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Martinsburg refuses to fall, defeats Potomac Falls

October 01, 2005|By CURT HORNBECKER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va

What many coaches might consider cause for celebration was merely a ho-hum experience for Dave Walker.

But, unlike many coaches, Walker is accustomed to lopsided victories, such as Martinsburg's 35-9 victory over Potomac Falls on Friday night, keeping the No. 2 Bulldogs undefeated at 6-0.

"We made some mistakes in protection and decision-making," said Walker. "I don't know what the numbers are, but we moved the ball pretty well, and most of our mistakes are things we can fix."

Watching the Panthers march down the field on a 72-yard, nine-play scoring march on the game's first possession failed to faze the Martinsburg coach, who called it "a good wake-up call."

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Despite their dominating performance, the Bulldogs' 125 rushing yards paled in comparison to the Panthers' 222 yards on the ground. But three lost fumbles and 11 penalties doomed Potomac Falls.

Meanwhile, the area's leading rusher, Josh Twyman, managed to slash through the Panthers' defense for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

It was Twyman who tied the score in response to Potomac Falls' only TD, rumbling 40 yards on the Bulldogs' second play of the first period.

"The line gave me some good blocks," said the Martinsburg junior. "The holes were bigger tonight than any other game this year."

Martinsburg made it 14-7 with 2 seconds left in the first quarter. After D.J. Adams recovered a Potomac Falls fumble at the Panthers' 35, the senior finished off the ensuing drive with a 2-yard score.

Potomac Falls (0-4) pulled to within 14-9 when Steve Hancock brought down Bulldogs quarterback Cameron Shelton for a 15-yard loss and a safety.

The Bulldogs responded quickly, with Twyman carrying twice for 22 yards, followed by a 22-yard TD pass from Shelton to D.J. Porter for a 21-9 lead.

Twyman's second score of the game, from 2 yards out in the third, pushed the lead to 28-9. A 6-yard strike from Shelton to Jacquin Moore made it 35-9.

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