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Roberts runs roughshod over Indians

November 18, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Jordan Roberts scored eight touchdowns in a little over three quarters of action Saturday, sparking Scott High School to a 54-20 win over Berkeley Springs in the quarterfinals of the West Virginia Class AA football playoffs.

The senior is the front-runner to win this year's prestigious Kennedy Award, which is presented to the state's top football player. He did nothing on Saturday to diminish his chances.

The talented athlete shattered the state playoff record for most touchdowns in a game while carrying the football 23 times for 399 yards. He was especially potent in the first half, gaining 304 yards on just six rushes as Scott extended its record to 9-3.

Last week, Roberts rushed for 353 yards and five touchdowns and threw for another score in Scott's 40-27 win over Sissonville. He has 3,667 total rushing yards and 47 rushing touchdowns for the season.

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On Saturday, he also made a major contribution on defense - the middle linebacker met Berkeley Springs running back Cody Hess head-on during the third series of the day and sent him to the sidelines with an apparent concussion.

A series earlier, running back Cody Reed left the contest for good with an apparent ankle injury.

This season, Reed had 1,703 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns and Hess added 1,598 yards and 26 touchdowns.

That's a ton of offense and their absence is one of the reasons Berkeley Springs finishes the season with a 9-3 record.

"We played hard, we had to make some adjustments without our two top runners. You can't take 50 touchdowns out of the offense and not feel the effects," Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara said. "We got the lead and then gave them too many opportunities. We didn't tackle very well. I thought we did a much better job in the second half.... but it was too late."

Luvara praised the efforts of quarterback Matt Colwell and receiver Justin Thomas - who hooked up for two touchdowns - and linebacker Billy Adkins, while Scott mentor Shane Griffith talked about Roberts.

"He can flat out play," Griffith said. "I think he clinched the Kennedy Award today and he's very deserving. He has a good attitude and character and a great work ethic. He is our offensive threat but we're like a family here. It takes more than one person for the team to be successful."

Roberts enjoyed his brief visit to Martinsburg. The six-hour voyage was worthwhile.

"I've never played on (synthetic) turf like this. I liked it," Roberts said. "This is the most touchdowns I've ever scored in a game. I had six one other time."

In pregame accounts, this was billed as a shootout between two powerful offensive clubs, and Scott and Berkeley Springs didn't disappoint their fans.

Berkeley Springs actually grabbed the lead just 34 seconds into the first period on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Colwell to Thomas which capped a three-play 65 yard drive. But Roberts then took matters into his own hands and ran three times for 51 yards and a score. The extra point attempt backfired but Scott was within, 7-6, with 10:23 still remaining in the first quarter.

From there, Roberts and company took command.

Later in the contest, he scored four touchdowns on as many running plays.

"He's very elusive," Luvara said. "We stopped him a few times in the backfield, but once he got past the line of scrimmage he was tough to get down."

The Skyhawks head to the semifinals for the first time in school history and will meet top-rated Bluefield (11-0) next weekend.

"We played 10 games during the regular season and seven of them made the playoffs," Griffith said. "And the playoff teams have been tough. We've never made it past the second round. We're really looking forward to the next step."

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