Martins Ferry wins fifth straight by throttling Beaver Local, 41-0

CALCUTTA — Beaver Local and Martins Ferry both came into to Friday night’s contest looking to make a statement as the playoff hunt heats up, but Martins Ferry made its case with a 41-0 win over the Beavers.

Both teams entered the game in ninth place in their respective regions.

Martins Ferry has now won its fifth straight game after starting the season 1-3.

“I got great assistant coaches,” Martins Ferry coach Dave Bruney said. “It took us a while to get our feet on the ground but its attribute to the senior class how hard they’ve worked this season.

“After losing the first three games these kids could’ve started thinking about other sports. Now we are in a position if we win next week we are looking to be in the playoffs.”

Martins Ferry’s offense started right out the gates when Dalton Hoover ran 90 yards for a touchdown on the Purple Riders’ first offensive play of the game.

Martins Ferry run game was led by Hoover with 207 yards on 14 carries.

Martins Ferry second touchdown came when Hoover broke a 33-yard run for his second touchdown to put the team up 14-0 as time expired in the first quarter.

“Hoover and Boxley are both great players,” Bruney said. “They will both tell you though it’s all credited to our offensive line doing a great job.”

The third score came on Boxley’s 72-yard burst with 9:29 left in the second quarter to make the score 21-0.

Boxley finished with 115 yards on 10 carries.

The Beavers were coming off a 38-0 defeat to Indian Creek and were shut out for the second consecutive week.

Beaver Local was led by Michael Clendenning, who had 181 yards in his first week back from injury.

“We were moving the ball well offensively,” Beaver Local coach Mike McKenzie said. “Before halftime we had some long drives but we weren’t able to capitalize on them by making mistakes on things we’ve been working on since day one.”

The Beavers were called for being offside five times in the first half.

“I did not have this team ready,” McKenzie said. “We panicked at times in this game and did not focus on the little things.”

The Beavers had nine first downs.

“We were finally healthy this week,” Mckenzie said. “Clendenning was back this week and he ran the ball well creating a spark for this offense.”

Torey Calio led in receptions with 63 yards on five catches.

“I don’t think injuries had anything to do with this loss,” McKenzie said. “It was just not being able to capitalize in the red zone.”

The Beavers missed a 21 yard field goal by Drew Theiss on the opening drive of the game, which included four first downs, with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter.

Luke Call finished the night with 77 yards yards on 8-14 passing with two interceptions.

“I’ve got to figure out a way to make us focus on the little things throughout the game and get into a calmer state of mind when playing” McKenzie said.

The second half was capped by a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by Martins Ferry Donovan Shrodes.

“The game has become bigger than what it needed it to be,” McKenzie said.

The Beavers playoff hopes are dwindling after two straight losses.

“I don’t know the possibility of the playoffs,” McKenzie said. “I love our guys to death and I want to send out our seniors with a win next week on our home field.”

Beaver Local is now 6-3 on the season and will look to bounce back when its hosts Oak Glen next Friday for senior night.

Martins Ferry improves to 6-3 and will travel to Bellaire next Friday.