Cumberland Times-News

September 28, 2013

Keyser holds off Allegany

Johnson’s third interception at Keyser two seals 12-7 win

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — It is a tough enough task to go into Keyser and win on its home field, but Allegany made it almost impossible to beat the Golden Tornado by being its own worst enemy by committing six turnovers during a 12-7 loss on Homecoming Weekend at Alumni and Friends Stadium at Tornado Alley.

It was a night that both offenses would like to forget with Allegany adding six more turnovers to the four they had in a loss last week against Mountain Ridge, and Keyser putting itself in numerous fourth down situations.

The difference is that Keyser was able to make a little more out of the Campers’ shortcomings than Allegany could of the Golden Tornado’s mistakes. Zack Johnson came away with three of Allegany’s turnovers — all interceptions — including one in the final minutes that sealed Keyser’s win.

The Campers had a quick flashback to the previous week and fumbled the opening kickoff, which the Golden Tornado recovered, after a return out to near midfield. Keyser converted one fourth down by going to Danny Fife and faced with another in a goal situation when Coach Sean Biser decided to go to the air.

With Allegany crowding the line of scrimmage looking for the run, Keyser quarterback Cody Everosle found a wide open Vinnie Cuthbertson with 6:43 left in the first quarter to give his team a 6-0 lead after the point after kick failed.

Defense stepped to the front following the first touchdown with both teams clamping down on the opposing offenses.

Allegany finally broke through the Keyser defense by going to the air on third down. Camper quarterback Trenton Eirich rolled out and was being pursued by the defense when he lofted one to a wide open Dalton Golliday, at the exact same spot where Cuthbertson caught his touchdown for Keyser, to give Allegany a 7-6 lead when Nate Condor converted the extra point.

Garrett Crites had two big runs for the Golden Tornado on the following drive, carrying them into Allegany territory and then scampering 20 more yards to set Keyser up with a first-and-goal at the two.

The Allegany defense stiffened to hold Fife out of the end zone on the first try, and caught a break when Keyser fumbled the ball all the way back to the 13-yard line. Nothing was gained on on third down and Keyser looked to throw on another fourth-and-goal, but Allegany swarmed and tackled Eversole for a sack to force a turnover.

Defense was still shining early in the second half when Allegany, with the help of a personal foul by the Golden Tornado, set up with a first down at the Keyser 26. Eirich converted a third-and-four when he kept the ball on a roll out to take the Campers to the 13.

Turnovers continued to haunt Allegany with another fumble two plays later that bailed out the Golden Tornado deep in their own territory.

Everosle ran for 17 yards and got a 15-yard horse collar tackle penalty added on to quickly move to the Allegany 43. Fife took the next handoff and blasted down to the 30, and picked up a first on another fourth down a few plays later at the Allegany 21.

The Tornado made the shift away from Fife, going with a pitch to Blake Ravenscroft, who got to the outside, cut back towards the middle and went the 15 yards needed to give Keyser the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter.

The Golden Tornado tried to pass for the two-point conversion, but saw it land incomplete and settled on the 12-7 lead.

Johnson intercepted his second pass of the evening and Keyser continued to gain momentum as the clock ended on the third quarter. The Golden Tornado was stopped on another fourth-down early in the fourth, but Allegany fumbled it right back to them on a botched handoff for the fifth Camper turnover.

Keyser was stopped on another fourth down, and Kirk Robinette got the Campers out to midfield with a reception over the middle, but the Campers fumbled the exchange on second down to leave them with a third-and-four at the Keyser 40. Left with less than a foot to go on fourth down, Allegany went to Robinette off the right side to pick up the first at the 37.

An Eirich pass to Derek Hickle for 10 yards gave Allegany a new set of downs at the 25-yard line, but Keyser’s Drew Roy penetrated and sacked Eirich for an eight-yard loss that put the Campers in a third-and-20 mess. Johnson came up with his third interception on the next play when he came down with a jump ball at Keyser’s two.

From there, Keyser was able to run the clock out.

Keyser (3-2) visits Hampshire and Allegany (2-2) will also travel to face Ridgway, Pa., on Friday.