Bulldogs shut out Warriors

By Eric Jones – ejones@journal-news.net

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — It’s hard to know how good a team is after Week 2 of the season.

Martinsburg showed what kind of team it has the potential to be during a 26-0 rout of Sherando on Friday night at Cobourn Field.

Facing a tough Warriors squad, the Bulldogs put together an all-around solid performance, dominating on both sides of the ball en route to their second win of the season.

Martinsburg’s defensive effort was particularly strong as the Bulldogs (2-0) limited Sherando (1-1) to just 58 total yards on offense, including 12 yards in the first half. In fact, the Warriors had just four plays for positive yards in the first two quarters, not producing a play for positive yardage until midway through the second quarter.

Sherando went three-and-out on its first three offensive possessions, two of which were stalled by a pair of sacks by Martinsburg’s Chase Heck, who was in the backfield before Sherando quarterback Patrick Minteer had a chance to get the play started.

“Defensively, we played really well tonight, and that’s the kind of effort we’re going to have to do every week,” Martinsburg coach David Walker said. “We’re still not quite where we want to be, but we want to keep getting closer to that and keep trying to get better.”

While the Martinsburg defense was shutting down the Warriors’ offense, the Bulldogs’ offense, mainly the running game, was thriving. The Bulldogs scored all three of their touchdowns on the ground, with Trey Boyd finding the end zone on each of those three scoring drives.

Martinsburg scored its first touchdown on its third possession when Boyd, on the third and final play of the drive, raced 33 yards for the score. He found an opening, burst through and then broke a tackle on his way to the end zone.

Two possessions later, Boyd found pay dirt for a second time with a 17-yard scoring run to put Martinsburg up 17-0 after the Bulldogs missed a field goal the previous time down the field. With 16.9 seconds left in the first half, Boyd capped off the Bulldogs’ seven-play scoring drive with a short 3-yard score up the middle.

He set up that scored with a 33-yard run on the first play of the drive.

“I was very pleased for him,” Walker said. “Last week, he didn’t have a big night, so tonight he was able to rebound and come back from that. Football, you’re up and down sometimes, so tonight he played well, and I’ve very happy for him. He’s a great player.”

Boyd finished with a game-high 134 rushing yards, including 109 in the first half. Deamonte Lindsay had 96 and Eric Brown 46 to help Martinsburg accumulate 298 for the game.

One of the downfalls for Sherando was penalties. The Warriors had 13 in all, including two before they could even get the free kick off after the Martinsburg safety. The safety, which happened in the second quarter, came as after Minteer, who finished with just 58 yards passing, was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, had just three after being flagged for 13 in the opener against H.D. Woodson. Martinsburg also didn’t turn the ball over, which the Bulldogs did do in Week 1.

“You try not to make the same mistakes twice, and you want to continue to work on different things,” Walker said. “So I thought, in that regard, we did pretty good with the turnovers and the penalties.”

Martinsburg will try and keep its perfect start going next week against State College, Pennsylvania, while Sherando hosts Washington (W.Va.).