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Reed, Hess overpower Hancock

November 03, 2007|By Jack Hill III

HANCOCK - Berkeley Springs' one-two punch of fullback Cody Reed and tailback Cody Hess was effective again in Friday night's football game as the No. 4 Indians knocked out the Hancock Panthers, 48-7.

Reed rushed for 143 yards on only seven carries and scored three touchdowns, while Hess rushed for 116 yards on just 12 carries and had two touchdowns as Berkeley Springs completed its regular season with an 8-2 record.

The Indians will host a first-round playoff game next weekend.

"I think it's a really good accomplishment to go 8-2," Reed said. "Everybody just worked hard and everybody just wants to win. I think our team is looking good right now. I'd just like to thank our offensive linemen for doing a good job. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't be going anywhere."

Hess and Reed rank one-two in the area in points scored, rushing touchdowns and rushing yards. Hess leads the area with 132 points and 22 rushing touchdowns, while he is second with 1,291 rushing yards. Reed leads the area with 1,502 rushing yards and is second with 128 points and 21 rushing touchdowns.

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"Nobody gets down after a loss," Hess said. "At the beginning of the year, we were expecting big things out of our offense this year. The offensive line has been really great this year. I think that we can compete with anybody in the state. I think the whole team is hyped up for playoffs. I think we're ready. We're just going to work hard this week in practice and stay focused."

Reed's three touchdowns came on runs of 5, 45 and 38 yards. Hess' two touchdowns came on runs of 7 and 8 yards.

Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara couldn't have been happier with the performances.

"We knew that they were good beforehand," Luvara said. "They are very versatile. I am real proud of our seniors. They have done everything that we have asked of them."

The other two touchdowns for the Indians came on a 64-yard pass from Matt Colwell to Justin Thomas and on a 60-yard punt return by Josh Kelly as they built a 48-0 halftime advantage.

Josh Wise made six of his seven extra-point kicks for the Indians, including a 35-yard extra-point kick that resulted from a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a Berkeley Springs touchdown.

The only scoring for Hancock (3-6) came on a 6-yard touchdown run by B.J. Weller and an extra-point kick by Nick Harvey.

"We had a tough time against a good team," Hancock coach John Blake said. "Coach Luvara has done an excellent job developing Berkeley Springs' football program. For us, Boyd Weller had a great individual effort on both the offensive and the defensive side. Jon Clark had the best game of his high school career tonight. He was passing with great accuracy. We dropped seven balls that should have been caught."

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