MOOREFIELD - Magnolia's traveling playoff road show continued Saturday afternoon to rave reviews.
That is, unless you are a Moorefield fan.
The Blue Eagles ran through and over the Yellow Jackets for 436 yards and five rushing touchdowns in a 37-7 domination of Moorefield Saturday.
Drew Keller, who surpassed 3,000 yards for his career, continued his playoff mastery, a good chunk of it once again in the wildcat formation, with 32 carries for 293 yards and four touchdowns to get the Blue Eagles back to the Class A semifinals where they will face Greenbrier West, a 18-0 winner over St. Marys Saturday.
Magnolia and West last met in the Class AA semifinals in 2010. Magnolia won and went on to win the state championship.
At least one person from Moorefield was impressed. Moorefield coach Josh See.
"When we saw them on film it was tricky to judge just how good they are at running that (wildcat formation)," See said. "They have an outstanding line and obviously Keller is a load to bring down. I thoroughly expect them to be playing on the Island in December and I hope they win it all."
To get there, they had to deal with Moorefield, which has six state titles to its credit, but none i nteh last decade.
Magnolia (8-4) sent a message and potentially dealt what happened to be the knockout blow early.
The Blue Eagles methodically dissected the Yellow Jackets on the first possession of the game, driving 71 yards and taking 7:53 off the clock, the drive ending when Eric Smith scored on a three-yard end around.
Moorefield's first possession ended in a loss of five yards and a three-and-out.
Keller scored the first of his four touchdowns moments later from 58 yards out to make it 13-0 with 2:05 left in the first quarter.
"We felt like we had to get on the board quick," Magnolia coach Mark Batton said. "That was our plan coming into the game, get up on them early and put the pressure on them. The defensive stand really got the momentum rolling. To get that second touchdown after that stop was just the icing on the cake.
Knock out blow, though?
"It was huge," See said. "It took us away from what we wanted to do, which is run the football. Maybe I went away from it too early, but we felt like we needed to make something happen. Their defense is very good. They came out and outhit us, took it to us today. When we needed to come up with big plays, we couldn't."
For most of the day, Moorefield didn't.
The Yellow Jackets had 96 yards on the ground, but 29 of that came late in the game on one run.
"I thought we played defense just the way a Magnolia team should play," said two-way linemen Cole Seckman said.
They are also known for being a running team, led by Keller, who now had 534 yards and seven touchdowns in playoff wins
"Everything I do is because of them," Keller said of the line. "They were opening up the seams for me today. In fact, I probably let them down a couple times by getting tackled at the line. The holes are there and that is on those guys."
"The battle was won at the line of scrimmage," Batton said. "Our offensive line just did a tremendous job. Drew is a talented running back, but he'll tell you it starts up front."
And the traveling playoff show? It just keeps marching on.
Eric Smith added 68 yards on the found and regular quarterback Jacob Brill had 38 and completeed all four of his passes for 23 yards.
Lawrence Schoonover had 67 yards to lead Moorefield (10-2). Dakota Vetter had 20 yards and scored the Yellow Jackets lone touchdown late in the second quarter to make it 20-7.
Magnolia led 27-7 at the half.
No. 2 Bridgeport 28,
No. 7 Fairmont Senior 0
Anthony Bonamico scored on a 66-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage and the Indians' defense delivered a dominant performance to send Bridgeport to its fourth semifinal appearance in five years.
The Polar Bears, playing without starting quarterback Austin Norman and their leading rusher Noah Harmon because of injuries, were forced to use a wildcat formation with Luke Hrapchak or their standard pro set with sophomore Dominic Smith under center.
Neither offense worked as Bridgeport's first-team defense limited Senior to 39 total yards and two first downs (one of which came on a penalty).
For the game, the Polar Bears had 94 yards of total offense.
Bonamico, the leading rusher and scorer in Class AA finished with 212 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns, bringing his season totals to 1,978 yards on 168 attempts (11.8 yards per carry) and 31 touchdowns.
Bridgeport will be at home next week in the semifinals against No. 3 Bluefield. Date and time will be finalized today.
Martinsburg 54, Cabell Midland 28
MARTINSBURG -Three-time defending Class AAA champion Martinsburg left no doubt on Saturday afternoon it fully intends to claim a fourth straight title, as the second-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) blasted No. 7 Cabell Midland (9-3), to the tune of 54-28.
Martinsburg scored a pair of touchdowns in all four quarters while Cabell Midland scored once in each period.
Cabell Midland outgained Martimsburg on the ground, 249 to 208, but the Bulldogs threw for 170 yards compared to just 46 for the visiting team, which had one of the longest road trips in the history of the state playoffs.
Martinsburg will be home again next weekend, faciging No. 3 Capital (11-1) in a semifinal game. The other Class AAA semifinal will second No. 5 Wheeling Park (11-1) to No. 1 Huntington (12-0)