by Jamie Harris
This past Friday night Morgan Field was buzzing with energy as the Berkeley Springs Indians hosted the Liberty Harrison Mountaineers in high school foot- ball action. With the Indians decked out in their special made camouflage jerseys in thanks to the U.S. Army Guard to the Class of 2022 BSHS Athletic Hall of Fame class being introduced to the home crowd. Despite the late 8 p.m. kickoff and Apple Butter weekend the Indians and their fans were ready for some football.
The first half saw both offenses struggle to find a rhythm and the defenses held tight. Berkeley Springs got their offense going late in the first quarter and got within the Mountaineer 10 yard line. There the Indians sputtered and faced fourth down and elected to bring on junior place kicker Axel Robles. With a good snap and hold Robles booted the ball through the uprights and Berkeley Springs held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first.
That field goal may have woken the visitors from Harrison County. After they spotted the Indians the 3-0 lead, Liberty Harrison’ s offense got to work and reeled off three touchdowns to take an 21-3 halftime lead.
The Mountaineers would increase the lead to 28-3 with another touchdown in the third quarter. Berkeley Springs would add the final score of the night in the fourth quarter when sophomore quarterback Aiden Cain found sophomore Gavin Young open for a 15-yard touchdown reception. The two-point conversion attempt was no good and the final score of the game would be 28-9.
Offensively, the Indians were led by Aiden Cain (10/26, 159 yards passing, 1 touchdown pass, 16 rushes for 14 yards), Carlester Allen (3 rushes for 47 yards), Conner Duvall (2 rushes for 12 yards), Chase O’ Brian (5 rushes for 5 yards), Gavin Young (6 receptions for 74 yards and 1 touchdown reception), Holden Gurson (3 receptions for 54 yards), and Terry Rea III (1 reception for 31 yards).
Next up for the Indians (0- 7) is an away contest this Friday, October 14 at Class A A A Hampshire. The Trojans are currently 1-6 with their lone win over Preston High School 28-20. Kickoff is slated at 7 p.m. at Trojan Field.
Reader Note: The incident that involved the Indians football team at Oak Glen did not result in any suspensions from the WVSSAC. A Berkeley Springs player was ejected later in the game for an unsportsmanlike penalty and had to sit the game against Liberty Harrison. Oak Glen did have a player ejected for their role in the incident and was later removed from their team.