'Dogs find passion to fashion rout

October 23, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Martinsburg scored four touchdowns in the second period of Friday's game against Jefferson and ran only seven plays. The Bulldogs defense did its job also, keeping Jefferson from crossing midfield until the fourth quarter.

The end result was easy -- a 52-0 Martinsburg victory over the Cougars in the regular-season home finale for the Bulldogs, who finish up at Musselman next Friday before the playoffs.

"I wanted to see us set the tone and have some enthusiasm, things we didn't show last week," said Martinsburg coach Dave Walker as his troops rebounded from a 21-20 loss to Park View (Va.). "I wanted us coming out with a purpose and we did."

It was also the first time since 2004 the Bulldogs had beaten Jefferson on home turf and it did not take long to figure out who was going to dominate.


The Bulldogs scored on their first possession, rolled up an easy 331 total yards and the defense stymied the Cougars' offense to a net 38 yards on 50 plays.

A short kickoff to open the game gave Martinsburg possession at the Cougars 49. Brandon Bishop did the running with totes of 13, 1, 33 and a TD-scoring 2 yards.

With 2:06 to play in the opening quarter, Bishop capped a 73-yard drive with a 1-yard run. He had a 19-yard run in the drive and quarterback Kameron Puller had runs of 17 and 10 yards.

"We got those early scores like we wanted and the defense played well from the beginning," said Walker.

But the second quarter most likely seemed endless for the Cougars.

After a Jefferson punt, Puller scored from 54 yards on the first play at the 10:15 mark.

On the next possession, Darren Arndt blocked a punt and Bishop recovered the football in the end zone for a touchdown.

Jefferson reached its own 38 on its next possession before Arndt pounced on a loose ball at the 35. This time, it took four plays before backup quarterback Alex Schonhans delivered a 16-yard scoring pass to Kendall Redman with 3:52 left.

The Cougars failed to successfully play the kickoff and started its next possession at its own 6. Even on a fourth-and-2 from the 14, the Cougars went for a first down on a QB push by Carroll Milbourne, but the Bulldogs stuffed the effort at the 15.

Martinsburg scored immediately as Schonhans found David Hammonds for a 15-yard score.

Drew Dopson booted a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter and David Gladden had a 3-yard score in the final period.

"We worked on some different formations and got a balanced offense," said Walker.

Puller finished with 125 yards rushing and Bishop added 75 as Martinsburg ran for 238 yards. The passing attack, split between Puller and Schonhans, added 93 yards.

Jefferson (2-6), which had 13 plays that resulted in negative yardage, finally moved into Martinsburg territory after Gladden's score with 8 minutes remaining when Anthony Twyman returned the kickoff 53 yards to the Bulldogs' 34.

"We're going out next week and play for a home game in the playoffs," said Walker.

Martinsburg 52, Jefferson 0

M--Brandon Bishop 2 run (Drew Dopson kick)
M--Bishop 1 run (Dopson kick)
M--Kameron Puller 54 run (Markus Cook pass from Alex Schonhans)
M--Bishop fumble recovery in end zone (Dopson kick)
M--Kendall Redman 16 pass from Schonhans (Dopson kick)
M--David Hammond 15 pass from Schonhans (Dopson kick)
M--Dopson 37 field goal
M--David Gladden 3 run (kick failed)


RUSHING--Jefferson, Grantham 15-52, Khan 7-11, Lykins 3-11, Nagel 2-8, Milbourne 8-(minus 27), Carter 4-(minus 33); Martinsburg, Puller 12-125, Bishop 8-75, Gladden 10-39, Ferguson 3-6, Mills 1-(minus 2), DeHaven 1-(minus 3), Team 2-(minus 4).

PASSING--Jefferson, Milbourne 1-7-5-1, Carter 1-4-11-0; Martinsburg, Puller 3-8-43-1, Schonhans 3-5-50-0.

RECEIVING--Jefferson, Poe 1-10, Myers 1-5; Martinsburg, Redman 2-35, Hammond 2-29, Walker 1-16, Bishop 1-13.

Jefferson0000--0Martinsburg142936--52JeffMartFirst downs617Rushes-yards39-2237-238Passing yards1693Comp-Att-Int2-11-16-13-1Total offense50-3850-331Punts-avg.6-36.31-36.0Penalties-yards6-555-30Fumbles-lost3-11-0
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