- Mountain Ridge 18 Keyser 55 F
- Miners lose 5th straight to end 2015
- Mountain Ridge finishes at 4-5
- Friday was Coach DeVore's last game at MR
- THANK YOU COACH DEVORE!!!
November 6, 2015
ONE MORE BIG WEEKEND FOR AREA HSFB
Baltimore, Maryland - It may be the last weekend of the regular season for area high school football, and the first weekend in November tells us that it is, but that doesn't mean there is a shortage of playoff drama though.
Last weekend's big game, Northern Garrett at Boonsboro, turned out to be a great game indeed. The Warriors outlasted the Huskies and came away with the overtime victory.
While the win didn't really do much for Boonsboro, other than keep their perfect season alive, the loss may have crippled Northern's chances of getting in.
Ironically enough, Northern will be rooting on that very team tonight, as Boonsboro hooks up with Smithsburg in a their annual rivalry game.
To keep a potentially long story short, it call comes down to this, Northern needs to win and hope for a Smithsburg loss. If the Leopards can pull the upset they will get in over the Huskies.
As far as the seeding goes for the 1A West, Fort Hill wins and they are the top overall seed, if Allegany wins along with Boonsboro then the Warriors have a shot at that seed.
Down in the Mountain State of West Virginia, all area teams that will make the playoffs have pretty much clinched, all that is left for them to play for is seeding.
Keyser needs a win over Mountain Ridge on Friday in order to clinch a top 8 seed as well as a first round home game. An upset by the Miners could force the Golden Tornadoes to the road.
Spring Mills, a team that beat Mountain Ridge just two weeks ago, will need a win over Hedgesville in order to get the playoffs for the first time in school history.
Unfortunately for other area teams in that state, none of them are even remotely in the playoff picture, and honestly all of them are having really down years for what we are used to.
The area slate in Maryland includes: Hancock traveling to Berkeley Springs, Northern hosts Southern, Smithsburg at home versus Boonsboro, Clear Spring at Williamsport, Mountain Ridge visits Keyser, and the weekend will conclude on Saturday afternoon with the annual rivalry game between Allegany and Fort Hill.
Meanwhile, West Virginia's action includes: Hedgesville visiting Spring Mills, Washington hosting Jefferson, Hampshire traveling to Frankfort, and Tygrats Valley at Moorefield.
It was another great weekend for the guessing man, an amazing 13 out of 14 correct, brings me to a 78.8% correct pick rate. This means that in order to get to my season goal of 80%, I can only miss one game this week.
Below are my picks for the week. As always, good luck to all area teams, coaches, and fans.
||Berkeley Springs 14
|*Clear Spring 17
|*Mountain Ridge 14
||Fort Hill 35
||Spring Mills 34
|*Tygrats Valley 28
|Texas Tech 42
||West Virginia 38
||New England 42
November 3, 2015
KEYSER/MTN RIDGE SQUARE OFF IN SEASON FINALE
Keyser, West Virginia - The Mountain Ridge Miners will look to snap its three-game losing streak, as well as end their season on a good note, on Friday evening when they travel to Tornado Ally to square off with the Keyser Golden Tornado.
The Miners started the season off so well, winning two games in a row, and then reeled off another two wins in a row following their first loss at Allegany.
That meant that Mountain Ridge was sitting at 4-1 half way through the year, just outside of the playoffs, and had three straight home games ahead of them.
The three game stretch started off with a big game against rival Northern. It started off poorly for Mountain Ridge, they got behind by 14 early, and couldn't fight all the way back losing 21-7.
Then came a game with Spring Mills. Mountain Ridge with held an early push by the Cardinals and managed to build a 10-point lead at the half. Spring Mills coaching staff made second half adjustments and turned a 13-3 deficit into a 24-13 win.
Last week, the final game of that stretch, Mountain Ridge was outmatched by county rival Fort Hill. The Sentinels have rebounded nicely from their early season loss to Keyser.
Keyser started their season off with two rather easy wins over Petersburg and Berkeley Springs, by a combined score of 118 to 20, which set them up nicely for a match up with Fort Hill.
The game was at Greenway and somebody forgot to tell the defenses of both teams that it was okay to stop each other. Neither team did and a late game coaching decision, onside kick attempt by Coach Appel of Fort Hill, backfired and Keyser pulled out the win to end the Sentinels long winning streak.
