CUMBERLAND - On a perfect autumn evening for Friday night lights, the Keyser Golden Tornado crossed the Potomac River to play against their oldest rival, the Allegany Campers, and came away with a convincing 33-20 victory at Greenway Avenue Stadium.


By Nick Carroll
Tribune Sports Editor
CUMBERLAND - On a perfect autumn evening for Friday night lights, the Keyser Golden Tornado crossed the Potomac River to play against their oldest rival, the Allegany Campers, and came away with a convincing 33-20 victory at Greenway Avenue Stadium.
The bitter battle between these two schools dates back to 1916, with Keyser winning the first matchup 52-0.  Although over a century has passed since the first time these schools squared off, on Friday night the style of football played mimicked the style played over 100 years ago - dominate the line of scrimmage and run the football.
The Golden Tornado racked up a total of 368 yards on the ground on 49 attempts for an average of 7.5 yards per carry. Senior RB Brady Clay used his patient running style to rush for 164 yards and two touchdowns, letting his physical offensive line do work in front of him before blasting upfield.
Sam Perry used a combination of shifty juke moves to run for 111 yards and one touchdown highlighted by a 43-yard scamper late in the first quarter as he danced around a campground full of campers before reaching the end zone. QB Ryan Shoemaker called his own number 15 times for 74 yards for an average of 4.9 yards per carry.
There is no argument that the Golden Tornado has a stable full of horses who can carry the pigskin, but the biggest key to the Keyser running game is the physical offensive line. Senior Alex Oates snaps the football and anchors the O-line while protecting his QB. Guards Caleb Crowe and Don Woodworth love playing physical football as both make a living crushing defensive linemen and linebackers. Keyser has some big boy tackles, 6'4" 260-pound Dalton Ray and 6'2" 290-pound Jimmy Ratliff, who both manufacture monstrous lanes for ball carriers to run through.
While the running game is certainly the identity for this Keyser squad, the passing attack was extremely efficient as Ryan Shoemaker tossed two passes which were both hauled in by WR Reggie Redman for two touchdowns.
On Friday night Keyser came out focused and ready to play from the start of the game as several players and coaches were seeking revenge for the ugly game last year at Alumni Field won by the  Campers 49-21. Keyser drew first blood as Brady Clay hit paydirt less than three minutes into the game. Allegany responded as Christian Welch rushed for a touchdown but the PAT was blocked giving Keyser a one point edge 7-6.
On the next offensive possession for Keyser, Sam Perry showed off his ability to be shifty in the open field, scoring a 43-yard rushing touchdown which was capped off by a successful kick from Seth Earnest on the PAT to give Keyser a 14-6 lead. The Campers responded at the 2:36 mark in the second quarter as Christian Welch scored another touchdown to make the score 14-13 in favor of Keyser. The Golden Tornado marched the ball right back down the field and reached the Allegany 4 yard line with 10 seconds left in the half. On 3rd and goal Ryan Shoemaker connected with Reggie Redman for a beautiful clutch touchdown to give Keyser a 21-13 lead at the half. Neither team was able to put a point on the board in the third quarter as turnovers plagued both offenses. Defensively for the Golden Tornado Evan Moreland was able to make his second interception of the game having picked off Camper QB Jakson Bauer in the first half as well. Early in the fourth quarter it was Brady Clay who found the end zone on a 13-yard run to put Keyser in front 27-13. Late in the fourth quarter Ryan Shoemaker tossed a beautiful ball 35 yards to senior Reggie Redman for a touchdown to give Keyser a comfortable lead 33-13 and essentially washing out the campfire of the Campers.
Defensively for the Golden Tornado, Jacob Perry led the way with 11 tackles with three tackles for a loss while Jackson Biser finished with seven tackles. Don Woodworth, Tristin Fox, and Aaron Lyons each recorded six tackles.
Next up for the Golden Tornado (6-1) is a home game at Alumni Field on Friday, Oct. 19, against 'AA' powerhouse Bridgeport (7-1).