KEYSER - 56-7, 59-0, 59-0, now add 49-0 to the list. If you're keeping track, with their 49-0 Friday night victory over Weir, the Golden Tornado has now outscored their opponents by a whopping 223-7, for an average of 56-2 per game.
By Chapin Jewell
KEYSER - 56-7, 59-0, 59-0, now add 49-0 to the list. If you’re keeping track, with their 49-0 Friday night victory over Weir, the Golden Tornado has now outscored their opponents by a whopping 223-7, for an average of 56-2 per game.
On Friday night, Keyser outgained Weir in total offense 581 yards to 124. Again, if you’re keeping track, the Golden Tornado has now outgained their four opponents in total yards on the season 1,979 to 406, an average of 495 yards to 102 per game.
Keyser’s 581 yards came in the form of 515 yards rushing on 58 carries and 66 yards passing on two completed receptions in two attempts. The Golden Tornado scored seven touchdowns, six on the ground and one through the air.
The Black and Gold’s rushing attack was led in scoring by Drae Allen with two touchdowns; Allen rushed for 86 yards on seven carries. Two Tornado running backs crossed the century mark, with Aaron Lyons and Caden Biser rushing for almost identical totals (14 carries, 122 yards, one touchdown and 14 carries, 118 yards, one touchdown); Zion Powell added 46 yards on four carries and a touchdown; Tristin Fox contributed four yards on three carries and one touchdown.
Quarterback Ryan Shoemaker rushed for 90 yards on ten attempts, and went 2-2 passing for 66 yards and one touchdown. Caden Biser was the recipient of the 66-yard touchdown completion.
“I was a little surprised the way we came out and moved the ball, but our kids were ready to go. We had a good week at practice. Our conditioning has been fantastic and the way we practice, it prepares our kids,” coach Sean Biser explained.
While there was little doubt that Keyser could move the ball against Weir, especially seeing the manner in which Frankfort dominated Weir in the running game, the big question entering the game was on whether Keyser could contain Weir’s talented and speedy quarterback Sebastian Spencer.
“They worried me, I didn’t think they were as consistent as some teams, but they were explosive because of the quarterback. Even their backup quarterback, he scared me as much as anybody else,” Coach Biser said after the contest. To contain Spencer, however, Keyser made no significant changes to the defensive scheme, but simply stressed the fundamentals of defensive play.
According to Biser, “We didn’t have a special plan to contain their quarterback (Sebastian Spencer), we just practiced fundamental football. We practice rush lanes, contain, tracking the near hip, and just doing the things you are supposed to do when you play fundamentally sound defense. We practice tackling all the time.”
Keyser limited Spencer to 22 net yards rushing on eight attempts. “He made us miss sometimes, but that’s just because he’s so fast. When he made one guy miss, there had to be another guy there to make the tackle, and that’s what happened tonight,” Biser explained.
Weir had slightly more success through the air, as their two quarterbacks, including Spencer, went 8-12 passing for 69 yards total. The Red Riders, however, were unsuccessful at producing any points. This is Keyser’s fourth shutout in four games played.
Keyser opened scoring in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown plunge by Caden Biser; Drae Allen next got on the board with an 18-yard touchdown straight through the middle. Seth Earnest’s successful kicks gave the Golden Tornado a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Keyser used a one-yard touchdown run by Tristin Fox followed by a 66-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Shoemaker to Caden Biser to extend their lead to four touchdowns. With two more successful kicks by Seth Earnest, Keyser took a 28-0 lead into halftime.
After the break, Drae Allen and Aaron Lyons teamed for touchdown runs of 53 and 57 yards respectively to propel the Black and Gold to a 42-0 lead after Seth Earnest kicks to end the third quarter.
In the final frame, Zion Powell scored Keyser’s final touchdown on a 23-yard run. Seth Earnest’s seventh made extra point in seven attempts gave Keyser the 49-0 victory.
According to Biser, “This was a good team win; special teams played well, offense played well, defense played well; the defensive line played well, the linebackers played well, just the little teams within the team played well.”
Three of Keyser’s first four defeated opponents were West Virginia class AA playoff teams a season ago; Petersburg lost in the first round; Robert C. Byrd lost in the quarterfinals; Weir lost in the semi-finals.
The Golden Tornado are now projected in the West Virginia class AA playoff ratings to elevate as high as to be tied for second place with Oak Glen. In addition, Keyser is now ranked third in the MetroNews Power Index.
Keyser has already made a positive name for themselves over the years with quality play against AA competition literally from across the state. With the numbers they are putting up, and the margins of victory being what they are, particularly against stiffer competition like Robert C. Byrd and Weir, the Black and Gold are certainly opening eyes this season in many corners of the state.
Keyser (4-0) will look to continue both their winning ways and the dominance with which they’ve been earning those victories as they take to the road to take on Nicholas County (3-1) in Summersville on Friday.