MARTINSBURG, W.Va.—If the Woodrow Wilson football team stops to eat on the way back to Beckley, W.Va., Perkins will probably be last on its list of choices.
That’s because the Flying Eagles saw too much of one on Friday in Martinsburg.
Martinsburg tailback Chris Perkins gave Woodrow Wilson a steady diet of offense as he rushed for 136 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the top-ranked and undefeted Bulldogs to a 49-13 victory in the opening round of the West Virginia Class AAA state playoffs at Cobourn Field.
Perkins helped the Bulldogs in every aspect as he rushed for two touchdowns, caught a pass for another and returned a punt 93 yards for his fourth score to give the Bulldogs a 28-13 halftime lead.
He also intercepted two passes, one in the end zone, to turn back the Flying Eagles.
The win was the first step in Martinsburg’s title defense and extended its winning streak to 25 games. The Bulldogs will host Huntington next week in the quarterfinals.
The game started slowly as Martinsburg had problems containing Woodrow Wilson’s option offense.
But the Bulldogs got on the board with 51 seconds left in the first quarter when Perkins caught an out pass by Brandon Ashenfelter and turned it into a 26-yard score.
He added a 42-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead before returning the punt to give the Bulldogs a 21-13 lead. Woodrow Wilson got to within a point on Andrew Johnson’s 59-yard kickoff return for a TD.
Perkins capped his scoring with a 9-yard run with 2:51 to go in the half.
The Dogs shut down the Flying Eagles in the second half.
Martinsburg closed the scoring with a pair of tourchdowns by Cedric Brown in the third quarter on a 4-yard run and a 35-yard catch. Justin Arndt added a 13-yard TD in the fourth quarter.