[cleeng_content id="146806040" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]MARTINSBURG — Three quality runners are better than just a do-everything quarterback. Martinsburg loosed Eric Brown, Deamonte Lindsay and quarterback Malique Watkins on Washington’s eight-man defensive front. Those three free-running backs accounted for all but 13 yards of the Bulldogs’ rushing yards.
The result was a game-turning 361 ground yards for the once-beaten Bulldogs (5-1) as they crisply moved to a four-touchdown lead by halftime. Martinsburg had the only points in the second half and completed its 34-0 win over the Patriots, now 2-3 overall.
Lindsay scored on Martinsburg’s first offensive play. It was a run of 34 yards. Before the first quarter was cleared, Brown had gone 67 yards to give the Bulldogs a two-touchdown cushion.
In the second period, Brown was free again and made the Bulldog lead 21-0 when he completed a 34-yard move in the Washington end zone. Before the first half could close, Brown had his third touchdown — a seven-yard run — and Martinsburg had executed its offense so well that it drifted off to its dressing room at the half with a 28-0 lead.
While the Bulldog offense had complete charge while stationed on the Cobourn Field artificial turf, Martinsburg’s defense severely limited what the Patriots could do when they had possession.
In the final reckoning, Washington could produce 14 rushing yards and 47 passing yards. It lost two turnovers, punted 10 times and recorded eight first downs. Kendell Smith caught six of the seven passes the Patriots could complete.
Brown had 147 yards on the ground, Watkins had 107 and Lindsay gave the Bulldogs another 91 rushing yards.
The three-man rushing game the Bulldogs showed quickly established their dominance. And then Martinsburg’s defense accomplished just as much with its vise-like play.
Skyline (Va.) comes to Charles Town on Friday with a 3-3 record and gives the Patriots an opportunity to break their current three-game losing skid against a team far short of the quality shown again by Martinsburg.