Martinsburg uses big second half to win Class AAA state championship over Spring Valley
WHEELING, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
No. 1 Martinsburg won its 28th consecutive game and capped off a perfect 13-0 season with a 44-16 win over No. 4 Spring Valley in the Class AAA state championship game.
In a rematch of the 2016 state championship, the Bulldogs used a dominating second-half performance to win their second consecutive state championship and sixth overall title.
Spring Valley set out to use the clock in the first half and took a 16-14 lead into halftime, but Martinsburg would outscore the Timberwolves 30-0 in the second half en route to its 44-16 victory.
The turning point in the game was when Spring Valley's Owen Porter left the game with an injury in the third quarter. Prior to leaving the game, Porter had 160 rushing yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Porter carried the offensive load for the Timberwolves as Spring Valley had just 216 yards as a team.
Martinsburg used a balanced attack offensively to keep the Spring Valley defense, which had been dominant all season, off balance.
Martinsburg quarterback Tyson Bagent completed 14 of 21 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, the Bulldogs rushed for 153 yards and were led by junior Dewayne Grantham who rushed for 90 yards on just eight carries and scored two touchdowns. Bagent also rushed for 36 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.
With the win, Martinsburg has won six of the last eight Class AAA state titles.