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Bulldogs clock in, clock win

September 01, 2007|By BOB PARASILITI

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg is operating on one basic rule of offense.

Quantity brings quality.

It's simple. If the Bulldogs' offense was on an elementary school playground, they would be the ballhogs.

Martinsburg made sure its offense was on the field the majority of the time, which led to the majority of the points as quarterback Dustin Peters threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more Friday as the Bulldogs laid a 34-6 rout on Potomac Falls (Va.).

"We came in with a game plan," said Peters, who hit 11 of 20 passes for 189 yards and the two scores. "We want to take a lot of the clock, because the more of the clock we take, the better the offense will be."

It was time and not timing for the Bulldogs, who methodically controlled the Panthers. Martinsburg used runs up the middle, liberally sprinkled with big plays, to get the points and repay the yeoman effort by the defense.

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"It was the same way last week (in a 29-3 win over Morgantown)," Martinsburg coach David Walker said. "Our defense gave the offense a lot of chances. Every time they stop the other team or get a turnover to give us the short field, it gives us opportunity on offense."

Martinsburg had the ball for 16 minutes, 53 seconds of the 24-minute first half to build a 19-0 halftime lead. Ironically, it took 12:22 of the Bulldogs' game of keep away before they scored - after which they put up the 19 points in 4:12.

It started when Peters hit Jordan Fields, who was streaking down the center of the field, on a 33-yard pass for the first touchdown and a 7-0 lead to cap a 93-yard drive.

Martinsburg's defense picked up a fumble to set the offense up for a 25-yard drive, capped by Peters' 8-yard run. Potomac Falls fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, leading to Peters finding Jazz Harrison in the front right corner of the end zone for a 9-yard scoring strike.

"They scouted us really well," Peters said. "But they were giving us some things up the middle and once we got the running game established, it opened up the pass. Then we just tried to play Bulldog football and run the plays to the 'T.'"

Martinsburg forced three first-half turnovers and held Potomac Falls to 17 yards and one first down on 16 plays in the first half.

The Bulldogs seemed content with their lead and tried to work off the clock in the second half. They scored twice in the third quarter.

The first TD came on a 2-yard burst by Fields, the second on a power run up the middle by James Jordan, who looked to be stopped after a short gain. But he spun around as the Panthers tried to strip the ball, and broke free for a 57-yard score.

Jordan later added a 38-yard run on a bad punt snap to lead the Bulldogs with 105 of their 198 yards rushing.

Potomac Falls avoided the shutout by capitalizing on a Martinsburg fumble with a 14-yard scoring pass from Greg Woodlief to Chad McMichael with 2:52 remaining.

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