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  • MOUNTAIN RIDGE (2-6) 53, SOUTHERN (0-8) 12 FINAL
  • MOUNTAIN RIDGE DOMINATES SOUTHERN IN OAKLAND
  • MINERS END 5 GAME LOSING STREAK VS. RAMS
  • NEXT WEEK: @ FORT HILL 7PM
October 25, 2014

JEFFRIES, BROOKS DOMINATE IN VICTORY OVER SOUTHERN RAMS

Oakland, MD - The Mountain Ridge Miners' used the tandem attack of Dalton Jeffries and Ty Brooks, who each rushed over 100 yards, to dominate the home-standing Southern Rams and end their five game losing streak, 53-12. 

Jeffries had 134 yards on just 8 attempts, 2 of which resulted in touchdowns, and also added a 31-yard fumble recovery for touchdown on defense. 

Brooks was the second of the Mountain Ridge tailbacks to go over 100 with his 9 rushes for 101 yards and two scores. 

Southern's very first possession of the game, which they got after winning the toss and electing to take the ball, was not the prettiest drive ever constructed one could argue. 

Brian Kelly started that drive off with a run that lost one yard, second down was an incomplete pass from Rams QB Travis Newton to Josh Adams, and third down was a missed connection between Newton and Kelly. Just like that it was three and out for the Rams on two passing plays. 

Mountain Ridge's offense got the ball in decent field position to start their first offensive drive, at their own 46, and didn't waste anytime needing only 4 plays to cover the 56 yards needed to get on the board. 

Jeffries and Tyler Redman traded rushing attempts that totaled 14 yards and then it was Jeffries who carried the ball straight up the middle the necessary 40 yards for a Miner touchdown and 6-0 lead with 9:48 to go in the opening quarter.

It looked like it may be yet another one of those high scoring Mountain Ridge football games in which neither team could stop one another as Southern took the ball on the ensuing drive and got two first downs in a row.

That thought was quickly torn down as Brooks sacked Newton on a big 3rd-and-11 play from the Miner 28 and the Mountain Ridge defense stopped Newton again on fourth down for just a gain of 3 and it was now Miner football on the turnover on downs.

Brooks, the hero on defense in the previous drive against Newton, cashed in on Mountain Ridge's next offensive possesion from 13 yards out and Michael Stritebeck hit Zach Hager for the two point conversion to make the score 14-0 the Ridge with 1:01 to go in the opening quarter.

It only took :17 for Mountain Ridge to get on the board next and put an end to their strong first quarter start as Newton fumbled the snap on the first play of the Rams next series and Jeffries added his lone defensive touchdown on the evening picking it up and running it back 31 yards to the end zone and also added the two point conversion to make it 22-0 Mountain Ridge.

The two teams then exchanged punts before Southern used a little bit of trickery to keep it's next series going.

They got one first down before their drive stalled just inside of Mountain Ridge's territory. Logan Cvetnick provided the trick play as he carries the ball for 23 yards on a fake punt to keep the Southern drive alive. Newton then hit Josh Adams for 26 yards on the very next play to put the ball at the Miner 6-yard line and set up a first-and-goal to go situation. Problem for Southern was that they then became predictable as Newton carried the ball on three of the next four plays and Mountain Ridge stuffed him on fourth-and-goal and the one yard line. 

Mountain Ridge did manage to take the ball out from the shadow of their own goal line to the 16 before time ran out on the first half and halftime ensued.

The second half got off to a quick start following a short Southern punt, Jeffries added his third and final touchdown of the game, this one was from 20 yards out and it put Mountain Ridge up 30-0 following the two point conversion by him as well.

One thing you can be sure of is that teams in that area don't quit no matter the situation, and for Southern it has been dim all year, they put together their first scoring drive of the game on the very next drive.

They used a mix of pass and run, a couple of Miner defensive penalties, and will to put together a nice 58-yard drive that was capped when Newton hit Adams from 10 yards out with 6:48 to go in the third quarter. The two point conversion was no good and it was not 30-6 Miners.

When you are in the situation that the Southern Rams are you tend to take some chances in hopes of catching the other team sleeping and maybe pull out a victory.

For the second time in the game the Rams caught Mountain Ridge napping as they successfully converted an onside kick and took over just inside Miner territory at the 49.

They did manage to get one first down on the drive but that was it as once again they became predictive and Newton was the ball handler on every single play of the drive.

Newton started and ended the drive with two straight in-completions and Mountain Ridge took over with great field position.

The Miners' offense needed only four plays for the second time on the night and Brooks added his second and final touchdown on the evening to put Mountain Ridge up 38-6 following the converted 2-pointer with 3:26 to go in the third.

