bridge (Va.) keep putting up big numbers when they face off. In just three meetings, the teams have combined to score 225 points. ... Mercersburg has allowed its last 17 opponents to score in double figures, and all 17 have scored at least 22 points. The last team the Blue Storm held under 10 was Lawrenceville, their opponent on Saturday.

Player of the Week

Cory Rhodes, Frederick: The sophomore quarterback was 21 of 28 passing for 243 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 116 yards and another score as the Cadets got their first win of 2002.

Rhodes is second in the Tri-State area in passing yardage (642).

Other top performances last week included:

Brandon Barrett,

Martinsburg: Three more touchdowns in last Friday's 64-3 win over Hedgesville gives the Bulldogs' junior 12 TDs on the season. He has caught 25 passes for 577 yards, far and away tops in the area.

Josh Keeney, Middletown: The senior running back ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns as the Knights beat Catoctin, 24-6. Keeney is second in the area to Barrett in scoring.

Meikos Parker, Walkersville: Parker ran for 179 yards and a touchdown to help the Lions beat Smithsburg, 42-7. Parker trails St. James' Bryant Thomas for the area rushing lead, but Parker has played one fewer game than Thomas.

Brandon Dykes, Brunswick: Dykes ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns as the Railroaders beat Williamsport, 38-6. Dykes and backfield mate Dexter Henderson combined for 266 yards against the Wildcats.

Jamel Smith, South Hagerstown: Smith rushed for 82 yards and the game's only score with less than two minutes remaining to lead the Rebels to a 6-0 win over Boonsboro.

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