Barrett remains on top of W.Va. heap

December 15, 2003|from Staff reports

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg's Brandon Barrett once again is the "top dog" in West Virginia high school football.

For the second straight year, Barrett was named captain of the state's Class AAA all-state offensive unit. And, for the second straight year he will be a favorite for the Player of the Year Kennedy Award to be announced next Sunday.

Barrett was joined by junior teammate Nate Sowers, who was picked as the state's top quarterback, on the first team offense for the second straight year.

The 1-2 punch of Barrett and Sowers formed one of the most lethal offensive combinations in scholastic football.

Barrett, who announced his intentions to play for West Virginia University on Friday, said he preferred to play offense when he gets to the college game.


His numbers for the season back up his feelings as the fleet 6-foot-2, 185-pounder caught 91 passes for 1,431 yards, including 26 TD passes from Sowers. Along with his kickoff and punt return abilities, he racked up 31 total touchdowns.

Sowers, a 6-1, 195-pound lefty, connected on 48 touchdown passes, completed 189 of 295 passes and threw only seven interceptions as the Bulldogs reached the state finals before losing to Parkersburg South. He accounted for 3,230 yards passing.

Martinsburg wide receiver Mark Richmond was named to the second offensive team while the Bulldogs placed Jeremiah Seeley on the defensive line, Donyea Bennett as a linebacker and Adrian Haskins as a defensive back. Carl Redman was named in the special honorable mention category as a defensive lineman. Brandon Fields and Nick Kelsey were placed on defense and offense respectively in the honorable mention.

Jefferson wide receiver Jeremy Maley was named in the special honorable mention as was Musselman's Kyle Kerman on the offensive line and Steve Emswiler as placekicker.

Jefferson running back Will Grantham was named honorable mention.

Ben Gum, who was instrumental in leading Parkersburg South over Martinsburg in the state final, was named captain of the defensive all-stato team.

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