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CLASS AAA Martinsburg does not operate out of a wing-T offense or any that would - by looking at the set - give the impression the Bulldogs were a hard-nosed running team. Seeing the team in action proves otherwise.
So do the stats. Midland entered the game with a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and one - senior David Gaydosz - who surpassed the 2,000-yard mark this season. Still, Martinsburg outgained the Knights 289-225 on the ground, and averaged 8.7 yards per carry to Midland's 4.3.
Sophomore Tre Boyd picked up 83 of his game-high 193 rushing yards in one second-quarter run that put the Bulldogs up 21-0. Most of his other yardage came via hard-charging runs between the hashmarks.
The Bulldogs earned a 38-14 win over the Knights.
"He moved in from Florida, and we welcomed him in like family," Martinsburg quarterback Justin Clinton said of Boyd. "He picked it up real quick that we work hard. He worked hard all year, he ran hard all year, and he definitely did today."
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THE HARDEST yards to get are often those last few in front of the goal line. Fittingly, Wahama quarterback Trenton Gibbs' push into the end zone on a two-point conversion in double overtime to win the Class A state title was the last play of the 2012 Super Six.
Wahama beat Madonna 43-42. The game was tied at 35-35 at the end of regulation, and Madonna quarterback Ross Comis scores on a 2-yard run on the Blue Dons' first possession of overtime. Madonna successfully kicked the extra point, giving Wahama the ball with a chance to win the game.
After Zach Wamsley scored on a 1-yard run, Wahama Coach Ed Cromley opted to go for the win, and Gibbs gave the school its first state championship in any team sport.
Keeping in form with the previous two games, Wahama outgained Madonna on the ground, 334-299. Kane Roush (168 yards) and Wamsley (112) each went over the 100-yard mark in the title game.
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