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Indians' RB duo marches through Logan

November 11, 2007|By BOB PARASILITI

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Logan came to the Eastern Panhandle all set to play a football game.

But the Wildcats ended up in a sing-a-long. All they could do was follow the bouncing ball.

Berkeley Springs played conductor on Saturday, hitting the high notes for eight touchdowns in a high-octane offensive display. The Indians' running back tandem of Cody Hess and Cody Reed combined for 371 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in a 55-40 victory in the first round of the West Virginia Class AA playoffs at Martinsburg's Cobourn Field.

"If you have watched us all year, it's been the same thing," Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara said. "If you give us the ball, we'll find something to do with it."

On most occasions, that something was putting it in the end zone.

The fourth-seeded Indians scored eight of the 13 times they had the ball. The Indians will have the chance to do it again next week when they host fifth-seeded Scott, a 40-27 winner over Sissonville on Friday.

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It was a chorus of "Boom, Boom, Boom. Let's go back to our room" in the first half for the Indians, who led 27-20 at the half while running for 208 yards. After the Logan marching band played "Carry On Wayward Son" at halftime, Berkeley Springs obliged even more with 164 more yards and four more touchdowns.

"We had no answer for Reed," Logan coach Gary Mullins said. "They were really effective. All their linemen stepped together. We didn't see them do anything we didn't see on the film. They were a machine."

The Indians (9-2) hit on all cylinders. Hess rushed 28 times for 196 yards and four touchdowns, while Reed added 25 carries for 175 yards and three scores. Quarterback Matt Colwell did just enough to keep Logan honest by completing 7 of 8 passes for 145 yards, including his first touchdown pass of the season - a 49-yard strike to Justin Thomas for what essentially was the winning touchdown.

"Every play we ran was the same as the ones we ran all year," Luvara said. "We run our zone stuff and the more we run it, the better we get out of it."

It didn't look that way early.

Berkeley Springs took the opening kickoff and punted after three plays. Logan (6-5), the 13th seed, rolled to an early 7-0 lead with an opening 49-yard drive, capped by a 3-yard run by Chris Tolliver for his first of three touchdowns.

From there, the game became a ping-pong match with the ball moving up and down the field.

The Indians answered with a 63-yard drive, capped by Hess' 39-yard run off tackle and down the sideline for the score. The extra point was blocked to leave Berkeley Springs behind, 7-6.

Tolliver scored from the 3 on the next possession to give the Wildcats a 14-6 lead at the end of the quarter. Then the Indians took over, controlling the ball for nearly 12 of the 15 minutes of the second quarter.

Reed scored on runs of 24 and 4 yards while Hess added a 15-yard scoring dash, all bracketing Logan's lost fumble on a kickoff and Tolliver's 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on a reverse play.

Berkeley Springs' defense answered the call in the second half by holding down the Wildcats, while the Indians' offense began extending the lead.

The Wildcats were forced to punt after receiving the second-half kickoff. The Indians responded with a 57-yard drive over four minutes as Hess pounded it in from the 3 for a 34-20 lead through three quarters.

"Our defense played well in the second half," Luvara said. "We gave up a lot of yards at the end, but we'll fix that. I think in the second half, we knew what they wanted to do on defense."

The Indians forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, and held Logan to 76 yards rushing. The Wildcats stayed in the game as freshman quarterback David Brown threw for 278 yards and touchdown.

Robert Shells scored on the second play of the fourth quarter with an 8-yard run to bring Logan back within seven at 34-27. But the Indians answered with two straight scores on a 23-yard run by Reed and the Colwell pass to Thomas to take a 21-point lead with 8:10 remaining.

Brown hit Brandon Gearhart with a 65-yard scoring pass and Shells scored from the 1 with 44.8 seconds remaining, but it wasn't enough for Logan to offset the Indians and their final score, a 26-yard run by Reed.

The Indians finished with 517 yards and 23 first downs, more than enough to best Logan's 353 yards.

"We played six-, five- and four-man fronts, blitzed and non-blitzed to stop Reed, and nothing helped," Mullins said. "But when we watch the films, we'll probably see the quarterback was the one who beat us. All the credit goes to Berkeley Springs. There is no question the better team won today."

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