Mountain Ridge recovered the ball on the kickoff in one of the strangest plays you will ever see in a high school football game. It looked like the Ram players didn't understand that the ball was live and didn't want to touch it. It was almost like the thought it was a punt instead of a kickoff.

The Miners took advantage of that opportunity very quickly, needing only three plays, Strietbeck and Jeffries ran the ball on back to back plays for 28 yards and then Jalen Washington got the mercy rule in play with his 9-yard TD reception to put the Miners up 46-6 with 2:15 to go in the third quarter.

As we stated earlier in this article, no team in this area gives up and neither were the Southern Rams on this night, they proceeded to take the ball 60 yards on the ensuing drive to put and end to the running clock. This drive was dominated by Kelly on the ground. He had 4 rushes and one reception on the drive and capped it off with a four yard run with just over eight minutes to go in the game to make the score 46-12 Mountain Ridge. 

Jeffries and Ryan Pratt put the running clock back in play on the last drive of the game for both teams. They combined for six of the seven plays on the next Miners possession, one that ended when Pratt ran it in from 11 yards out and the extra point made it 53-12 Mountain Ridge with just under four and a half minutes to go in the game.

Southern did get the ball back but only managed one more play before the running clock put and end to the game.

The victory put and end to the five game losing streak that Mountain Ridge was on and continued the season long losing streak that the depleted Southern Rams find their selves on.

Mountain Ridge improves to 2-6 on the season and will travel to Greenway Avenue Stadium next Friday night to face the Fort Hill Sentinels.

Southern fell to 0-7 on the season and will have two more shots to get a victory. That starts next week when they travel to Spring Mills to take on the Cardinals.

 

 GREAT JOB MINERS!!!

October 21, 2014

NORTHERN/ALLEGANY DO BATTLE AT GREENWAY TO HIGHLIGHT WEEK #8'S ACTION

Baltimore, MD - I know that we say this every year once we hit the half way point but this season has gone by so fast that we are already down to the final three weeks of the regular season in both Maryland and West Virginia. 

With that being said, the playoff push is evident all around the area, and if you happen to pass by Greenway Avenue Stadium on Friday evening you might just hear what is sounds like too.

As we said last week, most teams in the area have already solidified their position in the post season, but important games still remain in both state playoff races.

Last week's action gave us two big games, one in each state, to help us make the some what blurry playoff race just a little bit clearer.

In Maryland, the defending state champion Fort Hill Sentinels defeated previously undefeated Class AA Kent Island, which kept the Sentinels undefeated and further bolstered their position atop the 1A West.

Meanwhile, down in the Mountain State, Keyser and Jefferson hooked up in the biggest game for the Cougars in a long time. They came into the game sitting in the #7 spot in WV AAA playoff ratings.

The Golden Tornado hung onto the lead and defeated the Cougars 28-20 in a classic game that will only help Keyser improve on their #10 ranking that they had coming into the weekend.

There were two other important games, again with one in each state, and Northern and East Hardy each helped their playoff hopes with wins over Mountain Ridge and Moorefield respectively.

Northern's win over the Miners' set up what could arguably be the biggest game of the week this Friday night in Cumberland.

That is when the Allegany Campers (4-2) will welcome the Huskies (4-3) with the fourth and final playoff spot in the 1a West on the mind of both. Should be an awesome game and it is great to see this game mean something for both schools once again.

Other games in Maryland include: Mountain Ridge (1-6) looking to end its 5 game losing streak when they travel to Southern (0-7), Fort Hill (7-0) hosting Capitol Christian Academy on Saturday, and Hancock attempting to hold onto their faint playoff hopes as they host Massanutten Military Academy of Virginia.

West Virginia games include: Jefferson (5-2) host Martinsburg (6-1) in a huge AAA game, Mussleman hosts Washington, Hedgesville travels to Hampshire, Moorefield faces off against Petersburg and Frankfort travels to Oak Glen.

It was a decent week for the guessing man, at least overall it was, I missed one game in each High School, College and the NFL. In all, it was an 11-3 week, which brings my total for the season to 73 of 90 for an 81.3 percent correction rate. Below are my guesses for this week.

As always, we want to wish all local coaches, players and fans a great week.

