Previews of this evening's games

August 24, 2007

No. 1 Martinsburg Bulldogs (12-2*) at Morgantown Mohigans (10-3)

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Series: Tied, 1-1.

Last meeting: 2004 - Morgantown, 38-12.

Notes: This game was originally scheduled to be played at Martinsburg, but was moved when it was determined Martinsburg's new artificial turf field would not be ready in time. ... Both meetings between the teams have come in the postseason. ... The Mohigans beat Martinsburg in the 2004 Class AAA final. The Bulldogs beat Morgantown 19-8 in the 2001 state semifinals. ... Morgantown has won four straight regular-season games entering the contest; Martinsburg has won seven straight. ... The Mohigans have scored 30 points or more 30 times in the last three years; the Bulldogs have topped 30 points 24 times in the last three years. ... The Bulldogs return starting quarterback Dustin Peters, but his top running threat and five leading receivers from last season are all gone. ... The Bulldogs have reached the playoffs nine straight times. ... Coach David Walker, starting his 11th year at Martinsburg, needs six wins to reach 100 with the Bulldogs.


No. 3 Berkeley Springs Indians (5-5) at Petersburg Vikings (2-8)

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Series: Berkeley Springs leads, 17-13.

Last meeting: 2006 - Berkeley Springs, 57-6.

Notes: The Indians have won six of the last seven games in the series. ... The Indians have outscored the Vikings 235-91 in those seven games. ... The Indians were 4-2 last season before losing three straight to eventual playoff teams (Keyser, Beall, Allegany). ... The Indians scored the most points per game (37.2) among area teams last season. ... The Indians return their top two running backs from last season, tailback Cody Hess and fullback Cody Reed. Both topped the 1,000-yard mark last year. ... Berkeley Springs begins the season ranked seventh in the Charleston Daily Mail Class AA preseason poll.

Keyser Golden Tornado (8-4) at No. 4 Musselman Applemen (3-7)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Musselman leads, 9-7.

Last meeting: 2006 - Keyser, 42-22.

Notes: The Golden Tornado has won four of the last five games in the series. ... The Golden Tornado received the 12th most votes in the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail Class AA preseason poll. ... The Applemen are seeking their first winning season since 2001. That also was the last year Musselman qualified for the playoffs. ... Musselman coach Denny Price is entering his 35th year as head coach. His record is 236-124-1. ... The Applemen return quarterback Ethan French, who threw for more than 1,400 yards as a junior. ... Also back for Musselman is senior punter/kicker Corey Smith, who has committed to Alabama.

Brooke Bruins (7-4) at Jefferson Cougars (5-5)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Brooke leads, 3-0.

Last meeting: 1978 - Brooke, 50-6.

Notes: The Bruins outscored Jefferson 95-18 in their three previous meetings (1974, 1975, 1978). ... The Bruins suffered their first loss to an Eastern Panhandle team last season, losing 49-7 to Martinsburg in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. ... The Bruins won their two previous meetings against Martinsburg (1981, 1982). ... The Cougars are coming off their first non-playoff year since 2003. ... The Cougars have put together three straight season of .500 or better for just the fourth time in the 36-year history of the program and the first since 1990-92. Only once has Jefferson had four straight seasons at .500 or better, from 1980-83. ... Jefferson returns six starters from one of the best defenses in the area last season. The Cougars allowed just 138 points in 10 games. No team scored more than 24 points against them.

Briar Woods Falcons (6-4) at Hedgesville Eagles (4-6)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Hedgesville leads, 1-0.

Last meeting: 2006 - Hedgesville, 34-7.

Notes: These teams met in Hedgesville's final game of last season. ... The Falcons are in just their second season as a varsity program. ... The Falcons, from Ashburn, Va., were in the running for a playoff berth before losing to Hedgesville and Freedom (Va.) in the final two weeks of the season. ... The Eagles are seeking their first winning season since 1997, when they went 10-3 and advanced to the Class AAA semifinals. They have had three 5-5 season since then. ... The Eagles have not made the playoffs since 1997 either. ... This is the first time since 2002 that the Eagles do not open the season against Martinsburg. ... The Eagles have quarterback Taylor Hockman back this season, but his favorite target, Michael Lopez, is gone. ... Lopez had 63 percent of the team's catches last year. ... The Eagles enter the season having won two straight games, their longest win streak since 2003.

* - records shown are from 2006 season

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