MARTINSBURG — About the one means figuratively to run for a primary down towards Martinsburg would’ve entailed changing a 4th-and-1 play.
The Bulldogs allowed 1.1 yards on common per speeding play throughout a 13-0 state championship season — the one-tenth of a yard most likely requiring a measurement utilizing a bank card to get that first down.
Within the playoffs?
Overlook about attempting to run on Martinsburg.
The Bulldogs, behind the management of defensive sort out Rashad Reid, who’s being named at this time because the winner of each the Stydahar and Huff awards by the West Virginia Sports activities Writers Affiliation, have been even higher within the postseason.
In 98 speeding performs in 4 video games, opponents managed a complete of 38 yards — 0.39 yards per rush. After all, among the unfavourable yardage within the statistical class included sacks.
“It’s a mentality,” Reid stated. “We wished to point out we have been the most effective within the state…(Within the playoffs), ‘Let’s present ’em who we have been — finest within the state.’”
Whereas 0.39 would possibly signify an exemplary earned run common in baseball, it’s unbelievable as a soccer per-play statistic.
“That’s fairly outstanding.” Martinsburg coach David Walker stated. “In highschool, you need to cease the run. Or, at any degree…We have been actually good at it.”
Particularly Reid, who led Martinsburg in tackles in his two seasons with the Bulldogs after arriving as a switch from South Carolina earlier than his junior season.
And as a defensive lineman. Usually, their jobs are to take up the blockers to permit linebackers to make the tackles. Not at Martinsburg, the place the group’s prime two tacklers have been each linemen and first-team all-state honorees — Reid and Xerxees Yancey.
“It’s actually wonderful,” Walker stated. “Stuff like that doesn’t occur fairly often.”
The 2 awards for Reid from the sports activities writers group add to a set of honors for the 6-foot, 285-pound senior. Moreover assorted accolades, together with two-time Japanese Panhandle Athletic Convention Defensive Participant of the Yr, he signed his letter of intent on Wednesday to play Division I soccer at Elon.
It’s been an enormous week for the senior.
“I don’t know really feel, man,” Reid stated. “That’s wonderful, man…It’s undoubtedly icing on the cake. We had little season.”
Moreover having a troublesome time speeding the soccer, opponents struggled to attain, as effectively. The Martinsburg defensive unit allowed solely 85 factors in 13 video games. Seven different factors got here on account of an interception return.
In all, Martinsburg allowed simply 3.1 yards per play, working or passing. The Bulldogs additionally averaged 45.1 factors per sport, with Reid enjoying proper guard.
Reid was the most effective participant on arguably the state’s prime protection.
“I really feel like I work exhausting,” Reid stated. “I’m an overachiever…Even once I had good video games, I stored pushing myself.”
He’s a perfectionist.
“In some video games, I do know I might’ve performed so significantly better,” he stated. “If I’m being frank, I do know I might do higher…I stored engaged on method, stance, how I line up, the cross rush. I labored to enhance my sport a lot, it doesn’t matter what anyone wished.”
Reid sacked the quarterback twice in Martinsburg’s 57-13 victory over Princeton within the state Class AAA championship sport.
He had 9 sacks in all to go along with 92.5 tackles and 24.5 tackles for loss throughout the season. As a junior, he recorded 83 stops, with 20.5 sort out for loss and 6.5 sacks.
“I really feel like I modified (offensive) schemes,” Reid stated. “I really feel like I made that impression.”
For Reid, it’s not a lot about statistics however simply doing his job.
“On the finish of the day,” he stated, “I’ve to need it a bit of greater than anyone else: ‘I’ve to get to the ball and make that sort out.’ It was the tip of the world for me. It was egocentric, however not in a nasty means.”
Reid is the third Martinsburg participant to win the Stydahar, previously generally known as the Hunt Award, as the highest lineman within the Mountain State. Reid is the fifth Huff honoree for the Bulldogs.
“He’s most likely the most effective one I’ve had since Steve Roach,” Walker stated. “He’s pretty much as good as anybody I keep in mind in latest reminiscence.”
Roach, an assistant coach for the Bulldogs, gained the Hunt in 2001. Reid emulated Roach.
“After I got here to Martinsburg,” Reid stated, “I wished to depart a footprint; I wished individuals to know Rashad. I wished to be one of many greats and be among the best to play at Martinsburg.”
He succeeded in that regard.
Reid collected the Stydahar in an in depth vote over Princeton’s Eli Campbell. Others thought of for the honour have been Winfield’s Caleb Kuhl, Hurricane’s Daron Parks, Huntington’s Robbie Martin and Williamstown’s Aiden Corbett.
The extra finalists for the Huff included Ethan Holliday of Greenbrier West, Dylan Ours of Fairmont and Michael Lunsford of Cabell Midland.
Reid might be acknowledged on the 77th annual Victory Awards Dinner on Might 5, 2024, at River Metropolis in Wheeling.
By Rick Kozlowski/The Journal of Martinsburg