Injury-riddled Martinsburg still had enough runners, pass receivers, linebackers and a quarterback nicknamed “Cookie” to run away from Washington in Friday’s football game at Marcus Stadium.
With all of its starting running backs out with injuries, the once-beaten Bulldogs still moved crisply and authoritatively to a 42-point halftime lead before letting a gallery of reserves finish off the 63-15 win over the Patriots.
Six different Bulldogs had already scored when it was 42-0 by halftime. Two more scores were added in the third period when the count went to 56-0.
Wholesale substitutions played all of the last 15 minutes for the 5-1 Bulldogs, who face a real challenge on Friday when they travel to Roanoke (Va.) to face Patrick Henry High, a team they defeated by five points just last year.
Washington is 1-5 overall and goes to Skyline (Va.) High this Friday in an effort to snap a five-game losing skid.
Martinsburg quarterback Justin “Cookie” Clinton had two scoring passes and guided the efficient Bulldog offense to its commanding leads. His favorite receiver, Cedric Brown, contributed catches (and one touchdown) throughout the first half.
Both starters were replaced in the third quarter.
Clinton completed eight of his 13 passes.
Martinsburg had scoring “drives” that lasted one play, three plays, four plays, and four plays in grabbing a 56-0 lead. One touchdown came on a blocked Washington punt.
Washington had two pass interceptions taken off Clinton throws by Colin Gustines and both its late-game touchdowns fcame rom Gustines.
Washington quarterbacks suffered seven sacks in the first 32 minutes.
Injuries to its offense’s regulars or not, Martinsburg had too much of everything useful for the Patriots.