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Kennedy leads Titans past Bulldogs

by Randall Jett

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GLENVILLE -- Gilmer County, behind a strong rushing performance from Adam Kennedy, defeated Doddridge County, 21-6, Thursday night at Morris Stadium on the campus of Glenville State College.

Kennedy rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries to lead the Titans, who improved to 2-3.

Doddridge County (0-5) took the opening kickoff and marched 72 yards on 13 plays to open the scoring. The Bulldogs' drive was aided by a 15-yard roughing the punter penalty on a fourth-and-four on their own 46. Six plays later, Doddridge County went the remainder of the distance, capped by Allen Baker's 12-yard touchdown run. The kick failed and the Bulldogs held a 6-0 lead with 6:27 to play in the first quarter.

Gilmer County answered on the ensuing kickoff. The Titans drove to the Bulldogs' 19 before Garrett Walker picked off a Justin Townsend pass near the 15 and returned it to midfield.

The Bulldogs appeared to have momentum, driving to the Gilmer County 8, but the Titans' James Huffman came up with an interception and rumbled 92 yards to tie the game with :12 to play in the first. The kick failed and the score was tied 6-6.

"This is the first time that Huffman has played in three weeks," Gilmer County coach Steve Shuff said. "He went out and made his presence felt early. That was a huge play in terms of momentum in the game."

Gilmer County's rushing attack then took total control of the game.

The Titans put the ball in Kennedy's hands. His 14-yard touchdown run with 3:03 remaining before halftime put Gilmer County in front for good at 14-6. The run capped a four-play, 51-yard drive.

Kennedy put the game out of reach in the third with his second touchdown run.

The senior fullback took a handoff off tackle, broke two tackles and raced 17 yards for the game-clincher with 4:56 to play in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs never threatened after that. Gilmer County held the Bulldogs' offense to just three first downs in the second half. Doddridge County never crossed midfield after the second quarter, making it as far as its own 46.

"(Doddridge County) came out and took it to us early, but we made a couple of defensive adjustments, and it slowed them down," Shuff said.

"Adam ran hard all night, and our offensive line did a tremendous job of blowing open holes for him."

Aaron Smith was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs. The junior tailback gained 110 yards on 25 carries. Joey Frederick added 52 yards rushing on 14 carries for Gilmer County.

Doddridge County returns to action Friday when it plays host to Tyler Consolidated. Gilmer County is home against Tygarts Valley.

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