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Mike Burke - Sports

September 29, 2012

Campers travel to capital

WASHINGTON — Undefeated Allegany’s defense and special teams came through with flying colors last week and both units will be needed again today when the Campers travel to the nation’s capital to take on St. Albans at 1:30 p.m.

Allegany (4-0) defeated Keyser at Greenway, 14-12, thanks to a defensive effort that overcame two lost fumbles by holding the Golden Tornado to 147 yards of total offense — 127 on the ground. Trenton Eirich returned two punts for 107 yards, the second one of 52 yards setting up the eight-play, 22-yard scoring drive for the second Campers touchdown against an equally stingy Keyser defense.

Alco halfback Christian Thomas is the area’s leading rusher with 416 yards on 34 carries and leads the area in scoring with 10 touchdowns and 62 points. Halfback Madison Wolford has rushed for 297 yards on 33 carries and quarterback Carter Imes has passed for 279 yards.

The Saints (2-2), who have defeated Allegany three straight times and lead the series 4-1, is again led by quarterback Mike McCurdy, who passed for 122 yards and rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns against the Campers in last year’s 28-10 win at the stadium. Through four games this season McCurdy has completed 45 of 81 passes for 1,040 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Wide receiver Matt Sniezek has caught 23 passes for 621 yards and six TDs, while fellow wideout Chris Fraser has caught 11 for 254 yards and six touchdowns. St. Albans’ leading rusher is Arthur Jones, who has gained 307 yards on 56 carries with four touchdowns.

St. Albans opened the season with losses to St. Mary’s-Annapolis, 48-31, and Baltimore Mount St. Joseph, 47-36. They have, however, won their last two games, beating Riverdale Baptist, 34-8, and St. Mary Ryken, 35-21.

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

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