Great Scott No. 1 'Dogs roll

October 28, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg running back Marcus Scott is trying to showcase his skills to whoever will watch in hopes of getting noticed by someone at the next level.

Scott may have grabbed some attention Friday night as he shined on both sides of the ball, helping the No. 1 Bulldogs past Musselman 39-3 in Cumberland Valley Athletic League action at Cobourn Field.

Scott ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries and added an interception and a sack on defense to lead the Bulldogs (8-1, 3-0).

"I don't get the ball much, but when I do get it ..." Scott paused and smiled. "I'm just trying to get a scholarship. I'm trying to go to college far from here."


Scott led the Martinsburg running game that produced 301 yards. Starting back Josh Twyman carried 15 times for 118 yards.

"We want to get (Scott) the ball more," said Martinsburg coach David Walker. "He's worked hard and does a nice job. Josh is going to get his yardage, but having both of them makes us harder to defend."

"Josh is a strong runner," Scott said. "He runs harder than me, but I have good vision and can cut back. It's a real boost to have two great running backs because teams can't prepare for us."

The Applemen (3-7, 1-3) didn't have an answer for Scott, Twyman or any other Bulldog for that matter. Quarterback Dustin Peters threw for 163 yards and a touchdown and even reserve running backs Ryan Rowland and James Jordan were able to successfully run against the Musselman defense.

Musselman's offense had even more problems. Ethan French was intercepted five times - a career-high three by Xavier Peters - and the Applemen were held to 110 yards of offense.

"Coming in, we knew Musselman had some of the best receivers in the area," Xavier Peters said. "We haven't had much experience against the pass, but we passed the test."

Peters has nine interceptions for the season - one shy of the Martinsburg record held by Nate Sowers.

Scott and Cameron Shelton also had interceptions and Scott Stump recovered a fumble for the Bulldogs' defense. Martinsburg turned the six turnovers into 27 points.

Musselman had no such luck in its two interceptions of Dustin Peters. Peters was picked off on Martinsburg's first offensive series, but the Bulldogs forced a punt and went on to score on their next three possessions.

Scott got the offense going when he carried to the right side, cut back across the field and outran the Musselman defense.

"I saw one little man on the left side of the field. I knew he wouldn't catch me," Scott said.

Scott added a 5-yard touchdown and Dustin Peters scored on a 7-yard keeper to give the Bulldogs a 19-0 lead after the first quarter.

Musselman finally cracked the scoreboard when Corey Smith booted a 38-yard field goal with 4:27 left in the first half.

That left plenty of time for Martinsburg to add to its lead. Twyman scored a 1-yard touchdown and Dustin Peters hit Patrick O'Shea on a 25-yard post to put the Bulldogs ahead 32-3 at halftime.

Scott finished off the Applemen with an 18-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Shontel Jackson highlighted a sloppy night for Musselman with 118 yards rushing.

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