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Martinsburg wins first state football title

December 11, 2010

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Brandon Ashenfelter threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night, leading Martinsburg to a 30-0 win over Brooke in the Class AAA championship game that had been delayed one week over a legal challenge.

The second-seeded Bulldogs earned their first-ever championship after losing four times in the title game since 2001.

Martinsburg raced out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and never relinquished the momentum.

The game was postponed from a week earlier due to a court challenge involving the eligibility of four players from South Charleston.

Martinsburg (14-0) outgained Brooke 243-125 and allowed the Bruins only six first downs.

Ashenfelter hit Cedrick Brown with a touchdown pass on third-and-9 to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Tyler DeHaven’s 25-yard field goal made it 10-0 before Ashenfelter found a wide-open Nick Lopez for a 55-yard score and a 17-0 lead after 12 minutes.

Ashenfelter’s 25-yard scramble set up David Gladden’s 4-yardtouchdown run late in the third quarter for a 23-0 lead.

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Chris Perkins’ 20-yard TD run iced the game late in the fourth quarter.

Brown caught six of Ashenfelter’s 10 completions for a game-high 72 yards receiving.

Brooke (11-3) had 14 penalties for 125 penalties, an AAA championship game record.

Martinsburg allowed only 7.7 points per game this season.

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