Many were worried about a hangover one week later when the Tornado traveled to Accident to face the Huskies. While it definitely seemed as if something was different, Keyser did manage to come out with a one TD win.
Then came the Cumberland sweep as the Golden Tornado absolutely dominated Allegany en route to a 42-0 win.
The rough stretch in the season started one week later and lasted two games for Keyser. They had their game with Hampshire moved up due to the weather and came out flat against the Trojans and left Romney with a loss.
They were then shutout by perennial powerhouse Bridgeport and many were asking the question of if Keyser was for real.
Any questions were soon answered with an impressive throbbing of Robert C Byrd and an absolute pounding of county rival Frankfort.
Keyser comes into the game with a 7-2 record and solidly in the AA playoffs in the State of West Virginia. That doesn't mean that this game against the Miners is not important. They haven't clinched home field in the first round of the playoffs quite yet but a win over MR would guarantee them of that much.
Even though these two schools sit just 20 minutes or so apart, they did not play each other right away when Mountain Ridge opened, it took a couple of years for Keyser to get on the schedule.
Since then they have played a total of six games with the Golden Tornado coming out on top in four of the six. That includes a 36-0 trouncing in 2014. The last time Mountain Ridge defeated Keyser was their back-to-back wins in 2010, 2011.
Last years meeting in Frostburg was a close one to start, Keyser only lead 6-0 at the half, but the Miners defense couldn't hold up against against the strong running attack in the second half.
We have some bad and some good news for Mountain Ridge fans concerning this game. The good news is that most of the players that hurt them in last year's game has moved on. The bad news is that one of them didn't and they have reloaded with more talent so this game won't be easy.
Amonte Turner had 125 yards on just 12 carries. That lead both teams for the game.
With Mountain Ridge's current depth situation, as well as Keyser's talent level, the Miners will need to bring their A++ game on Friday night if they wish to come out on top.
Look for the Golden Tornado to work on a few things as they prepare for a run in the playoffs. Especially look for this if they go up big early.
Mountain Ridge needs to keep the ball out of the hands of the Keyser offense and if they can do that they need to convert that into points on their side.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
Time of Possession
Mountian Ridge offense production
Can the Miner defense stop Keyser rushing game
Players to Watch:
Keyser - Amonte Turner, Deavonta Johnson, Desmond Allen, Cody Rodeheaver, Brady Ours
Mountain Ridge - Kaden McElhenny, Dalton Jeffries, Dan Bittinger, Harry Moore, Jacob Howard, Hayden Lindsey, Noah DeMichelle
November 1, 2015
FORT HILL RUNS ALL OVER MINERS 49-0
Frostburg, Maryland - Nathaniel Graves tossed two touchdowns and ran for a third during a 12-minute span as Fort Hill pulled away in the second quarter and used its defense to muffle Mountain Ridge during a 49-0 win Friday in Frostburg.
Graves finished with just under 200 yards of total offense by throwing for 166 and running for another 32 as the Sentinels once again spread the rock into 10 different hands in improving to 7-1.
Brayden Brown had 119 yards on only four touches and added a highlight reel 98-yard kickoff return to open the second half. He finished with two touchdowns by catching a 42-yard pass on the final play of the first half.
The win is the sixth straight for the Sentinels, who entered Friday as the top-seed in the Maryland 1A West Region, since losing their only game to Keyser. It also gives the Sentinels six consecutive scoreless quarters beginning with the second half against Sherando last week.
The improvement in the defense is what Coach Todd Appel has been most impressed with over the last few weeks.
“We’ve gotten better defensively these past games,” he said. “We are making better adjustments, we understand the offenses a little bit better and understand our coverages a little bit better. We are playing very sound defense at the moment. The defensive line is getting flat down the line, the linebackers are coming up and making plays and understanding where the seams and openings are going to be.”
Fort Hill kept Mountain Ridge quiet by not allowing the Miners any big plays. The largest gain it allowed was a 28-yard pass to Jacob Howard with the clock running in the second half. They allowed only four plays of 10 or more yards during the first half.
Offensively, the Sentinels had one of their more balanced showings after running 26 times and throwing 11. They gained 355 yards on the 37 offensive plays and were forced into just one punt, which came late in the second half.
After forcing a three-and-out on Mountain Ridge’s first drive, Fort Hill embarked on a nine-play, 54-yard drive that ended with a little bit of luck. Raen Smith, Brown and Brayden Poling all picked up first downs to help move the ball deep into Miners’ territory, and Fort Hill went to Graves on a pair of keepers to try and take the early lead.
