KEYSER- Some people call them donuts, other people call them goose eggs, and traditionalists call them shutouts. No matter what you call it, a shutout in football is not easy to achieve, but 3 shutouts in 9 games is downright impressive. Last night the victim of Keyser's vicious defense was Mineral County rival Frankfort as the Golden Tornado made sure the Falcons never flapped a wing, winning comfortably 41-0 in the 2017 Mineral Bowl.
The Golden Tornado made some minor tactical adjustments on the defensive side of the football to improve upon some of their mistakes made against Allegany & Bridgeport. Coach Sean Biser elaborated on his defense keeping Frankfort off the board and collecting the third goose egg of the season, “Who you play has something to do with that, but overall, I feel our kids are making improvements little by little each week. Honestly it is all about match-ups, sometimes you get it and sometimes you don’t. I would love to see another shutout happen next week as well.” Understandably Sean’s focus was already shifting toward the last game of the regular season against Mountain Ridge because the Mineral Bowl was decided by halftime.
Frankfort received the opening kickoff and looked to quiet the black and gold crowd screaming loud, but the Keyser defense foiled the Falcons plans and quickly forced a punt. After the teams traded possessions Keyser’s offense shook off the Mineral Bowl jitters as Senior RB #4 Christian Ravenscroft was the first player to cross the goal line with the pigskin on a 1 yard rushing touchdown. Just over 3 minutes later Keyser had the football deep in the Red Zone again and Brady Ours scored a 12 yard rushing TD with 1:13 left in the 1st quarter. The extra point was blocked by Johnathan Beachy, perhaps the best single play of the night for the Falcons. At the end of the first quarter it was Keyser 13 - Frankfort 0.
Early in the 2nd quarter, Keyser faced 3rd and 10 from their own 35 yard line and Brady Ours called his own number and galloped 65 yards weaving in, out, and around Falcon defenders to score another rushing touchdown. The 2 point conversion pass was good as Ours connected with Ravenscroft with 9:40 left in the 1st half, Keyser led 21- 0. The point of no return in the game happened on the following Falcon possession.On 4th down and 1 from their own 35 yard line Frankfort kept the ball on the ground and the defensive line of the Golden Tornado simply stuffed it. After taking over on downs, with the ball deep in Falcon territory, the Golden Tornado unveiled a new wrinkle in the offense as Ryan Shoemaker #9 stepped in at QB and Brady Ours lined up at wing or as a tailback in the Wing I-formation. Different QB same results. Keyser kept pounding the rock all the way down the field, then Evan Moreland #23 found the endzone on a 2 yard rushing TD and Keyser attempted a 2 point conversion which slipped through the hands of Moreland. The Tornado were in complete control midway through the 2nd quarter 27-0.
Frankfort failed to cross midfield on their next possession and booted the ball back to Keyser with just under 5 minutes remaining in the half. Coach Biser liked the production of Ryan Shoemaker calling the shots at offense so much he continued to use him sporadically at QB on the next series as well. But when the pressure of 3rd down and long faced the Golden Tornado, Brady Ours was at QB lined up in shotgun and tossed a bomb deep down the left sidelines to a wide open Christian Ravenscroft who caught the pass and waltzed into the endzone. The Golden Tornado decided to keep working on their 2 point conversion playbook but once again the attempt failed. With just over 1 minute left in the half Keyser had complete control of the game leading 33-0. Frankfort tried to make something happen before halftime and managed to get the ball down to the Keyser 33 yard line, however on 4th down the coaches called up a nice passing play to the right side of the formation but the WR stepped out of bounds just short of the sticks to end the Falcons opportunity to put points on the board. At halftime it was all in favor of the home team with Keyser ahead 33-0.
Down 5 possessions to start the half, Frankfort opted to kick the ball deep to Keyser. On the first drive of the second half the Golden Tornado used a combination of passing and running plays to march right down the field with ease. On 4th down and goal from the 3 yard line the Falcons defense stepped up by maintaining good coverage on the Keyser WR’s across the endzone and forced Brady Ours to scramble out of the pocket which led to a Falcon sack and a turnover on downs.
The last TD of the game happened when Frankfort's Dalton Pollock coughed up the football deep in their own red zone which was scooped up by #11 Reggie Redman and ran back for a defensive TD. On the PAT, Keyser gave freshman #42 Drae Allen a chance to run with the rock and he pounded it up the gut crossing the goal line to give Keyser a 41-0 lead with 2:53 left in the 3rd quarter. On Frankfort’s next possession the Falcons kept attacking as QB #6 Logan Crock looked to complete a deep pass to Wyatt Yates, but Keyser's Reggie Redman was in the right place at the right time to pick off the pass, as the beneficiary of a tipped ball. In the 4th quarter it was just a matter of formality as the Keyser offense ran the football to run out the clock. A somewhat mellow finish to the 2017 Mineral Bowl.
Statistically for Frankfort Nick Marley finished the game with 74 rushing yards, Logan Crock posted 53 rushing yards, while Jonathan Beachy completed the game with 23 yards on the ground.
For Keyser Brady Ours averaged 17.3 yards per carry to finish with 121 yards on the ground and 2 rushing TDs. Brady also tossed the pigskin for 145 yards with 1 TD. Brady Clay put up 61 yards rushing, Drae Allen had 34 yards carrying the football, and Aaron Lyons had 21 yards. Reggie Redman had 66 yards receiving, and picked off 2 passes, while Christian Ravenscroft had 50 yards with 1 TD reception combined with 1 rushing TD. Jackson Biser got on the stat sheet recovering 1 fumble.
Next Up: The Golden Tornado (6-3) host Mountain Ridge next week in Keyser while Frankfort (1-8) will look to end the season with a win at home against Hampshire.