Hurricane 26, Martinsburg 21
MARTINSBURG (AP) — Jared Chapman threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score to lead No. 12 Hurricane to a 26-21 win over No. 5 Martinsburg in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs Saturday.
It was Hurricane’s first playoff win since 1993. Martinsburg (9-2) made an early exit from the playoffs after playing in three of the last four Class AAA championship games.
With Hurricane in punt formation late in the second quarter, Chapman stepped in front of the snap and threw a 22-yard pass to Matt Hartsog. Five plays later, Chapman threw a 4-yard TD pass to Vincent Cavanaugh and Hurricane trailed 7-6 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Chapman threw a 39-yard TD toss to Joe Lamanca following a poor Martinsburg punt, and teammate Bruce Collins scored on a 3-yard run following an interception for a 19-7 lead.
Chapman later added a 1-yard TD run. He completed 8-of-15 passes for 141 yards and carried 11 times for a team-high 45 yards.
Lamanca, who entered the game with 1,181 yards rushing on 170 carries this season, was limited to 40 yards on 12 carries.
Martinsburg’s D.J. Porter threw for one score and ran for another. He completed 10-of-14 passes for 155 yards.
Hurricane (8-3), which also beat then-No. 2 Nitro earlier this season, will play No. 13 Cabell Midland (7-4) in the second round.
Late Friday Night
Morgantown 38, St. Albans 13
MORGANTOWN (AP) — Charlie Russell threw two touchdown passes to lead top-rated Morgantown to a 38-13 win over No. 16 St. Albans in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs Friday night.
Defending champion Morgantown (11-0) won its 25th straight game.
Russell completed 11-of-18 passes for 162 yards, including TD tosses of 8 yards to Jordan Pinto and 26 yards to Andrew Saab. Morgantown’s Justin Blankenship rushed six times for 125 yards.
Andrew Eggleton returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown for St. Albans, which was in the playoffs for the first time since 1996. Teammate Jeremy James rushed 30 times for 124 yards, including an 18-yard score.
Morgantown standout fullback Maxwell Anderson hurt his knee in the first half. He remained at his linebacker position in the second half but played one snap on offense after halftime. Levi Johnson ran for 93 yards and two short scores in Anderson’s place.
Grafton 29, Herbert Hoover 27
CHARLESTON (AP) — James Willis kicked a 19-yard field as time expired to give No. 14 Grafton a 29-27 win over No. 3 Herbert Hoover in the first round of the Class AA playoffs on Saturday.
Grafton (6-5) drove 65 yards in 10 plays to set up Willis’ winning kick, with quarterback Andy Leach completing a pair of third-down passes. He found running back Corey Westman for a 49-yard gain on third-and-19 from his own 26 and completed a 17-yard pass to Luke Broyles on third-and-16 from the Hoover 31.
Leach completed 10-of-13 passes for 166 yards and one touchdown, a 42-yard hookup with Broyles that shaved Herbert Hoover’s lead to 27-26 early in the fourth quarter. Leach also ran 12 times for 46 yards and a score.
For the Huskies (9-2), junior D.J. Taylor carried 25 times for 175 yards, including TD runs of 45 and 46 yards. James White completed 10-of-15 passes for 82 yards but was intercepted three times, twice by Leach.
Magnolia 49, Mount View 14
PRINCETON (AP) — Josh Sims threw four touchdown passes and ran for three more scores in No. 9 Magnolia’s 49-14 win over No. 8 Mount View on Saturday.
Sims rushed 25 times for 216 yards. Magnolia (8-3), in the playoffs for the first time since 2001, put the game away with 21 points in both the second and third quarters.
Mount View (7-4) lost in the first round for the second straight year.
Weir 66, Logan 0
WEIRTON (AP) — Brandon Sperlazza threw four touchdown passes and No. 4 Weir piled up 545 total yards to beat No. 13 Logan 66-0 Saturday.
Sperlazza had first-half TD tosses of 13, 39, 46 and 43 yards, three to Jason Gatto. Sperlazza completed 5-of-9 passes for 171 yards. Gatto caught four passes for 124 yards.
Josh Smith scored on runs of 25 and 21 yards for Weir (10-1), which led 36-0 at halftime and will face No. 5 Scott (10-1) in the second round this week.
Logan (5-6) was held to 74 total yards and nine first downs. Justin Taylor completed 4-of-23 passes for 53 yards. He was intercepted twice.
Scott 21, Berkeley Springs 6
MADISON (AP) — Brandon Roberts rushed for 176 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, to lead No. 5 Scott past No. 12 Berkeley Springs 21-6 Saturday.
Kevin Mullins had a 14-yard scoring run in the second quarter and Tim Chapman added a 1-yard TD run in the third for Scott (10-1).
Whitehead had a 6-yard scoring run in the second quarter for Berkeley Springs (5-6), which was held to 116 yards of offense.
South Harrison 41, Madonna 6
LOST CREEK (AP) — Zach Hayhurst ran for two touchdowns and returned a punt 57 yards for a third score as No. 4 South Harrison beat No. 13 Madonna 41-6 in the first round of the Class A playoffs Saturday.
Madonna’s Matt Ceran took a screen pass and ran for an 89-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but Hayhurst answered with a 22-yard TD run late in the quarter.
South Harrison (10-1) was aided by four fumble recoveries and held Madonna (8-3) to 159 yards of offense, including 40 yards rushing. The Blue Dons, which lost in last year’s championship game to Wheeling Central, ran just three plays from scrimmage in the third quarter after South Harrison had taken a 21-6 lead.
The Hawks ran for 318 yards, led by Cory Morrison’s 89 yards on 18 carries. Hayhurst finished with 78 yards on 16 carries.
The Hawks will play No. 5 St. Marys (10-1) in the second round next weekend.
Parkersburg Catholic 22, Pocahontas County 20
PARKERSBURG (AP) — Lang rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns and he made two fourth-quarter interceptions to preserve No. 7 Parkersburg Catholic’s 22-20 win over No. 10 Pocahontas County Saturday.
Wes Tracewell had an 8-yard TD run in the first quarter for Parkersburg Catholic (8-3). Lang scored on runs of 10 and 5 yards to put Parkersburg Catholic ahead 22-7 in the third quarter.
Jesse Burdette rushed 25 times for 244 yards for Pocahontas County (8-3). He had TD runs of 66 yards in the first quarter and 24 and 20 yards in the fourth.
Lang’s second interception came at the Parkersburg Catholic 12-yard line to end the game.
Parkersburg Catholic will face Wheeling Central in the second round.
Tygarts Valley 35, Calhoun County 28
ELKINS (AP) — Ryan DeWitt took a screen pass and ran 52 yards for a touchdown with 6:43 left in the fourth quarter to lift No. 6 Tygarts Valley to a 35-28 win over No. 11 Calhoun County on Saturday.
DeWitt also scored on an 8-yard run in the third quarter to put Tygarts Valley ahead 28-20. Calhoun County’s Chad Conley scored from 1 yard out early in the fourth and Matt Houchin threw the 2-point conversion pass to tie the game.
DeWitt carried 24 times for 126 yards. Derrick Fike completed 9-of-29 passes for 249 yards and two scores. He also had a 1-yard TD run.
Paul Goodrich rushed for 92 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown, for Calhoun County (8-3). Teammate Tyler Schartiger returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score and Houchin threw a 39-yard TD pass to Jeff Goodrich.
Tygarts Valley (9-2) will face No. 3 Buffalo (11-0) in the second round.