KEYSER, W.Va. — Fort Hill and Keyser have had some time to think it over and will square off tonight at Alumni Field at Tornado Alley with a 7 o’clock kickoff. Gates will open at 5:15 p.m.
The Sentinels (1-0) had an extra day to prepare this week after its 35-0 season-opening victory over Surrattsville last Friday at Greenway Avenue Stadium and will make their first appearance at Keyser’s new stadium. The Golden Tornado, meanwhile, have had over two weeks to prepare, not having seen action since its season-opening 26-12 loss to Wayne on Aug. 27.
Fort Hill took a 14-0 lead over Surrattsville in the first half last Friday despite some sluggish play before dominating the second half with three touchdowns.
Jaron Watkins rushed for 91 yards on five carries and gave the offense the spark it needed with several big gainers in the third quarter. Shawn Metheny ran 12 times for 80 yards for Fort Hill.
In the second half, Metheny scored two touchdowns, Garrett Clay went untouched 57 yards for a score, and Dylan Clay had a pair of interceptions. The first half was a bit of a different story. Surrattsville outgained Fort Hill 148-115, and had possession for 14 minutes.
The Golden Tornado gave up two touchdowns on Wayne’s first two possessions and could never climb out of that hole, although after fumbling away the ensuing kickoff after the second score, Wes Washington prevented the hole from getting any deeper with an interception at the Keyser seven.
After falling behind 18-0 in the second half, Keyser’s Kadeem Garland returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to bring the score to 18-6. Quarterback Tyler Biser found Jamison Jones with a 14-yard pass for the Tornado’s second touchdown.
Fort Hill won last year’s meeting, 29-8, at Greenway.