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'Dogs' Barrett named state's best by Gatorade

November 27, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Things have a habit of repeating for Martinsburg's Brandon Barrett.

During the football season, that has been touchdowns. Multiple touchdown games have been the norm during the high school career of the Bulldogs' gifted reciever.

Now, in the postseason, it's a national honor which might be followed by a West Virginia state honor.

Barrett was named West Virginia's Gatorade Player of the Year for the second straight year on Tuesday. Now, he will be waiting to see if he repeats as the Kennedy Award winner, which signifies the best player in the state.

Martinsburg quarterback Nate Sowers is also in the running.

In the course of his career, Barrett has set the state's all-time record for touchdown catches in a career and followed it up by establishing the state mark for most TD receptions in a playoff game with four in the 53-12 first-round victory over Robert C. Byrd on Nov. 15.

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Barrett - who has been widely recruited by NCAA Division I programs and has reportedly narrowed his choices to Ohio State and West Virginia - caught 63 passes for 1,060 yards, including 19 touchdowns, in the regular season. He also ran for two other scores and added three returns for touchdowns and three two-point conversions for 150 points.

Gatorade's national player of the year award will be announced on Dec. 9.

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