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2012 AAA finalists face off again

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After losing to Martinsburg a year ago at the Super Six finals in Wheeling, Cabell Midland gets another shot at the Bulldogs today in a Class AAA quarterfinal game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. in Martinsburg.

Midland fell to the Bulldogs 38-14 last season after taking a 13-0 record into the title contest.

The Knights (9-2) rely on a pulverizing ground game, led by three 1,000-yard backs - Kasey Thomas (1,232 yards, 17 touchdowns), Teran Barnitz (1,023 yards, 13 TDs) and Dontae Hendricks (1,012 yards, 12 TDs).

Martinsburg (10-1), the three-time defending AAA champion, gets a lot of mileage out of senior quarterback Malique Watkins. Watkins paces the Bulldogs in rushing (1,608 yards, 18 TDs) and passing (49 of 86, 679 yards, 11 TDs).

Other top runners for Martinsburg are Deamonte Lindsay (936 yards, 11 TDs) and Eric Brown (806 yards, 10 TDs). Dylan Brewer (26 catches, 358 yards, four TDs) is Watkins' leading target.

Class AA

  • Fairmont Senior (9-2) at Bridgeport (10-1): The Indians gave the Polar Bears one of their losses on Oct. 4 by a 37-14 count as Anthony Bonamico ran 25 times for 278 yards and three TDs.
  • Bonamico leads Bridgeport's traditional ground game with 1,766 yards and 27 TDs this season, backed by 919 yards and 15 scores from A.C. Caldera.

    The Bears lost their two most-productive players to recent injury -- running back Noah Harmon (1,155 yards, 11 TDs) and QB Austin Norman (2,119 yards, 26 TDs), who had thrown 11 scores to Neil Scherich. Neither will play today.

    Class A

  • Greenbrier West (10-1) at St. Marys (11-0): A pairing of two teams who thrive on defense - the No. 2 Blue Devils have held eight teams to one TD or less and the Cavaliers six.
  • St. Marys' balanced rushing game is headed by David Gray (849 yards, 13 TDs), and West leans on versatile QB Malik Boatwright (1,197 yards rushing, 17 TDs).

  • Magnolia (7-4) at Moorefield (10-1): The Blue Eagles have hitched their hopes to workhorse running back Drew Keller (1,659 yards, 19 TDs), while the Jackets prefer a balanced attack led by Wil Schoonover (1,158 yards rushing, 11 TDs) and Dakota Vetter (1,174 yards passing, 16 TDs).
  • Bishop Donahue (8-3) at Williamstown (9-2): Both beat longtime Class A power Wheeling Central this season - Williamstown in the first round last week - and each stands 4-2 against playoff teams this season.
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