Wk 1 RNK 2022 Salem vs Martinsburg Game

Wk 1 RNK 2022 Salem vs Martinsburg Game 451 333 SWVA High School Sports

Martinsburg defends home turf,
Salem… in opener for both teams

CobournField at David M. Walker Stadium, Martinsburg, WV
Martinsburg’s defense, bugged the Salem Spartans  Friday night in the
opener for both teams. The second half saw the gnats swarming at Cobourn Field but from the ‘get-go’ the Bulldog defense, specifically their D-line, swarmed the Salem offense as well.
       The Spartans didn’t have any positive yards on the ground in seven tries in the first quarter, and finished the game with 51 yards on 32 carries. Not your typical Salem output. But credit Martinsburg Coach Britt Sherman and his defense. “Defensively we just played great … great scheme, great effort.” Salem got off on the wrong foot and never seemed to find their rhythm. After holding the Bulldogs on downs on their first series, Holter’s Spartans looked

Martinsburg DL 56 Xerxees Yancey blocks a punt
attempt by Salem’s Chris Martin

Bulldog RB 5 Zion Grantham cuts back into traffic then dives for extra yards as LB/TE 7 Jaelyn Allen corrals him

to establish a ground game, but it was not there. Bulldog defensive linemen 56 Xerxees Yancey, 50 Rashad Reid, 70 Aydin Fleming, and 77 Wes Hancock jammed the middle. On fourht down RB/DB/P 3 Chris Martin dropped back to punt but never had a chance. Martinsburg sent the “house” and the house got it. DL 70 Fleming caught the blocked kick by 56 Yancey and took it back for the TD. K 20 Brent Terwillger made it 7-0.
Salem’s fortune wouldn’t change. DB 1 Sirod Musgrove snagged an errant pass for the ‘pick’ and returned it down the Spartan nine. If there was one bright spot for Salem it was their defense in the first

Spartan QB 10 DaRon Wilson rolls out under pressure for a throw to TE/LB 7 Jaelyn Allen

half. They stuffed Martinsburg on three downs, two runs by the Bulldog’s running QB, Murphy Clement. Terwilliger split the uprights from 23 yards out and the home team Bulldogs led 10-0 at the 4:41 mark of the first quarter.
Martinsburg would add to that tally, but again the Spartan defense bowed but didn’t break. It was the only bright spot Coach Holter could see on the

Salem Coach Don Holter has a few choice words for his troops early in the contest

night, “Defensively they played their tails off (in that first half)… on the field for probably fifty plays. I commend their efforts.” Another 23-yard fieldgoal by Terwilliger made it 13-0 at the half.
Martinsburg’s offense showed up in the second half. Senior RB 5 Zion Grantham scored from the thirteen to increase the lead. Three straight possessions late in the fourth quarter produced touchdowns as well. QB 13 Brayden Herring scored from the one. Clement broke loose on a 74-yard scoring jaunt and Herring hit WR 10 Jameer Hunter from 27-yards out with a minute left on the clock. Clement

Bulldog KR/WR 11 Roman Pierson returns a punt back into
Salem’s territory to flip the field

led all rushers with 111 yards on 7 carries.
Salem finally dented the scoreboard mid third quarter on a fourth down slant pattern six yards out from QB 10 DaRon Wilson to WR/DB 6 Josiah Moyer.

Spartan WR 6 Josiah Moyer catches a six yard TD pass on fourth down from QB 10 DaRon Wilson

Big on Big: Martinsburg OL/DL 77 Wes Hancock (6’5 310) tangles with Salem OL/DL 77 Khaleif Johnson (6’2, 255)

Coach Holter talked about what is next. “We will make corrections on offense, where they need to be, and we’re going to learn from this.” Martinsburg Coach Sherman complimented the Spartans even on the tough night. “They are going to be a problem in 4A in Virginia. Glad we get them early. They are going to go for another run.”
                                                                                                                                                   – Cap’n Crunch

     RushingMartinsburg – Xavion Kendall 2/12, Kashez Gedeon 1/4, Zion Grantham 11/51, TD, Brayden Herring 3/8, TD, Murphy      Clement 7/111, TD  Salem – Chris Martin 13/25, Jayveon Jones 12/27, Isaiah Barlow 2/16, DaRon Wilson 5/(-17)
     PassingMartinsburg– Tre Lawing 2/5-10  Salem– DaRon Wilson 6-15, 53, TD, INT
     ReceivingMartinsburg – Collin Slagle 1-2, Alex Caruso 1-8
             Salem – Ryan Coe 1-8, Josiah Moyer 2/15, TD, Jonathan Vernon 2/32, Jaylyn Allen 1-8
     PuntingMartinsburg – E. Bagent 2/42 yd avg    Salem – Chris Martin 7/25 yd avg
     KickingMartinsburg – Brent Terwilliger 4/5 PATs, 2/2 FGs (23, 23)  Salem– Wesley Cross 1/1 PAT

   First Quarter –
        • Martinsburg: X. Yancey 21 yd run on a blocked punt by A. Fleming; B. Terwilliger PAT
        • Martinsburg: B. Terwilliger 23-yard FG (4:41)
Second Quarter –
        • Martinsburg: B. Terwilliger 23-yard FG (3:01)
Third Quarter –
        • Martinsburg: Z. Grantham 13-yard TD run; B. Terwilliger PAT (6:25)
Fourth Quarter –
        • Martinsburg: E. Bagent 1-yd run; B. Terwilliger PAT (9:47)
        • Salem: D. Wilson 6-yard TD pass to J. Moyer; W. Cross PAT (5:25)
        • Martinsburg: M. Clement 74-yard TD run; B. Terwilliger PAT (5:00)
        • Martinsburg: E Bagent 27-yard TD pass to J. Hunter; B. Terwilliger PAT (1:09)

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OL 79 Andy Lutes SR – Salem Spartans

RB 5 Zion Grantham SR – Martinsburg

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