Musselman obliterates Washington | Journal-news

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BUNKER HILL — Logan Shelton got his return touchdown for Musselman after all — but not the way he thought.

He ran 95 yards down the right touchline on the opening kick into the end zone, only to have him called back for a penalty.

Then Shelton was pushed out of bounds at the Washington 23-yard line on a 44-yard punt return.

But when he intercepted the ball at the Washington 43, he had clear navigation to the end zone for a return touchdown.

He scored two more receiving touchdowns as seventh-ranked Musselman overwhelmed Washington 54-0 Friday night in an Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference game at Price Stadium’s Waldeck Field.

“I knew my team was going to come back even after the penalties,” Shelton said. “I knew I just had to be ready for the next play.”

The next play after the punt returned, Bayden Hartman joined Shelton on a 23-yard touchdown pass on a skinny post route. He later completed 49 yards for a touchdown on a Hartman swing pass.

“He was looking for an escape,” Musselman’s trainer Brian Thomas said.

Shelton loves his opportunities in the second leg.

“I see open holes and I’m going there,” Shelton said. “I know my teammates will block for me.”

Musselman, who went 6-2 with the win and sent Washington down 1-7, had little difficulty all night.

Hartman went 11 yards on the first drive for a touchdown and threw the 23-yard pass to Shelton on second possession.

The Applemen took a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter as Ray Adames rushed 75 yards for a touchdown.

Hartman’s 20-yard springboard extended the lead with 2:34 left in the second quarter. Forty-four seconds later, Shelton delivered his interception return, and Musselman held a 34-0 halftime lead.

Musselman’s lead grew to 48-0 as Hartman threw touchdown passes on consecutive plays.

He completed a bubble screen to Adames who covered for 49 yards and threw the 60-yard pass to Shelton.

Backup quarterback Brayden Miller ran 5 yards for Musselman’s final touchdown.

Miller was 4 of 4 through the air for 47 yards, which added to Hartman’s 177 passing yards.

Musselman also rushed for 241 yards, giving the Applemen 418 total rushing yards.

Washington had 136 total offense

Both teams missed field goal attempts.

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