Keyser shuts out Frankfort

Keyser quarterback Ryan Shoemaker lowers his way into the end zone to score early in the fourth quarter of the Golden Tornado’s 35-0 victory over Frankfort in the Mineral Bowl Friday evening at Alumni and Friends Field at Tornado Alley.

KEYSER, W.Va. — Caden Biser ran for two first half touchdowns and Ryan Shoemaker scored twice within seconds early in the fourth quarter in leading Keyser over Frankfort 35-0 in their annual Mineral Bowl contest at Alumni and Friends Field at Tornado Alley.

Biser ran for for 170 yards on 17 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 47 and 25 yards that helped Keyser to a 13-0 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Shoemaker scored on a one-yard run and after Tristan Fox recovered a Frankfort fumble at the Falcons’ 19, Shoemaker scored on a 17-yard run one play later to break the game open.

Shoemaker gained 83 yards on 12 carries and completed one pass for 14 yards. 

Frankfort’s Nick Marley was the Falcons’ leading rusher with 61 yards on 18 carries. Jansen Knotts and J.J. Blank both finished with 43 yards rushing.

Keyser finished with 367 yards to Frankfort’s 172 and the shutout was the seventh out of 10 games.

It took Keyser one play to score after the defense held Frankfort to a three-and-out on their first possession. Following Shoemaker’s punt return to the Falcons’ 47, Caden Biser raced around the outside and scored on a 47-yard run. Seth Earnest’s kick made it 7-0. 

After the Tornado’s score, Frankfort twice had the ball deep in Keyser territory and came away without any points. The first time, the Falcons moved from their 29 to the Tornado 11. The big play was a 41-yard run by Blank. However, Marley’s fourth-and-one run from the 11 was stopped for no gain.

Frankfort blocked Keyser’s punt and recovered at the Keyser 40 to start its next possession. This time, the Falcons moved to the 10 where Brady Aldridge’s field goal was missed.

With a little over five minutes before halftime, Biser scored his second touchdown on a 25-yard arm-tackling breaking run up the middle, capping a six-play, 65-yard drive. Aaron Lyons had a 15-yard run during the march. A bad snap stopped the extra point attempt and Keyser led 13-0.

From there, Keyser relied on its defense to contain the Falcons as second-quarter drives were continuously halted by a string of penalties.

This trend continued through the third quarter as well until Keyser marched from its 23 to Shoemaker’s touchdown dive with 10:06 to play in the game. Aaron Lyons’ 31-yard run was the big play of the drive.

Keyser’s final touchdown came on a 50-yard punt return by Zion Powell with 3:26 to play in the game.

Frankfort finishes the regular season (8-2) as does Keyser (9-1). Both will learn who their first-round playoff opponent will be on Sunday and both are expecting to host the first-round game.

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