Football Area Roundup

November 10, 2007


BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - James Jordan scored all of Martinsburg's 26 points Friday, but it was the one point he could not convert that made all the difference.

Jordan, who plays fullback and kicks for the 11th-seeded Bulldogs, scored his third touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter to pull Martinsburg within one point, but a bad snap on the point-after led to a missed conversion as No. 6 Bridgeport held on for a 27-26 victory in the first round of the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs.

It was Martinsburg's first road playoff game - not including its four state final appearances on a neutral field - since 2001. The Bulldogs have a 1-7 postseason record away from Cobourn Field.


Bridgeport (10-1) took a 14-0 lead in just the first 70 seconds of the game. Wes Eads returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to give the Indians a 7-0 lead.

After the ensuing kickoff, Ryan Rowland lost a fumble on Martinsburg's first play from scrimmage. Two plays later, Bridgeport's Mark Gray scored on a 15-yard run.

The Bulldogs (7-4) settled in from there and began to slowly chip away at the Indians' lead. Jordan scored on runs of 1, 3 and 2 yards and kicked field goals of 20 and 24 yards.

After his second field goal cut the Indians' lead to 27-20, Jordan kicked a hard squib kickoff that hit a Bridgeport player and was recovered by Martinsburg's Will Manley at the Indians 31.

Jordan capped that drive with his 2-yard touchdown run, then lined up for the tying PAT. But holder Brett Rogers had to reach for the snap and bobbled it, taking away the chance at the kick. Rogers scrambled to try to complete a pass on the play, but his throw fell incomplete.

Bridgeport (10-1) advances to the second round to face the winner of today's game between No. 14 John Marshall (7-3) and No. 3 Parkersburg (9-1).

Bishop Walsh 21, Hancock 0

HANCOCK - Logan Williams and Dylan D'Atri each ran for a touchdown to help Bishop Walsh shut out Hancock.

Bishop Walsh forced five turnovers, including Jaron McDonald's interception in the end zone for a score.

D'Atri rushed for 151 yards to lead the Spartans (4-6).

The Panthers (3-7) gained only 75 total yards in their final game of the year.


South 14, North 12

South Hagerstown: Michael Rider 113 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 2-point conversion; Kenny Kitchen INT; Anthony Green, Andre Pierre fumble recovery each; Ronnie Embly blocked punt.

North Hagerstown: Nick Stubbs 99-yard punt return TD; 68-yard kickoff return TD; Derek Black INT.

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