This past weekend, Keyser and Frankfort competed in their second and final football scrimmages of the pre-season. As with their first batch of scrimmages, with Keyser besting University and Frankfort topping Grafton, both teams were successful in defeating their opponents.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspondent
This past weekend, Keyser and Frankfort competed in their second and final football scrimmages of the pre-season. As with their first batch of scrimmages, with Keyser besting University and Frankfort topping Grafton, both teams were successful in defeating their opponents.
Against University and Grafton, the boys from Mineral County toppled their opponents collectively by a tally of nine touchdowns to zero during the most significant portion of the scrimmages. This past weekend, each team tackled Berkeley County opponents that competed in the 2018 class AAA playoffs.  
On Friday, Keyser played host to Spring Mills, a team that compiled a 5-5 regular season record a year ago, yet still qualified for the AAA playoffs. The Cardinals were quickly dispatched by Spring Valley 77-7 in opening round playoff action.
Also on Friday, Frankfort traveled to Hedgesville to take on the Eagles, a team that finished with a 6-4 regular season record a year ago, qualifying for the AAA playoffs. Hedgesville defeated Parkersburg South on the road 35-29 in first round playoff action, before falling at Capital 48-14 in the second round to conclude their season with a 7-5 record.
After the meat of their scrimmage had concluded, Keyser held an 18-14, three touchdowns to two advantage over Spring Mills. As part of the scrimmage, Keyser collected food items for the Faith in Action Community Food Pantry.
At the conclusion of the meat of Frankfort’s scrimmage, the Falcons held a 20-6, three touchdowns to one advantage over host Hedgesville.
So, if you’re keeping track, Keyser and Frankfort have competed in a collective four scrimmages. By all accounts, the Mineral County boys bested their opponents in all four scrimmages, finishing with a 4-0 pre-season record overall. In addition, the Mineral County boys collectively outscored their scrimmage opponents 15 touchdowns to three.
Each team entered the pre-season with approximately eight returning starters back on both sides of the ball. With Keyser finishing 2018 with a record of 9-3 and the Falcons concluding their season a year ago with an 8-3 finish. At the beginning of the first practices, there was great optimism at both ends of Mineral County for the season ahead.
After impressive performances in their pre-season scrimmages, and considering both teams seem to have escaped the pre-season relatively injury free, their remains high hopes and expectations for both Keyser and Frankfort in 2019.
In Friday’s edition of the Mineral News-Tribune, Keyser’s week one matchup with Robert C. Byrd, along with Frankfort’s opening game against Moorefield will be thoroughly profiled and previewed.