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Indians keep stats, Vikings' gains to minimum

September 30, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs football coach Angelo Luvara isn't concerned about his individual players' statistics. He said he won't even discuss them until after the season.

"The only stat that counts is a 'W' or an 'L,'" said Luvara. "If we win, we did our job."

There's no denying that the all-for-one, one-for-all approach is working. The No. 3 Indians picked up a 33-16 homecoming win over visiting Petersburg Friday night to improve to 4-1.

"It's not 5-0, but we're right where we want to be," said Luvara. "That's for sure."

But, for sure, the Indians are racking up some impressive individual numbers.

Against the Vikings (0-5) Friday, Luke Truax was 10 of 14 passing for 136 yards with two touchdowns. The senior quarterback also rushed for a pair of 1-yard scores in the second quarter to give the Indians a commanding 20-0 lead at the half.

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But he's definitely not jumping up and down to take the credit.

"I can't say enough about the line. I had all the time in the world," said Truax. "Those two running (touchdowns) - I didn't deserve those."

Maybe Jamie Moore did.

With Berkeley Springs leading 7-0 - after Truax's 10-yard TD pass to Jacob Wilson in the first quarter - Moore ripped off a 34-yard run to the Petersburg 1, setting up Truax's keeper midway through the second period. Less than three minutes later, Moore returned a punt 56 yards to the Vikings 7. Two plays later, Truax punched it in from the 1.

Moore then made sure the visitors took a goose egg into the break, intercepting a pass at his 10-yard line less than two minutes before halftime.

"Jamie's awesome," said Truax. "He's an unbelievable player. He plays hard all the time. His motor runs like crazy."

However, the Berkeley Springs defense let up a bit after the halftime homecoming show - practically an all-football-player, including Truax, court. Petersburg took the second-half kickoff and marched 69 yards on 18 plays to cut its deficit to 20-8. Running back Vance Law, who paced the Vikings with 85 yards on 17 carries, scored on a 1-yard run and then rushed for the extra two.

"Homecoming definitely gets you fired up," said Truax. "But with all of us going out at halftime and then having to jump right back in game mode - it's kind of hard."

But the Indians found the mode again in the fourth quarter, putting the game out of reach on Truax's 25-yard TD pass to Matt Rockwell with 3:43 left to play.

And there was still plenty of time for some late-game, homecoming fireworks - as the teams combined for 14 points in the final three seconds.

Petersburg's Aaron Blackwell recovered a bad snap in the end zone to make it 27-16 with three seconds left on the clock. After the Indians recovered the ensuing on-sides kick - with no time running off the clock - Moore ran out the clock with a 55-yard TD run down the right sideline, giving him a game-high 88 yards rushing on five carries.

Was that Moore's best-ever rushing performance?

"I don't know," he said. "I don't pay attention to that stuff."

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