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  • Frankfort 49, Mountain Ridge 28 F
  • Falcons dominate Miners' in 2nd half to ruin Homecoming 2014
  • Mountain Ridge finishes 1st half with 1 and 4 record
  • Miners' will travel to Central PA next week
October 17, 2014


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


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).




















October 10, 2014


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.


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





October 10, 2014


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 



October 4, 2014


Frostburg, Maryland - The rain let up in the third quarter but Frankfort didn't, and the unbeaten Falcons soared to a sixth straight win on a soggy Homecoming night at Mountain Ridge.

Noah Bible scored on a run, a pass and a punt return, Brady Watson also scored three times and Gage Shaffer threw three touchdown passes in a 49-28 victory at Miners' Stadium.

The game wasn't as one-sided as the final margin might lead on to believe. It was far from it in the first half, as the Miners trailed by just 15-14 after Daniel Bittinger fell on a loose ball in the end zone 4:44 before halftime. It came on a muffed punt inside the 10-yard line.

Frankfort (6-0) got back to work however, and outscored Mountain Ridge (1-4) 34-14 the rest of the way. It was 22-14 at halftime after a five-yard run by Watson. The largest lead was 49-22 after a six-yard run by Watson midway through the fourth quarter.

"We felt like we made some bonehead mistakes in the first half that kept them in the game," said Frankfort head coach Kevin Whiteman.

"The stuff we were doing on offense was working, and we didn't feel they could stop us. We didn't change much in the second half. We just came out and executed better and pulled off the win. It's a good win for our kids."

Dalton Jeffries led all rushers with 23 carries and 125 yards and Michael Strietbeck threw touchdown passes to Harry Moore and Zach Hager for Mountain Ridge.

But things changed drastically in the second half for the Miners. After a pouring halftime rain, the Falcons scored two touchdowns before the Miners ran a play from scrimmage.

Frankfort took the second-half kickoff and went 60 yards in eight plays, with Gage Shaffer, who was 5 for 5 for 88 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, hitting Noah Bible in stride across the middle for an 18-yard score that made it 29-14.

Kicker Nick Howser recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and eight plays later Watson darted in from the three to make it 35-14 with 4:49 left in the period.

"Frankfort is a good football team. And we knew we had to play exceptional to beat them," said Mountain Ridge coach Roy DeVore. "We let them have some things we shouldn't have."

"And... at the most inopportune times we let down. You can't do that against a good team. I thought our kids played inspired and overall the effort was there. But we had some mistakes that you just can't have against good teams."

Strietbeck hit Zach Hager with a 33-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter for Mountain Ridge, but Shaffer countered for Frankfort, hitting Gavin Mauzy with a 31-yard touchdown pass play early in the fourth that made it 42-22.

A botched fake punt by Mountain Ridge resulted in Frankfort getting the ball at the Miners 21, and Watson's six-yard run ended Frankfort's scoring and gave the Falcons their largest lead, 49-22.

Jeffries scored on a two-yard dive for the final points, with 1:58 to go in a game.

Bible had the biggest plays of the first half: a 28-yard run that led to his five-yard touchdown run that made it 7-0, and a 68-yard punt return a few minutes later that made it 15-0.

The punt return featured speed and power, as he raced to the sideline after taking in a bouncing kick on the run, then bounced off a hard hit by Russell Beeman near the Mountain Ridge 40 before dashing the rest of the way.

"Noah's very electrifying." said Whiteman. "He can make a big play at any time. Proud of his effort tonight. But we have a lot of weapons, and Noah's just one of them. We're fortunate to have multiple weapons that we can go to."

The game featured 11 touchdowns, a combined 33 first downs and only two punts, both by Mountain Ridge. The Miners dominated in time of possession (30:22 to 17:38), and led in total yardage 361 to 316.

Shaffer finished 7 of 10 for 126 yards and Watson ran 18 times for 95 yards, while Bible ran six times for 68 yards and caught four passes for 43 yards.

Ty Brooks added 67 yards rushing on 10 carries for Mountain Ridge. Moore caught three passes for 47 yards, including a 17-yarder for a touchdown in the first half.

Stefan Busser and Kessell had nine tackles, Kessell recovered a fumble and Noah Abe had an interception for Frankfort. Brooks had 12 tackles and Hager had an interception and Bittinger recovered a fumble and an onside kick for Mountain Ridge.

Mountain Ridge will make a trip to Central Pennsylvania to face Juniata this Friday night. Frankfort is idle this week and returns to action on October 17th when they host Petersburg.























