Times-News Staff Writer
SHORT GAP, W.Va. — The undefeated Frankfort Falcons, rated No. 4 in West Virginia Class AA, open a three-game homestand tonight when they play host to the Mountain Ridge Miners at Frankfort Stadium. That will be one of just three home games played this weekend by area teams, as Hampshire (3-1) will host Keyser (3-2) and Southern (1-3), looking to build on its first win of the season, will play host to Tucker County (4-1).
Meanwhile, both Fort Hill (4-0) and Allegany (2-2) will be in Pennsylvania this evening for Week 2 of their three-week hiatus from Greenway Avenue Stadium, the Sentinels traveling to Roaring Springs (see directions in today’s Sports Briefs) to take on the Central Scarlet Dragons (4-1), and the Campers in Ridgway to take on the Elkers (3-2) in an effort to end their two-game losing streak.
Elsewhere, Moorefield (4-1) is at Berkeley Springs (0-5) and Petersburg (2-3) is at Philip Barbour (3-1), with all of tonight’s games kicking off at 7 o’clock with the exception of the 7:30 start time for Moorefield-Berkeley Springs.
On Saturday, the Northern Huskies (1-3) will conclude the weekend when they pay a visit to Clear Spring to play the Blazers with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Mountain Ridge at Frankfort
The Falcons were 28-15 winners over Northern last week, as Brady Watson, who leads the area in touchdowns, scored two more and rushed for 135 yards on 11 carries, breaking on runs of 24 and 43 yards for the scores.
All four of Frankfort’s touchdowns came on big plays, as Noah Bible took in a 31-yard TD pass from quarterback Gage Shaffer, and Cole Smith scored on a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Mountain Ridge, fresh off its first win of the season, fell last week to Hampshire, 37-20, the Miners playing all but one series without quarterback Michael Strietbeck, who left with a knee injury. The Miners fell behind 30-0 and gained just 54 yards in the first half. Rashawn Johnson, however, scored on a 74-yard kickoff return in the third quarter and finished with 100 yards rushing, 64 in the second half.
Frankfort won last year’s meeting, 56-8.
Keyser at Hampshire
Keyser secured a 12-7 Homecoming win over Allegany in a defensive struggle last week as the Golden Tornado forced six Alco turnovers. Zack Johnson intercepted three passes for the Tornado, including one in the final minute to seal the win. Cody Eversole threw a touchdown pass to Vinnie Cuthbertson, and Blake Ravenscroft scored the touchdown that gave Keyser the lead for good.
Hampshire received a big game from quarterback Shane Ennis in its win over Mountain Ridge. Ennis was 6 for 8 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone. Dale Bryson and Dane Heavener both had touchdown catches.
Keyser is rated No. 15 in West Virginia Class AA; Hampshire No. 10 in Class AAA.
Keyser beat the Trojans last year, 12-7.
Fort Hill at Central
Fort Hill had an easy time of it last week in Pittsburgh, beating Carrick, 42-12, with Ty Johnson and Dekarai Darr combining for over 300 yards rushing.
The Sentinels return to Pennsylvania to take on the Central Scarlet Dragons of Martinsburg, Pa., who are 4-1 after a 33-14 win over Bald Eagle Area in which they scored 27 unanswered second-half points. The Dragons average 244 rushing yards and 154 passing per game on offense. Austin Cunningham has rushed for 508 yards. Defensively the Dragons have registered 19 sacks.
Fort Hill, which defeated Central 29-21 last year, is currently the first-place team the Maryland 1A West Region.
Allegany at Ridgway
Allegany was its own worst enemy last week, committing six turnovers in the 12-7 loss at Keyser. Quarterback Trenton Eirich did throw another touchdown pass, this time hooking up with Dalton Golliday, with Nate Condor’s kick giving the Campers a 7-6 lead.
Allegany got to the Keyser 25 on its final possession, but turned the ball over to effectively end the game. Kirk Robinette, who was moved from tight end to fullback, led the Alco ground game.
The Ridgway Elkers are a new opponent for the Campers. They are 3-2 this season and have won two in a row.
Allegany stands fourth in the 1A West Region.
Tucker at Southern
Reese Haskiell scored three touchdowns to lead Southern to its first victory under Coach Jon Nazelrod with a 48-0 win at Berkeley Springs. Travis Newton, Logan Tichnell and Seth Kisner also scored for the Rams, while Alexander Meyer kicked a 32-yard field goal.
Kisner led Southern in rushing with 91 yards.
Tucker County is rated No. 12 in West Virginia Class A and defeated the Rams last year, 44-13.
Mike Burke is sports editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org