After Clinton's 2-yard TD run with 8:55 left in the third quarter stretched the lead to 35-7, the Knights went about getting back in the game.
They used gains of 20 yards by fullback Lowell Farley (16 carries, 118 yards) and 42 yards by Gaydosz to get down to the 1, from where a Gaydosz score made it 35-14.
Midland (13-1), the top seed in AAA, then got two straight stops on defense and embarked on drives that would pick up first downs at Martinsburg's 35 and 40, respectively, but each fizzled soon after.
The Bulldogs then iced it with a 48-yard field goal with 4:41 left from Tyler DeHaven, the state's longest field goal in any class this season. It marked the most points Cabell Midland had allowed in any game this year.
"They're the best team by far we've played this whole year,'' Gaydosz said of Martinsburg. "They have so many athletes and they spread them out. They use their athletes well, and they're well-coached.''
Boyd's 83-yard TD run was probably the back-breaker for Midland, which trailed at the time 14-0.
Clinton was tossed for a 4-yard loss by Knights linebacker Nick Gallaher and two straight procedure penalties placed Martinsburg in a second-and-24 hole at its own 17. That's when Boyd jetted around the right corner and outraced all Midland defenders.
"That was a huge play,'' Walker said. "I felt like if we got our kids out in space, they would be all right. It's a case where Trey was able to break loose and make some yardage.''
Clinton certainly had his moments, too, and was voted his team's MVP after running 16 times for 101 yards and one TD and hitting on 8 of 14 passes for 125 yards with two TDs and one interception. He was sacked only once.
His first touchdown toss was a quick hitch to the left flat to Brown, who followed his blocking and advanced it 7 yards for a score. The second was inches away from being a big play for Midland.
Clinton dropped to throw from the Midland 29 and was crushed by blitzing linebacker Nick Boone an instant after he blindly heaved the ball downfield. The ball seemed to float in the air forever, but Brown had worked his way behind Alex Childers in single coverage and was able to gather it in for a TD to make it 14-0.
For Midland, Farley got much of his yardage on carries of 68 and 20 yards. Even though both he and Gaydosz topped the 100-yard mark on the ground, the Knights went just 1 of 8 through the air for 22 yards and didn't possess enough quick-strike capability to rally from their early deficit.
"The kids are upset,'' Salmons said. "It's hard because you expect to win no matter what you do. But hats off to their coaches and players [at Martinsburg]. They've got a good program.''