MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Dustin Crouser's first-half tweet said it all.
As the injured George Washington senior fullback and linebacker watched helplessly from the sidelines, his Patriot teammates were being overwhelmed by Class AAA No. 2 seed Martinsburg to the tune of a 63-14 final score that put the Bulldogs (12-1) into the state championship game for the third year in a row.
The onslaught began quickly, as Martinsburg quarterback Justin "Cookie" Clinton scored the game's first points on a 35-yard run with 7:37 left in the first quarter. Clinton, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, had 157 rushing yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone, and finished the game with 198 yards and six scores.
Clinton broke a Class AAA preliminary playoff record with six rushing touchdowns in the win. The previous record of five rushing TDs was held by six different players, most recently by Morgantown's Spencer Farley in 2004, against Nitro.
"I wasn't expecting anything like that. I knew we were playing a good team and Ryan Switzer is a hell of an athlete," Clinton said of the lopsided score. "I told our defense we just have to contain him and force things to the middle, and knew my defense would be there to clog it up."
Switzer, the 2011 Kennedy Award winner and University of North Carolina commitment, found himself in a bind often, thanks to the comparative strength of a Martinsburg defensive front led by senior Eugene German. Switzer scored the 100th - and final - touchdown of his prep football career with a 14-yard run that got the Patriots on the board and cut Martinsburg's lead to 35-7 late in the first half.
He finished with 120 rushing yards on 22 carries and had four catches for 69 yards. He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to GW quarterback Trevor Bell on a halfback option play late in the third quarter.
"They've got a good football team. I thought we were ready. I was ready, but hat's off to them," Switzer said. "They game-planned and put us in some tough situations. We didn't capitalize early, and that turned out to be the end of it."