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High School Football: Clinton leads Martinsburg to 3rd straight state title

December 01, 2012
  • Martinsburg's Justin Clinton (3) scores a touchdown in the second half Saturday against Cabell Midland in the state final in Wheeling, W.Va.
Associated Press

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Justin “Cookie” Clinton threw for two touchdowns and ran for another Saturday to lead No. 2 Martinsburg to a 38-14 win over top-seeded Cabell Midland for the Bulldogs’ third straight Class AAA championship.

Clinton passed for 127 yards and ran for 93 more at Wheeling Island Stadium. Teammate Trey Boyd rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

Boyd set a Class AAA championship game record for the longest run from scrimmage with an 83-yard scoring dash in the second quarter. Morgantown’s Thomas Porchia held the previous mark with an 80-yard run against Nitro in 1998.

Cedric Brown had TD catches of 7 and 30 yards for Martinsburg, which had 416 total yards of total offense.

The Bulldogs (13-1) led 28-7 at halftime and became the second team to win three straight Class AAA championships. Charleston High accomplished the feat from 1968-70. Martinsburg has won 41 of last 42 games over the past three seasons.

David Gaydosz rushed for 133 yards and two scores to lead Cabell Midland (13-1). Lowell Farley also topped the century mark for the Knights, rushing for 120 yards.

It was the first trip to the championship game ever for Cabell Midland. The Knights had made the semifinals in 2000, ’03 and ’05.

Clinton finished the year with 1,542 rushing yards and 24 TDs on the ground to go along with 1,726 passing yards and 18 scores through the air.

Martinsburg’s defense, which yielded just three touchdowns in its first three playoff games, was stout again Saturday against a Cabell Midland offense averaging 36 points. Martinsburg’s Dean DeSana had a game-high 7.5 tackles, including a sack.

Gaydosz scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to cut Cabell Midland’s deficit to 35-14 and the Knights were driving again to start the fourth quarter following Martinsburg’s first punt. But Cabell Midland failed to convert on fourth-and-long on consecutive possessions.

Cabell Midland was a combined 5 for 19 on third and fourth downs.

Martinsburg’s Tyler DeHaven capped the scoring with a 48-yard field goal.

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