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yardage. I was pleased with the effort, but we will know a lot more about our team after this week's game with Hedgesville."
Hess, who had given Berkeley Springs the quick lead, scored the Indians' second touchdown with 3:46 left in the opening quarter on a 6-yard run. Josh Wise added his second extra point of the game and the Indians had a 14-0 lead. Reed scored the first of his game-high three touchdowns on an eight-yard run, to give Berkeley Springs a 21-0 first-quarter lead. He scored again from eight yards out, with a little over six minutes remaining in the half to push the lead to 28-0.
Luvara pulled his starters at that point and neither team scored a point before the halftime buzzer sounded.
The first team only played one series in the second half and it was short-lived. After Berkeley Springs stopped the Vikings to open the second half, Reed took a handoff from starting quarterback Colwell on the Indians' first offensive play of the third quarter and raced 44 yards for his third touchdown of the game, giving Berkeley Springs an insurmountable 34-0 lead. Wise's PAT was blocked.
Petersburg finally got on the board with 5:31 left in game on a 7-yard touchdown run, cutting the Indian lead to 34-6, but it didn't take long for the Tribe to answer. On the ensuing kickoff (an onside kick) Sam Byrne gathered up the ball and raced 73 yards for Berkeley Springs' final score of the game. Wise added the extra point extending the Indian lead to 41-6.
Petersburg scored the final touchdown of the game on an 18-yard scamper, making the final score 41-12.
Obviously Luvara was pleased with his team's performance. He was satisfied with all facets of the game and had a lot of praise for his offensive line.
"I thought our line played really well," said Luvara. "Our seniors (Josh Mason, Matt Kees, Denton Powell and Jake Stotler) have a lot of experience and did a very good job against Petersburg. I also thought Ben MacCumbee played well. Ben is starting for the first time this year and I think he did a good job."
The Indians will get a more stern test this week when Hedgesville visits Berkeley Springs. The Eagles edged Berkeley Springs last year 30-27, so Berkeley Springs has a score to settle with their Berkeley County neighbor.
"They (Hedgesville) should be a good test for us," Luvara said. "They have some speed in the backfield and are pretty big. We will find out a lot more about our team this week. Hedgesville is a Class AAA team and they will not be a pushover."
The game against Hedgesville, which lost its opener to Brian Woods, Virginia 28-13, will be played this Friday, August 31 at Morgan Field. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
First Downs: 24 8
Rushing: 32-336 yds-5 tds
35-103 yds-2 tds
Passing: 8-12-125 yds 21-39 yds
Total Yards: 44-461 39-124
Individual Stats: Rushing -- Hess, 11-119-2 td; Reed, 9-107-3 td; Matt Truax 1-32
Passing -- Colwell, 5-6-75; Truax, 2-3-23; Lucas Redick, 1-3-27
Receiving -- JT Thomas, 2-22; Bubby Miller 1-18; Anthony Roshel, 1-27; Zech Turner, 1-18; Josh Kelly, 1-32 and Reed 1-12.