 

*Northern Garrett 14 Allegany 35
*Mountain Ridge 38 Southern Garrett 6
*Capitol Christian Academy 12 Fort Hill 40
*Massanutten Military Academy 0 Hancock 41
*Martinsburg 38 Jefferson 21
*Washington 7 Mussleman 21
*Hedgesville 6 Hampshire 22
*Frankfort 31 Oak Glen 21
*Petersburg 20 Moorefield 27
*Maryland 14 Wisconsin 31
West Virginia 21 Oklahoma State 24
Baltimore 17 Cincinnati 14
Indianapolis 27 Pittsburgh 14
Washington 21 Dallas 28

 

October 21, 2014

 JONES, DURST,  NORTHERN USE  STRONG SECOND HALF  TO DEFEAT  MOUNTAIN  RIDGE 34-16

Accident, MD - Senior Trevon Jones had over 100 yards rushing, on just 11 rushes, with three ending up in touchdowns, as he and his team mates scored a big victory over rival Mountain Ridge on Senior Night 2014 at Half Mile Stadium in Accident.  

Jones didn't do everything on his own however, Sophomore Nate Durst added over 100 yards and one score on the evening as well.

The game started out rather uneventful as both Mountain Ridge and Northern both saw their opening drives stall and were forced to give the ball up to one another.

Mountain Ridge won the toss and decided to take the ball to start the game. They started their opening drive from their own 20 following a touch back on the kickoff. 

Dalton Jeffries was the main ball carrier on the first drive for the Miners. He rushed the ball twice for 12 yards and a first down in between a Tyler Redman rush for no gain. The drive didn't amount to anything as Michael Strietbeck failed to connect with Josh Halbritter on 3rd-and-8 and the Miners were forced to punt the ball to the Northern offense.

The Huskie offense had a bit more luck on their opening drive against the Miner defense. They started it out 17 yards further up the field then Mountain Ridge did.

They used a mix of Jones and Durst with just a little of Meshach Metz's arm to get two first downs and the ball all the way down to the Ridge's 36 yard line. That is where Metz attempted to hit Logan Frost on a 4th-and-7 play but failed and Mountain Ridge took over on downs.

Redman carried the ball for a loss of one yard on the first play of Mountain Ridge's next drive.

That didn't deter the Miner's offense however, Ty Brooks ran off a run of 15 yards on first down, and Harry Moore added another 33 more on the very next play.

Ty Brooks converted a huge 3rd-and-5 from the 11 yard line and Michael Strietbeck got Mountain Ridge on the board on a 2nd-and-goal rush from the 2 yard line. Brooks ran in the two point conversion and the score was 8-0 Mountain Ridge with 2:10 to go in the opening quarter.

In most sporting events, doesn't matter which level, you can look at one play or couple minute stretch that completely turned the game around.

Metz fumbled the ball on the first play of the Northern drive and Mountain Ridge recovered at the Huskie 20. At this point you thought that may have just happened in Mountain Ridge's favor.

It turned out to be the play but in Northern's favor not Mountain Ridge's.

The Miner offense managed only one yard on four plays, two of which were Strietbeck's incomplete passes, and it quite possibly turned the momentum into Northern's direction.

Zach Hager intercepted a Metz pass on a fourth-and-four play from the Miner 20-yard line that put a hault to the Northern 60 yard drive.

Mountain Ridge had two of their drives halted and Northern didn't fair much better as their lone possession the rest of the first half was a turnover on downs.

The first half did end in a bizarreway however, Mountain Ridge's last drive of the half ended in a punt, and following a long run back by Durst, a penalty by Mountain Ridge gave Northern one untimed down from the Miner 14. A pass fell incomplete and Mountain Ridge took a 8-0 lead into the half time break.

The Mountain Ridge offense did manage to get one first down on the opening possession of the second half but did see that drive come to an end following a couple of Jeffries rushes for no gain and failed hookup between Strietbeck and Moore on fourth down.

Metz hit Jones on a 30 yard touchdown pass to complete a 8 play, 70 yard drive, to get Northern back even at 8 following the two point conversion converted by Durst.

Mountain Ridge began their next drive at their own 31-yard line following a decent return by Moore. 

Strietbeck hit Halbritter for a big 22-yard gain that put the ball just inside Northern's territory at the 47. Jeffries carried the ball on the next five plays that lead to 27 more yards and two more first downs. It was the fifth rush that was the problem as Dalton fumbled and Northern recovered to put a hault to any Miner momentum. 

Durst and Metz had two carries for over 50 yards and Jones ran it in from two yards out to put the Huskies on top for good. The two point conversion failed and it was 14-8 Northern under one minute into the fourth quarter. 

Mountain Ridge's turnover problems surfaced once more when Strietbeck failed to pitch the ball back to one of his running backs and Northern once again fell on the loose ball and had the ball inside Mountain Ridge territory. 

The Huskies only needed four plays, aided by a personal foul penalty on The Ridge, Aaron Rodeheaver scored on another two yard run and Northern converted the two pointer this time to put them up 22-8 with just over nine minutes to go. 

Durst returned a punt, which Mountain Ridge was forced to do following a three and out, 43 yards all the way down to the Miner 29.

