WHEELING — There’s a team picture hanging in the weight room of Martinsburg’s football facility of the Bulldogs’ first team championship from 2010.
Included in the picture is a lad who now is a senior captain for the Bulldogs — Elijah Banks.
“I was a little kid on the sidelines,” Banks said. “I was always hanging on the sidelines, playing around.”
It was then that his position coach Brandon Ashenfelter was guiding Martinsburg to its first two state championships as the team’s quarterback.
Banks will be in the next team championship picture, too.
This time, though, he had a more prominent role, as Martinsburg won its fourth straight championship eighth state championship overall on Saturday over Cabell Midland.
He threw five touchdown passes as Martinsburg used a late, second-quarter flurry to down the Knights 49-21, and Banks was named as the team’s most valuable player.
“I always dreamed like this as a kid,” Banks said. “It means a lot more now because I’m the leader of this team.”
He threw touchdown passes of 14, 25 and 20 yards to Jarod Bowie, 33 to Malakai Brown and 25 to Teddy Marshall.
His long pass, hitting Anthony Smith in stride, went for 41 yards to set up the go-ahead touchdown as Martinsburg battled back from a 14-all tie in the late stages of the second quarter.
“It feels great to be a four-time state…