KEYSER - Are You Ready For Some Football?! On Friday night at Alumni Field it was a Golden Tornado party as the Keyser Alumni defeated the Hampshire Trojan Alumni 20-7.
KEYSER - Its that time of year again. Time to find your black and gold gear, and cue Hank Williams Jr. Are You Ready For Some Football?! On Friday night at Alumni Field it was a Golden Tornado party as the Keyser Alumni defeated the Hampshire Trojan Alumni 20-7.
On the first play of the game Hampshire had to shake off signs of rust as several players went offsides on the opening kickoff. The Golden Tornado offense took the field and started the game nicely with a ball possession drive that took over 5 minutes. On 3rd down and 6 from the Hampshire 37 yard line, #32 Garrett Crites broke loose to score a touchdown, giving the Golden Tornado a 7-0 lead early in the 1st quarter.
On the following kickoff, Hampshire had a nice return on their first chance to touch the ball, but the drive stalled after a personal foul, then an interception by DJ Hetrick to give the ball back to Keyser.
On the next drive QB Cody Eversole had a 22 yard gain to setup an option run play that allowed Garrett Crites to find the end-zone again giving Keyser a 13-0 advantage over the Trojans. The extra point try was blocked by Hampshire as they applied good pressure up the middle.
Still in the 1st quarter Hampshire got the ball again but the drive stalled at the Trojan 41 yard line and resulted in a punt, however Hampshire immediately regained possession after Danny Fife muffed the punt and the Trojans recovered.
At the end of the 1st quarter the score was Keyser 13 and Hampshire 0.
With their backs against the wall, the Keyser defense remained tough as they applied pressure to push the Trojans back and force another punt. Once again the Golden Tornado offense took over and the drive got off to a great start as QB Brian Wilson found Garrett Crites in the flats for a 20 yard gain, but a fumble stalled the drive at the Trojan 31 yard line.
Hampshire took over with 9 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter, and the offense found a rhythm and made it to the 5 yard line, however a holding call against the Trojans made the play obsolete.
The Keyser defense refused to give the Trojan offense another chance down-field, and they forced Hampshire to punt the ball again.
Later on in the 2nd quarter the Keyser offense was stalled after an interception by #24 Alex Lee of Hampshire. The turnover gave the Trojan offense a chance to put points on the board as 3 minutes remained in the 1st half, however the Keyser defense remained stellar and they forced a three and out.
With 10 seconds remaining Hampshire picked off Keyser again, then Keyser returned the favor 1 play later as DJ Hetrick picked off a pass and was knocked out of bounds as time expired in the first half.
At the half Keyser led 13-0. The first two quarters of play were marked by more flags than the United Nations as tempers flared on both sides of the football, but overall it was a hard fought first half by both teams.
To start the 3rd quarter, the Golden Tornado defense took the field and quickly forced the Trojans to punt. The Keyser offense took over and the running game continued to find holes behind the great blocking on the Keyser offensive line which created huge gaps in the Hampshire defense.
Midway through the 3rd quarter Keyser extended the lead as the offense drove the field and #88 Matt Alderidge dove across the goal-line to score a touchdown. As time expired at the end of the 3rd quarter, Keyser was in complete control leading 20-0.
The Trojans started the 4th quarter down three possessions but credit the Hampshire Alumni for not giving up on the game. Offensively, they regrouped and were able to put together a nice drive early in the 4th quarter which resulted in a hard fought rushing touchdown to make the game 20-7.
Hampshire stopped the Keyser offense again and drove the ball down to the Keyser 15 yard line, with just under 4 minutes remaining in the game, but a huge interception by #20 Jarrell Ross put an end to the Trojan threat.
The Keyser offense took the field and utilized a ball control offense to run out the remaining time on the clock which locked up a 3rd straight victory for the Keyser Alumni football team.