He then punched it in from six yards out for his lone touchdown on the evening to put Northern up 28-8.

Mountain Ridge got on the board next as Harry Moore took the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to the house, Strietbeck hit Hager on the two point conversion play, and it was now 28-16 Northern with 5:06 left in the game.

Durst, Rodeheaver, and Jones were not impressed however as the threesome handled the rock on the next drive for the Huskies, a drive that ended with Jones third and final score of the night. That score made it 34-16 Northern.

Mountain Ridge has now lost five games in a row and will look to end that streak next Friday evening as they head to Oakland to face the win less Southern Rams.

Northern improves to 4-3 with the win, find them selves in the fourth and final playoff spot in the 1A West, and will look to solidify that position when they travel to Allegany next Friday evening.

 

SCORE BY QUARTER

 1

 4

MOUNTAIN RIDGE

8

0

0

8

16

NORTHERN

0

0

8

26

34

 

 

October 17, 2014

PLAYOFF PUSH IS WELL UNDERWAY IN BOTH MD AND WV

Baltimore, MD - We are quickly winding down the high school football season and that can only mean one thing for area football teams... push for the playoffs.

Both Maryland and West Virginia are heading down the stretch on the second half of the high school football season.

With only four weeks left in the regular season, most teams are fighting hard for playoff positioning, while some are just fighting to have a better season then they did one year ago.

Now with all that being said, there really isn't too much that is in doubt this late in the season, most area teams are solidly in the playoffs and are just fighting for positioning.

The one exception to the above statement would be the last spot in Maryland's Class 1A West. This has been up for grabs over the past several seasons and it looks like it is this year as well.

The top of this region is solid with defending state champion Fort Hill sitting at 6-0 and North Carroll at 5-1.

Manchester Valley and Allegany are both sitting at 4-2 and currently sit in the third and fourth positions respectively.

The one big difference this week is Manchester Valley will play a game and Allegany does not have one following the cancellation of this week's game against FAET several weeks back.

After Allegany, there are currently three more teams at either 3-3 or 3-2 breathing right down the Campers backs.

It will be very interesting to see how this region plays out over the final four games of the season.

Down in the Mountain State things are far much clearer when it comes to the playoffs. Most area teams are already solidly in the playoffs and are just looking to improve their seeding.

Martinsburg sits and #3 in AAA and surprise Jefferson sits at #7. That means if the season ended today both teams would host a home playoff game.

The Cougars do have a tough game this week as they play host to AA #10 Keyser.

The Frankfort Faclons are sitting atop the AA ratings and are looking to finish strong and earn home field advantage throughout the WV state playoffs.

Moorefield is the only current single A squad in the playoff picture as they sit in the number seven spot with a 5-1 record.

This weeks games include: Martinsburg hosting Hedgesville, Keyser travels to Jefferson, Hampshire hitting the road at Spring Mills, Frankfort and Moorefield hosting Petersburg and East Hardy respectfully, and Clear Spring host Berkeley Springs. Other action in MD includes Northern hosting Mountain Ridge and Southern traveling to Tucker County. The biggest game of the area will take place at Greenway Avenue Stadium when Fort Hill host Kent Island in a battle of undefeated teams.

Last week I went an amazing 13 of 16 which brings my total for the year up to 81.5% on 62 of 76 correct guessing. Check out my picks for this weeks games below.

As always, we would like to wish every player, coach and fan the best of luck this week as you head to the games.

 

*Hedgesville 6 Martinsburg 50
*Keyser 31 Jefferson 27
*Hampshire 20 Spring Mills 14
*Berkeley Springs 22 Clear Spring 27
*Petersburg 6 Frankfort 50
*East Hardy 21 Moorefield 28
*Kent Island 14 Fort Hill 42
*Southern 0 Tucker County 14
Mountain Ridge 16 Northern 8
Baylor 35 West Virginia 27
*Iowa 21 Maryland 30
*Atlanta 17 Baltimore 24
*Tennessee 14 Washington 21
Houston 20 Pittsburgh 17

 

October 17, 2014

SWARTZ, JUNIATA RUSH ALL OVER MOUNTAIN RIDGE 50-28

McAlisterville, Pa - Chantz Swartz ran all over the Mountain Ridge defense on Friday night as Juniata rushed for nearly 400 yards and used strong second quarter to defeat visiting Mountain Ridge 50-28 at East Junita High School.

Swartz needed only 9 carries on the evening to amass his 203 yards and five touchdowns. And you did read that sentence correctly... over half his rushes ended in touchdowns.

Spencer Page and Ty Treaster added the other two touchdowns on the evening for the Juniata Wildcats. Page had 4 rushes for 87 yards and Treaster finished with 64 yards on 8 rushes.

