'Dogs' Jordan unfirendly to Friendship

September 22, 2007|By MARK KELLER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - James Jordan is quickly earning his stripes with the Martinsburg football team.

Last week, Jordan kicked two field goals and a key extra point in a 13-6 Bulldogs win over Urbana.

On Friday, Jordan shouldered the entire scoring load for the Bulldogs, powering his way to three touchdown runs and adding all three conversions as No. 1 Martinsburg shook off Friendship Collegiate 21-14 at Cobourn Field.

"We usually have a slogan: 'Make the first one miss, make the second one pay,'" Jordan said. "Coach pulled me aside today and said, 'Make 'em all pay.'"

In the Bulldogs' first four games this season, Jordan carried the ball 13 times for 105 yards. On Friday alone, he ran 18 times for 91 yards.


"He's a football player. He's tough," Martinsburg coach David Walker said of Jordan. "He's worked really hard and it's paying off for him."

All told, Martinsburg (3-2) ran the ball 62 times for 324 yards against the Knights, an athletic team that was outsized by Martinsburg's front line.

"With their athletes, I felt the running game was a little more suited to us tonight," Walker said. "I thought our offensive line would handle their defensive front and James is a strong, powerful runner. We have to adapt and do whatever is going to help us be successful."

That included finding a way to stop the Knights' highly-recruited quarterback, Delonte Williams. Williams completed 15 of 34 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as Friendship and Martinsburg went into the fourth quarter tied at 14.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Williams connected with Domonic Crowell down the sideline after getting the defense to bite on a pump fake. Crowell was off to the races for an apparent go-ahead touchdown, but stepped out of bounds at the Martinsburg 3-yard line.

An illegal shift penalty moved the Knights back to the 8. After an incomplete pass on first down, the Bulldogs sent the house on second down - and with the pressure on, Williams panicked.

About to be sacked, Williams turned and flung the ball in the direction of one of his running backs, but well over his head. The ball rolled about 15 yards before Derek Walker pounced on it for the Bulldogs.

Martinsburg kept the ball on the ground while driving for the winning score, using seven plays to move 71 yards - the biggest a 43-yard jaunt by Ryan Rowland.

But when the Bulldogs got in close, the call went to Jordan, who punched it in from the 1.

"I always want the ball," Jordan said. "I trust everybody else on the team, but I love being the playmaker. For me, getting the ball is just the greatest adrenalin rush."

Rowland finished with 128 yards on 15 carries, while quarterback Dustin Peters had 100 yards on 22 carries.

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