The quarterback got three yards on the first attempt, but fumbled going into the end zone on the next. Fort Hill lineman Austin Trennum fell on the ball in the end zone for the first points with 6:54 left in the first quarter.
Poling ran in from four yards out five minutes later to increase the lead to 14-0.
Graves opened the second-quarter scoring with a 26-yard touchdown on what started as a sneak up the middle.
He later found Ethan York on a 40-yard touchdown pass before Smith had a two-yard touchdown with 2:08 remaining in the half.
Fort Hill forced a punt late in the final minute of the first half, and went to their playmaker Brown on a short pass that the gifted junior turned into a 42-yard touchdown with less than four seconds left.
“We try to work hard during the offseason, and it’s not just on weight training, but also speed and quickness,” professed Appel. “I know that Brayden Brown has a lot of natural speed, but he’s gone from a 4.6 40 (yard dash time) to a 4.3 40 almost just by hard work. People lose that when they watch high school football and only see what the result on the field is, but there is a lot of work that these kids put in that doesn’t get noticed.
“The same with players like Raen Smith. Sure, he’s 6-1, 235, but if he didn’t work at it then all he would be is a 6-1, 235-pound body and probably not playing fullback for us.”
Brown added the final points on the second half kickoff and took advantage of the Miners breaking the integrity of their lanes after the ball bounced past the Fort Hill returners and all the way down to the two-yard line. Brown calmly picked up the ball, made a few defenders miss on the left side of the field and headed upfield before breaking across the turf and returning the kick 98 yards.
The Miners (4-4) were led by quarterback Kaden McElhenny, who went 8 of 13 for 89 yards, and Dalton Jeffries with 75 yards on 18 carries.
Mountain Ridge will finish the regular season Friday at Keyser. Fort Hill has the week to ready for its rival Allegany with the Homecoming game beginning at 12:30 on Saturday.
October 30, 2015
ONE FINAL WEEKEND OF PLAYOFF POSITIONING AHEAD
Baltimore, Maryland - Many say that fall is the best time of the year for sports fans. As an avid sports fan I can't argue with this point too much.
As a matter of fact, there is only one negative thing about the leaves changing colors and falling to the ground, this yearly event also means the end to the high school football season.
The State of Maryland has finally caught up to the Mountain State and both only have two weekends of football games left.
Last week, the area had three big football games, and the outcome off all three of those football games provided us with a big shakeup in the each state's playoff rankings.
First, came the big game between the Fort Hill Sentinels, and the Warriors from Sherando.
It looked as if it could turn into a blowout in the Warriors favor early. They built a quick 14-0 lead midway through the first half. Fort Hill wasn't scared and they reeled off 23 straight points and didn't allow the Warriors to score again.
Even with Boonsboro and Allegany both winning, the win over Sherando was still enough to propel them into the top spot in the region.
For the second weekend in a row, this time at home in Accident, the Northern Huskies played a crucial game against a local rival.
Unfortunately for Northern, unlike their win over Mountain Ridge one week ago they found it tough sledding and fell to the visiting Campers in a shutout.
Even with the loss, Northern is still very much in control of their playoff destiny, basically only needing to win one of their two final games to get in.
The win all but clinches a playoff spot for Allegany. There are still mathematical ways that the Campers could miss the playoffs, that would involve them losing to a win less Brunswick team this week, as well as so many unlikely things to happen it would take us forever to clearly explain it to you.
Mountain Ridge, who has long been used to being the third school in Allegany County when it comes to football, also had a big game last weekend.
Even though the Miners' came out strong and built an early 13-3 lead, the visiting Cardinals of Spring Mills played a strong second half and pretty much crushed any fading playoff hopes MR had with the 24-13 win.
At this point, for Mountain Ridge to get in the playoffs, they would need to win out and that still may not be enough.
We previewed the Northern Huskies three week stretch of games going into the Mountain Ridge game. They knew it was going to define their season.
They have managed to split the first two, and look to get a strangle hold on the final playoff spot on Friday night when they travel to Boonsboro.
If the Huskies were to come away with a win, they would more than likely clinch their playoff spot.
Other area game in Maryland include: Brunswick visiting Allegany, Mountain Ridge hosting Fort Hill, Clear Spring at home against East Hardy, and The Friends School from Baltimore visiting Hancock.
West Virginia, on the other hand, provides us with two key games.
