Martinsburg earned its state-record 41st straight victory by beating rival Musselman 42-14 Saturday at home in the Class AAA semifinals Friday afternoon.
With the victory, the No. 1 Bulldogs remain unbeaten at 13-0 and the win sets up a third straight state championship game against Spring Valley at noon on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Wheeling Island Stadium in the Super Six finals.
The win was No. 289 for Martinsburg coach David Walker, making him the winningest coach in state history.
The Bulldogs, who defeated the Applemen by 70 points in their regular-season meeting, got on the board late in the first quarter when Naieem Kearney scored on a 47-yard run.
Martinsburg’s lead went to 21-0 by halftime with a pair of touchdowns from Grant Harman. He connected with Michael Boaitey for a 60-yard touchdown pass, then scored from 4 yards out to give the Bulldogs a three-score lead.
Martinsburg’s lead ballooned to 35-0 after the Bulldogs got rushing touchdowns from Harman and linebacker R.J. Barrett.
After Musselman scored its first touchdown on 2-yard run by Tre Beard, Martinsburg responded with a 62-yard touchdown run from Dewayne Grantham to make the score 42-7.
Beard found the end zone on a 65-yard run to cap the scoring.
Bluefield 35, Bridgeport 14: Bluefield broke out of a 7-7 tie by scoring the next three touchdowns and went on to defeat Bridgeport in a Class AA semifinal game at Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield.
Bluefield (12-1) got 113 of its 289 rushing yards from Arnold Martin, who scored from 22 yards out to end of the Beavers’ first possession. Quarterback Chandler Cooper scored on a run and passed for another touchdown, both in the third quarter. Bluefield’s Isaiah Johnson capped the scoring with a 53-yard interception return with 3:23 left.
The Beavers, seeded second in Class AA, return to the championship game for the second straight season.
Bridgeport (11-2), the third seed, had 120 passing yards from Devin Vandergrift, and 112 net rushing yards, led by senior Jake Bowen, who gained 80 yards on 22 carries. Trey Pancake provided the Tribe’s first touchdown and Bowen scored in the fourth quarter.
Williamstown 56, Midland Trail 8: The Yellowjackets had their way with the Patriots, cruising to the easy victory in a Class A semifinal game at Greenbrier East High School.
No. 6 Williamstown (11-2) advances to the championship game, where the Jackets will play No. 1 Wheeling Central (12-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Wheeling Island Stadium in the Super Six finals.
The teams met in the regular-season opener, with Wheeling Central shutting out the Yellowjackets 33-0 on Aug 23.
Williamstown struck first Friday night on a Ty Moore 2-yard run with 6:41 left in the first quarter. The Yellowjackets added another TD on the first play of the second quarter, a 26-yard pass from Carter Haynes to Eric Brown for a 14-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Yellowjackets blocked a punt and Skyler Blatt returned it 9 yards for a touchdown. Midland Trail got on the board with a 9-yard TD pass from Chris Vines to Nathan Hanshew to make it 21-8.
It was all Williamstown after that as the Yellowjackets scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter to take a commanding 42-8 lead into halftime.
Donathan Taylor scored on a 35-yard run and Haynes tossed two more touchdown passes, a 54-yarder to Taylor and 14 yards to Brown.
Taylor added an 8-yard touchdown run and Moore tacked on a 14-yard TD run in the third quarter to complete the scoring for the Yellowjackets.
Wheeling Central 47, Doddridge County 7: Curtis McGhee had a huge game, throwing five touchdown passes and running for another for the Maroon Knights in an easy victory in a Class A semifinal game at Wheeling Jesuit.
No. 1 Wheeling Central (12-1) advances to play No. 6 Williamstown (11-2) in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Wheeling Island Stadium in the Super Six finals.
Doddridge County (12-1) hung around, only trailing 14-0 at halftime. Wheeling Central scored twice in the first half on a 53-yard pass from McGhee to Anthony Robbins and a McGhee 46-yard run.
The second half was all Wheeling Central, though, as the Maroon Knights scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to open up a commanding 35-0 lead.
McGhee threw three touchdown passes for Wheeling Central in the third quarter, including two to Bray Price covering 37 and 76 yards and a 52-yarder to Robbins.
In the fourth quarter, McGhee wasn’t finished, throwing another touchdown pass, a 19-yarder to Robbins. Price added a 28-yard interception return for a TD to make it 47-0.
Doddridge County finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from Tanner Lett to Griffin Devericks.