CUMBERLAND — On a weekend in which Allegany and Fort Hill will have to familiarize themselves with unfamiliar surroundings — their home field — potential state playoff opportunities and seedings will tighten even more as Week 8 of the high school football season gets under way with six games tonight and one tomorrow afternoon.
Allegany (3-3), like Fort Hill tomorrow, will play its first home game in nearly a month tonight when it welcomes Chestnut Ridge of New Paris, Pa. to Greenway Avenue Stadium for a 7 o’clock kickoff. Four other 7 p.m. games will feature Washington (3-3) at Frankfort (6-0), Jefferson (4-2) at Keyser (4-3), Northern (2-3) at Mountain Ridge (1-5) and Spring Mills (0-6) at Hampshire (4-2). Then at 7:30 p.m., East Hardy (6-0) will host Moorefield (6-1).
On Saturday afternoon, the Fort Hill Sentinels (6-0) return to Greenway Avenue Stadium when they host the Southern Rams (2-4) at 3 o’clock.
Chestnut Ridge at Allegany
Allegany is currently rated No. 4 in the Maryland 1A West Region, 1.17 points behind third-rated Hancock. The Campers turned the ball over three times last Friday at Calvert and the Cavaliers, in turn, turned all three into touchdowns as they defeated Allegany, 20-7.
Darion Lopez returned a kickoff 95 yards for the Campers to set up Kirk Robinette’s two-yard plunge to provide an early 7-6 lead, but Alco had just 131 yards of offense for the game and completed just two of 15 passes.
Chestnut Ridge has won four in a row with wins over Bald Eagle, Philipsburg-Osceola, St. Joseph’s and Kutztown last week, 42-21.
Allegany beat Chestnut Ridge last year, 42-8.
Washington at Frankfort
Frankfort is the No. 2 rated team in West Virginia Class AA, trailing Wayne by less than half a point, while Washington is fighting for a playoff berth, sitting at No. 19 in Class AAA.
The Falcons had a big win over Fairmont Senior last week, 21-6, as Brady Watson rushed for 139 yards on 26 carries, scoring his 18th touchdown. Noah Bible rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns for Frankfort.
Last year Frankfort lost its first game of the season to Washington, 55-29, after opening the season with seven straight wins.
Jefferson at Keyser
Keyser dipped from No. 10 to No. 16 in the West Virginia Class AA ratings with last week’s 41-0 loss at Bridgeport, while Jefferson sits at No. 15 in Class AAA.
The Golden Tornado fell behind Bridgeport 35-0 at the half in seeing its three-game winning streak come to an end. Bridgeport had 501 yards of offense with Anthony Bonamico rushing for 243 yards on 17 carries.
Keyser won at Jefferson last year, 20-6.
Northern at Mountain Ridge
Northern is rated No. 5 in the Maryland West Region, a little over a point behind Allegany, and did not play last week. Two weeks ago, the Huskies beat Clear Spring, 17-14, with the defense forcing five turnovers. Meshach Metz intercepted three passes, two of which led to Northern points, and passed for a touchdown to Justin Derato, who also kicked a 25-yard field goal.
Besides his three interceptions, Metz led the team with 15 tackles, and was 5 for 6 passing for 51 yards and the touchdown. Trevon Jones rushed for 127 yards on 16 carries and scored the Huskies’ final touchdown.
Mountain Ridge fell to Monessen, Pa., 52-12, with Rashawn Johnson and Logan Jeffries scoring for the Miners. Johnson rushed for 173 yards on 29 carries, and Jeffries 79 yards on 10 carries.
Northern won last year’s game, 28-8.
Spring Mills at Hampshire
Hampshire rose three spots to No. 16 in the West Virginia Class AAA ratings, as the Trojans blocked an extra point with 2:18 left in the game to hold on for a 13-12 win at Buckhannon-Upshur last week.
Dalton Clower scored on a four-yard run in the third to give the Trojans a 13-6 lead. Quarterback Shane Ennis scored from two yards out in the first quarter. Clower rushed for 90 yards and Lucas Powers 85 for the Trojans.
Moorefield at East Hardy
Moorefield, coming off a 48-12 win at Fayetteville, is rated No. 6 in West Virginia Class A, while East Hardy, which defeated Tucker County, 8-0, is rated No. 7.
East Hardy won last year, 39-20.
Mike Burke is sports editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Write to him at email@example.com