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Bulldogs in complete control over Cougars

By Staff | Oct 27, 2017

Journal photo by Ron Agnir Jefferson WR Antione Lewis (15) catches a pass for the Cougars’ only touchdown during last Friday’s game against Martinsburg. Jefferson lost that match 73-6. The Cougars hed to Hagerstown, Md., tonight at 7 p.m. to take on the South Hagerstown Rebels.

MARTINSBURG – Not too many teams even give Martinsburg much of a game when the Bulldogs play at home at Cobourn Field.

Jefferson didn’t change that annual habit of blasting opponents the unbeaten Bulldogs have maintained again this season.

Scoring with abbreviated possessions, on long pass plays, a interception return, a punt return and a long run from scrimmage, Martinsburg staggered visiting Jefferson, 73-6, last Friday in a game that had both teams heading in opposite directions.

The defending Class AAA state champion Bulldogs went on undefeated and Jefferson went on winless at 0-8 going to Hagerstown tonight to see South Hagerstown, now only 3-5 after consecutive losses to Tuscarora and Williamsport.

It took only four plays for Martinsburg to take a lead it only expanded as time wore on. Shy Crawford ran 44 yards, then Dewayne Grantham went 37 yards and Matt VanDuzer returned an interception he stole from Scooter Gaskins for a 21-0 lead.

Chris Catlett made a 27-yard field goal, and Grantham scored on a 5-yard run. A three-play possession ended when VanDuzer took a 36-yard scoring pass. In two plays, Jarod Bowie scored after taking an 18-yard pass from Tyson Bagent. Bagent threw 58 yards to Crawford, and four plays later Bowie returned a punt 50 yards to lengthen the building lead.

Mikey Jackson went four yards to make it 66-6, Jefferson’s lone touchdown of the night coming on a Gaskins’ 74-yard pass to Antoine Lewis.

Trey Sine had Martinsburg’s final score on a 34-yard pass from reserve quarterback Elijah Banks.

The Cougars need a win either at South Hagerstown’s School Stadium or at Washington High next week to avoid a winless season. Martinsburg has its eyes on the state playoffs and playing on Cobourn Field’s artificial turf surface as often as possible.