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Twyman, 'Dogs run over Eagles

August 26, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - There wasn't much going right for Martinsburg for the better part of the first period.

Once the Bulldogs started clicking, it was the beginning of the end for Hedgesville.

Faced with an 8-0 deficit, a rushing game that was a heartbeat off and receivers dropping a few passes, Martinsburg turned the tables behind Kennedy Award candidate Josh Twyman and rolled to a 48-16 victory over Hedgesville on Friday night.

"We might have been a little jittery, but it takes four quarters," said Bulldogs coach Dave Walker. "I'm really happy how we played on defense."

While racking up 451 total yards, the Bulldogs limited Hedgesville to 178 net yards and also alertly pounced on three Eagles fumbles.

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Twyman, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior, knocked down the doors for four rushing touchdowns on the way to a 22-carry, 158-yard performance. For good measure, he added a fifth TD when he returned an interception 56 yards in the third quarter.

"I think I did well for the first game," said Tywman. "My offensive line said they were going to make sure they blocked for me and they did.

"I was a little jittery at first," Twyman added, noting that the story earlier in the week that he was a Kennedy candidate had him a little uneasy. "I just want to go out and win games. I'll take my numbers, but only as long as we win."

On Martinsburg's second possession, quarterback Dana Peters audibled at the line and sent a pass into the hands of Hedgesville's J.D. Goins, who went streaking 43 yards for a score, followed by a two-point conversion.

The Bulldogs stalled on their next drive that included three dropped passes on deliveries from Peters, who began 0-for-10 before hitting 6 of 9 to finish.

Cameron Shelton took over and took the Bulldogs 60 yards, including two completions to Q'Monte Matheny and a counter play that resulted in a 16-yard score by Twyman as the period ended.

The floodgates opened in the second quarter after Martinsburg's Marcus Scott blitzed from the corner to saddle Hedgesville quarterback Taylor Hockman with an 18-yard loss that left the Eagles punting from their own 5.

A shanked punt went nine yards, and three plays later Twyman's 6-yard run put Martinsburg on top, 12-8. Twyman later added a 30-yard score at the 8:11 mark to cap a quick 46-yard drive after Derek Walker jumped on one of Hedgesville's fumbles.

"We just put ourselves in poor position with poor execution," said Hedgesville coach Dave Lopez. "You can't give a quality team like Martinsburg more than you can handle."

Late in the third period, J.R. Mayles, working as one of Hedgesville's two rotating QBs and under a heavy rush by Jesse Jean, had a pass intercepted by Twyman, who rambled 56 yards to give Martinsburg a 41-8 lead. Twyman had entered the game on defense when Scott came out with cramps.

Peters, also in a QB rotation with Shelton for Martinsburg, hooked up with Matheny on a 6-yard scoring pass. Matheny finished the night with seven catches for 87 yards.

"We'll use both of them throughout the year," said Walker, referring to Peters and Shelton. "Each gives us a different look."

Hedgesville's Dan Kershner romped 40 yards for a fourth-quarter score, part of his team-leading 87 yards on 11 carries.

"(Martinsburg) is big and physical and they did a few different things than what they showed in scrimmages," said Lopez. "They took away our speed with blitzes. We just didn't have the excecution we had in our scrimmages."

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