MARTINSBURG, W.Va.—The Martinsburg football team is like a time bomb.
And about all the Washington Patriots could do was stick their fingers in their ears and hope for the best.
Hope wasn’t enough.
Six, five, four, three, two, one …. Boom. It was over as quickly as it started. The Bulldogs used their superior talent and exceptional quickness to burn the fuse and ignite a 60-0 victory on Friday’s Homecoming at Cobourn Field. It made West Virginia’s defending Class AAA champions 6-0, including five wins by shutout.
“When it comes down to five shutouts and six wins, I’ll take the six wins,” said Martinsburg coach David Walker. “We have some veteran guys back and anytime we can get them in space we can do things.”
It was just about anything the Bulldogs could have dreamed and everything that gave Washington (2-4) nightmares. Martinsburg just had to go down the top six players listed on its roster to supply the majority of the offense.
* No. 6 Chris Perkins — He rushed for 47 yards, had a 52-yard touchdown and ran back the first punt of the game for a 65-yard score.
* No. 5 Brandon Ashenfelter — The quarterback ran the Bulldogs’ spread offense to perfection, connecting on 10 of 16 passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 36 yards, including a 12-yard score.
* No. 4 Chad Skye — The receiver pulled in an 11-yard scoring pass as part of the Bulldogs’ 47-point first half.
* No 3 Justin Clinton — The receiver caught a pair of TD passes and ran one time out of the wildcat offense for 14 yards to set up scores.
* No. 2 Darian Peterson — the receiver pulled in one pass.
* No. 1 Cedric Brown — The receiver opened up the field with four catches for 63 yards to put the Bulldogs in position for several scores.
All totaled, Martinsburg’s offense ran off 392 yards of offense in just 46 plays and scored nine touchdowns.
“When you play teams like this, you just want to come out and do what you need to do,” Walker said. “We had a solid performance on both sides of the ball and the special teams were big again.”
Martinsburg’s defense swarmed Washington quarterback Tyler Wilt and basically took any deception the Patriots had out of the game. Washington managed just 121 yards on 60 plays. Wilt misfired on his first 13 passes before hitting his last three of the game in the final three minutes.
Martinsburg led 21-0 after one quarter and moved out to a 47-point lead at the half.
The Bulldogs’ last three touchdowns were scored on a 2-yard run by Seth Vanorsdale, a 38-yard run by Justin Arndt — who led the ‘Dogs with 92 yards rushing — and a 9-yard run by Gary Awkard.
“We are always striving to get better,” Walker said. “We have a big challenge next week (when Martinsburg hosts Patrick Henry, Va.).”