SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — It was a usual business Friday night for the highly ranked Martinsburg football team. Improving their record to 8-1, the Bulldogs simply overpowered Jefferson, 60-3, to give themselves another chance to host every Class AAA playoff game, save the state championship game played in Wheeling, they might play.
Martinsburg had eight touchdowns scored by eight different players.
The lead by halftime was 46-3 as the methodical and efficient Bulldogs simply logged rushing mileage and even scored their first two touchdowns through the air.
Even when its commanding lead was moving right along, Martinsburg’s defense paid attention and limited Jefferson to short gains or losses for the most part.
In keeping its mistakes totally in check, the Bulldogs tried only eight passes (two for scores) from Cookie Clinton and had no turnovers. No turnovers . . . and only three punts even with reserves romping through much of the second half.
A 28-point second quarter made the second half anticlimactic.
Jefferson could complete only one-third of its 27 passes and avoided a shutout when Hunter Colbert had a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter. Starting quarterback Andrew King was injured in the opening half and left in favor of Jalon Smith. Smith was 4-for-12 through the air.
The Cougars will take a 1-7 record to Hedgesville this week in an attempt to snap a six-game losing skid.
And they won’t see anything resembling the Martinsburg Machine.