From Staff Reports
KEYSER, W.Va. — Danny Fife ran for 190 yards and scored on three short second-half touchdown runs to lead second-ranked Keyser over Jefferson, 20-6, Friday night at Alumni Field at Tornado Alley.
The victory improves Keyser to 6-1 and drops Jefferson to 1-6.
“We made it a lot harder on ourselves than we should have,” said Keyser head coach Sean Biser about the scoreless first half. “We kept getting ourselves behind the chains.”
Fife’s first three-yard run broke the 0-0 tie with 5:24 to play in the third quarter and Tyler Hamilton’s first of two made extra points gave the Golden Tornado a 7-0 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter after forcing a short Cougar punt that was downed at Jefferson’s 37, Fife broke loose for 34 yards to the three and he scored on the next play with 8:35 to play.
Jefferson marched downfield on the ensuing possession and after just missing on a pass into the Tornado end zone, Keyser sacked Cougars’ quarterback Andre King, who fumbled and Zack Johnson recovered at the Tornado 28. On the next play, Blake Ravenscroft broke free up the middle and was stopped at the two for a 70-yard gain. Fife again scored on the next play with 4:27 left.
Jefferson avoided the shutout on a 52-yard touchdown pass from King to Jeff Walker. The extra point was blocked.
“They’re speed scared me to death,” said Biser. “I was really proud of our defense and especially our secondary. We tackled really well in space.”
Fife carried the ball 32 times, gaining 152 yards in the second half, and finished with his 13th rushing touchdown of the season. Ravenscroft finished with 89 yards on 10 carries and Amonte Turner run eight times for 36 yards.
Jefferson’s King passed for 104 yards, completing 13 of 28 attempts with an interception.
In the first half, two Keyser drives inside the Cougar 30-yard line ended on downs and one Jefferson drive ended with a missed field goal.
Keyser, No. 6 in Class AA, will host No. 2 Bridgeport Friday seeking its fourth-straight victory. Jefferson hosts Martinsburg.
Mountain Ridge 8
ACCIDENT — The Northern Huskies overcame some turnover problems to storm to their third straight win, defeating the Mountain Ridge Miners Friday night at Northern.
Tommy Durst rushed for 156 yards on 17 carries, including the one in the first quarter that netted him 81 yards and the first touchdown of the game. Jeremy Bender rushed for 55 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as the Huskies improved to 3-4.
“It was Senior Night, our last home game,” said Northern head coach Phil Carr. “So it’s nice to get the seniors out of here with a win. We continue to improve, even though we shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times to stop two scoring opportunities. But this is a good win.”
After Durst put the Huskies up, 6-0, in the first, Aaron Broadwater hit Craig Funk for a 19-yard touchdown pass at 7:47 of the second, with Justin Derato’s kick making it 13-0. Bender then scored on a five-yard run at 1:01 to make it 19-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Miners recovered a fumble at their 19 to stop a Northern drive, then proceeded to march 81 yards for the touchdown, with Logan Jefferies going in from one, and Rashawn Johnson running in the two-pointer. With 9:36 left in the third, however, Northern gained a safety when the snap on a punt sailed out of the end zone.
In the fourth quarter, Bender punched in a 10-yard run and Derato’s kick put the final at 28-8.
Jefferies led the Miners running game with 112 yards on 17 carries.
Defensively for Northern, Meschach Metz had 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. Kody Osselburn and Shawn Snyder each had nine tackles, and Craig Funk seven tackles and an interception.
“We’re getting better each week,” said Carr, “and that sets us up for a big game with Allegany.”
The Huskies take on Allegany Friday at Greenway, while Mountain Ridge (0-7) will play at Southern.