BRIDGEPORT- The Bridgeport fans at Wayne Jamison Field packed the stands and they didn’t have to wait long for a chance to cheer. The Indians received the opening kickoff and the offense started off with a bang as #22 Jake Bowen ripped off a 61 yard TD immediately to start the game. The PAT was good and Bridgeport took an early 7-0 lead with 11:10 remaining in the first quarter. On Keyser’s first possession they were able to cross midfield by rushing the football, but the drive stalled after a dropped pass on 3rd down. On 4th down Brady Ours executed a perfect coffin corner punt as the ball went out of bounds at the 1 yard line. In hindsight, this was probably the highlight of the game for Keyser. The Bridgeport offense exploded two plays later as #22 Jake Bowen ripped off a 95 yard rushing TD. The PAT clanked off the goal post no good, to give the Indians a 13-0 lead.  Later in the quarter, Bridgeport retained possession of the ball but Brady Clay was able to knock the football loose and recover the fumble to give the Golden Tornado offense good field position starting at midfield. The Indians defense didn’t budge even when Keyser started with great field position. The Golden Tornado offense was shut down again as they went 3 and out. At the end of the first quarter Keyser 0 Bridgeport 13.
2nd Quarter
Keyser had the ball early in the 2nd quarter deep in their own territory, but the drive stalled as Brady Clay coughed up the football which was recovered by the Bridgeport defense.  The Indians capitalized on the mistake as QB #12 John Merica scored a 7 yard rushing TD to give Bridgeport a 20-0 lead. On the next Golden Tornado possession Keyser was driving the field and Brady Ours tossed a deep pass to Reggie Redman, but the ball bounced off his hands and the Bridgeport DB #88 Brett Sinsel made a great play to intercept the football. The Golden Tornado defense had their backs against the wall down 20-0 but they stepped up to force a fumble as #22 Shayden Daugherty jumped on the loose football.
With just over 4 minutes remaining in the first half, it was imperative for Keyser to put points on the board.
However, the Bridgeport defense looked like it solved the Golden Tornado offense and stacked the box repeatedly which  prevented Keyser from running the football. The Golden Tornado turned the ball over on downs just past the 50 yard line. Bridgeport managed to drive the ball into field goal territory and the kicker booted the ball 32 yards between the uprights to give Bridgeport a 23-0 lead at halftime.
3rd Quarter
Keyser received the kickoff to start the second half, but in a blink of an eye, the punt team was back on the field.  Bridgeport decided it was time to put the nail in the coffin as D’Andre Hallaway broke loose for a 35 yard TD to give Bridgeport a 30-0 advantage. At the end of the 3rd quarter it was Keyser 0 Bridgeport 30.
4th Quarter
Keyser had the ball to start the quarter but the theme of the evening repeated itself as Keyser turned the ball over on downs, effectively ending any chance at a miracle comeback. The Indians kept the ball on the ground and ran out the clock to secure a 30-0 victory.
Bridgeport finished the game with 370 yards rushing, and 0 yards passing. For Keyser Brady Ours rushed 16 times for 87 yards, Drae Allen had 10 rushes for 53 yards, and Christian Ravenscroft had for 37 yards.
Next Up
Keyser will return to Mineral County and lick their wounds then prepare for the biggest rivalry game of the year, the Mineral Bowl.  Frankfort had a bye week this week which gives the Falcons extra time to prepare and get healthy for the battle next week.