Frostburg, Maryland - The Mountain Ridge Miners will play host to the undefeated, and well tested Frankfort Falcons on Friday evening at Miners' Stadium, in what will bring and end to the Homecoming Week 2014 festivities at the school.

Frankfort is coming off of a homecoming game of their own. One week ago, the Falcons used a quick start to get out to a big early lead, and then held on to defeat Northern 38-27.

Brady Watson and Noah Bible combined for over 200 yards rushing, Gage Shaffer completed 7 passes for just over 100 yards, and Stefan Buser lead the defense with 7 total tackles.

The Falcons opened their 2014 campaign with a dominating 32-14 victory over local rival Moorefield.

In between a couple of blowout road victories over East Hardy and Berkeley Springs was hands down the biggest win for Frankfort in several years. They overcame a late deficit and defeated AA power Robert C Byrd 27-21. 

Last week, Mountain Ridge faced their first road trip of the year, and needless to say it wasn't a pleasant one. They got off to a slow start, had several mental mistakes, and gave up one big run late that proved to be the dagger in a 21-14 loss at Hampshire. 

The Miners split the opening two games of the season against Eastern Panhandle WV teams.

They lost to Jefferson to start the season in what looked very similar to last week's performance in Romney.

They followed that up with a dominating 57-14 win over a depleted Hedgesville team on week later.

The positive vibes did not last long however, just 6 days to be exact, that is when rival Allegany demolished the Miners 45-12.

It has been a simple formula for the Miners when they have won the past three seasons. Rush the ball, stop the run, very few penalties, and very little turnovers. The problem for them is that they haven't really had that combination much lately.

Both local schools have faced each other since Mountain Ridge's opening in 2007. It has been a heated, close rivalry as well. The Miners hold a one game lead in the series history 4 to 3. Frankfort has won the last two years however, including a 50-14 victory one season ago in Short Gap.

Frankfort uses a balanced attack of running the ball as well as a pretty good passing game to make it very difficult for opposing teams defenses to stop. 

Mountain Ridge defenses have also had their issues stopping offenses that had a good passing attack over the past several years. Even going back to when the Miners' had great defenses it was a struggle as well.

Like the past three weeks, weather or not RaShawn Johnson plays will more than likely be a game time decision. And if he does play, the question remains just how effective he can be.

If he is unable to go, the Miners will no doubt look to Ty Brooks to carry the load like he did against Hedgesville.

Below are the keys to the game for each team as well as the players to watch for both. As always, we wish both teams, players, coaches, and fans the best of luck.


Players to Watch - Ty Brooks, Michael Strietbeck, Dalton Jeffries, Zach Hager, Harry Moore, Matt Whetstone and RaShawn Johnson if they play

Keys to the Game - Run the ball, tackle well, limit penalties, force turnovers.


Players to Watch - Brady Watson, Noah Bible, Gage Schaffer

Keys to the Game - Balanced attack, no turnovers, tackle well, quick start  






October 3, 2014


*Allegany 35 Silver Oak 20
*Fort Hill 41 Southern 6
*Frankfort 44 Mountain Ridge 12
*Hedgesville 13 Preston 21
*Martinsburg 37 Washington 20
*Berkeley Springs 7 Moorefield 33
*Clear Spring 12 Northern 20
*Hampshire 14 Keyser 27
Ohio State 28 Maryland 35
*West Virginia 40 Kansas 31
Baltimore 24 Indianapolis 23
*Pittsburgh 17 Jacksonville 10
*Seattle 34 Washington 21
September 29, 2014


Romney, WV - Dalton Pritts scored on a 54 yard run on the game-winning drive with 5:10 remaining to lead Hampshire to a 21-14 victory over Mountain Ridge on Friday. 

Pritts finished with 72 yards rushing on eight carries including the game-winning score.

Hampshire started its first drive in Mountain Ridge territory after Mountain Ridge went three-and-out. Hampshire wasted no time, scoring in just six plays with 8:28 remaining in the first quarter on Andrew Thomas three-yard run. Thomas finished with 118 yards on just 11 carries. Mountain Ridge's ensuing possession took significant time off the clock on a 13-play drive that resulted in a turnover on downs at the Hampshire six. 

Mountain Ridge struck back in the second quarter on a 45-yard halfback pass from Dalton Jeffries to Zach Hager, who finished with three receptions for 97 yards. In addition to Jeffries' passing touchdown, he finished with 77 yards on the ground on 12 carries. 

