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Berkeley Springs hopes two RBs are better than one QB

November 17, 2007|By JOHN O'BRIEN

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Scott quarterback Jordan Roberts may be the only person not impressed with the production of Berkeley Springs' two standout running backs this year.

That's because Roberts has almost equaled it himself.

Three of West Virginia Class AA's top runners will be on display today when No. 5 Scott (8-3) faces the No. 4 Indians (9-2) in the state quarterfinals at Martinsburg's Cobourn Field.

Roberts is thought to be the top candidate for the Kennedy Award, given to the state's top player.

It would be a fitting honor for a quarterback who runs way more than he throws and has already broken the state record for rushing yards in a regular season. He's gained 3,248 yards and scored 39 touchdowns.

"He's good," said Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara, who led his team to its first-ever postseason victory last week. "He's shifty, he's got speed and he can create holes as well. He's a good player, that's for sure."

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Roberts rushed for 353 yards and five touchdowns and threw for another score last week in the Skyhawks' 40-27 win over No. 11 Sissonville.

"They try to shield people," Luvara said of Scott's offensive line. "He creates the hole."

Scott has played seven games against playoff teams. It lost by 10 to No. 1 Bluefield earlier this season.

During the regular season, Roberts broke former Nitro running back Josh Culbertson's yardage record. Teammate Randy Bishop has added more than 600 yards on the ground.

Meanwhile, Berkeley Springs' Cody Reed and Cody Hess have combined to rush for 50 touchdowns. Reed, the fullback, has rolled up 1,703 yards and 24 touchdowns, while Hess has 1,598 yards and 26 scores.

Against No. 12 Logan last week, the two combined for 371 yards and two 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."

Meanwhile, quarterback Matt Colwell also excelled, completing 7 of 8 passes for 145 yards and his first touchdown pass of the year in the Indians' 55-40 victory.

Asked about Scott's offensive line, Luvara responded, "I don't know if their line is that great. I think ours is better, but they do their zone-blocking thing."

Berkeley Springs has outscored its opponents, 397-200. In addition to Logan, the Indians have played state playoff teams Grafton (a 40-3 win) and Keyser (a 28-14 loss) from Class AA and Moorefield (a 41-14 win) from Class A.

In Maryland, the Indians defeated Mountain Ridge (7-3) but were blown out by undefeated Allegany.

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