CUMBERLAND — The first of three meetings between Allegany County schools takes place tonight when the Allegany Campers (2-0) play host to the Mountain Ridge Miners (0-2), 7 o’clock, at Greenway Avenue Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Frankfort Falcons (2-0) return to action and return home when they host Berkeley Springs (0-3) at 7 p.m., the Falcons currently rated No. 6 in the West Virginia Class AA ratings. The Falcons’ Mineral County neighbor, however, the Keyser Golden Tornado (1-2), is not rated in the top 20 of the class, having lost two of its first three games. Keyser will look to rectify this and get back on track when it travels to Accident to play the Northern Huskies (1-1) with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Elsewhere, Southern (0-2) plays its first road game of the season when it takes on Silver Oak Academy (1-3), 7 p.m., at Taneytown Park in Carroll County, while Tucker County (3-0) is at Moorefield (2-1), 7:30 p.m., and Petersburg (1-2) is at Clear Spring (0-2), 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Fort Hill (2-0) will be out to keep things going in the right direction when it plays host to Central Tech, a Pennsylvania Class AAA team from Erie. Saturday’s kickoff at Greenway is 5:30 p.m.
Mountain Ridge at Allegany
The Miners, who will be playing their third straight road game to start the season, couldn’t come up with an answer for Hedgesville quarterback Troy Markley in their 61-35 loss to the Eagles last week. Markley passed for 327 yards and six touchdowns, ran for two touchdowns, kicked a field goal and four extra points as Hedgesville racked up 535 yards.
Mountain Ridge had a big game on offense as well, piling up 358 yards total. Rashawn Johnson scored on a 72-yard pass play and a 53-yard pass play from quarterback Mike Strietbeck, as well as on a 44-yard run. Ty Brooks scored on a pair of TD runs and kicked five extra points.
Johnson finished with 263 yards of total offense — two receptions for 125 yards and 16 rushes for 137 more — to account for almost 75 percent of Mountain Ridge’s yardage.
The Campers had little trouble with MATHS last Saturday afternoon, rolling to a 42-0 win as quarterback Trenton Eirich passed for two touchdowns and ran for one.
Eirich, who has passed for six touchdowns and rushed for two more in two games, completed 11 out of 14 pass attempts for 192 yards with one interception. On Saturday, his TD targets were tight end Kirk Robinette and split end Jordan Shook, with Robinette’s score covering 58 yards in the first quarter, and Shook’s going for 15 in the second quarter.
The Camper ground game accounted for 121 yards, with Dalton Golliday leading the way with 50 yards on four carries.
Allegany beat Mountain Ridge last year, 58-0, and leads the series, 4-2.
Berkeley Springs at Frankfort
Frankfort was off last week after coming back to beat Moorefield on the road two weeks ago, 37-34, as Brady Watson scored the go-ahead touchdown on fourth and goal in the waning moments.
Trailing 34-31 late in the game, Hunter Flanagan’s sack on third down forced a Moorefield punt that led to Watson’s 1-yard score with 2:04 left.
Watson rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries for the Falcons. Cole Smith carried 13 times for 101 yards. Quarterback Gage Shaffer completed 11 of 15 passes for 176 yards and an interception.
Berkeley Springs fell to Petersburg last week, 27-2, and has been outscored this season, 120-2.
Frankfort beat Berkeley Springs last year, 64-14, and leads the series, 28-6.
Keyser at Northern
Keyser has opened with a brutal early-season schedule, sandwiching a Week 2 home win over Berkeley Springs with a season-opening loss at Wheeling Park and last week’s 24-7 loss at Fort Hill. Beginning tonight, the Tornado opens a three-game stretch against area teams, visiting Northern tonight, hosting Allegany next week and then visiting Hampshire.
The Golden Tornado never led last week against Fort Hill, although the teams were tied 7-7 in the second quarter as Blake Ravenscroft’s 54-yard kickoff return set up a Garrett Crites touchdown.
Turnovers, penalties and Fort Hill’s defense, however, kept the game out of Keyser’s reach, with the Sentinels taking control in the third quarter.
Keyser gained just 54 yards of offense in the second half, but its defense was on mark, holding the Sentinels’ offense to under 300 yards for the game.
Northern has been playing good defense as well, having given up just 13 points in two games. The offense has been another story, though, as the Huskies were shut out last week at Tucker County, 7-0. The deepest Northern got all night was the Tucker 35.
Keyser and Northern did not play last year.
Southern at Silver Oak
Southern will be gunning for its first victory under head coach Jon Nazelrod, having opened the season with home losses to Allegany and Moorefield.
The Rams fell to the Yellow Jackets, 20-12, last weekend, with junior Travis Newton scoring both of their touchdowns and rushing 61 yards.
Silver Oak lost to Bishop McNamara last week, 41-6. The Rams’ win this season is over Hillcrest of Cincinnati, 50-0. They lost to Fort Hill two weeks ago, 54-6.
Southern won the only meeting between the schools, 37-0, in 2011.
Tucker County at Moorefield
Tucker County beat Northern last Friday, 7-0, and has given up just one touchdown so far. Seth Underwood scored the only touchdown of the game last week on an 18-yard run, and rushed for 135 yards.
Moorefield beat Southern last week, 20-12. Wil Schoonover, who rushed for 172 yards on 18 carries, scored a pair of touchdowns, including the one that iced the game at 3:46 of the fourth, going in from three yards out.
Schoonover gave the Jackets the early lead on a 38-yard TD run at 6:24 of the first, while quarterback Dakota Vetter hooked up with Shane Myers for a touchdown pass at 8:01 of the third to put Moorefield up, 13-7.
Tucker County won last year’s game, 44-13.
Mike Burke is sports editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Write to him at email@example.com