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Martinsburg routs Mohigans in playoff opener, 61-0

Created on:   Sat, Nov 11, 2017   12:45 AM

Last modified:   Sat, Nov 11, 2017   12:45 AM

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MARTINSBURG — Another playoff game, another shutout.

And, just like that, Martinsburg won its fourth playoff game in five contests over the last two seasons without allowing any points.

The Bulldogs didn’t allow any yards, either, holding the 15th-seeded team to negative-10 yards of offense.

The defending Class AAA state champions dominated play in the opening round Nov. 17 at chilly Cobourn Field, giving Morgantown the cold shoulder in a 61-0 victory.

The Bulldogs built a 47-0 lead at halftime over the Mohigans and held Morgantown to negative-6 yards in the first half.

Martinsburg scored on six of seven possessions in the first half in moving to 11-0.

Dewayne Grantham scored three rushing touchdowns for Martinsburg, going for 9, 2 and 16 yards, and Tyson Bagent threw three first-half touchdown passes and ran for one.

“Offense and defense came out very well,” Grantham said. “We like to focus on shutouts.”

Still, he was left speechless when told how dominant Martinsburg’s defense was. Morgantown couldn’t even manage a first down.

“We played at a different level than from all year,” he said. “We came out strong and tried to get the job done.”

It didn’t take Martinsburg long. Bagent hooked up with Jarod Bowie on a 21-yard score on Martinsburg’s first offensive play, one play after Morgantown quarterback Logan Holgorsen lost a snap on the Mohigans’ first play.

Grantham scored Martinsburg’s next touchdown with a 9-yard run to complete a four-play, 61-yard drive.

Bagent pushed over from the 2 on Martinburg’s next series, making it 19-0.

The Martinsburg lead quickly went to 26-0 with 3:18 left in the first quarter, as Grantham burst through from the 2-yard line, one play after Nathan Scheweinebraten blocked a punt, scooped up the ball around the 15 and tried to reach the end zone.

Morgantown finally managed a stop on Martinsburg’s next series, though back-to-back penalties put the Bulldogs in a
15-yard hole at the start of the series. Bagent executed a quick kick.

Grantham added his third first-half touchdown, a 16-yard run, with 8:31 to play. Bowie’s dazzling
28-yard catch helped set up the touchdown.

Teddy Marshall scored a 10-yard touchdown pass, out-leaping a defender with 5:25 left.

The Bulldogs finished the first-half scoring as Chelo Teneval caught a 32-yard pass on a post pattern with 1:33 remaining.

Bagent finished the first half and game by completing 11 of 17 passes for 165 yards.

Mikey Jackson scored the first touchown of the second half, running 3 yards for the score right after he had gone over the 100-yard mark. He rushed 10 times for 105 yards.

The next series, Grant Harman took over at quarterback and finished a 24-yard drive with a 10-yard scoring run.