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Cougars continue losing streak with Martinsburg game

By Staff | Nov 1, 2019

Nathaniel Muhle grabs a pass from Corbin Pierson in the first quarter of Jefferson's game at Martinsburg on Friday. David Pennock

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — After falling, 60-21, to unbeaten Martinsburg, Jefferson will see a football team headed in the opposite direction tonight in Shenandoah Junction when it will host winless Hedgesville.

Now 1-7 overall, the Cougars lost for the third straight time since getting their only win of the 2019 season at Heritage (Va.).

Martinsburg kept alive a winning streak which reached 51 games with the 39-point win over the Cougars. Martinsburg closes out its regular season tonight with a finale against county rival Musselman. The 51-game win streak is the second-longest in the nation.

Even though Jefferson notched the game’s first points by driving 73 yards, climaxed by an eight-yard TD reception by Antoine Lewis, the Bulldogs scored the next five touchdowns to lead, 32-7, at halftime.

The Bulldogs added another 28 points in the second half. Quarterback Elijah Banks threw three scoring passes, with Anthony Smith having scoring receptions of 87 and 54 yards. Smith had one of the two interceptions the Bulldogs had.

Chris Dyche (56) looks to give Corbin Pierson time to throw in the first quarter of Jefferson's loss to Martinsburg on Friday. David Pennock

Reserve halfback Kevon Warren ran for scores from 17 and one-yard. Jarod Bowie caught a 14-yard TD pass from Banks and also returned a punt 59 yards for another score. The return was Bowie’s sixth TD with either a punt return or a kickoff return.

Trey Sine and Isaiah Salinas had rushing scores to complete Martinsburg’s scoring parade.

The Jefferson scores that came after the first half were provided by Nathan Muhle and Francis Diaz.

Martinsburg, which kept some starters out the Jefferson game, faces a Musselman team whose only loss was to Tuscarora (Va.) by a 35-0 count.

Jefferson completes its season with the home game versus Hedgesville and next week’s finale at county rival Washington. Washington has two wins to date.