Hampshire got the ball back after the point-after failed, and managed to score with 1:26 remaining in the half. Volka Terziyski rushed in from the 12, and Evan Staley converted on his second PAT of the game, to give Hampshire a 14-6 lead heading into the locker room. 

On the Trojans' opening drive of the third quarter, they drove the ball down to the Mountain Ridge five-yard line. With a chance to give the Miners a two-score deficit, they lined up for a field goal, but the snap was botched and the Miners recovered. 

After both teams went three-and-out, Hampshire downed the ball at the Mountain Ridge four-yard line after a punt by Staley. The Miners went nine plays for 94 yards to end the third quarter. 

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Mountain Ridge equalized on a Michael Strietbeck two-yard-run and Ty Brooks ran in the two-point conversion. Brooks was the leading rusher for the Miners, amassing 94 yards on 20 carries. Strietbeck's touchdown capped a 96-yard drive for the Miners. 

With around six minutes remaining, Hampshire took over on their side of the 50. Three plays later, Pritts ran up the middle untouched for the 54-yard score, and Staley converted the PAT to give the Trojans a 21-14 lead. 

With one timeout and 5:10 remaining, Mountain Ridge got the ball on its own 20 after a touchback on the kickoff. The Miners drove down to Hampshire's 38-yard line. On fourth-and-three, Mountain Ridge was forced to use its final timeout. An illegal procedure penalty moved the ball back five yards, and Hampshire forced a sack on the next play, ending the game after the Trojans ran out the clock. 

The Trojans improved to (2-2) on the season and will travel to Keyser next Friday. Mounatin Ridge fell to (1-3) and will welcome undefeated Frankfort to Frostburg next Friday for Homecoming 2014. 






Mountain Ridge















September 26, 2014


Baltimore, MD - Last week didn't provide much drama for area football fans at all. The only game that some thought would be close turned out to be a blowout. 

We are fast approaching the midway point of the 2014 season. That is crazy to think considering the fact if feels like just yesterday was the start of the season.

The two biggest surprises of week three are hands down the Fort Hill/Silver Oak game and the Mountain Ridge/Alco result.

Fort Hill was only up by less than one touchdown early on in the third quarter. Silver Oak proved to be a much tougher opponent then they had in recent years. From what we have been told, the field conditions in Frederick left a lot to be desired and was a big factor in that result. The Sentinels pulled away late to roll to another 20+ point victory.

Most thought that the Miner/Camper game in Frostburg would be close. Both teams appeared to be mirrors of each other. Problem was the bad Mountain Ridge team showed up and the good Allegany one did on the same night. This was not a good mix for Miner fans. 

The Allegany/Keyser game is hands down the biggest game of this week. The Campers victory last week certainly helped in this game meaning something. But the fact is, other than this game, not too much to offer area fans in the way of competitive football. 

Short Gap, WV will play host to the Frankfort Falcons and Nothern Huskies on this Friday evening. The game is homecoming for FHS and Northern does fit the normal quote on quote "soft" homecoming opponent for Frankfort.

Mountain Ridge will take to the road for the first time in 2014 when they make the short trip to Romney to face the Hampshire Trojans.

Other area games include: Spring Mills hosts Petersburg, Southern visits Berkeley Springs, Sherando host Jefferson, and Handley travels to Washington. Fort Hill will play host to North Hagerstown on Saturday night at Greenway Avenue Stadium to conclude the weekend.

Last week was a very good week for me. Eleven out of thirteen isn't too shabby at all if you ask me. The good week brings my season average back above the season goal to 80.5%.

Below are my picks for this week. As always, we wish good luck to all area players, coaches, and fans as they wrap up one more football weekend.


*Allegany  21  Keyser 28 
*Northern  6  Frankfort 35 
Mountain Ridge  35  Hampshire 21 
*Petersburg  13  Springs Mills 41 
 Southern  14  Berkeley Springs
*North Hagerstown  12  Fort Hill 41 
*Jefferson  21  Sherando (VA) 31 
*Handley (VA)  32  Washington
*Maryland  35  Indiana 28 
New York 35 Washington 21 
Carolina  35  Baltimore 38 
Tampa Bay 0 Pittsburgh 24 






September 22, 2014


Frostburg, MD - Not much went right for the Mountain Ridge Miners' on Friday night.

They couldn't stay onside against the Allegany offense, couldn't cleanly punt versus their special teams, and couldn't run the ball against the defensive front seven.

