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Berkeley Springs secures playoff berth

November 05, 2005|By JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - The Berkeley Springs football team secured a berth in the West Virginia playoffs with a 39-14 win over the Hancock Panthers on Friday night.

"Our kids knew that their backs were against the wall," Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara said. "They knew that if they didn't win, then their season would be over. All of our players have done everything that we have asked since Aug. 1. That was the kids' number one goal at the start of the year: To make the playoffs. We have made the playoffs; now we'll see what we can do."

Cody Hess ran for 137 yards on 11 carries for an average of 12.5 yards per carry for Berkeley Springs (5-5). He had touchdown runs of 2 and 63 yards to give him 10 touchdowns for the season.

"I feel great and the whole team feels great about the victory tonight, because we conquered our goal for making the playoffs this year," Hess said. "That was our whole goal all season. I feel pretty good about the team's performance tonight."

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Hess was grateful for all of the help that he got from the offensive line.

"The offensive line opened up holes for the running backs and they had good pass-blocking for Joe Whitehead," Hess added. "I felt pretty good about my two touchdowns tonight. I wouldn't have had them if it wasn't for the blocking from the offensive line and the receivers. I just want to thank all of my teammates for backing me up this year."

Whitehead threw two touchdown passes and completed five of his seven passes for 93 yards for the Indians.

Berkeley Springs scored two touchdowns during the first quarter on a 20-yard pass from Whitehead to Foster Sirbaugh and Hess' 2-yard run.

The Indians added two more touchdowns in the second quarter on a 31-yard pass from Whitehead to Matt Willard and a 2-yard touchdown run by Luke Shambaugh to build a 26-0 halftime lead.

"We started out and we went right down to business," Luvara said. "We tried to put it out of reach. Our whole game plan was to be up at halftime substantially. I really thought that we played a totally great game both offensively and defensively."

Hess ran for his 63-yard score in the third quarter and Brian Ness added a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Jaret Trail had touchdown runs of 6 and 67 yards for Hancock (3-6).

"Berkeley Springs is very tough," Hancock coach John Blake said. "They have great team speed. Coach Luvara is the man. He knows what he is doing. Coach Luvara is a great high school football coach."

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