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Martinsburg wins another state title

December 03, 2011
  • Martinsburg players celebrate winning the West Virginia Class AAA state championship game against George Washington in Wheeling on Saturday afternoon.
Associated Press

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Justin Arndt ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns and he had an interception on defense as top-seeded Martinsburg beat George Washington 35-27 on Saturday for the Bulldogs’ second straight West Virginia Class AAA state championship.

Martinsburg went 14-0 for the second straight season.

Third-seeded George Washington (13-1) won its only title in 1982.

Martinsburg quarterback Brandon Ashenfelter ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to help nullify the efforts of George Washington’s Ryan Switzer.

Ashenfelter carried 20 times for 135 yards. Switzer, a leading candidate for the Kennedy Award given to the state’s top football player ran 34 times for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

Switzer scored on third-quarter runs of 1 and 18 yards to bring George Washington within 28-27, but the extra-point kick was wide.

Martinsburg’s Justin Clinton fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, but George Washington’s Trevor Bell was intercepted by Cedric Brown in the end zone early in the fourth quarter.

Ashenfelter then capped an 80-yard drive with a 5-yard scoring run to put Martinsburg ahead 35-27.
Bell threw incomplete on fourth-and-8 near midfield to end George Washington’s next drive.

Martinsburg ate up valuable clock time before turning the ball over on downs with 42 seconds left in the game at the George Washington 11. The Patriots couldn’t move the ball downfield and Bell was tackled on the game’s final play.

In the first half, fullback Dustin Crouser opened the scoring for George Washington on a 1-yard run, and Ashenfelter answered with a 5-yard keeper for a TD.

Switzer scored his first touchdown from 13 yards out and Arndt pulled Martinsburg even with a 58-yard scoring run.

Martinsburg turned a Switzer fumble into a 70-yard scoring drive with Ashenfelter hitting Brown with a 9-yard TD pass for a 21-14 halftime lead.

With the score tied at 21-21 in the third quarter, Martinsburg’s Marques Borrel sacked Bell and forced a fumble, which was recovered by the Bulldogs’ Jared Sartin at the George Washington 15. Arndt scored on a 4-yard run two plays later and Martinsburg led the rest of the game.

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