No surprise: Berkeley Springs off to a 3-0 start

September 11, 2007|By MARK KELLER

The Berkeley Springs football team is off to a 3-0 start for the first time in 28 years.

That fact alone would have some believing that the Indians are a surprise. The truth is Berkeley Springs has been one of the most consistent football programs in the area since Angelo Luvara became the head coach in 2000.

The Indians have just one losing regular season since Luvara's arrival - they went 3-7 in his first year. The Indians finished 2005 with a 5-6 record, but only after dropping a first-round playoff game.

Berkeley Springs has made the postseason twice (2002 and 2005) under Luvara and nearly qualified three other times. Before Luvara, the Indians had never made a playoff appearance.


The Indians' running back tandem of Cody Hess and Cody Reed are commanding the lion's share of attention this season, and rightfully so. Both rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season and both are ahead of that pace through the first three games of this season.

They've opened some eyes across the state already. The Indians jumped to No. 4 in Class AA in the Charleston Daily Mail state poll this week after their 40-3 shellacking of Grafton, which was previously ranked fifth in that same poll.

The Indians face South Hagerstown on Friday, hoping to post their first 4-0 start since 1977. That win would put the Indians halfway toward another milestone of sorts - an eight-win season.

The last time that happened? 1971.

Voters in The Herald-Mail poll were not deterred by Martinsburg's sudden accumulation of two losses last week due to the use of an ineligible player.

The Bulldogs are still No. 1 in The Herald's Super 7 despite their 1-2 record.

Martinsburg officials are planning to appeal the ruling against the team, which was handed down on Thursday, to the WVSSAC Board of Review next month in an effort to get the two victories restored.

Martinsburg also held on to the No. 2 spot in the Charleston Daily Mail Class AAA rankings. The Bulldogs play at Urbana on Friday.

Greencastle (2-0) moved up to No. 2 with a shutout win over Palmyra last week. On Friday, the Blue Devils travel to Waynesboro, where the Indians (0-2) are experiencing something of a resurgence, losing two close games to start the season.

Berkeley Springs (3-0) stays at No. 3 with its impressive win over Grafton, which had been averaging 44.3 points per game. The Indians welcome South (0-1) on Friday for the first meeting between the schools.

Smithsburg (1-0) moves up to No. 4 as the Leopards were the only team in the MVAL Antietam to win last week. They did so impressively, shutting out Northern Garrett. The Leopards play host to Poolesville, which edged Brunswick last week.

North Hagerstown (0-1) lost its season opener for the first time since 2002, dropping the Hubs from No. 2 to No. 5. The Hubs welcome Allegany to Mike Callas Stadium on Friday.

Boonsboro (0-1) moves into the poll at No. 6 despite losing its season opener 14-13 to Moorefield. The Warriors take the long trip to Oakland, Md., to face Southern Garrett this week.

St. James (1-0) enters the poll at No. 7 after beating Randolph-Macon Academy 30-0. The Saints play host to Maryland School for the Deaf on Saturday.

Other games Friday include Northern Garrett at Williamsport; Bishop Walsh at Clear Spring; Petersburg at Hancock; Cedar Cliff at Chambersburg; Potomac Falls at Jefferson; Sherando at Hedgesville; and Central at Musselman.

On Saturday, James Buchanan plays at York Tech and Mercersburg Academy plays at St. Albans.

Herald-Mail Super 7

1. Martinsburg (9) 1-2 68 1

2. Greencastle (1) 2-0 57 5

3. Berkeley Springs 3-0 55 3

4. Smithsburg 1-0 37 7

5. North Hagerstown 0-1 30 2

6. Boonsboro 0-1 16 -

7. St. James 1-0 12 -

Also receiving votes: Waynesboro (0-2, 2); Hancock (1-0, 2); Hedgesville (1-2, 1).

First-place votes in parentheses

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