All this meant for an unpleasant viewing experience for the Mountain Ridge faithful on the evening.

If you can take one positive out of the game, and you have to, even in a game such as this. You would have to say that the Miner passing attack looked pretty good.

Junior quarterback Michael Strietbeck has looked very good early on in the season. He did have one interception against Jefferson, the Miner opening game opponent, and had one this week against Alco. But overall he has looked very good.

Strietbeck was the Miner offense on Friday night. He did have help from Ty Brooks and Zach Hager. They are the two that had the only Mountain Ridge touchdowns on the night.

For his efforts last week, it was an easy choice for me, Strietbeck earns the coveted "Player of the Week" award for the Allegany game.

We want to say congratulations to Michael for his award. We also want to wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season.






September 22, 2014


Frostburg, MD - The Allegany Campers remember one year ago, more importantly they remember one week ago, and exact some revenge in a 45-12 victory over Mountain Ridge Friday night at Miners' Stadium in Frostburg, Maryland.

The Campers were down by three touchdowns last week before they could even blink. Costly turnovers and some short fields turned what many thought would be a Camper blowout into a Chestnut Ridge one very quickly.

Allegany used a blocked punt and an interception in the first quarter to get out to an early 21-0 lead and didn't look back from there.

Mountain Ridge was only outgained by just over 40 yards on the night. The difference in the game was the mistakes made by the Miners that turned the Allegany drives into short ones. You can't ask your defense to hold a good team off the board when you give them the ball inside your own 40 more than twice in one quarter.

The Campers got the ball to start the game and proceeded to drive the ball 56 yards in just 6 plays to get on the board early. The big plays on the drive was a 33-yard run by Blake Milbourne and a 15 yarder by Kirk Robinette. Robinette finished it with a three yard run to put the Campers up 7-0 with 9:43 to go in the opening quarter.

Mountain Ridge's very first possession started out with some promise. Matt Whetstone hauled in an 11-yard pass from Michael Strietbeck and they had a first down on the very first play of the drive. Three Ty Brooks rushes later, the Miners' hadn't gained a yard and were forced to punt.

That is when Hunter Wilhelm of Allegany busted through the line and managed to block the kick. The Campers took over at the Miner 26.

The defense helped Alco out with two off sides penalties that gave the Campers a first down without even running a play. The second drive was just as quick as the first. Six plays later, a Blake Milbourne 1 yard run later, and Mountain Ridge found them selves down 14-0.

Allegany's next drive started at the Miner 12, following a interception of a Strietbeck pass by the Campers Trenton Eirich, Darian Lopez scored this time and it was 20-0 Alco with just under three minutes to go in the first quarter.

Tyler Redman and Brooks had a couple of good runs on the next drive to set Mountain Ridge up with a 3rd-and-4 from their own 38. But what looked so promising turned into nothing when Strietbeck got sacked on third down to force another punt.

Milbourne added his second touchdown on the evening just over one minute into the second quarter. That is when he finished a two play, thirty yard drive to put Alco up 28-0.

The lone touchdown of the first half for Mountain Ridge came on their next drive. It was a drive that lasted 10 plays for 79 yards. Strietbeck hit Zach Hager from 25 yards out and the lead was cut to 28-6 with just over seven and a half minutes left in the opening half.

Both teams then traded drives that stalled and ended up in punts. This gave the ball back to the Campers. They finished the scoring in the first half with another two play, twenty eight yard drive that resulted in Milbournes' third touchdown on the evening. The extra point made it 35-6 Campers with just under two minutes to go until halftime.

Alco added another touchdown early in the third quarter which got the 35-point mercy rule and running clock into play.

Mountain Ridge got that stopped when Strietbeck hit Brooks for his second touchdown pass on the evening. That score made in 42-12 Campers.

Allegany added a short field goal in the fourth quarter to make it a final of 45-12.

If Allegany was looking for revenge, which I am sure they were, they didn't find much of a fight by Mountain Ridge in the first half. Costly penalties, turnovers, and mental mistakes did the Miners in on this evening.

The loss moves Mountain Ridge to 1-2 on the season. They will play their first road game of the season next Friday night when they travel to Romney to face the Hampshire High Trojans.






















September 19, 2014


Frostburg, Maryland - When we talk about sports, no matter the one we talk about, no matter the level, one thing that is constant in all the above is rivalries.

This area has some of the best rivalries in all of sports: Ravens/Steelers, WVU/Pitt, UMD/WVU, Redskins/Eagles, Nationals/Orioles and Penguins/Capitals are just a few.

