From Staff Reports
FROSTBURG — Rashawn Johnson rushed for 261 yards and three touchdowns, scoring twice in the first quarter and once in the fourth on an 85-yard run to put the game away, as Mountain Ridge defeated Northern, 26-14, Friday night at Mountain Ridge.
Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior running back, put the Miners on the board first at 9:09 of the first quarter on a six-yard run, with Ty Brooks’ kick making it 7-0. Johnson scored again shortly thereafter at the 3:36 mark of the first on a 12-yard run, with Brooks’ kick making it 14-0.
The Huskies got on the board at 4:58 of the second quarter when quarterback Meshach Metz found Jake Vernon for a 32-yard touchdown pass, with Vernon’s kick halving the Mountain Ridge lead to 14-7.
The third quarter was all defense as the Miners maintained their touchdown lead until late when they moved downfield to the 1-yard line from where quarterback Dalton Jeffries crept over for the touchdown at 11:02 of the fourth.
The Huskies struck back, however, when Logan Yommer took in a 41-yard TD pass from Nate Durst just over a minute later at 9:31 with Jake Vernon’s kick bringing the Huskies to within 20-14.
Mountain Ridge, though, wasted little time in icing the game when Johnson broke loose from the Northern 15 to get into the end zone and give the Miners the eventual final margin of 26-14.
The Miners rushed for 302 yards on 40 carries and limited Northern to 76 on 33 carries.
Mountain Ridge quarterback Dalton Jeffries completed four passes for 56 yards, connecting with Matt Whetstone for a 29-yard completion on the Miners’ first scoring drive.
Defensively, Mountain Ridge linebacker Tim Buskirk had 10 tackles, while Whetstone and Brooks, also linebackers, both had nine tackles.
Northern freshman Yommer rushed for 51 yards on nine carries and Vernon caught three passes for 51 yards.
Mountain Ridge (2-5) will host Southern while Northern (2-4) will host Allegany on Friday.
No. 2 Frankfort 6
SHORT GAP, W.Va. — Colin Gustine ran rampant for 241 yards and two touchdowns for Washington in a win at Frankfort on Friday night.
Gustine’s damage came on 27 carries, including a 64-yard run with 2:26 to play in the first quarter to give Washington a 7-0 lead on its way to handing the Falcons their first loss.
Quarterback Matt Harris hit Kendall Smith from 19 yards on the first play of the second quarter. Kaleigh Pierce made her second PAT for a 14-0 lead. With :57 remaining in the half, Richard Wilson took a fumble recovery 11 yards to make it 20-0.
The Falcons got on the board seven seconds later on a four-yard plunge by Noah Bible to make it 20-6 at halftime.
Gustine added his second score from five yards out with 6:34 left in the game to put Washington (4-3) up 26-6.
The Falcons gained just 122 total yards while allowing 397. Brady Watson led with seven tackles and a sack. Jonny Hedrick and Shawn Evans had six tackles each.
Frankfort (6-1) plays at Petersburg on Friday.
No. 5 Hampshire 49
Spring Mills 7
ROMNEY, W.Va. — Volka Terziski ran for 92 yards and a touchdown for Hampshire in a rout of Spring Mills at Hampshire on Friday night.
Dalton Clower ran for 38 yards on seven carries, including two one-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter. Lucas Powers added the other first quarter score on a 28-yard run as the Trojans jumped out to a 21-0 lead.
Terziski scampered 51 yards three minutes into the second stanza and Evan Staley added his fourth PAT to make it 28-0. Gage Williams dove in from a yard out for a 35-0 halftime advantage.
Patrick Dawson took off for a 40-yard run in the third quarter and Andrew Thomas punched in a one-yard score in the fourth for the Trojans’ second half touchdowns.
Spring Mills’ lone score was on a 39-yard pass from Cory Wittenback to Sam Eyler.
Dawson ran three times for 71 yards and Powers had 67 yards on four carries.
The Trojans totalled 500 yards to Spring Mills’ 97.
Hampshire (5-2) goes to Hedgesville on Friday.
No. 2 Keyser 47
KEYSER, W.Va. — Jacob Shoemaker caught a 35-yard fullback pass from Danny Fife to give Keyser a thrilling back-and-forth victory over Jefferson on Friday night at Keyser’s Tornado Alley.
The Golden Tornado held a slim 27-26 lead early in the third when Blake Ravenscroft rumbled 63 yards to extend it to 33-26.
Jefferson was stopped on fourth down inside Keyser’s 15-yard line on consecutive possessions. The Golden Tornado ran a fake punt on fourth-and-one on their own 29-yard line that was sniffed out. Christian Johnson then caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Andrew King on the ensuing play to tie it. Fife, however, gave Keyser the lead back on the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to put Keyser back on top. He also ran in the two-point conversion for a 41-33 lead going into the fourth.
The Cougars tied it again, 2:08 into the final period on a one-yard run by Marcus Burns and a King to Johnson conversion pass. The Golden Tornado drove down the field, leading to the game-winning grab by Shoemaker with 6:11 remaining. Cody Eversole’s end zone interception on the following Jefferson possession stopped their last threat as Keyser was unable to run out the clock in the final minutes.
Keyser (5-3), idle next week, hosts cross-county rival Frankfort on Friday, Nov. 1. Jefferson drops to 4-3 and visits Martinsburg on Friday.