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Moorefield routs Berkely Springs

October 11, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs football coach Angelo Luvara dug deep into his playbook in an effort to spring an upset on Moorefield, the third-ranked Class A team in West Virginia by WVSSAA point standings.

"We went in saying we're going to use every play we have to try to win the game," Luvara said. "We knew we'd either win the game or lose, 45-0."

Unfortunately for Luvara and the Indians, the latter came true.

Showcasing a balanced offense and a hard-hitting defense, Moorefield showed plenty of muscle in a 45-0 drubbing of Berkeley Springs on Friday night.

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The Yellow Jackets (6-1), the top-ranked Class A team in the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail poll, showed why, amassing 440 yards of offense and connecting on big plays both on the ground and through the air.

Tyler Sherman completed 7 of 11 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns - two to tight end Reed Williams covering 16 and 24 yards, and one to Jared Dearing covering 34 yards on a play-action pass three minutes into the game to open the scoring.

"They did push the ball on us on offense," Luvara said, adding later, "I didn't think, and I still don't think, their passing game is great. We blew some assignments."

After Moorefield took the 6-0 lead, Berkeley Springs (5-2) had its best opportunity after Dearing muffed a punt at Moorefield's 20-yard line and the Indians pounced on it.

On a third-and-inches play from the 10, Randy Waugh broke free on a sweep left and sneaked into the end zone, only to have the play called back on a block in the back call against Berkeley Springs.

Facing third-and-6 from the 16, Matt Weaver lobbed a pass into the end zone near the right sideline for Matt Rockwell. It appeared as if Rockwell made the catch, but the side and back judges conferred and ruled Rockwell lost possession and the ball hit the ground.

Weaver's pass intended for Tony Belt on fourth-and-6 was nearly intercepted and fell incomplete, ending the drive.

"We get those two TDs that were called back, and are they too good for us then?" Luvara asked. "I don't know."

The Yellow Jackets then marched 84 yards in eight plays - five which went for more than 10 yards - and scored on Williams' first TD grab. Williams' conversion catch made it 14-0.

Moorefield added touchdowns on its next three possessions to close the half up, 35-0, as the Yellow Jackets took total control.

Fullback Andy Viola carried 14 times for 84 yards, including a 1-yard TD plunge, and Dearing added 74 yards on eight carries - including a 50-yard touchdown burst that made it 21-0 - to lead Moorefield's ground game.

The Yellow Jackets' defense was equally opportunistic, sacking Weaver four times and intercepting him twice.

"You know how high school kids are, things start to multiply on them," Luvara said.

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