The high school level is no different. The biggest one is hands down Fort Hill/Allegany.

The Mountain Ridge Miners' will welcome the Allegany Campers to Frostburg this evening in what is slowly becoming the second best one in the area.

Camper fans probably don't want to talk about last years game in Cumberland at all.

Mountain Ridge came into the game on a 13-game losing streak, and in what could arugably be the biggest upset in area since the mid 90's, the Miners' used RaShawn Johnson and Camper mistakes to defeat Alco 35-21.

Allegany comes into the game off of a disappointing loss last week at home to Chestnut Ridge, 33-14.

The Campers started the game slowly and quickly found themselves down 21-0. From that point on it was a even game with Allegany making their two extra points while the Lions missed theirs.

The Campers opened their season with a convincing victory over new school Saint Charles in Southern Maryland.

Mountain Ridge is coming off of their first win on the early season. They used a balance attack to defeat the Eagles 57-14 last week. This was coming off of the season opening loss to Jefferson just one week earlier.

Many have said that this is one of the most difficult games to pick in the last decade. Nobody knows which team on both sides will end up showing up.

Every week we say that the line of scrimmage and turnovers are what is going to decide this game. And in high school football, most of the time, that is the case.

Tonight is even more the case for the above mentioned to be the biggest factors in the outcome of this game. Last year, Mountain Ridge controlled the line of scrimmage against Alco, got several turnovers and never looked back. If they can do the same this year. It may very well end up being the same result.



September 17, 2014


Baltimore, Maryland - It was a very exciting weekend for area football fans one week ago.

Ironically enough it was Mineral County, West Virginia, that was the sight of two very entertaining football games.

The first of which was in Keyser, as the Golden Tornado welcomed rival Fort Hill, but couldn't end the Big Red winning streak in a 28-20 loss.

The Frankfort Falcons remained undefeated on the season with a come from behind, double overtime, 27-21 victory over Robert C. Byrd.

Both games in Allegany County had a bigger than expected margin of victory, for Allegany it was a bad thing, meanwhile Mountain Ridge was not complaining at all.

The Campers started the game very slow at home against the Chestnut Ridge Lions and it cost them as they could not come back and fell 33-14.

Mountain Ridge completely dominated Hedgesville, following a slow start of their own, en route to their first victory of the season 57-14. Difference between Allegany and Mountain Ridge is the Miners' slow start only lasted the first minute of the game while the Campers lasted the first half.

In other action for the week, Northern opened up a tied game early in the second half by scoring 18 straight points to defeat Tucker County, while fellow county school Southern got dominated by Moorefield.

This week's schedule has a lot to be desired on the competitive side of things that is for sure. The hands down game of the week will take place in Frostburg as the Mountain Ridge Miners and Allegany Campers square off in a match up of 1-1 teams. This will also be the only game in Allegany or Garrett County tonight. 

The game between Archbishop Carroll and Southern was cancelled late Thursday night at the request of the Southern program. They will be combining the JV and Varsity squads in an attempt to play the rest of the Varsity schedule. Stay tuned for more information.

Other area games include: Fort Hill traveling to Silver Oak Academy in Frederick, Berkeley Springs hosting Frankfort, Keyser hosts Northern, and Moorefield faces Tucker County.

Last week was a bounce back week for the 'Ole guessing man. Eight out of ten week brings my season average to just below 80%. Below are my picks for this week. As always, we would like to wish all area teams the best of luck, and hope that everyone stays safe during tonight's action.


Allegany 21 Mountain Ridge 28
*Fort Hill 42 Silver Oak Academy 6
*Frankfort 55 Berkeley Springs 0
*Moorefield 26 Tucker County 22
*Northern  12 Keyser 31
*Spring Mills 41 Hedgesville 6
*Morgantown 38 Washington 37
*Musselman 35 Jefferson 38
*Oklahoma 35 West Virginia 31
*Maryland 21 Syracuse 20
*Baltimore 21 Cleveland 17
*Washington 21 Philadelphia 35
Pittsburgh 27 Carolina 28


September 16, 2014


Frostburg, MD - Miner fans were treated to a defensive struggle last week in the season opening game against the Jefferson Cougars.

Mountain Ridge's offense scored on its very first possession of the season. But it was tough sledding from there as the Cougar defense made the needed adjustments to hold the Miners' off the scoreboard for the rest of the game.