Wildcat quarterback Tyler Clark finished the evening 4 of 7 passing for 37 yards. He was lifted in the fourth for a backup once the score got out of hand.

 

For Mountain Ridge, four different players scored the touchdowns on the evening, including a blocked punt and a half back option pass.

Swartz got the Wildcats on the board early, real early, he converted a third-and-eleven at the Miner 31 with his long touchdown run. Treaster ran in the two pointer following a Mountain Ridge encroachment penalty on initial extra point. It was 8-0 Juniata with 9:48 to go in the opening quarter.

Dalton Jeffries and Mountain Ridge was not impressed with the opening drive for Juniata. They decided to see the 60 yard drive that the Wildcats did and raise them a 78-yard one of their own. 

Jeffries handled the ball on 5 of the 8 plays on the drive and his 20 yard touchdown run capped it off. He couldn't convert the two point conversion however and it was 8-6 Juniata with 6:29 to go in the first.

After the quick start for both teams, most would have thought it would be a shootout, but the next two drives for both teams went no where and they were forced to punt the ball back to each other twice.

The exchange of punts gave Juniata the ball at their own 34 to start their fourth offensive series of the game.

Clark was sacked on the first play from scrimmage and it looked like the Miner defense would hold one more time. That thought was quickly erased on the very next play. Spencer Page took the ball straight up the middle and went 70 yards down the field for the Wildcat TD.

The two point conversion by Parson was no good and it was Juniata 14-8 with 9:46 to go in the second quarter.

Mountain Ridge's offense took the ball from their own 15 yard line and marched it down the field on an eight play drive.

Zach Hager, Harry Moore and Ty Brooks all had 10+ yard rushes on the drive and Moore hauled in a 30-yard pass from Michael Strietbeck and it was all tied at 14 following the two point conversion pass hauled in by Jalen Washington.

Swartz quickly ended any thought by Mountain Ridge's players, coaches and fans of a victory on the night, when he ran straight up the middle for 60 yards and the Wildcat touchdown on the very next play from scrimmage. The two point conversion was no good and it was 20-14 Juniata with 5:30 to go to halftime.

Page extended that lead with a 28-yard rushing touchdown, cashing in a fumble recovery from Juniata, and it was all down hill from there for The Ridge. They converted the two pointer this time and it was 28-14 Juniata. 

Swartz ended the scoring for the first half with 1:47 to go, that is when he scored from 17 yards out, and the extra point made it 35-14 at halftime.

The second half did not get go any better for Mountain Ridge and it started out very early. A mis-handled kickoff left the Miners to start their drive from the 5.

They couldn't get anything going and a high snap on the punt did not allow for the kick to get off and Juniata started at the Miner 8.

Ty Treaster handled all three carries on this short 8 yard drive and his two yard TD put Juniata up 43-14 with 8:37 to go in the third quarter.

Mountain Ridge attempted to get back in the game as they went on a 15 play drive that ultimately ended at the Wildcat 2 on a fourth and goal play that netted only 1 yard for Tyler Redman when he needed 2.

Redman would redeem his self when he picked up the blocked punt on Juniata's next drive and ran it in from 8 yards to get Mountain Ridge back on the board. It was now 43-20 Juniata with 10:33 to go in the game.

Swartz added his 5th and final touchdown on the evening following a Page rush for no gain on first down. He ran 55 yards and put an end to any thoughts of a Mountain Ridge comeback. The extra point made it 50-20 Juniata with 9:43 to go in the game.

There has been one play that has been pretty successful for Mountain Ridge on the season. The half back option pass had led to touchdowns on the season and it did one more time for the final touchdown on the evening.

Dalton Jeffries hit Harry Moore perfectly in stride and Moore took it the rest of the way for a big 82-yard half back pass for a Miner touchdown. The two point conversion was good and it made it 50-28 Juniata which was the final score.

The more complexion thing about the last three weeks has to be the fact that Mountain Ridge has out-gained its opponent in each of those games but the games, except for Hampshire, hasn't been close at all.

This all goes back to the fact that Mountain Ridge runs up that total late in the second half when they are down big. That and the defense giving up big play after big play.

Mountain Ridge falls to 1-5 on the season and will stay out on the road next week when they travel to Accident to face Northern (3-3).

 

 

SCORE BY QUARTER

 1

 4

MOUNTAIN RIDGE

6

8

0

14

28

JUNIATA

8

27

8

7

50

 

    

October 10, 2014

MINERS HEAD OUT ON LONGEST ROAD TRIP OF 2014, HEAD TO CENTRAL PA TO FACE JUNIATA

Miffintown, Pennsylvania - Mountain Ridge is staring a three game losing streak, an over two hour bus ride, and an uphill battle right in the face this Friday evening when they travel to Juniata (PA) to face the 5-1 Indians.