Martinsburg struggled out of the gate, but the Bulldogs have gotten back to form and will travel to Musselman in a key AAA matchup.
Meanwhile, Moorefield bounced back nicely from their loss one week ago, and will look to secure a home game in the first round of the playoffs when they play host to Pendelton County.
Other games in the Mountain State are: Southern traveling to Berkeley Springs, Hampshire hosts Washington, and Keyser squaring off with rival Frankfort for the "Battle of Mineral County" in Tornado Ally.
It was a decent week for the Ole' Guessing man last week. Picking 9 out of 12 correct isn't too bad. That makes my season total 84-22. That is 79.2% correct. I need a strong final two weeks to get at my goal.
I have to be honest though, this week is probably the toughest week I have had in a long while. So many toss up games.
Below are my picks and as always... I wish good luck to all players, coaches and fans as they embark in on yet another weekend of high school football.
|*Fort Hill 42
||Mountain Ridge 6
||Berkeley Springs 22
|*East Hardy 17
||Clear Spring 14
|*Friends School 21
|*Pendleton Co. 21
|*West Virginia 10
|San Deigo 21
*Denotes a correct guess
TWO-TIME DEFENDING STATE CHAMPS VISIT FROSTBURG
Frostburg, Maryland - Mountain Ridge will look to stop its two-game losing streak this Friday night, when they welcome the two-time defending State Champion Fort Hill Sentinels to Miners' Stadium, on Senior Night 2015.
The Miners were sitting pretty just two weeks ago. They had a 4-1 overall record, coming off of their second two-game winning streak of 2015.
Bracketed on the other sides of a road loss at Allegany were a couple two-game sweeps over West Virginia teams. They opened the campaign with wins over John Marshall (Home) and Hedgesville (Away). Following that loss at Alco, they beat Hampshire (Home) and Frankfort (Away), and were heading into their bye week squarely in the mix for the playoffs.
Their overall record, combined with the fact they had three straight games at home, meant that Mountain Ridge was sitting in a pretty good situation to not only record its first winning season in three years, but they were also looking at making the playoffs for the first time since moving the AA.
It did not work out for the players, coaches and fans as they lost both games by double digits.
Despite getting behind by two touchdowns early, the Miners fought back and had several chances in the second half to come back and beat the Northern Huskies.
After that loss, they played an inspired first half one week later, and sprinted out to a 13-3 lead at halftime against Spring Mills.
The Miners offense sputtered in the second half, the coaching staff of the Cardinals made some offensive adjustments of their own, which all combined for a three touchdown performance by Spring Mills and gave them the 24-13 win.
On the other side of the field will be the two-time defending Class A State Champion Fort Hill Sentinels.
Fort Hill comes into this game with an overall record of six wins and one loss. They opened their season with a complete trouncing of Clearfield (PA), 49-14, in what most thought would be a tough game for the Sentinels.
One week later, most knew that the showdown at home with undefeated Keyser would be a close one, but not many thought that it would be the Golden Tornadoes who ended the areas longest winning streak. The Tornado ran up and down the field on the night and came up with a 48-41 win on the road.
Since then, in what was definitely considered to be the most difficult part of Fort Hill's schedule, they have rolled off five wins in a row.
Two of those wins, the last two in fact, were an impressive 21-point win versus South Hagerstown at home weeks ago, as well as the 23-14 road win over Sherando last Friday night.
Fort Hill's has been dominating teams on the season, averaging 40 point per game on offense, while only giving up 18.3 points per game on defense. They have given up 14+ points in all but one game on defense but have also managed to score 40+ points on offense in every game minus the one last week at Sherando.
It is no secret that on paper, this game has all the making of a running clock. If you take this year's results and combine them with the series history between the two schools, there is no doubt that most think that will be the case.
The two schools have played a total of nine games in the short history that Mountain Ridge has been around. Fort Hill has never lost to the Miners, winning all nine including a playoff game, by a combined score of 40 to 11.
If you were looking at this game from the outside there are many factors that could be working in the Miners favor.
First of all, the Sentinels are coming off of a big win at Sherando while the homecoming game against rival Alco looms just one week away. That combination could mean a look ahead type of situation. Coach Appel will be preparing them for that all week.
The two other factors that may help Mtn. Ridge is the fact that it will be Senior night for the Miner Seniors, which definitely want to go out as a winner, as well as it being the last game coached at home for Roy DeVore.
