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Reed, Hess power Berkeley Springs

September 01, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Hedgesville football coach Dave Lopez was in awe of the one-two firepower of Berkeley Springs' Cody Reed and Cody Hess following the Eagles' 28-12 loss to the Indians.

Reed had just run for 208 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown, Hess 17 times for 83 yards and three scores to get the Indians off to a 2-0 start on the young season while sending Hedgesville to a second straight loss.

"42 (Reed) is a man," said Lopez. "You had him tackled and the next thing he's 6, 10, 20 yards downfield. And not that that 45 (Hess) is bad, either. You just can't show that type of power in practice."

Berkeley Springs scored on its third possession and did it in quick fashion.

On a first-down play from the 38, quarterback Matt Colwell rolled out on a bootleg fake and hit Zach Turner with a 22-yard pass. On the next play, Reed rumbled through the left side for a 40-yard score, with Josh Wise adding the first of his four PATs.

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After a quick defensive stand, the Indians struck again on a 57-yard drive that featured a 16-yard run by Reed and two 9-yard runs by Hess, the second for a 14-0 lead with 8:35 to go in the half.

Hedgesville, however, would not roll over, taking advantage of a break.

After an Eagles punt, Hess fumbled and Hedgesville gained possession.

A 27-yard reverse run by Jay Parks got the Eagles to the Berkeley Springs 11. Three plays later, Maurice Adams bulled in from the 7 with 4:28 left.

Still very much in the game, Hedgesville took the second-half kickoff and controlled the ball and the clock down to the 4:47 mark - without scoring.

The 13-play march, which gained a net 31 yards, ended at the Berkeley Springs 40 without success.

"That was the biggest series of the game," said Indians coach Angelo Luvara. "Defensively, we had to make a statement."

Lopez agreed, citing missed blocking assignments as the reason why Hedgesville's drive broke down.

Berkeley Springs punched its lead to 21-6 with 8:52 left in the game when Hess capped a 92-yard drive with a 14-yard run. Reed highlighted the blitz with a 42-yard run.

Hedgesville marched back on an 80-yard drive, as Taylor Hockman completed five passes, the last an 8-yarder to J.R. Mayles for a score.

With 54 seconds remaining, Hess made it a hat trick as he plunged in from the 2.

"Our rush game and our defense did a good job," said Luvara. "This was the first game that we played well in both halves. (Miles) Milburn played well on defense."

The Berkeley Springs defense held Hedgesville to 81 yards on the ground and 194 yards in total offense while piling up 377 total yards itself.

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