Some may have thought following the past two seasons of Mountain Ridge football that it would be another long season in 2014. You could not have been more wrong.

The offense used a balanced attack of run and pass last week to rack up nearly 500 yards of total offense and 57 points.

Ty Brooks was the rushing side of that attack, filling in for the injured RaShawn Johnson, the Senior RB had an amazing 230 yards and four touchdowns on the evening.

Michael Strietbeck added the passing portion of it as well, he finished the evening 5 of 8 for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

The Mountain Ridge faithful had a very tough decision this week in picking a player of the week. So many deserve the honor. I am happy to say that they did the right thing and couldn't decide on just one. Both Brooks and Strietbeck grab the honor for this week.

Congratulations to both and we wish them the best of the luck for this weeks game against Alco as well as the rest of the season.  








September 14, 2014


Frostburg, Maryland - The Mountain Ridge Miners overcame a fumble on the opening kickoff (which lead to an early Eagles' touchdown), an interception by Steven Brown of Michael Strietbeck on the very next possession, and an overall sluggish first four minutes to dominate the Hedgesville Eagles on Friday evening at Miners' Stadium in Frostburg, 57-14.

The Miners' offense racked up nearly 500 yards of total offense, scored on 7 of 8 first half possessions, and the defense forced three turnovers on the night with one resulting in a touchdown.

Mountain Ridge's Jalen Washington fumbled the opening kickoff and Hedgesville turned it into a touchdown just two plays later.

Brown scampered for 25 yards on first down, and took it the final yard for the opening score of the game just 44 seconds into the contest. The two point conversion failed and it was 6-0 Eagles.

It looked as if the Miners were going to answer back very quickly. They took the ball and marched it all the way down the field to the Hedgesville 31 yard line. That is where they were set up with a first-and-10. Michael Strietbeck was intercepted by Brown on that first down play and it looked as if we were going to see the same mistakes that have hurt the Miners' over the past two seasons.

The defense stiffened, pushing back the Eagles seven yards over the next three plays, and ultimately into a punt giving the ball back to the offense.

Two plays later, Ty Brooks' 4 yard run, and a 53-yard strike from Strietbeck to Zach Hager had the Miners' all square at 6. Brooks added the two point conversation and Mountain Ridge lead 8-6 with just over seven minutes to go in the opening quarter.

Hedgesville got excellent field position following a short kickoff. They managed to get the ball into Mountain Ridge territory, that was before the drive stalled, as Russell Beeman tackled Brown on a 4th-and-3 play at the line of scrimmage to give the ball back to the offense.

This drive they decided to double the amount of plays needed to get a touchdown from two to four. Following a Strietbeck incomplete pass on first down, three Miner players carried the ball in succession, Brooks for 30, Redman for 5, and Strietbeck finished it up with a beautiful 21-yard touchdown run that left some jaws dropped on both sides. Brooks added the two point conversion and it was MR 16-6 with 4:41 to go in the opening quarter.

Mountain Ridge increased its lead less than two minutes later, following a Brown long run in which he fumbled and The Ridge recovered, Brooks had exactly half of the Miner yards on their next scoring drive with runs of 6 and 21. The later was a scoring run and after a failed two point conversion the game stood at 22-6 MR with just under three minutes to go in the first quarter.

As we all were to find out throughout the evening, Hedgesville was not going to just simply give up, they took the ball 60 yards on just 5 plays and narrowed the gap to one score following a short 2-yard touchdown run from Brown. They converted the two pointer on a completed pass and the game stood at 22-14 with just 36 seconds to go in the first.

After that score many thought that we may be in for what took place last year down in Hedgesville. A game that ended 61-35. That was not to be the case however. And we all would soon find out.

Brooks handled the ball six of the nine plays on the next Mountain Ridge scoring drive. He had rushes of 24, 10, 3, 11, -1, and 9 yards on this drive. The last of which was the scoring one the Miners' needed on a second-and-goal play from the 9-yard line. Strietbeck added one completion and one in-completion on the drive as well. They failed once again on the two pointer and it was 28-14 MR with just over nine and a half minutes to go in the first half of play.

The next score would come from the Mountain Ridge defense. Hedgesville used five plays to gain 10 yards after getting the ball at midfield. They were faced with a 3rd-and-12 from the Miners' 29-yard line. Brown took the ball backwards on the play and eventually was stripped and Matt Whetstone of The Ridge picked it up and ran 62 yards down the sideline for the defensive touchdown. Brooks added the two pointer and it was 36-14 MR with 7:33 to go in the half.

