Spurlock, who carried 13 times, was selected as his team's MVP by a media vote after scoring runs of 4, 4 and 13 yards. On the first one, he just out-quicked Keyser defenders to the right pylon and on the second two simply refused to be tackled after getting first contact just past the line of scrimmage.
"I felt 100 percent going out there,'' said Spurlock, who sat out last week's semifinal win against Robert C. Byrd, "but then on that first run, I just pulled it again and there was nothing I could do.
"I think the guys pulled through for me. They believed in me to run the ball for them and blocked their hearts out for me just like they do every other week. I thank them and I give this [game MVP award] to them.''
Hodge, a 6-foot, 230-pound sophomore who was limited to playing only defense last week because of his injury, said there was no doubt he and Brandon Spurlock would suit up and play the entire game.
"We fight through it,'' Hodge said. "That's Wayne football. It doesn't matter what injuries we've got - we're gonna play.''
Wayne grabbed a 21-0 lead at halftime, completely shutting down Keyser's offense.
The Golden Tornado ran 22 plays in the first half and managed just two first downs and 34 net yards. By comparison, Brandon Spurlock's first carry went for 38 yards for Wayne.
"We struggled moving the ball in the first half,'' Biser said, "and a couple dumb penalties took us out of position. You can't do that against a good football team. Hats off to Wayne - a great program, a good football team, a quality opponent.''
The Pioneers' five first-half possessions went this way - Ferguson TD tosses to Hodge and Cassidy, a 4-yard scoring run by Brandon Spurlock, a fumble into the end zone by Ferguson for a touchback (at the tail end of a 50-yard run) and a Hodge punt of 51 yards that was downed at the Keyser 1.
Wayne amassed 303 net yards, 261 of them on the ground, before the break. It turned in 13 plays or 10 more yards in the first half, six of those good for 20-plus yards.
"We've been here before,'' Brandon Spurlock said, "and I guess [Keyser] wasn't used to the hype and everything. But they were a great team - definitely the best team we've played all year. We just came out ready to play.''
Defensive lineman Josh Coffman, who had six tackles, was selected as Keyser's MVP.
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