Cumberland Times-News

Mike Burke - Sports

September 27, 2012

Mountain Ridge hoping for happy Homecoming

Miners hosting unbeaten Frankfort this evening; Fort Hill entertains Carrick; BW visits Notre Dame

FROSTBURG — There is no time like the present and there is no time like Homecoming to gain your first win of the season, and since it is presently Homecoming at Mountain Ridge High School that is what the Miners aim to do tonight.

The Miners (0-4), riding a five-game losing streak dating back to last year’s playoff loss to Boonsboro, will have a difficult task at hand, however, as they will host undefeated Frankfort (4-0), who, conversely, is riding a five-game winning streak dating back to its win over Hampshire in the final regular-season game of the 2011 season.

Fort Hill (2-2), in the meantime, looks to go over .500 again when it returns home to Greenway Avenue Stadium to host Carrick (0-4) of Pittsburgh. Elsewhere, in a match-up of a pair of 3-1 teams, Keyser will host Hampshire, while undefeated Bishop Walsh (4-0), also on a five-game winning streak dating back to last year, will be in Clarksburg, W.Va., trying to open its season with a fifth consecutive win it plays Notre Dame (3-1).

Other action tonight features Clear Spring (2-2) at Northern (0-4), Southern (0-4) at Tucker County (5-0), Berkeley Springs (0-5) at Moorefield (2-3), Phillip Barbour (3-2) at Petersburg (3-1) and Pendleton (3-2) at East Hardy (4-0).

The high school football weekend wraps up tomorrow afternoon, 1:30, when the undefeated Allegany Campers (4-0) travel to Washington to play St. Albans (2-2).

• After its 34-9 victory over Northern, Frankfort finds itself tied for fourth in West Virginia Class AA. Damian Morgan rushed for 131 yards and scored three touchdowns against Northern, leading a ground game that gained 291 yards.

Mountain Ridge fell to Hampshire last Friday, 49-14, leading briefly when Ben Hadra scored on a 23-yard run to make it 6-0. Michael Strietbeck hit Matt Whetstone for the other Mountain Ridge touchdown.

Mountain Ridge defeated Frankfort last year, 35-7.

• Fort Hill fell behind right off the bat in its 54-16 loss at North Hagerstown, yielding an 85-yard return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff, then surrendering 27 third-quarter points. Fort Hill got on the board when Travis Bush took in a 16-yard pass from Hunter Squires. Zac Elbin scored from four yards out and Chris King kicked a field goal and an extra point.

This will mark the second time Fort Hill has played Carrick, the Sentinels winning last year at the stadium, 51-8.

• Keyser came up a bit short in what has been the area’s game of the year thus far, losing to undefeated Allegany, 14-12, at Greenway.

In a hard-hitting defensive game, the Golden Tornado’s Danny Fife rushed for 101 yards on 20 carries, bringing Keyser to within 14-12 on a 20-yard TD run with 3:05 to go. Keyser had been within 7-6 early when Cody Eversole found Garrett Crites for an eight-yard touchdown. The Tornado defense, led by Josh Coffman, held Alco to 2.9 yards per rushing attempt.

Hampshire continues to get big gains and big games from running back Denard Hartwell. The senior running back gained 198 yards and scored two touchdowns on nine carries in the Trojans’ 49-14 win over Mountain Ridge. Dalton Clower scored three touchdowns, one coming on an 81-yard kickoff return.

Keyser dipped to No. 9 in the West Virginia Class AA ratings, while Hampshire stands 12th in the Class AAA ratings. Keyser won last year’s meeting, 41-14, and leads the series, 32-16.

• The Bishop Walsh Spartans can do no wrong these days, moving to 4-0 last weekend with a 46-28 win over Baltimore Lutheran. Terrell McGraw returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, then rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown to lead the attack. Trenton Sawn rushed for 64 yards and three touchdowns, and Quincy Redmon returned from a knee injury to catch a 19-yard touchdown pass.

Notre Dame likes to run the football and is rated No. 11 in West Virginia Class A. The Fighting Irish opened with wins over Grafton, Cameron and Valley, before falling last week to Bishop Donahue, 59-21.

BW and ND did not meet last year.

Mike Burke is sports editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Write to him at

Text Only
Mike Burke - Sports
  • O’s, Pirates will be buyers, but when?

    Not that we should expect any blockbuster deals to go down as Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline approaches, but the names you hear in Baltimore are catcher Kurt Suzuki and starting pitchers Ian Kennedy, A.J. Burnett and Jorge De La Rosa.

    July 27, 2014

  • Peanuts and Cracker Jack beat any foam finger

    Times have changed, and for the better, as this week marks the third year in a row NFL training camps have opened and have not taken center stage in the cities of Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington. That, of course, is due to the play of the three baseball teams that inhabit said cities, the Orioles, the Pirates and the Nationals — two of whom hold first place in their respective divisions, with the other one entering play on Wednesday just 2 1/2 games out of first.

    July 23, 2014

  • Opposition and inclusion understood

    Those of you who have been here before know how I feel about the late great Len Bias, who I will remember foremost as Leonard Bias, the polite, spindly Bambi-eyed kid from Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School, who could throw a dunk through the floor, yet had the most beautiful jump shot I have ever seen.

    July 17, 2014

  • Further proof you should never bet on baseball

    Had you known in March that ...

    July 16, 2014

  • What have we learned this past month?

    Some serious soccer withdrawal is on the horizon for disciples of the Beautiful Game as the month of mania concludes Sunday with the World Cup final. Germany and Argentina, I believe?

    July 11, 2014

  • A man of the Midwest, of Cumberland, and a friend

    His obituary was neither extravagant nor trumpeting. Yet it was a fitting tribute to the man and the life he lived. It was succinct yet sincere. Like the man, it was gracious and understated, and it was filled with love and with warmth, and all of the names of his family and the things in his life that made him memorable.

    July 9, 2014

  • Reign of the entire planet is at stake

    I’ve given up my LeBron Hate. Don’t misunderstand, I have no LeBron Love or even LeBron Like. It’s more like LeBron Lethargy, although that’s probably too strong of a way to describe my indifference because, while I never root for his teams, it’s impossible to take your eyes off him when he’s playing.

    June 15, 2014

  • This German is one ugly American

    Our soccer friends are beside themselves because the World Cup began yesterday. Look to a watering hole near you for a large collection of soccer enthusiasts when the United States plays its first game (match?) Monday against Ghana.

    June 12, 2014

  • Terps look to the West, like what they see

    What a perfectly strange and wonderful weekend it was for area high school football, and we’re just a third of the way through June. Not strange in a negative way, mind you, but strange as in, boy, this doesn’t happen too often around here any more, much less twice in the same weekend.

    June 11, 2014

  • In the know are these Go-Go O’s

    They are a team that led the American League in home runs last season with 45 more than the league average. Then they add a player who currently leads the majors in homers and is on a pace to hit 58 for the season. They are third in the American League in batting average and sixth in slugging percentage. Yet they are 13th in runs scored because they believe in the double steal and try to steal home with a 53-home run hitter at the plate with two outs in extra innings. They continue to have a hitter who delivered 51 doubles last year put down sacrifice bunts, and they employ a third-base coach who is under the impression his job is to collect tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge ...

    June 8, 2014