WEIRTON, W.Va. - With 9:17 left in the third quarter, Weir's Donavan Kirby ran into the endzone for his 5th touchdown of the game to give the Red Riders a 40-14 advantage against the visiting Golden Tornado. This game was all but over in Jimmy Carey stadium, and you didn't need a pet detective to figure out the Red Riders were on their way to a big victory on their home turf.
The Weir student section was so bored they quit cheering for the Red Riders, and instead started chanting, “Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go!” in anticipation for the upcoming match-up against the Chiefs on Sunday. Parents in the stands were discussing where to get a bite to eat after the game and the players on the sidelines were enjoying the blowout win with high fives, butt smacks, and big smiles. The only people in the Northern Panhandle that thought differently were aligned on the visitor sidelines.
For whatever reason the Keyser kids never believed this game was finished. Sure the first half started off poorly for Keyser as Red Rider RB Donavan Kirby scored 2 touchdowns in less than 4 minutes to start the game, giving Weir a 13-0 lead. Keyser responded with a nice drive finished off by Brady Clay who found paydirt to make the game 13-7.
The Red Rider offense was rolling in the first quarter as they quickly marched down field and the drive was capped off by QB Sebastian Spencer running 22 yards for a TD to give Weir a 20-7 lead after the end of the 1st quarter. Keyser responded by giving the rock to their senior RB Brady Clay and he flew into the endzone for his 2nd TD of the day to trim the lead 20-14. Seth Earnest connected on his 2nd PAT to bring the Golden Tornado within 6 points. The rest of the 2nd quarter was the Donavan Kirby show as he found the endzone on a 36 yard run and then a 16 yard run to give Weir a halftime lead of 33-14. Coach Sean Biser talked about his team in the first half, “I just threw up my arms and said I don’t know what to do, because we looked like a comedy of errors, and I don’t know what it was.”
The second half started off with Weir scoring a TD as Donavan Kirby crossed the goal line again for his 5th touchdown of the game. Coach Biser commented on the Keyser mindset trailing by 26 points, “I told our kids to just focus on the next play. Don’t worry about what has already happened.” Trailing 40-14 midway through the 3rd quarter Caden Biser found the endzone at the 5:39 mark and Ryan Shoemaker connected with Brady Clay for the 2 point conversion. The Golden Tornado defense was relentless from this point forward as momentum started to shift to the team in white. Keyser got the ball back on offense after recovering a fumble. Keyser stayed true to their system and kept pounding the rock as Brady Clay scored his 3rd touchdown of the day on a 24 yard scamper, but the 2 point conversion failed.
Keyser got the ball back quickly and managed to punch in another touchdown in the 3rd quarter as Caden Biser crossed the goal line after a 5 yard rush to make the score 40-34 in favor of Weir. In the 4th quarter it was Keyser QB/CB Ryan Shoemaker intercepting Sebastian Spencer to give the Golden Tornado offense the ball. Then Caden Biser scored his 3rd TD of the day on a 10 yard rush to tie the game. Keyser had the chance to take the lead but that depended on the foot of Freshman Seth Earnest. Cool, calm, and unnerved, Seth booted the ball between the uprights for a successful PAT giving Keyser a 41-40 lead. As time ticked down Weir had the ball and trailed by 1 point with less than 60 seconds remaining in the game. The Red Riders put the pigskin in the air but the ball hawking CB Ryan Shoemaker made a fantastic diving interception to end the drive and wrap up one of the biggest comeback wins in Keyser football history. Weir fans in Jimmy Carey stadium needed a mask as they left the stadium as the expression of dumb and dumber splattered across their faces, because once again Keyser played the role of grinch stealing another victory from the Red Riders.
Coach Biser commented, “I can’t say enough about our kids effort tonight. Not only our kids, but our coaches and everyone involved with this program.” Keyser ran the ball for a total of 427 yards compared to 136 yards by Weir. Brady Clay had 12 carries for 98 yards and 3 TDs while Caden Biser rushed for 95 yards on 16 attempts with 3 TDs. Drae Allen picked up 89 yards on 11 carries, Sam Perry rushed for 72 yards on 9 attempts, and Evan Moreland picked up 32 yards on the ground as well. Ryan Shoemaker rushed for 29 yards on 6 attempts, and Aaron Lyons carried the ball 7 times for 24 yards. Defensively Aaron Lyons had 5 tackles, while Don Woodworth, Brady Clay, Evan Moreland, and Ryan Shoemaker each had 4 tackles. Reggie Redman had 1 reception for 12 yards, but his impact was felt in the running game as he blasted Red Rider defenders into next week allowing his RB’s to gain additional yards downfield.
Next up for the Golden Tornado (2-1) is a home game vs the Jefferson Cougars on Friday Sept. 21st at Alumni Field.