2017-10-11 / Sports

Indians derail Railroaders

by Jamie Harris


Defending for the Indians in last Friday night’s game against the Railroaders is Patrick Raymond, 4, Joshua Hartman, 2 and Larry Miller, 13. photo by Anita Kesner Defending for the Indians in last Friday night’s game against the Railroaders is Patrick Raymond, 4, Joshua Hartman, 2 and Larry Miller, 13. photo by Anita Kesner In the age of football there has been many offensive nicknames for high scoring teams. Nicknames such as the “Greatest Show on Turf” (St. Louis Rams), Air Raid Offense (Texas Tech) and many others.

Last Friday night October 6 at Morgan Field the visiting Brunswick Railroaders brought a two game winning streak into Berkeley Springs and had high hopes of getting their fourth win of the season. What the Railroaders ran into was an Indian War Party who derailed the train as the Tribe offense lit up the scoreboard with a 50 point outburst.

The Indians won the opening coin toss and elected to take the ball and put their offense to work. Starting from their own 35 yard line the Tribe went to work behind a combination of runs and passes.


The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Football Team hosted the Coach to Cure MD Night at their game last Friday, October 6. They had Warm Springs Middle School eighth grader Preston Harris as the Honorary Team Captain. Indians head football coach Matt Puffenberger presented Harris with a game ball that the team had signed. Left to right - Mason Sipes, 54, Harris, Patrick Raymond, 4, Larry Miller, 13 and Desmond Bamber, 62. The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Football Team hosted the Coach to Cure MD Night at their game last Friday, October 6. They had Warm Springs Middle School eighth grader Preston Harris as the Honorary Team Captain. Indians head football coach Matt Puffenberger presented Harris with a game ball that the team had signed. Left to right - Mason Sipes, 54, Harris, Patrick Raymond, 4, Larry Miller, 13 and Desmond Bamber, 62. With the return of senior running back Michael Hovermale running and catching the ball and quarterback Tobin Whittington handling the Railroader defense the Indians struck first for an 11 play, 65 yard touchdown drive. The drive was capped off when Whittington found senior CJ Ryan for a 10 yard touchdown reception. Junior kicker Remington Hiles’ extra point attempt was good and the Tribe led 7-0.

The Indians got the ball back after forcing Brunswick to punt. Once again starting from their own 45 yard line the Indian offense needed only one play to make the Railroader defense pay. Whittington took the offensive snap and sliced through the defense and sprinted untouched 55 yards for the score. The extra point attempt was blocked, but the Tribe was up 13-0.

Brunswick got their offense rolling on their second possession, but once again the Indians defense held their ground and the offense got the ball back at their own 35 yard line.

Using a mix of plays, the Indians moved the ball down to the Brunswick 15. A holding call moved the ball back to the 25 yard line. From their Whittington took the snap and saw senior Nathan Mason running down the seam and hit him in stride for a 25 yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was once again blocked, but Berkeley Springs held a stunning 19-0 lead in the first quarter.

Brunswick would finally get on the scoreboard as they moved down the field and punched it in from one yard out. The Indians defense was able to block the extra point attempt and the score was 19- 6.

Berkeley Springs fourth offensive possession sputtered and the Indians had to finally punt the ball. Brunswick hoping to build off their last touchdown saw that drive end as Berkeley Springs defensive back Josh Hartman picked off the pass.

The “War Party” attack needed only one play to make the Railroaders pay once more as Whittington hit Ryan down the visitor sideline for a 65 yard touchdown pass. The Indians went for the two point conversion and Whittington hit Hovermale for the conversion and the Tribe increased their lead to 27-6.

Brunswick rallied once again after a Berkeley Springs fumble gave the Railroaders decent field position. Brunswick found the end zone for their second score and the blocked extra point attempt made the score 27-12.

With only a minute left in the second quarter the Indian offense went back to work behind Hovermale and Whittington to move the ball down the Brunswick 36 yard line. From there Whittington found senior Nathan Mason once again for a 36 yard touchdown reception. The Tribe then went for the two point conversion and Whittington found a wide open Hartman in the end zone and the Indians went into the locker room with a 35-12 lead.

The second half opened up with Brunswick taking the ball down the field and cutting into the Indians lead with a touchdown and the two point conversion attempt was good to make the score 35- 20.

The Indians offense went back to work moving the ball inside the Brunswick 10 yard line. However the Tribe turned the ball over on downs. The Indians defense held their ground once again and forced a Brunswick punt.

From there the Indian offense took back over and Hovermale scored on a nice counter run from 15 yards out. It was Hovermale’s first touchdown of the season as the talented senior running back and linebacker was playing in his first game of the season after recovering from a pre-season injury. The extra point attempt was no good, but the Tribe was in control 41-20.

The Indian defense came up big on the next Brunswick possession jumping a pass route and intercepted the Railroader pass and returned it inside Brunswick territory. The Brunswick defense held once again as the Tribe was forced to give up the ball.

Brunswick’s next offensive possession ended quickly as the Tribe defense led by Matt Cowles and Mason Sipes swarmed the Railroader quarterback for a safety and added two more points to take 43-20 lead.

Going into the fourth quarter both teams traded possessions until the Tribe offense put up one more score. This time Whittington found Ryan one more time for their third touchdown pass/reception of the game. Hiles’ extra point attempt was good and the Indians held a solid 50-20 lead which stayed that way until the final horn.

With the win the Indians improved to 2-4 on the season.

Offensively Berkeley Springs was led by quarterback Whittington. The senior signal caller finished the game 23 for 37 passing for 305 yards and five touchdowns along with two interceptions. Whittington was also the Indians leading rusher carrying the ball 15 times for 178 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Peyton Thompson had six carries for 29 yards while Hovermale had eight carries for 17 yards and a touchdown.

On the receiving side, the Tribe was led by senior Ryan who had eight receptions for 135 yards and three touchdowns. Mason also had a big night with a career high three receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Hovermale had four receptions for 29 yards and a two point conversion. Junior Larry Miller had three receptions for 29 yards and senior Hartman had four receptions for 24 yards.

Defensively the Indians were led by Trenton Ratcliff who had eight tackles. Whittington added six tackles, Cowles had five tackles and Sipes had four tackles. Whittington and Hartman also recorded interceptions for the Indians defense.

Next up for the Indians, 2- 4, is Homecoming this Friday, October 13 against the Clear Spring Blazers. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. with crowning of the Berkeley Springs High School Homecoming King and Queen taking place before the game.

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