South finds berth, looks for Dunbar

November 11, 2002

The South Hagerstown football team knows who its opponent is in the Class 1A playoffs. The object now is to find out a little bit about who their opponent is.

The Rebels are the No. 7 seed in the 1A bracket and will play No. 2 seed and South region winner Dunbar Saturday at 2 p.m. at Poly in Baltimore.

South coach Greg Kellick said he knows nothing at all about the Poets (8-2), but he will be calling Dunbar coach Ben Eaton today to see if he is willing to trade game film.

"The last time I saw them play was when they came up here to play Fort Hill in the state final (in 1994)," Kellick said. "They were quick, they were fast then and we expect them to be quick and fast this year. Other than that, we don't know a thing."


Kellick said the Rebels (7-3), who are making their first ever playoff appearance, will work mainly on fundamentals.

"If we work on those parts -- blocking, tackling, getting to the ball -- we'll be OK," Kellick said.

The Rebels weren't the only team to have their tickets to the playoffs officially punched on Sunday.

Middletown was also seeded seventh, but in the Class 2A tournament. The Knights hit the road for a matchup with Glenelg at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Speculation had Middletown (9-1) on the road against Edmondson or Hereford, but a final shift in the points kept the Knights a little closer to home.

Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs tossed their helmets into the ring for a possible state championship.

Martinsburg (10-0) earned the No. 2 seed and host Spring Valley at 1:30 p.m. at Coubourn Field in the Class AAA tournament.

The Bulldogs, who lost to Parkiersburg in last year's state final, have the luxury of playing the first three rounds of the 16-team tournament at home, as long as they win, until having to head back to Wheeling, W.Va. for the finals.

Martinsburg set a state record for points scored in a season, while receiver Brandon Barrett notched a individual mark for single-season touchdown receptions.

Berkeley Spring sneaked into the Class AA field and was rewarded with a game at No. 4 Frankfort on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The Indians were on the outside looking in heading into the last week, sitting in 18th place, two spots out of the 16-team field. They jumped five spots with the help of Friday's win over Heritage, Va.

- From staff reports

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