Brooks had his third of four scores on the evening, this one came from 18 yards out, following a Zach Hager interception of the Eagles QB. This time Mountain Ridge elected to try the standard extra point and Brooks booted that through as well. The score was now 43-14 Mountain Ridge.

Following a three and out by Hedgesville's offense, Strietbeck hit Whetstone from 32 yards out, giving each their second score on the evening and closing the scoring for the first half. They once again elected to kick the extra point and it was 50-14 Mountain Ridge at the half.

The second half of the game went by quicker than the first half of the opening quarter thanks to the 36-point lead and the mercy rule in Maryland HSFB.

In fact, both teams only had two possessions each, with both of Hedgesville's ending with Mountain Ridge getting the ball back.

The first such occasion happened after the Eagles took the opening kickoff of the second half and manage to get into Miner territory at the 42. They were forced to punt from there however.

The next Mountain Ridge possession has to be arguably the best offensive series they have had in over three years. The took the ball 92 yards in 10 plays and put the icing on the cake with a Ty Brooks 12-yard touchdown run with just 8.6 seconds left in the Third Quarter.

Both teams then had a possession each in which Hedgesville's ended in a turnover on downs and Mountain Ridge's ended with the end of the game.

Mountain Ridge was without their most talented running back on the evening, RaShawn Johnson did not play in this game due to a leg injury.

Senior RB Ty Brooks stepped up big time for Mountain Ridge in Johnson's absence. He had 19 carries for 230 yards and 4 touchdowns. Hager had an interception on defense and a 53-yard touchdown reception on offense for MR. Whetstone had the 62 yard fumble recovery and a 32 yard reception for scores as well. Strietbeck finished the evening an amazing 5 of 8 for 123 yards and 2 scores.

Mountain Ridge evened it mark at (1-1) and will stay at home to welcome rival Allegany (1-1) this Friday night in Frostburg.


