As if the paper wasn't telling everyone what the outcome of this game is going to be, there are three things that aren't in Mountain Ridge's favor.
Fort Hill can run the ball on everyone, Mountain Ridge has had trouble stopping it all year, and the Miners have had trouble on offense against good defenses. The combination of these three things could mean a long night for us Miner fans.
Please check out the keys to the game below and as always... we wish all players, coaches and fans the best of luck and a safe evening of football action.
BATTLE OF THE GAME:
Fort Hill offense vs. Mountain Ridge defense
Mountain Ridge offense vs. Fort Hill defense
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Fort Hill - Markel Spencer, Nathaniel Graves, Raen Smith, Brayden Poling, Ethan York
Mountain Ridge - Dalton Jeffries, Dan Bittinger, Kaden McElhenny, Hayden Lindsey, Jacob Howard, Harry Moore
August 15, 2015
MOUNTAIN RIDGE LOOKS FOR FIRST WINNING SEASON SINCE 2011
Frostburg, Maryland - It has definitely been a rough three years for Mountain Ridge football players, coaches and fans alike. Over that period of time the Miners' have managed just 5 victories.
If I were to tell you that 20+ players graduated from last year's 2-8 team you might get a little scared. Is that bad news? It most certainly is... but... the good news is that 12 starters return from that team. And some of those 12 played on both sides of the ball.
Mountain Ridge is looking to post its first winning season since the 2011 campaign. In the first five years, The Ridge only had one losing season, and that was a 4-6 record back in 2009.
We will take a game by game look at each of the Miners' 2015 opponents below.
There are some noticeable differences in this years schedule. Gone are both Jefferson and Southern. And even though Juniana was supposed to make a return home in home trip to Frostburg this year, they backed out at the last minute citing a "scheduling conflict," which leaves Mountain Ridge with just a 9 game schedule.
John Marshall High School: The Monarchs are the first new comer to Mountain Ridge's schedule. Located just about 48 miles NW of Morgantown in Glendale, WV, they are in the top class of WV (AAA) and have just under 1200 students. Due to the schools location, upper panhandle of West Virginia, they face a lot of out of state opponents. They managed to finish at 5-5 in 2014, which was their first non losing season since 2006, when they finished 6-4. The only local team that they have faced in the past couple years has been Musselman, which they lost to in each of the last two seasons.
Hedgesville High School: We don't need to fill you Miner fans in on the basic information of the Eagles as they have been on the schedule every year since 2009. This is also a team that Mountain Ridge has done pretty good against even in the down years. Winning 4 out of the 6 meetings between the schools. Hedgesville is also a class AAA school in West Virginia. The Eagles lost last year's meeting in Frostburg, 57-14 to Mountain Ridge. They finished the 2014 campaign without a win. Averaging just 10 points per game on offense and giving up 56.7 point per game on defense was not a mix that they could overcome. Dating back to 2013, when they started the year 4-1, they have lost 15 games in a row. The defense gave up 80+ points once, 70+ points three times, and 60+ points in five games in 2014. They also gave up 57 points in another contest. Hedgesville did win the 2012 and 2013 contests by a combined score of 103-35. This is a great trip to go to and should be a must if you Miner fans are looking for a road trip in early September.
Allegany High School: The Campers and Miners' have squared off every year since Mountain Ridge opened. Alco holds a slim 5 out of 8 advantage in the series history. Last year's meeting was a beating at the hands of Allegany, probably due to the fact that Big Blue was not happy with MR upsetting them they year before in Cumberland, they scored early and often en route to a dominating 45-12 victory in Frostburg. You couldn't tell by the Big Blue faithful but Alco did have a decent season in 2014. They finished the season at 6-3 and did finish in second place in the MD 1A West region. The end of the season did come one week earlier than most Camper fans thought it would as they were upset in the opening round of the playoffs against North Carroll. They do return most of their team so it will be a tough test come mid September at Greenway.
Hampshire High School: The Trojans and Miners' have also played each other every season since Mountain Ridge was built. Hampshire is a AAA school in West Virginia and just missed out on the playoffs as they finished with five other AAA teams at 5-5. Mountain Ridge has won five of the eight meetings, but have not gotten a win over Hampshire since a 56-7 drubbing in 2011. The Trojans won last years meeting, 21-14, on a late 54 yard yard touchdown run by Dalton Pritts. He untied the game on a 3rd and 7 play and the Trojans never looked back. Pritts and Andrew Thomas lead a strong Trojan rushing attack to the tune of 277 yards against the Miner defense. This will be a tough early season road trip for this Mountain Ridge team.