Mountain Ridge had that losing streak pushed up to three games last week thanks to the Frankfort Falcons.

They muffed a punt late in the first half, Mountain Ridge recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, and only trailed by eight at the half despite a late Falcon score.

Frankfort was not as giving in the second half however, their execution combined with the Miners' lack their of resulted in the 49-28 Falcon win.

Last weeks game was not as one sided as the score makes it out to be. Frankfort was actually out-gained in total yardage by The Ridge. (361-316) The Miners' also dominated in time of possession. Too many physical and mental mistakes did them in however.

Mountain Ridge's only win this season was back in week number two at the hands of the Hedgesville Eagles by the score of 55 to 14.

Many of you fans are probably thinking who is this team that we are playing this week and exactly where are they from (or more importantly, where do I have to travel on Friday night). Luckily enough for all you fans we did our homework.

Juniata High School is located in Central Pennsylvania, about half way between Harrisburg and State College, in a little town called Miffintown.

Their nickname are the Indians. They compete in and are currently on top of the very tough Tri Valley League in football. 

The Indians are coming into the game against Mountain Ridge after suffering their first loss on the 2014 campaign just one week ago. 

They couldn't score until the very last play of the game, a 3-yard run by Alex White, and were defeated by local rival Tri Valley 18-6. 

Juniata started their season with a convincing 29-16 win over Penns Valley. It must have been a sign of things to come for this team as last year they lost this game 21-16. 

Spencer Page scored on a late 85-yard touchdown run and Josh Parson added the two point conversion to put the Indians on top for good in their 22-21 win over Newport one week later.

Tyler Clark and Chantz Swartz connected on two touchdown passes, one in each half, to provide the rest of the Indian offense on the evening.

Their season took an unexpected twist the following week as their game was pushed back three days due to a bomb threat at their opponents school that shut down that schools entire district for the weekend.

They did not allow that to faze them and pushed through that test with flying colors. To the tune of a 26-7 victory to be exact.

Chantz Swartz provided over 500 yards of total offense and 10 touchdowns during a two week stretch that led up to last weeks loss at Tri Valley.

His first performance was against Line Mountain in the teams 47-21 victory. He had 119 yards rushing and 97 receiving along with 5 touchdowns. 

The later performance was against hated rival East Juniata. He went off for 143 yards rushing, 110 receiving and another five scores.

In looking at the weather forecast for Friday evening... rain and sloppy field conditions are definitely in the forecast. These conditions will put and emphasis on taking care of the ball as well as running the ball.

We end every game preview with the same two things. Keys to the game and players to watch. Most weeks they are the same. Especially when it comes to keys to the game. I hate to say it folks but this week will be no different.

With that being the case we decided not to include a graphic for it. The team that wins this game on Friday night is the team that has more rushing yards and has the fewest number of turnovers. I guarantee you that both stats will be won by the same team.

Below will be the players to watch for both teams. As always, we would like to wish both teams good luck and hope that all fans, players and coaches have a great time.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mountain Ridge - Ty Brooks, Jalen Washington, Zach Hager, Dalton Jeffries, Michael Strietbeck, Ofeenseive line

Juniata - Chantz Swartz, Tyler Clark, Alex White, Spencer Page, Josh Parson, Patrick O'Donnell

 

LET'S GO MOUNTAIN RIDGE!!!

 

 

October 10, 2014

 PLAYOFF PUSH BEGINS AS 2ND HALF OF 2014 SEASON BEGINS IN MD/WV

Baltimore, Maryland - It is very hard to believe but we have already reached the mid-way point of the 2014 high school football season in both Maryland and West Virginia.

And I know all of you football fans know what that means around here... the playoff push has officially arrived.

Two local area teams have reached the half way point with undefeated records.

One of those two teams are no surprise as the defending 1A State Champion Fort Hill Sentinels has reached Maryland's halftime if you will an amazing five wins and zero losses.

The other team would have to be classified as a mild surprise. The Frankfort Falcons have reached and already started the second half in West Virginia win a victory. They are an unblemished 6-0 and will be for one more week as they have the week off.

The only two other area teams that have positioned them selves well for the playoffs lie in the in the Mountain State in both Keyser and Moorefield.

Both teams have only one loss on the season, Keyser has yet to have it's bye week, they sit one win ahead of the Yellow Jackets.

Maryland's 1A West region has had it's share of criticism in the past five years or so. This year is not helping its case however. Only Fort Hill and North Carroll look to be serious contenders for the State Playoffs.

You could argue that there shouldn't even be four teams come out of this region this year. And to be honest with you... most people would not put up a strong fight to that argument.