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Upcoming Games/Practices

Friday,  Oct 24
Broadneck Bruins @ Arundel Wildcats TBA Arundel High School in Gambrills, MD
Lackey Chargers @ Saint Charles High School TBA AT HOME TEAM'S SCHOOL LOCATION
Forest Park Foresters @ Benjamin Franklin TBA Benjamin Franklin High School in Baltimore, MD
Sherwood Warriors @ Blake Bengals TBA Blake High School in Silver Spring, MD
Williamsport Wildcats @ Brunswick Railroaders TBA Brunswick High School in Brunswick, MD
McDonough Eagles @ Calvert Cavaliers TBA Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, MD
Maritime Academy @ Carver Bears TBA Carver Vo Tech High School in Baltimore, MD
Catoctin Cougars @ Boonsboro Warriors TBA Catoctin High School in Thurmont, MD
Glenelg Gladiators @ Centennial Eagles TBA Centennial High School in Ellicott City, MD
Winters Mill Falcons @ Century Knights TBA Century High School in Sykesville, MD
City Knights @ Edmondson Red Storm TBA City College High School in Baltimore, MD
Northwest Cougars @ Clarksburg Coyotes TBA Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, MD
Spring Mills Cardinals @ Clear Spring Blazers TBA Clear Spring High School in Clear Spring, MD
Seneca Valley Screamin Eagles @ Damascus Hornets TBA Damascus High School in Damascus, MD
Douglas Ducks @ Digital Harbor Rams TBA Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore, MD
Catonsville Comets @ Dundalk Owls TBA Dundalk High School in Baltimore, MD
Sparrows Point Pointers @ Eastern Tech Mavericks TBA Eastern Tech High School in Baltimore, MD
Kent Island Buccaneers @ Easton Warriors TBA Easton High School in Easton, MD
Rising Sun Tigers @ Elkton Golden Elk TBA Elkton High School in Elkton, MD
Perryville Panthers @ Fallston Cougars TBA Fallston High School in Fallston, MD
Milford Mill Millers @ Franklin Indians TBA Franklin High School in Reisterstown, MD
Northern Garrett Huskies @ Allegany Campers TBA Greenway Avenue Stadium in Cumberland, MD
Massanutten Military Academy (VA) @ Hancock Panthers TBA Hancock High School in Hancock, MD
Edgewood Rams @ Harford Tech Cobras TBA Harford Tech High School in Bel Air, MD
Hammond Golden Bears @ Howard Lions TBA Howard High School in Ellicott City, MD
North Point Eagles @ Huningtown Hurricanes TBA Huntingtown High School in Huntingtown, MD
North East Indians @ Joppatowne Mariners TBA Joppatowne High School in Joppa, MD
FAET @ Lake Clifton Lakers TBA Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore, MD
Randallstown Rams @ Lansdowne Vikings TBA Lansdowne High School in Baltimore, MD
Frederick Douglass Eagles @ Largo Lions TBA Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, MD
Tuscarora Titans @ Liganore Lancers TBA Linganore High School in Frederick, MD
Marriotts Ridge Mustangs @ Long Reach Lightning TBA Long Reach High School in Columbia, MD
Liberty Lions @ Manchester Valley Mavericks TBA Manchester Valley High School in Manchester, MD
North County Knights @ Meade Mustangs TBA Meade High School in Fort Meade, MD
Southwestern Sabers @ Mervo Mustangs TBA Mervo High School in Baltimore, MD
Thomas Johnson Patriots @ Middletown Knights TBA Middletown High School in Middletown, MD
Einstein Titans @ Montgomery Blair Blazers TBA Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD
Dunbar Poets @ National Academy TBA National Academy Foundation in Baltimore, MD
Queen Anne's Lions @ North Caroline Bulldogs TBA North Caroline High School in Ridgely, MD
Westminster Owls @ North Carroll Panthers TBA North Carroll High School in Hampstead, MD
CM Wright Mustangs @ North Harford Hawks TBA North Harford High School in Pylesville, MD
Annapolis Panthers @ Northeast AA Eagles TBA Northeast High School in Pasadena, MD
Leonardtown Raiders @ Northern Calvert Patriots TBA Northern High School in Owings, MD
Reginald Lewis Falcons @ Northwestern Wildcats TBA Northwestern High School in Baltimore, MD
Kennedy Cavaliers @ Northwood Gladiators TBA Northwood High School in Silver Spring, MD
River Hill Hawks @ Oakland Mills Scorpians TBA Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, MD
Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Old Mill Patriots TBA Old Mill High School in Millersville, MD
Owings Mills Eagles @ Overlea Falcons TBA Overlea High School in Baltimore, MD
Bethesda CC Barons @ Paint Branch Panthers TBA Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, MD
Bel Air Bobcats @ Patterson Mill Huskies TBA Patterson Mill High School in Bel Air, MD
Thomas Stone Cougars @ Patuxent Panthers TBA Patuxent High School in Lusby, MD
Kenwood Bluebirds @ Perry Hall Gators TBA Perry Hall High School in Baltimore, MD
Western STES Wolverines @ Pikesville Panthers TBA Pikesville High School in Baltimore, MD
New Era @ Poly Engineers TBA Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore, MD
Wheaton Knights @ Poolesville Falcons TBA Poolesville High School in Poolesville, MD
Gaithersburg Trojans @ Quince Orchard Cougars TBA Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, MD
Wilde Lake Wildcats @ Reservoir Gators TBA Reservior High School in Fulton, MD
Wootton Patriots @ Richard Montgomery Rockets TBA Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD
Magruder Colonels @ Rockville Rams TBA Rockville High School in Rockville, MD
North Hagerstown Hubs @ Smithsburg Leopards TBA Smithsburg High School in Smithsburg, MD
Colonel Richardson Colinials @ Snow Hill Eagles TBA Snow Hill High School in Snow Hill, MD
Francis Scott Key Eagles @ South Carroll Cavaliers TBA South Carroll High School in Sykesville, MD
Severna Park Falcons @ South River Seahawks TBA South River High School in Edgewater, MD
Winston Churchill Bulldogs @ Springbrook Blue Devils TBA Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, MD
Frederick Cadets @ Urbana Hawks TBA Urbana High School in Ijamsville, MD
Bluford Drew Jemison @ WEB DuBois Panthers TBA W.E.B. DuBois High School in Baltimore, MD
Oakdale Oakie @ Walkersville Lions TBA Walkersville High School in Walkersville, MD
Walt Whitman Vikings @ Walter Johnson Wildcats TBA Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, MD
Washington Cougars @ Kent County Trojans TBA Washington High School in Princess Anne, MD
South Hagerstown Rebels @ Watkins Mill Wolverines TBA Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery Village, MD
Great Mills Hornets @ Westlake Wolverines TBA Westlake High School in Waldorf, MD
Parkside Rams @ Wicomico Indians TBA Wicomico High School in Salisbury, MD
Mountain Ridge Miners @ Southern Garrett Rams 7:00pm Southern Garrett High School in Oakland, MD

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