Frankfort High School: The Falcons are a AA team in the State of West Virginia. The series history between the Falcons and Miners' is a familiar one. These two schools have also played every year since Mountain Ridge opened. Although the Miners dominated the series in the early going, the Falcons have won the past three years to even the series at four wins a piece. The last Mountain Ridge victory, a dominating 35 to 7 one, was back in the 2011 season. You could argue that the Falcons are coming off of the best season in school history. They went undefeated and ended their season in the State Championship game. It was a game they lost but no one can say it was an unsuccessful season for Frankfort. Last years game, which took place on a cold, rainy night at Miners' Stadium, was a 49-28 shootout that Frankfort won. It was a mix of pass and run that lead the Falcon attack on the night. Gage Schaffer had two touchdown passes, Brady Watson and Noah Bible each had three scores of their own. Bible is the only one of those three that will still be with Frankfort this year as Schaffer and Watson both graduated. This game will be a good test for this Mountain Ridge team.
Northern High School: One could argue that the rivalry between Northern and Mountain Ridge is just as heated as the one between the two Cumberland Schools. And if you asked any player, student, fan, or coach of any sport at either school I don't believe you would get much of an argument. The series history between these two schools has mostly been dominated by Mountain Ridge. With that being said, the Huskies have won two of the past three years, as Mountain Ridge has taken a bit of a stumble recently. The Huskies managed to finish over .500 last year and just missed out on the playoffs. One of their wins was a comeback, convincing victory over Mountain Ridge. The Miners' took an early lead after scoring on their first drive of the game. Northern fumbled the ensuing kickoff and it looked like Mountain Ridge would be up two scores very early. You have to credit the Huskies defense as they held Mountain Ridge out and held it to just an 8-0 deficit at half. Aaron Rodeheaver and Trevon Jones ran all over the Mountain Ridge defense in the second half and the Huskies took over, 34-16. This game is a classic and this year will no doubt be any different.
Spring Mills High School: Spring Mills is a high school located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and they compete in West Virginia's highest class, AAA. In many aspects Spring Mills has turned into what many thought Mountain Ridge would once it opened back in 2007. A lot of Allegany County residents were a bit worried at the thought of Beall and Westmar consolidating. They were worried that the two schools would form a so called "athletic powerhouse." Thus far, although it is still very early in the schools history, that has not materialized for Mountain Ridge. There are some major differences between the two situations however. Spring Mills has taken most of its athletes from perennial powerhouse Martinsburg while Mountain Ridge only added athletes from Westmar. The other big difference is that part of West Virginia is continuing to grow at an alarming rate while population in Frostburg stays the same or slightly drops. The Cardinals and Miners' have never meet in football. Spring Mills finished their second year, 2014, at 5-5 along with five other AAA teams. They won their last two games of the year to reach that mark. As far as opponents, Spring Mills and Mountain Ridge faced four common opponents a year ago, with each team defeating two and losing two to the same two schools respectively. The Cardinals are on the schedule due to the fact that Southern has decided to take Mountain Ridge off of the Football schedule for the foreseeable future.
Fort Hill High School: There isn't much that you can say about the two-time defending state champion Sentinels. They have dominated not only the area for the past two years, but they have also dominated the entire State of Maryland's Class A. Mountain Ridge has yet to defeat Fort Hill in school history. The closest they came was in 2008 when they lost 24-21 and in 2010 when they lost 20-16. Other than that it has been domination Fort Hill. Last years meeting was no different as Fort Hill score early and often en route to another undefeated season, winning 55-20. There is no doubt that Mountain Ridge has to compete with Fort Hill on a yearly basis in order to become a better football program. Let's hope that this year is the start of that.
Keyser High School: The Mountain Ridge/Keyser rivalry is one that is getting better and better with each meeting. And that is even despite the fact that most games in this series have been blowouts. The Golden Tornado were the ones giving that beating last year. They took a rather close game, 6-0 at the end of 1, and turned it into a convincing 36-0 victory. Garrett Crites and Amonte Turner lead the Golden Tornado rushing attack that racked up 298 yards on the MR defense. That victory meant that Keyser finished the year at 7-3 but did lose in the first round of the WV State Playoffs to Robert C Byrd. Keyser holds a 4 games to 2 games edge in this series history so far.
2015 MOUNTAIN RIDGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE