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Bulldogs still on top of Super 7 poll

September 25, 2007|By MARK KELLER

The Martinsburg Bulldogs remained the unanimous No. 1 in The Herald-Mail Super 7 after their hard-fought 21-14 win over Friendship Collegiate on Friday night.

Berkeley Springs jumps to No. 2 after surviving a scare and beating Frankfort 26-23 in overtime, while Smithsburg moves up a notch to No. 3 following a win at Winters Mill.

Greencastle drops from second to fourth after its loss to Northern. Boonsboro holds at No. 5 with a win over Poolesville. Musselman strengthened its position in the poll by beating North Hagerstown, while Hancock takes Mercersburg's place at No. 7 after its shutout win over Clear Spring.

Friday's games feature Liberty at North Hagerstown; Williamsport at South Hagerstown; Francis Scott Key at Boonsboro; Clear Spring at Smithsburg; Hancock at Elkton Christian; Jefferson at Musselman; Altoona at Chambersburg; Camp Hill at James Buchanan; Milton Hershey at Waynesboro; and Big Spring at Greencastle.

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On Saturday, it's Potomac School at St. James and Mercersburg Academy at Lawrenceville.

Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs and Hedgesville all are off this week.

Quick hits

Some quick notes on each of the 18 high school football teams in the Tri-State area:

Berkeley Springs has won six straight games dating back to last season.

The Indians' last six-game winning streak was in 1994, when they won the first six games of that season. The Indians last seven-game winning streak spanned the 1978 and '79 seasons. ... Boonsboro faces Francis Scott Key this week for the first time since 2002, the year before the Monocacy Valley Athletic League and Central Maryland Conference merged.

Chambersburg has scored just 27 points in four games this season, but the Trojans are actually ahead of last season's pace. They scored just seven points in their first four games of 2006, and those seven didn't come until the fourth game. The Trojans have lost six straight dating to the end of last season.

Clear Spring has lost 10 straight games, scoring just 40 points and being shut out four times in that string. ... Greencastle lost to Northern for the ninth straight time, missing its chance for a 4-0 start for the first time since 2000.

Hancock has started 2-1 or better in five of the last six seasons, with last year's 0-10 campaign the only exception.

Hedgesville must win its final five games to avoid a 10th straight non-winning season. The Eagles have finished 5-5 three times since 1998. ... Six of James Buchanan's 10 wins since 2001 have come against York Tech. ... The four teams that have beaten Jefferson have a combined record of 13-2.

Martinsburg has won each of its last two games by seven points. The last time the Bulldogs won two games by such close margins was in weeks 2 and 3 of the 2005 season, when they won by 5 and 7 points. ... Mercersburg Academy have lost eight of their last nine Mid-Atlantic Prep League games dating back to the 2005 season.

Musselman kicker Corey Smith has made 7 of 9 field goals this season, including 6-for-6 from 40 yards and beyond, but is 0-for-2 from 30 to 39 yards. ... North Hagerstown has not lost four straight games since dropping six straight across the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

St. James lost to Sidwell Friends for the 12th straight time last Thursday by giving away a 10-0 lead in the fourth quarter. ... Smithsburg is looking for its second 4-0 start in the last four years. The Leopards began the 2004 season with eight straight wins.

South Hagerstown is 0-3 for the third straight season, although the Rebels have scored 49 points this season, well above the 13 and 14 they had through three games in 2004 and 2005. ... Waynesboro has been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since the start of the 2003 season. ... Williamsport's 41-0 win was its largest margin of victory since beating Clear Spring 57-0 to close the 2005 season.

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