ROMNEY- On a beautiful fall Friday night in West Virginia, Keyser traveled to Hampshire County and ruined the Hampshire homecoming posting 444 rushing yards to demolish the Trojans by 41 points.
Keyser kicked off to Hampshire to start the game and the Golden Tornado defense quickly forced a 3 and out. The Keyser offense started at their own 21 yard line and managed to gain a first down but the drive stalled after a holding penalty on the offense. On the next Hampshire possession it was the Keyser defense stuffing the Trojans once again which gave the ball back to Keyser just short of their own 35 yard line. The Golden Tornado offense began to heat up as they marched the ball down the field which was capped off by a Christian Ravenscroft 1 yard touchdown run.
Jose Torres missed the PAT and Keyser had an early 6-0. On the third offensive possession for the Trojans they managed to gain some yards due to a pass interference call against Keyser. At the end of the quarter it was Keyser 6 Hampshire 0.
With the ball deep in Keyser territory the Trojan march continued as Hampshire converted on 4th down and 7 which put the ball at the Golden Tornado 16 yard line.
Credit the Keyser defense for stepping up on the next series of downs and keeping the Hampshire offense out of the endzone. The Trojans kicker converted a short field goal to cut the Keyser lead down to 3. The Keyser offense responded by keeping the ball on the ground and once again Christian Ravenscroft crossed the goal line with the football in his hands. Brady Ours converted the 2 point PAT to give Keyser a 14-3 lead with 5:00 remaining in the first half. A nice kickoff return allowed the Hampshire offense to start at their own 40 yard line but the Trojans failed to take advantage of good field position and were forced to punt after 3 plays. Keyser took over at their own 11 yard line but that didn’t hinder the rushing attack. On 1st down from the Golden Tornado 22 yard line #20 Brady Clay found an open highway down the left sidelines a and he galloped 76 yards for the touchdown. Clay was provided an escort service into the endzone by QB Brady Ours who picked up 2 key blocks on the long TD run. The PAT was no good, and Keyser led 20-3. Hampshire took over and decided to try the air attack, which proved to be a big mistake. All-State safety Brady Ours read the play like a book and picked off the pass and ran it back to the Hampshire 5 yard line. The Keyser QB called his own number a few plays later running 5 yards into the endzone to give Keyser a 27-3 lead with 2 minutes left in the half. Hampshire quickly found themselves down by 3 possessions and realized they needed to put points on the board fast. The Trojans discovered some life on offense by putting the pigskin in the air and they drove it down to the Keyser 6 yard line. On 4th down & goal, Keyser DB Reggie Redman made a great play to intercept the ball in the endzone. However, a phantom targeting penalty was debated by the referees longer than a session of congress and they concluded the result of the play was a safety adding 2 points to the total tally for the Trojans. At halftime the score was 27-5.
Keyser received the ball to start the 2nd half but the drive stalled after a block in the back penalty which forced the Golden Tornado to punt. The punt was blocked by the Trojans and Hampshire recovered the football to start their drive at the 50 yard line.
Keyser seemed to be caught off guard and Hampshire took advantage of the momentum and rushed the football down to the 4 yard line. On the next play Trojan QB Grant Mayfield found #7 Caleb Cannon on a slant route to score the first TD of the game for Hampshire. After a successful PAT the score was Keyser 27 Hampshire 12. On the next series Keyser looked to get revenge and drove the football right down the throats of the Hampshire defense. The drive was finished off by a 1 yard QB sneak by Brady Ours and the PAT was successful to stretch the lead to 34-12 with just under 6 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. Hampshire down 3 possessions managed to drive the football to the Keyser 40 yard line but the Golden Tornado defense stood tall on 4th down and 1, stuffing the QB sneak. With a comfortable lead, it was no secret the Keyser formula would continue to be running the football and the offense used the ground and pound with Caden Biser finishing off the drive, crossing the goal line for another Golden Tornado touchdown. Jose Torres booted the extra point to give Keyser a 41-12 lead with 2:19 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Realizing the game was getting out of hand, somehow Hampshire managed to find another way to shoot themselves in the foot by fumbling the following kickoff and Keyser recovered at the Trojan 35 yard line. Coach Sean Biser decided it was time for his second string offense to get some experience just before the conclusion of the 3rd quarter.
Drae Allen was eager to put his name on the scoresheet and ran the rock right up the middle for a TD but the PAT failed and at the 11:11 mark in the 4th quarter it was all Keyser 47-12. Drae had so much fun scoring a touchdown he decided to do it again as he broke loose for a 60 yard scamper later in the fourth quarter. Next up for Keyser is a very long trip to Man, W.Va. to play against the Man High School Hillbillies.