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Previews of this weekend's games

November 03, 2006

No. 1 Martinsburg Bulldogs (8-1) at No. 5 Jefferson Cougars (5-4)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Martinsburg leads, 19-12.

Last meeting: 2005 - Jefferson, 36-0.

Last week: The Bulldogs beat Musselman, 39-3. The Cougars lost to Greencastle-Antrim, 17-0.

Notes: The Cougars snapped a six-game losing streak to Martinsburg last season and ended the Bulldogs' four-year run as Cumberland Valley Athletic League champions. ... The Bulldogs have won six straight games since their Week 3 loss to Urbana. They have allowed just 45 points in those six wins. ... RB Josh Twyman continued his streak of 100-yard rushing games last week, running for 118 yards and a TD. It was his ninth straight 100-yard game. ... Marcus Scott ran for 133 yards and three TDs on just nine carries for the Bulldogs, who moved up to No. 3 in the West Virginia Class AAA playoff ratings. ... The Cougars are 17th in the playoff ratings and must win to earn their third straight playoff berth. ... The Cougars gained just 113 yards against Greencastle, the area's best defense. They had just 74 rushing yards and seven first downs. ... RB Ryland Newman, who has been in and out of the lineup all season due to nagging injuries, did not play against Greencastle.

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No. 2 Greencastle Blue Devils (7-2) at West Perry Mustangs (8-1)

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Series: West Perry leads, 6-2.

Last meeting: 2005 - Greencastle, 17-7.

Last week: The Blue Devils beat Jefferson, 17-0. The Mustangs beat Shippensburg, 23-12.

Notes: The Blue Devils' win last season ended a four-game losing streak to West Perry. Both teams have clinched Pennsylvania District 3-AAA playoff berths. The teams are tied for second place in the Mid-Penn Colonial Division. The Mustangs' only loss of the season was in late September to Northern, 35-0. The Blue Devils lost 7-0 to Northern one week earlier. The Blue Devils posted their first shutout of the season, holding Jefferson to 113 yards on offense. The Blue Devils struggled offensively against a good Jefferson defense, managing just 144 yards, but took advantage of Dustin Barry's 67-yard punt return for a TD and a Cougars fumble deep in their own territory. Mustangs QB Ibrahim Smith threw TD passes of 33 and 29 yards to Ben Snyder in the win over Shippensburg. ... Snyder had three catches for 87 yards. ... Smith ran for 67 yards.

No. 6 South Hagerstown Rebels (4-4) at No. 3 Boonsboro Warriors (6-2)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Boonsboro leads, 12-7.

Last meeting: 2005 - Boonsboro, 54-0.

Last week: The Rebels lost to Catoctin, 52-14. The Warriors beat Brunswick, 28-0.

Notes: Boonsboro's win last season ended a three-game losing streak in the series. ... The Rebels' playoff hopes took a hit with the loss to Catoctin. They are sixth in the 2A West standings and need to win their final two games and get some help to make the postseason. ... The Rebels gained 163 yards against Catoctin - all on the ground. It was the fourth straight game South did not complete a pass. ... The Rebels lost three fumbles and allowed 378 rushing yards. ... The Warriors gained 388 yards on the ground in the win over Brunswick. ... Kyle Kane ran for 212 yards, including a 70-yard TD, and QB Mike DeBarge ran for a pair of scores. ... The Warriors are fourth in the 1A West standings and could clinch a playoff berth with a win. ... The Warriors gave up 35 points in their one MVAL Antietam loss to Catoctin. They have allowed a total of seven points in their four conference wins.

Catoctin Cougars (7-1) at No. 4 North Hagerstown Hubs (5-3)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: North Hagerstown leads, 10-7.

Last meeting: 2005 - Catoctin, 42-12.

Last week: The Cougars beat South Hagerstown, 52-14. The Hubs beat Clear Spring, 49-6.

Notes: This will be the first football game played at Mike Callas Stadium on the North Hagerstown campus. The Cougars can clinch at least a share of the MVAL Antietam title with a win. A Hubs win would create another logjam in the standings, with North, Catoctin and the South Hagerstown-Boonsboro winner all tied with one conference loss. The Cougars have won seven straight games. They have scored at least 35 points in each of their five MVAL Antietam wins. Bobby Groft scored four TDs for the Cougars in the win over South Hagerstown. The Cougars rushed for 378 yards, the fifth time in as many games they have totaled more than 250 rushing yards as a team. The Hubs are fifth in the Class 2A West standings. The Hubs would likely clinch a playoff berth if they win their final two games, and would still have a chance if they win only one. Diez Johnson gained 107 yards on just six carries in the win over Clear Spring. Jarell Hasan scored two TDs against Clear Spring, giving him 12 on the season.

Hancock Panthers (0-8) at No. 7 Berkeley Springs Indians (4-5)

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Series: Berkeley Springs leads, 35-11.

Last meeting: 2005 - Berkeley Springs, 39-14.

Last week: The Panthers lost to St. James, 33-16. The Indians lost to Allegany, 39-27.

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