Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 8, 2013

Martinsburg, Madonna claim state titles

BLUEFIELD — Malique Watkins threw a touchdown pass to lead Martinsburg to a 9-7 win over Huntington for the Bulldogs’ record fourth straight Class AAA championship Saturday.

Second-seeded Martinsburg (13-1) extended its playoff winning streak to 16 games.

Top-seeded Huntington (13-1) has yet to win a state title. It also lost in the championship games in 1964 and 1966.

Neither team mustered much offense in cold conditions at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Martinsburg’s Tyler Miller blocked a second-quarter punt that went out of the end zone for a safety.

Watkins’ 5-yard TD toss to Troy Walker extended Martinsburg’s lead to 9-0 at halftime.

Huntington’s Paden Christian had a 2-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Huntington recovered a fumble at the Martinsburg 42. But on fourth down, Huntington’s final pass was batted down.

Class A

Ross Comis threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading Madonna to a 24-14 win over Greenbrier West in the Class A championship game Saturday night.

Top-seeded Madonna (14-0) won the third title in school history and atoned for an overtime loss to Wahama last year. The Blue Dons also were state champions in 2009 and 1987.

Seventh-seeded Greenbrier West (12-2) lost in its first trip to the title game since 1991.

Comis scored from 1 yard out in the first quarter. He threw TD passes of 42 and 34 yards to Will Bowser in the third quarter for a 21-7 lead.  

Cory Cox and Malik Boatwright had short scoring runs for Greenbrier West.

Comis completed 5 of 7 passes for 123 yards and ran 35 times for 129 yards.

His two TD passes tied a Class A championship game record shared by nine others.

Bowser had three catches for 90 yards His two TD catches tied a mark shared with five others. Cox finished with 47 yards on nine carries. Boatwright rushed 25 times for 38 yards.

In last year’s 43-42 title-game loss to Wahama, Comis ran for five scores and threw for a sixth.

After punting on its first offensive series, Madonna drove 82 yards in 11 plays for the game’s first points. Comis capped the drive with a quarterback sneak with 2:47 left in the first quarter.

The Cavaliers answered with a 15-play, 70-yard drive but were unable to put points on the board after a missed 22-yard field from Derek Coryell with 7:36 remaining in the first half.

Madonna tried an onside kick to start the third quarter, but Eliot Nero caught the kick before it touched the ground and was flagged for a 15-yard illegal touching penalty, although the ball appeared to cross the 10-yard threshold.

Madonna rekicked from its own 25, and Greenbrier West started its drive at the Blue Dons 46. Six plays later, Cox ran it in from 3 yards out to knot the score at 7-7.

Comis and Bowser combined for long scoring pass plays on consecutive series to put Madonna ahead 21-7.

Boatwright’s 1-yard TD run capped Greenbrier West’s scoring with 10:03 left in the fourth quarter.

Madonna’s Matt Green kicked a 22-yard field goal with 6:12 remaining for the final margin.

 

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