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Panhandle has run of 1st-team RBs

December 18, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Two of the top three running backs in West Virginia Class AAA call the Eastern Panhandle home.

Jefferson's Ryland Newman and Martinsburg's Josh Twyman earned two of the three running back spots on the West Virginia Class AAA all-state football first team, released Saturday. Cougars wide receiver Josh Brown also made the first team.

Newman and Brown led the Cougars to a perfect regular season and an 11-1 mark overall, advancing to the state quarterfinals. Twyman helped the Bulldogs go 9-2 and qualify for the state tournament.

Newman, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior, tied for the area lead with 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,697 yards.

Brown, a 6-1, 157-pound senior, did a little of everything for Jefferson, rushing for three TDs, catching five and reaching the end zone six other times on returns of all varieties.

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"I think both of the boys deserved it. They worked hard this year," Cougars coach Richard Mills said. "Josh put as much work in on defense as he did on offense, and Ryland had a breakout year for us and I'm looking for big things from him next year. Both of them possess speed and have good field vision, so that's two pluses for them."

Twyman, a 5-9, 170-pound junior, rushed for 1,175 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Jefferson offensive linemen Tyler Hockman and Patrick Doleman, Hedgesville running back Richard Lane and Martinsburg linebacker Robert Fields were special mention selections.

Jefferson receiver Brendan McLaughlin and quarterback Patrick Burns, Martinsburg defensive lineman Jake Seeley and Musselman punter Cory Smith earned honorable mention.

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