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Morgantown vs. Martinsburg in football playoffs

Created on:   Thu, Nov 9, 2017   10:35 PM

Last modified:   Thu, Nov 9, 2017   10:35 PM

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MORGANTOWN — Morgantown made it in.

Despite their 4-6 record, the Mohigans wound up 15th in the final WVSSAC Class AAA playoff rankings, earning a bid to the playoffs. MHS will travel to No. 2 Martinsburg on Nov. 10 for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

The game will be the second battle between the two foes this fall.

They met in Week 5, in a contest that resulted in a 51-7 Martinsburg victory.

“We were really still trying to find our identity offensively, and we let the game get out of hand,” Morgantown head coach Matt Lacy said. “We made mistakes and they capitalized on them.”

Lacy doesn’t think that loss will affect his team’s strategy going into the game, however.

“The strategy is the same because we’ve played them so much lately,” Lacy said. “You have to play mistake-free, and you have to play well in all three facets of the game.”

Morgantown will enter the game riding a three-game slump to finish the year.

“No one wants to limp into the playoffs, coming off three straight losses,” Lacy said.

After the tough finish, though, Lacy said the coaches challenged the team, and the players responded well.

“Wednesday was one of the best practices we’ve had in the last month of the season,” Lacy said.

Morgantown will have the advantage of strength of schedule, which also helped the Mohigans get into the playoffs.

“I think it’s helped us,” Lacy said. “We’ve put ourselves in tough situations earlier in the year.”

The Mohigans faced an impressive seven playoff teams from three states in their 10-game regular season, including three that finished undefeated — Steubenville, Ohio; University High, and Martinsburg.

According to Lacy, the tough slate allowed the team to face a multitude of game scenarios on the field this year.

“We’ve played an overtime game this year — those things,” he said. “It’s prepared us to face any situation.”

Lacy believes that the passing game will be the key to success this time against the Bulldogs.

“Logan (Holgorsen) is going to throw the ball more than he has in the past,” Lacy said of the Mohigans’ standout quarterback, who verbally committed to North Texas this season.

According to Lacy, senior running back Tashon Crudup may be a dark horse for MHS heading into the game. Crudup played well for the Mohigans in the regular season finale, against University, and impressed the coaching staff in practice.

“He’s going to carry the ball more than he has in the past,” Lacy said. “He’s helped himself get on the field by the way he’s been practicing.”

The winner of to-night’s game will face the winner of No. 7 Parkersburg and No. 10 John Marshall in the second round of the WVSSAC Class AAA playoffs.