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Previews of tonight's games

August 25, 2006

Petersburg Vikings at Berkeley Springs Indians



When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Berkeley Springs leads, 15-13.

Last meeting: 2005 - Petersburg, 20-7.

Last week: This is the season opener for both teams.

Notes: The Vikings' victory last season ended a five-game losing streak against Berkeley Springs. ... The Vikings were 2-8 last season. ... The Vikings will use a three-back set this season, which will feature tailback Payden Ludwick, who was the quarterback last season. ... Casey Vance and Jimmy Zimmerer will join Ludwick in the backfield, while sophomore Braxton Runion will start at quarterback. ... The Indians were 5-5 in the 2005 regular season, good enough for the No. 12 seed in the West Virginia Class AA playoffs. It was the Indians' second playoff berth. Their first was in 2002. ... The Indians lost to Scott in the first round of the playoffs, 21-6. ... The Indians were never over .500 last season, nor were they ever more than one game under .500. ... The Indians return their top rusher from 2005 in Cody Hess (1,246 yards, 10 TDs) and top two receivers in Ryan Morris (32 catches, 459 yards) and Foster Sirbaugh (27 catches, 400 yards).

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Hedgesville Eagles at Martinsburg Bulldogs



When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Martinsburg leads, 18-7.

Last meeting: 2005 - Martinsburg, 34-7.

Last week: This is the season opener for both teams.

Notes: The Eagles have lost eight straight meetings in the series. Their last win over the Bulldogs was Sept. 26, 1997, a 42-15 victory in David Walker's first season as Martinsburg coach. ... Hedgesville was 3-7 last season and is seeking its first winning season since 1997. The Eagles have had three 5-5 seasons since then. ... The Eagles have moved Michael Lopez, who started at quarterback the last two years, to wide receiver this season. ... The Eagles return their top two running backs from 2005, Richard Lane and Kyle Leonard. ... The Bulldogs were 9-2 last season and qualified for the playoffs for the eighth straight season. ... The Bulldogs bowed out of the playoffs in the first round for the first time since 2000. It was also their first season with fewer than 10 wins since 2000. ... The Bulldogs offense will feature Kennedy Award hopeful Josh Twyman, who ran for 1,219 yards and 17 TDs in 2005. ... Junior QB Dustin Peters also returns after missing most of last season with a knee injury.




Jefferson Cougars at Hampshire Trojans



When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Jefferson leads, 13-3.

Last meeting: 2005 - Jefferson, 31-3.

Last week: This is the season opener for both teams.

Notes: The Cougars ended a three-game losing streak in the series last season. ... The Cougars are coming off the best season in the program's 34-year history, going 10-0 in the regular season and earning the No. 2 seed in the Class AAA playoffs. ... Jefferson advanced to the state quarterfinals for the second straight year, losing to University 27-19 to finish the season 11-1. ... Kennedy Award hopeful Ryland Newman ran for 1,697 yards and 22 touchdowns last season for the Cougars. ... Jonathan Hash, who saw some action at QB in 2004, will be the Cougars' starter this season. ... The Trojans were 4-6 last season. ... The Trojans dropped out of the Cumberland Valley Athletic League after just two seasons as a conference member.




Musselman Applemen vs. Keyser Golden Tornado



When: Today, 7 p.m. at Potomac State College

Series: Musselman leads, 9-6.

Last meeting: 2005 - Musselman, 17-14 (OT).

Last week: This is the season opener for both teams.

Notes: The Applemen ended a three-game losing streak in the series last season. ... The Applemen were 4-6 last year and are seeking their first winning season and first playoff berth since 2001. ... Denny Price is in his 34th season as Musselman head coach. ... The Applemen return three key offensive players in QB Ethan French, RB Shon Jackson and WR Allen Kees. ... The Golden Tornado won their final two games in 2005 to finish the season at 5-5. ... Keyser's Black and Gold Club has started a fundraising campaign to upgrade the school's football field and facilities. The club hopes to have the upgrades completed in time for the 2007 football season. Keyser has played its home games at Potomac State for more than 50 years.

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