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December 1, 2012

Spurlock leads Wayne to 2nd straight AA crown

WHEELING — Brandon Spurlock rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns as No. 1 seed Wayne shut out No. 2 Keyser 35-0 for its second straight Class AA championship Friday night at Wheeling Island Stadium.

It marked the first Class AA title-game shutout since 2005, when Weir beat Bluefield 40-0.  Martinsburg shut out Brooke 30-0 in 2010 in Class AAA.

Spurlock, who missed Wayne’s semifinal win over Robert C. Byrd with an injury, returned in a big way Friday with two 4-yard scoring runs and another from 13 yards out. He finished the season with 2,003 yards and 28 rushing TDs.

Spurlock also was the hero of last year’s championship game, when he ran for 197 yards and three scores in a 34-7 win over Point Pleasant.

Wayne’s Grant Ferguson completed 3 of 5 passes for 43 yards and two touchdowns Friday for Wayne (14-0). Both scoring tosses came on fourth-and-long.

Keyser (12-2) was held to 92 yards of total offense, including 31 in the first half. The Golden Tornado entered the game averaging 51 points and 502 yards.

It was the fourth shutout this season for the Pioneers’ defense, including the third in a row. The Pioneers have won three Class AA titles since 2006.

Keyser was seeking its first state title since 1969 and fourth overall.

Ferguson, a sophomore, opened the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Mason Hodge on fourth-and-18 in the first quarter. Ferguson found Zack Cassidy for a 9-yard scoring strike on fourth-and-goal from the 9 to extend the lead to 21-0 with 4:24 remaining in the first half.

Ferguson finished with 61 rushing yards. In the first quarter, he fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchback after Keyser’s Amonte Turner caught him at the end of a 50-yard run and knocked the ball loose at the 2-yard line.

Hodge limped to the sideline with 1:38 remaining in the first quarter and played sparingly the rest of the game.

Keyser didn’t cross midfield or pick up its initial first down until the 11:33 mark of the second quarter. The Golden Tornado went three and out in each of their first three possessions.

Blake Ravenscroft and Danny Fife, who had combined for nearly 2,600 rushing yards and 41 TDs for Keyser heading into Friday’s contest, were held to a combined 68 yards, without a score, on the ground.

Down 28-0 with five minutes left in the third quarter, the Golden Tornado failed to convert on a fourth-and-24. And Keyser had a fourth-and-goal at the Wayne 5-yard line late in the game, but Cody Eversole’s pass to Ravenscroft fell incomplete.

Wayne has beaten the Golden Tornado in each of the last four seasons, including a 38-8 win in the 2011 quarterfinals.

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