KEYSER - When Keyser and Allegany did battle for the first time over 100 years ago, there were still stagecoach robberies in the United States.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspndent
KEYSER - When Keyser and Allegany did battle for the first time over 100 years ago, there were still stagecoach robberies in the United States.
Nothing, not masked men on horseback, or an invading white and royal blue clad throng of Campers from across the river were going to rob the Keyser Golden Tornado of a Homecoming victory Friday night.
While a Tornado exists physically mostly in the air, it’s on the ground that they inflict the most damage. Such is the case with the Golden-hued Tornado that represents Keyser High School on the gridiron, and it was certainly the case in their game against Allegany in front of a large Homecoming crowd on Friday.
Keyser used eight different ball carriers to tally 478 rushing yards in 47 attempts, an average of over ten yards per carry.  All this while limiting Allegany to just 80 total rushing yards on 29 attempts.
Keyser was led by senior do-everything Ryan Shoemaker who rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Caden Biser was the second Tornado to cross the century mark with 108 yards and two touchdowns on 11 attempts.  Also scoring two touchdowns on the ground for Keyser was Drae Allen, who accumulated 62 yards on eight carries.  Aaron Lyons had a strong 82-yard, seven carry performance while Logan Proud found the end zone from 64 yards out on one carry.
Shoemaker and the Keyser offense did not inflict all their damage on the ground, however.  Shoemaker completed two of four passing attempts for 53 yards and a touchdown. Gavin Root was on the receiving end of one 33 yard pass for a touchdown; Caden Biser hauled in one 20 yard completion.
“Any time you can beat Allegany it’s a good night. 104 years, we’ll take as many as we can get. It was a good experience for us. Our kids didn’t just take the ball and run it down the field at will, we had to earn it, and we needed that. I think our kids recognized that too,” Keyser coach Sean Biser said after the game.  
As for Allegany and their effort? According to Biser, “They’re not a bad football team when they don’t shoot themselves in the foot with a lot of fumbles and things like that. Plus, they’ve lost a lot of really good players. But, their kids stepped up, and I knew we were going to get a really good effort out of them and that their kids were going to give us their best shot and they did.”
Despite the lopsided score and statistical domination from Keyser, things didn’t always go Keyser’s way in the contest. Biser, however, likes what he saw in terms of his team’s resiliency. “That’s kind of been their trademark all along when they were underclassmen and even from the time they were in middle school, they just keep playing and that’s what we love about them. Hoprefully some of these younger guys that are behind them are seeing that and it’s rubbing off on them a little bit,” Biser explained.
Keyser scored 14 points in the first, second and third quarters, then capped off the game in the fourth quarter with seven more points in earning the 49-0 victory.
Drae Allen got Keyser on the board first, finishing an eight-play, 67 yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run with 7:51 remaining in the first quarter. Ryan Shoemaker found the end zone from eight yards out, the culmination of a seven-play, 44 yard drive with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter. With two successful point after kicks from Seth Earnest, Keyser led 14-0 after the first frame.
In the second quarter, Keyser grinded out a seven-play, 76-yard scoring drive with Drae Allen scoring on an eight-yard run with 8:42 remaining in the first half. After an Allegany fumble with 45 seconds remaining in the first half, Ryan Shoemaker connected with Gavin Root on a 33-yard scoring strike. With two more successful point after kicks from Seth Earnest, Keyser took a 28-0 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Keyser would get 58 and 13 yard touchdown runs by Caden Biser, and two more successful Seth Earnest kicks, to extend their lead to 42-0 entering the fourth quarter.  
In the fourth quarter, a 64 yard touchdown scamper by Logan Proud and Earnest’s kick with 5:43 remaining closed out the scoring, giving the Golden Tornado the 49-0, convincing victory.
Keyser held Allegany scoreless behind a strong defensive performance from a unit that has yielded only seven points the entire season thus far. Keyser held Allegany to 88 total offensive yards in 41 plays.  Tristin Fox led the defense against the Campers with seven tackles while Billy Metts was second with three. In addition, Don Woodworth, Drae Allen and DJ Cochran added two tackles each with Cochran recovering a fumble.
“Our kids were fired up and that’s a credit to them and Coach Stephen and the rest of the defensive coaches. They get those kids prepared and they work that aspect of it. When our back is against the wall, we work goal line a lot, so it’s not like we’re not prepared for that situation,” Biser explained.
With the victory, Keyser advances their record to 7-0 on the season with huge matchups with Bridgeport, Mountain Ridge and Frankfort remaining. Currently, the Golden Tornado is projected to slide just one spot from second to third place in the West Virginia class AA playoff ratings behind Poca and Fairmont Senior. Keyser is also ranked third in the West Virginia MetroNews Power Rankings.
Keyser’s Homecoming win over Allegany capped off a festive Homecoming week that included decorations, dress up days, a Homecoming Parade, and the crowing of royalty. It also gave Keyser their 33rd victory over Allegany all-time, but more specifically now means that Keyser has won five of the last seven matchups in what is the area’s oldest rivalry.
Homecoming was festive and great, but bigger things await the Golden Tornado.