While there are no less than 12 games involving area teams... even with Frankfort having the weekend off... you will be hard pressed to find a competitive game in the area.

The hands down game of the week will take place in Tornado Ally when Keyser welcomes undefeated and #3 ranked in AA Bridgeport to town. A win for the Golden Tornado will no doubt help their positioning the AA playoff race.

Other games in the area include: Hampshire hosting Buckhannon-Upshur, Fayetteville travels to Moorefield, Pendelton County visits Northern AND Allegany hosts Southern.

Some of the games that are out of the area but do involve area teams include: Mountain Ridge visiting Juniata, Berkeley Springs host Petersburg, Mussleman and Spring Mills host Hedgesville and Martinsburg respectively, while Jefferson and Washington are both on the road to face Virginia schools in Milbrook and Skyline.

The weekend action gets concluded on Saturday evening when the undefeated Fort Hill Sentinels welcome 4A Walter Johnson to Cumberland.

Another strong week for the guessing man put's his season at an amazing 49 correct guesses out of 60. That is an outstanding 81 almost 82 percent. This week will be the most picks I have made yet and hopefully raise my average up to my own personal goal of 85%. Good luck to all area teams that play this week.

    

 

*Bridgeport 35 Keyser 31
*Buckhannon-Upshur 26 Hampshire 6
*Fayetteville 6 Moorefield 21
*Mountain Ridge 14 Juniata 34
*Pendleton 13 Northern 14
Petersburg 22 Berkeley Springs 12
*Southern 6 Allegany 33
*Martinsburg 56 Spring Mills 7
Jefferson 21 Milbrook (VA) 24
*Hedgesville 6 Mussleman 35
*Washington 21 Skyline (VA) 28
*Walter Johnson 6 Fort Hill 35
West Virginia 37 Texas Tech 42
*Baltimore 27 Tampa Bay 13
*Pittsburgh 21 Cleveland 28
*Washington 14 Arizona  21 

 

 

