Two-time defending Class AAA state champion Martinsburg put itself in the Class AAA playoff semifinals for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons Saturday with a 49-20 home win over Parkersburg.
The No. 9 seed Big Reds (7-5) didn’t go quietly, however. The top-seeded Bulldogs (12-0) led 21-7 at halftime and Martinsburg was flagged for 160 penaltiy yards, which helped keep the score close although the team rolled up 589 yards of total offense to Parkersburg’s 369 yards.
Martinsburg quarterback Elijah Banks completed 11 of 15 passes for 221 yards, while Grant Harman completed 5 of 7 throws for 97 yards. Bulldogs receiver Dewayne Grantham caught 11 passes for 161 yards.
Parkersburg’s Jacob Johnson was 19 of 33 through the air for 313 yards, while Brenton Strange caught eight balls for 113 yards.
Martinsburg will host No. 4 seed and Berkeley County rival Musselman (11-1) in the semifinals next week. The Bulldogs beat the Applemen 70-0 in their regular-season finale on Oct. 27.
No. 1 Fairmont Senior 66, No. 8 Point Pleasant 13: The Polar Bears remained unbeaten with a lopsided win over visiting Point Pleasant, bringing them closer to a third consecutive appearance in the Super Six.
Fairmont quarterback Connor Neal completed 18 of 22 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns to lead the rout in a game that saw the Big Blacks trail just 8-6 late in the first quarter.
The Polar Bears (12-0) answered Point Pleasant’s first score by reeling off 60 unanswered points. Big Blacks (9-2) quarterback Cason Payne was held to 27 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Fairmont Senior’s Breeden Gilbert led the Polar Bears’ rushing attack with 70 yards on seven carries.
No. 2 Bluefield 35, No. 7 Keyser 0: Chandler Cooper connected with Ronnell Blevins for a 53-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to blow open what was a 14-0 game at halftime, and the defending Class AA state champion Beavers advanced to the semifinals by blanking the Golden Tornado (9-3).
Bluefield (11-1) will host third-seeded Bridgeport (11-1) in the semifinals.
No. 12 Weir 63, No. 4 Nicholas County 43: Weir’s Donavan Kirby rushed for 235 yards and four touchdowns while Red Rider quarterback Sebastian Spencer ran for 129 yards and a pair of scores, leading their team in a shootout win at Summersville.
The Riders (10-2), who last played in a state championship game when they won the 2005 title, will play at top-seeded Fairmont Senior next weekend.
Weir got out to a 21-6 lead after one quarter, but the Grizzlies (11-1) matched every score with one of their own for the next two quarters. However, a pair of Kirby touchdown runs in the fourth quarter surrounded a blocked punt recovered by Weir’s Garet Hostuttler with 6:39 remaining in the game and all but sealed the win.
Grizzlies quarterback Jared Sagraves completed 13 of 18 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown, while Jacob O’Dell carried 25 times for 192 yards and four scores. O’Dell also caught two passes, including a 23-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter.