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Martinsburg rolls

November 04, 2002|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It was the sort of game in which the Musselman football team could do little more than grin and bear it.

But it was Martinsburg that did most of the grinning, watching Brandon Barrett run repeatedly into the end zone.

The 63-6 drubbing capped the Bulldogs' undefeated regular seaon that included the Cumberland Valley Athletic League title, the Berkeley County championship, Eastern Panhandle bragging rights, a No. 1 ranking in the Herald-Mail poll, and a likely No. 2 rating among West Virginia Class AAA schools.

Martinsburg also set the all-time West Virginia Class AAA season scoring record with 544 points, eclipsing the previous mark of 509 set in 1968.

"That's every team's goal (to finish undefeated)," Barrett said.

"It's a nice accomplishment, something that hasn't been done (at Martinsburg) in 26 years."

There was litle question from the outset that the perfect season would remain intact, as Martinsburg scored on each of its first seven possession, and Barrett accounted for the first four touchdowns.

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On just the fourth play of the game, Barrett took the ball on a sweep right for 15 yards and a 7-0 lead, with 10 minutes, 37 seconds left in the quarter.

Seven minutes later, the Bulldogs held a 20-point advantage and Barrett had scored on a 15-yard pass from Nate Sowers and on interception returns of 32 and 43 yards.

"He's a great player, Martinsburg coach Dave Walker said. "I've been saying it every week that great players make great plays and he showed it again tonight."

The only highlight for the Applemen - finishing a disappointing 3-7 season - was Trey Belmont's 69-yard run off left tackle that cut the Martinsburg lead to 14-6.

But Musselman had no answers for the high-octane Bulldogs' offense, which finished with 486 yards of total offense, including 192 yards through the air.

Meanwhile, the Applemen could muster just 138 yards offensively, exactly double Belmont's touchdown run. And Musselman managed just 16 yards of offense in the second half.

"We were able to come up with big plays tonight, especially defensively," Walker said. "And we were abe to steamroll them. But they're definitely a better team than the score indicates."

Musselman 6 0 0 0-6

Martinsburg 33 14 7 9-63

Ma-Brandon Barrett 15 run (Aaron Smith kick)

Ma-Barrett 32 interception return (Smith kick)

Mu-Trey Belmont 69 run (kick failed)

Ma-Barrett 15 pass fron Nate Sowers (kick failed)

Ma-Barrett 43 interception retrn (run failed)

Ma-Blaine Durst 34 pass from Sowers (Smith kick)

Ma-Jesse Keyser 35 pass from Sowers (Smith kick)

Ma-Barrett 5 pass from Sowers (Smith kick)

Ma-Daniel Hoff-Hayles 34 pass from Sowers (Smith kick)

Ma-Smith 25 field goal

Ma-Aaron Hairston 3 run (kick failed).

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First Downs 4 22

Rushes-yards 40-140 31-294

Compe-At-Int 1-3-21 1-14-0

Passing yards (-2)192

Total offense 138 486

Punts-avg. 8-2 4.60-0

Penalities-yards 3-13 9-84

Fumbles-lost 3-0 1-1

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