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Previews of This Weekend's Games

September 29, 2006

No. 1 Martinsburg Bulldogs (3-1)at Potomac Falls Panthers (2-1)

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Series: Martinsburg leads, 1-0.

Last meeting: 2005 - Martinsburg, 35-9.

Last week: The Bulldogs beat Broad Run, 42-14. The Panthers lost to Jefferson, 17-7.

Notes: The Bulldogs have won their last 12 games against Virginia teams. Sherando was the last Virginia team to beat the Bulldogs, winning 44-24 on Sept. 11, 1998. Josh Twyman ran for 146 yards and two TDs in the Bulldogs' win over Broad Run. ... QB Dustin Peters threw for a pair of TDs and ran for another. ... The Panthers are playing their third straight game against an Eastern Panhandle opponent. They beat Hedgesville two weeks ago. ... The Panthers managed just 94 yards offense against Jefferson.

Musselman Applemen (1-4)at No. 2 Jefferson Cougars (3-2)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Musselman leads, 12-7.

Last meeting: 2005 - Jefferson, 35-14.

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Last week: The Applemen lost to Fort Hill, 39-14. The Cougars beat Potomac Falls, 17-7.

Notes: The Cougars have won the last two meetings. Ryan Trochimowicz had seven catches for 128 yards for the Applemen in the loss to Fort Hill. ... Ethan French threw for 156 yards, but was picked off twice. ... French also ran for 62 yards, including a 64-yard TD run. ... The Cougars held Potomac Falls to 94 yards offensively, including just 3 yards rushing. ... Dewey McDonald ran for 115 yards in place of Ryland Newman, who did not play due to injury.

No. 3 Greencastle Blue Devils (2-2)at Big Spring Bulldogs (0-4)

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Series: Big Spring leads, 11-6.

Last meeting: 2005 - Greencastle, 56-7.

Last week: The Blue Devils lost to Northern, 7-0. The Bulldogs lost to Shippensburg, 47-6.

Notes: Greencastle snapped a three-game losing streak against the Bulldogs last season. The Blue Devils were held to 127 yards in the loss to Northern, their eighth straight loss to the Polar Bears. It also was the fourth time the Polar Bears have blanked Greencastle in the last seven meetings. RB Conrad Myers leads the Blue Devils in rushing and receiving yards. He has scored five TDs. The Bulldogs have lost 16 straight games and 18 of their last 20. The Bulldogs trailed Shippensburg 28-0 at halftime and didn't score until late in the fourth quarter, long after the running clock was in effect.

No. 4 Boonsboro Warriors (2-1)at Clear Spring Blazers (1-2)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Boonsboro leads, 2-0.

Last meeting: 2005 - Boonsboro, 53-6.

Last week: The Warriors beat Keyser 20-14 in overtime. The Blazers beat Hancock, 27-14.

Notes: The Warriors have outscored Clear Spring 105-6 in their two meetings. ... Ryan McLean scored two TDs, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Warriors over Keyser. ... The Warriors took advantage Keyser's mistakes, recovering five of the Golden Tornado's seven fumbles. ... The Warriors - the defending MVAL Antietam champions - have won nine straight conference games. Their last conference loss was to Brunswick on Oct. 22, 2004. ... The Blazers' win over Hancock was the second in the program's three-season history. ... The Blazers held Hancock to 152 total yards and overcame three lost fumbles to win. ... QB Steven Munson was 8 of 12 passing for 122 yards. He also ran for a score.

No. 6 Smithsburg Leopards (2-1)at North Hagerstown Hubs (1-2)

When: Today, 7 p.m. at School Stadium

Series: North Hagerstown leads, 10-9.

Last meeting: 2005 - North Hagerstown, 48-13.

Last week: The Leopards lost to Tuscarora, 35-0. The Hubs lost to Thomas Johnson, 42-7.

Notes: The Hubs have won the last six meetings, giving them the lead in the series for the first time since the teams first played in 1987. The Leopards were shut out by Tuscarora, a Class 3A school, for the second consecutive year. ... The Leopards played without leading rusher and scorer Chad Brown against Tuscarora. ... The Hubs are off to their second straight 1-2 start. ... The Hubs gained 306 yards in the loss to Thomas Johnson, but allowed 408. North also lost two fumbles. ... Diez Johnson, who leads Washington County in rushing, ran for 155 yards against the Patriots.

No. 7 Hedgesville Eagles (2-3)at Fort Hill Sentinels (3-0)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Series: Fort Hill leads, 20-14.

Last meeting: 2005 - Fort Hill, 9-7.

Last week: The Eagles beat University, 21-12. The Sentinels beat Musselman, 39-14.

Notes: The Sentinels have won the last four meetings and 11 of the last 12. The Eagles were outgained by 90 yards but still pulled off a mild upset in beating University. ... The Eagles gained 229 yards on the ground, led by Richard Lane's 169 yards and two TDs. ... The Eagles set up their first score with an onside kick on the opening kickoff. ... The Sentinels had two backs break the 100-yard barrier in the win over Musselman: Drew Yurko had 182 yards and two TDs on 12 carries and Corey Taylor added 115 yards and a score on 12 carries.

South Hagerstown Rebels (0-3)at Brunswick Railroaders (2-1)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Brunswick leads, 10-7.

Last meeting: 2005 - Brunswick, 35-20.

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