'Dogs give Walker a 'milestone' triumph

October 06, 2007|By JOHN O'BRIEN

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Dumping a cooler full of water on David Walker after the coach's 100th win at Martinsburg on Friday was so much fun, quarterback Dustin Peters might do it again in a couple weeks.

In fact, he might have to.

Ryan Rowland rushed for 168 yards and Peters had a hand in all five of his team's touchdowns as No. 1 Martinsburg rolled past Hedgesville 39-7 at Mumaw Stadium, giving Walker the milestone victory in his 11th season at the school.

Officially, though, Walker is still at 98. Martinsburg forfeited its first two wins of the season after a player who had transferred from another school was found to be academically ineligible. The state's Secondary Schools Activities Commission will hear Martinsburg's appeal Oct. 11.

The players, coaches and fans are all still counting the forfeited wins toward Walker's total.

"To tell the truth, I didn't even know until we took the field for our team prayer," said Peters, who totaled 100 yards passing and 99 rushing. "He's done a lot of hard work turning this program around."


For his efforts, Peters and Scott Stump decided not to dump only one of the half-filled coolers on Walker. Instead, they combined the two.

"I've still got ice down my back," Walker said 15 minutes later.

Hedgesville coach Dave Lopez, meanwhile, said he was happy with his team's effort but not the outcome. The Eagles jumped ahead 7-0 on Tyler McCain's 27-yard interception return almost four minutes into the game.

"I'm proud of the effort our kids gave. Of course I want to win every time out, but when the kids play with all their hearts for 48 minutes, that's all you can ask for," Lopez said.

The early deficit against the Eagles (1-5) was nothing new to Walker. It's happened a lot during his tenure.

"That's been the type of game we've usually had with them," Walker said. "It's an emotional game. It's a rivalry, so you can throw the records out."

After McCain's interception, the Bulldogs (4-2) put together a seven-play drive that ended with Thadeus Jones' leaping catch in the end zone for a 45-yard score.

In the second quarter, Eagles quarterback Taylor Hockman hit his fullback with a pitch intended for his tailback and Martinsburg's Jordan Fields recovered on the Eagles' 17-yard line. Peters scored on a 1-yard run four plays later, and Brett Rogers found Tim Potts on a fake field goal for a two-point conversion and a 15-7 lead.

Martinsburg led 22-7 at the half after Peters' 29-yard run, during which he broke the tackles of at least five Hedgesville defenders.

In the third, Peters scored on a 5-yard run to go up 29-7 with 8:14 left after Rowland reeled off a 38-yarder earlier in the drive. James Jordan booted a 29-yard field goal later in the quarter, and Jordan Mason caught an 11-yard touchdown from Peters with 1:03 remaining.

Rowland rushed 19 times to amass his 168 yards, while Peters carried 13 times for 99 yards. He completed 6 of 17 passes for 100 yards, with two of those passes going to Jones for 65 yards.

Hockman finished 10 of 29 for 98 yards. J.R. Mayles caught four passes for 67 yards and Chris Robinson carried seven times for 31 yards. The Eagles rushed 20 times for 28 yards.

Hedgesville also had the lost fumble and a muffed kickoff return that set up Jordan's field goal.

"Turnovers are a killer when you're going against that good of a team," Lopez said.

That team is either 4-2 or 6-0, depending on how the appeal turns out. If it goes poorly for the Bulldogs, Walker might find himself celebrating No. 100 again later this year.

Peters will be sure to have a cooler topped off and ready.

"I was like, 'Let's get him good,'" he said. "It was fun."

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