W.Va. Prep Playoffs Roundup
MARTINSBURG – Justin “Cookie” Clinton ran for 254 yards and four touchdowns as Martinsburg issued a resounding statement with a 50-7 victory against Berkeley rival Musselman Friday night at Cobourn Field in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.
Martinsburg (11-1) will play host to George Washington in the semifinals next week in a rematch of last year’s state championship game.
Trey Boyd, in his second game back from an injury that forced him to miss five games, had 112 yards and a touchdown.
George Washington 41 Lewis County 14
CHARLESTON – Ryan Switzer ran 18 times for 174 yards and four touchdowns and returned an interception 68 yards for another score Friday night as No. 3 George Washington earned a Class AAA quarterfinal round playoff victory against No. 11 Lewis County.
Switzer had scoring runs of 1, 4, 53 and 11 yards for the Patriots (10-2).
Also for the Patriots, Jacob Jackson stripped the ball from a Lewis County running back and returned it 90 yards for a second-quarter score.
For the Minutemen (9-3), playing in the quarterfinal round for the first time, fullback Mark Metzgar carried 23 times for 121 yards. Lewis’ other 1,000-yard rusher on the season, Caleb Butcher, was held to 35 yards on 15 attempts but did turn in two short TD runs.
HUNTINGTON – Shane Commodore has kept Morgantown’s playoff ship afloat.
The 6-foot-2, 193-pound senior tailback turned in 243 yards on 20 carries with four touchdowns to lead the No. 5 Mohigans past No. 4 Huntington in the Class AAA quarterfinals.
It was the Mohigans first first playoff victory on the road since 1996.
Morgantown QB Mark Johnson finished 6 of 11 passing for 58 yards with a TD and no interceptions. He also added 49 yards with his scrambling.
Cabell Midland 28
Spring Valley 26
ONA – With two long runs, Cabell Midland’s David Gaydosz helped Cabell Midland get past Spring Valley.
Gaydosz had a touchdown run of 57 yards and a 57-yarder to set up another to on his way to a 179-yard effort.
Top-seeded Midland (12-0) survived 155 yards by Spring Valley’s Ryan George and 152 yards by Elijah Wellman, with Wellman scoring three times and George once on a 34-yard run.
Both teams scored four touchdowns, but Nicholas Boone blocked an extra point and Tyler Hayes stonewalled Wellman on a 2-point conversion with 6:48 left.
No. 4 Robert C. Byrd 34 Bluefield 20
Mason Compton returned the game’s opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown as the No. 4 Eagles quickly proved it could match Bluefield’s speed. Robert C. Byrd’s size and ability to control the line of scrimmage was the difference though as it beat Bluefield for the school’s first victory in the semifinals.
Compton added a 60-yard touchdown reception as well as two interceptions on defense. RCB’s Tre Cox added a pair of touchdowns on the ground and Iziah Hill caught a 16-yard touchdown pass, his 12th of the season.
Bluefield’s potent ground attack was kept in check with 167 yards. Montel Leggett had 85 yards to lead the Beavers.
Nicholas County 0
Top-ranked Wayne set a Class AA preliminary round playoff record with 680 yards of offense in a victory against No. 9 Nicholas County in the state quarterfinals at Pioneer Field.
Wayne (12-0) will play host to No. 4 Robert C. Byrd (11-1) next week in the semifinals.
Mason Hodge ran for 144 yards and two scores, while also catching a 71-yard scoring pass. The sophomore scored on a 92-yard run on the opening play of the game.
Nearly lost in the shuffle for a change was senior running back Brandon Spurlock, who ran for 172 yards on 14 carries.
Brett Hathaway rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and the third-seeded Indians limited the Falcons to 161 total yards.
Anthony Caldera added an 8-yard touchdown run, and Tyler Marks returned an interception 24 yards for a score.
No. 6 Frankfort (9-3) managed only 35 rushing yards, while Bridgeport (9-2) totaled 306 yards on the ground.