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Bulldogs runs over Eagles

October 04, 2008|By JOHN O'BRIEN

Three Martinsburg players rushed for more than 100 yards as the Bulldogs kept rival Hedgesville winless, defeating the Eagles 62-0 on Friday night.

Hedgesville sputtered on offense, totaling minus-16 yards, while giving up more than 500 to Martinsburg (4-2). The Bulldogs posted their most points in a game this season despite their quarterbacks completing only 2 of 16 passes for 20 yards with three interceptions.

"We probably could have scored more in the first half but we kept throwing the ball," Martinsburg coach David Walker said. "We knew we had control of the game. Our passing game didn't look good -- it left a lot to be desired."

Quarterback Kameron Puller rushed 12 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Rowland had 12 carries for 130 yards and two TDs.

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Noon Jordan added seven carries for 106 yards and a TD for the Bulldogs.

Brandon Bishop and Jordan Fields also rushed for touchdowns.

"That's our strength," Walker said. "We're still striving for balance. I know we can do better (passing) than we did today."

Hedgesville coach Paul Plott declined to comment after the game. His team was forced to punt nine times, threw two interceptions and committed 11 penalties, including a series of three consecutive false starts.

The Eagles (0-6) also had a punt blocked, and Martinsburg's Dylan Tryon recovered it in the end zone just before halftime for a 28-0 lead.

Hedgesville nearly had the first points of the game when Ricky Miller returned a Puller interception 86 yards, but it was called back because of holding during the return.

After a three-and-out, Puller went 67 yards to the end zone, but it was also called back for holding. He ended up scoring on a 48-yard run with 4:19 left in the first quarter.

Rowland scored from 61 yards out more than three minutes later, then scored on a 5-yard run with 1:29 left in the first half.

Kendal Redman hauled in a pass from Brett Rogers, who took the ball from Puller on an end around, for a 59-yard touchdown in the third. Fields scored from 5 yards out after a long punt return by Brandon Bishop, and Puller scored on a 31-yard run while lined up at running back to make it 48-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Jordan scored on a 47-yard run with 8:35 remaining, and Bishop scored on a 4-yard run with 4:29 left.

Miller rushed 17 times for minus-5 yards, and Hedgesville quarterback Zack Layhew lost 41 yards on four carries, three of them sacks by the Bulldogs.

The only two first downs the Eagles gained were on penalties by Martinsburg, one a personal foul as Hedgesville prepared to punt. The Bulldogs committed 13 penalties for 120 yards.

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