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Upcoming Games/Practices

Friday,  Oct 31
Seneca Valley Screamin Eagles @ Einstein Titans TBA Albert Einsein High School in Kensington, MD
Southern AA Bulldogs @ Annapolis Panthers TBA Annapolis High School in Annapolis, MD
Clear Spring Blazers @ East Hardy Cougars TBA AT HOME TEAM'S SCHOOL LOCATION
Hancock Panthers @ Silver Oak Academy TBA AT HOME TEAM'S SCHOOL LOCATION
Kent County Trojans @ Arcadia (VA) TBA AT HOME TEAM'S SCHOOL LOCATION
Northern Calvert Patriots @ Saint Charles High School TBA AT HOME TEAM'S SCHOOL LOCATION
Northern Garrett Huskies @ Berkeley Springs Indians TBA AT HOME TEAM'S SCHOOL LOCATION
Southern Garrett Rams @ Spring Mills Cardinals TBA AT HOME TEAM'S SCHOOL LOCATION
Reservoir Gators @ Atholton Raiders TBA Atholton High School in Columbia, MD
CM Wright Mustangs @ Bel Air Bobcats TBA Bel Air High School in Bel Air, MD
Richard Montgomery Rockets @ Bethesda CC Barons TBA Bethesda CC High School in Bethesda, MD
Lake Clifton Lakers @ Bluford Drew Jemison TBA Bluford Drew Jamison Academy in Baltmore, MD
Meade Mustangs @ Broadneck Bruins TBA Broadneck High School in Annapolis, MD
Smithsburg Leopards @ Catoctin Cougars TBA Catoctin High School in Thurmont, MD
Parkville Knights @ Catonsville Comets TBA Catonsville High School in Baltimore, MD
Marriotts Ridge Mustangs @ Centennial Eagles TBA Centennial High School in Ellicott City, MD
Arundel Wildcats @ Chesapeake Bayhawks TBA Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, MD
Leonardtown Raiders @ Chopticon Braves TBA Chopticon High School in Morganza, MD
Carver Bears @ City Knights TBA City College High School in Baltimore, MD
Cambridge SD @ Colonel Richardson Colinials TBA Colonial Richardson High School in Federalsburg MD
WEB DuBois Panthers @ Douglas Ducks TBA Douglass High School in Baltimore, MD
Edmondson Red Storm @ Dunbar Poets TBA Dunbar High School in Baltimore, MD
Joppatowne Mariners @ Edgewood Rams TBA Edgewood High School in Edgewood, MD
Maritime Academy @ FAET TBA FAET School in Baltimore, MD
Walkersville Lions @ Frederick Cadets TBA Frederick High School in Frederick, MD
Manchester Valley Mavericks @ Francis Scott Key Eagles TBA FSK High School in Union Bridge, MD
South River Seahawks @ Glen Burnie Gophers TBA Glen Burnie High School in Glen Burnie, MD
Lackey Chargers @ Great Mills Hornets TBA Great Mills High School in Great Mills, MD
Elkton Golden Elk @ Harford Tech Cobras TBA Harford Tech High School in Bel Air, MD
Henry Wise Pumas @ High Point Eagles TBA High Point High School in Beltsville, MD
Westlake Wolverines @ Huningtown Hurricanes TBA Huntingtown High School in Huntingtown, MD
Springbrook Blue Devils @ Kennedy Cavaliers TBA Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, MD
James Bennett Clippers @ Kent Island Buccaneers TBA Kent Island High School in Stevensville, MD
Winters Mill Falcons @ Liberty Lions TBA Liberty High School in Eldersburg, MD
Middletown Knights @ Liganore Lancers TBA Linganore High School in Frederick, MD
Randallstown Rams @ Loch Raven Raiders TBA Loch Raven High School in Baltimore, MD
Glenelg Gladiators @ Long Reach Lightning TBA Long Reach High School in Columbia, MD
Clarksburg Coyotes @ Magruder Colonels TBA Magruder High School in Rockville, MD
Thomas Stone Cougars @ McDonough Eagles TBA McDonough High School in Pomfret, MD
Forest Park Foresters @ Mervo Mustangs TBA Mervo High School in Baltimore, MD
Oakland Mills Scorpians @ Mount Hebron Vikings TBA Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, MD
National Academy @ New Era TBA New Era Academy in Baltimore, MD
Wicomico Indians @ North Caroline Bulldogs TBA North Caroline High School in Ridgely, MD
Old Mill Patriots @ North County Knights TBA North County High School in Glen Burnie, MD
Bohemia Manor Eagles @ North East Indians TBA North East High School in North East, MD
Brunswick Railroaders @ North Hagerstown Hubs TBA North Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown, MD
Fallston Cougars @ North Harford Hawks TBA North Harford High School in Pylesville, MD
Severna Park Falcons @ Northeast AA Eagles TBA Northeast High School in Pasadena, MD
Watkins Mill Wolverines @ Northwood Gladiators TBA Northwood High School in Silver Spring, MD
Tuscarora Titans @ Oakdale Oakie TBA Oakdale High School in Ijamsville, MD
Eastern Tech Mavericks @ Overlea Falcons TBA Overlea High School in Baltimore, MD
Hereford Bulls @ Owings Mills Eagles TBA Owings Mills High School in Owings Mills, MD
Calvert Cavaliers @ Patuxent Panthers TBA Patuxent High School in Lusby, MD
Aberdeen Eagles @ Perryville Panthers TBA Perryville High School in Perryville, MD
New Town Titans @ Pikesville Panthers TBA Pikesville High School in Baltimore, MD
Northwestern Wildcats @ Poly Engineers TBA Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore, MD
Poolesville Falcons @ Boonsboro Warriors TBA Poolesville High School in Poolesville, MD
Digital Harbor Rams @ Reginald Lewis Falcons TBA Reginald F. Lewis High School in Baltimore, MD
Wilmington Friends (DE) @ Rising Sun Tigers TBA Rising Sun High School in North East, MD
Howard Lions @ River Hill Hawks TBA River Hill High School in Clarksville, MD
Paint Branch Panthers @ Sherwood Warriors TBA Sherwood High School in Silver Spring, MD
North Carroll Panthers @ South Carroll Cavaliers TBA South Carroll High School in Sykesville, MD
Patterson Clippers @ Southwestern Sabers TBA Southwestern High School in Baltimore, MD
Urbana Hawks @ Thomas Johnson Patriots TBA Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, MD
Snow Hill Eagles @ Washington Cougars TBA Washington High School in Princess Anne, MD
Century Knights @ Westminster Owls TBA Westminster High School in Westminster, MD
Damascus Hornets @ Wheaton Knights TBA Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, MD
Hammond Golden Bears @ Wilde Lake Wildcats TBA Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, MD
South Hagerstown Rebels @ Williamsport Wildcats TBA Williamsport High School in Williamsport, MD
Walt Whitman Vikings @ Winston Churchill Bulldogs TBA Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD
Kenwood Bluebirds @ Woodlawn Warriors TBA Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, MD
Rockville Rams @ Wootton Patriots TBA Wooton High School in Rockville, MD
Mountain Ridge Miners @ Fort Hill Sentinels 7:00pm Greenway Avenue Stadium in Cumberland, MD

For a complete schedule listing, click here!


2014 MINERS FOOTBALL - "UNDERGROUND BROTHERHOOD"

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