Instead, an illegal-procedure penalty negated the play, and after a fourth-and-14 attempt failed, Martinsburg marched back down the field to go up 21-0.
On the ensuing George Washington drive, the Patriots went three-and-out, and to make matters worse, punter Clayton Anderson mishandled the snap and was tackled before he could get the ball off.
Martinsburg (12-1) took over at the GW 6-yard line and two plays later Clinton scored his fourth touchdown.
Needless to say, Black Friday turned out to be all that and then some for coach Steve Edwards Jr. and the Patriots.
"They're a really good team and it was too many to not enough," Edwards said. "They've got a lot of great athletes, they have a big school, big numbers, and he can just run guys in and out left and right. They're big, fast, strong - they have the total package."
Most importantly for the Bulldogs, Clinton turned out to be the total package on Friday. The senior, who is replacing two-time state-champion quarterback Brandon Ashenfelter, has churned out quite the season and is one step away from completing one of the most dominant three-year runs any school has ever had in the history of the state's highest classification.
"He's played very well," Walker said of Clinton. "We didn't throw the ball real well today, but he's got a great arm. He doesn't really get a lot of accolades for his arm, but he's thrown for way over 1,000 [yards]. He's a great passer but his legs are pretty special, too."
While it was all smiles on the winning side, Edwards and GW fans will now have to say goodbye to a group of seniors that played in 11 playoff games over the past four years, among other accomplishments.
"I had a great run with these guys," Edwards said. "I love these guys. Ryan Switzer is still, regardless of 63-14, is the best player in the state of West Virginia bar none. We had a bunch of kids that played really hard and played with him and we never quit. We had a great run, man, had a lot of great kids, but we just didn't have enough - that's all."
Trey Boyd added 79 yards on 12 carries and a pair of touchdowns for Martinsburg while Cedric Brown also added a 16-yard scoring scamper.
Martinsburg will face the winner of the Cabell Midland-Morgantown game next week.
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