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Moundsville, WV - Mountain Ridge racked up nearly 400 yards of total offense as Ryan Patterson collected his first win as Miners head coach, 35-27, over John Marshall on Friday night in their season opener.

“It feels good to get that first win,” said Patterson. “We put together a great staff and encountered a great atmosphere on our first night. Late in the game, it became gut-check time. We had the ball late and our guys just gutted it out.”

The Miners wasted little time getting on the board — just 17 seconds to be exact — as senior quarterback Kaden McElhenny connected with Tristan Pinto on a 65-yard catch-and-run. The point-after try failed, giving McElhenny and the Miners a 6-0 lead.

Pinto did most of his damage on the ground, rushing 14 times for 109 yards. McElhenny finished 3 of 6 through the air for 83 yards and no interceptions. The quarterback added 69 rushing yards on 19 carries.

The teams exchanged possessions before the Miners struck again at the 2:16 mark when Matt Brehm snuck into the end zone from two yards out. McElhenny completed the two-point pass to Noah DeMichele.

The Monarchs responded quickly, with Devin Milbert returning the ensuing kickoff 85 yards. Riley Glines’ PAT brought John Marshall within seven.

The second quarter featured the same offensive domination from the Miners, with Matt Brehm making it a two-score game on a 10-yard run with 11:18 to play in the half.

The Monarchs brought it back within a score seven minutes later when Dereck Hess scored on a one-yard rush.

McElhenny — plus a Conner Baker point-after kick — put Mountain Ridge ahead 28-14 with 48 seconds left in the half on an 11-yard run.

Charles McCool had the only touchdown in the third quarter for either team, a two-yard run, as John Marshall drew within eight.

Brehm capped off his game with a one-yard run with just over two minutes to go. Brehm was the workhorse back for the Miners, finishing with 16 carries for 46 yards and three touchdowns.

Dan Bittinger added 86 yards on the ground on nine carries. DeMichele and Anthony Linn led the Miners’ defense. Linn had 11 tackles (seven solo and four assisted) including a tackle for loss. DeMichele finished with seven tackles including two sacks.

Patterson attributed the ground game to the change in offense. “We wanted to get back to the flexbone offense and stay ahead of the change with that,” said Patterson. “We wanted to get McElhenny back under center. Second-and-seven is a lot easier to manage than second-and-12.”

Mountain Ridge improves to 1-0 on the season and will open their home slate Friday, September 9, 2016 against the Hedgesville Eagles. John Marshall falls to 0-2 on the season with the loss. 




Frostburg, MD - While the Mountain Ridge football schedule has been finalized for a couple months now, we thought it be prudent to hold off on announcing it, especially considering what happened last year. But don't fear Miner fans, below is the written and visual form of the Mountain Ridge 2016 football schedule. 

Most will remember that the Miners' were all set to play a full 10-game slate in 2015, but it was trimmed to 9 over the summer, when Monessen notified The Ridge of a contractual agreement that would prevent them from honoring their trip to Frostburg in early October.

One may wonder why we bring this up??? Well, we bring it up because it did leave MR high and dry, trying to find an opponent at the last second to try and fill the vacancy left by the Greyhounds. The other reason we bring it up is the fact that it will mean yet another new opponent to the Miner 2016 schedule. Don't worry, we will get to the new addition a little later in this story.

Mountain Ridge will begin their 2016 season on the road in the State of West Virginia. And it won't be one of those short trips to Keyser, Romney or Short Gap either, it will be a considerably longer trip to the panhandle to square off with the Monarchs of John Marshall. This is a rematch of a game last year, one that saw Mountain Ridge pull away from the Monarchs in the second half, and begin the season with a win.

Four of the next five games, including two back-to-backs, will be in the friendly confines of Miners' Stadium in Frostburg. The first of those back-to-backs, will include games against two very familar foes, in Hedgesville and Allegany.

Then Mountain Ridge will make the short trip to Romney to square off with the Hampshire High Trojans. The Ridge has owned Hampshire in the very short series history.

One of the most exciting rivalries in the area over the past decade, Frankfort/Mountain Ridge, will start the second half of that back-to-back home stand on the last weekend in September. These two teams have played very exciting games since The Ridge opened in 2007. 

The first weekend in October will close out that home stand, as well as provide Miner fans a look at a new team, when the Chestnut Ridge Lions coming screaming into Frostburg. While the Lions are a newcomer to the 2016 schedule, these two teams have squared off before, The Ridge dropped a 34 to 6 decision a couple years back.

October has not been a friendly month to Mountain Ridge in the last three years, and with three of four games on the road this October, the Miners' will certainly look for a different outcome in 2016.

They begin a three week span on the road with a quick trip up to Accident to square off with the Huskies of Northern. This is yet another series that has been very exciting in the past decade. It started one sided, but with The Ridge's decline over the past couple years, the Huskies have gotten back into this series and I am sure this will be yet another great game in this classic series.

On the second to last weekend of October, Mountain Ridge will make one of the longest road trips of the year, when they visit the Martinsburg area of WV to pay their return trip against the Spring Mills Cardinals. The Ridge got off to a very good start in last years game but played a very sloppy second half and Spring Mills pulled out the game in the end.

We will close the month of October with our annual trip to Greenway Avenue Stadium in Cumberland, and square off with the two-time defending State Champs in the Fort Hill Sentinels. The Big Red machine do own the distinct honor of being the only school that Mountain Ridge has faced more than once and not come out with at least one win. Will 2016 be the year??? Come out and support the Miners' and see if it can be done!

They will close their season at home with a game against the Keyser High Golden Tornado on the first Friday of November.

Overall, the 2016 schedule consists of 7 out of state teams, with 6 coming from West Virginia and the 7th from Pennsylvania. They will only play three in-state teams.

All games are scheduled for a start time of 7pm. Below is the visual side of everything mentioned above.

09/02/2019 JOHN MARSHALL AWAY 7:00 PM
09/09/2016 HEDGESVILLE HOME 7:00 PM
09/16/2016 ALLEGANY HOME 7:00 PM
09/23/2016 HAMPSHIRE AWAY 7:00 PM
09/30/2016 FRANKFORT HOME 7:00 PM
10/07/2016 CHESTNUT RIDGE HOME 7:00 PM
10/14/2016 NORTHERN AWAY 7:00 PM
10/21/2016 SPRING MILLS AWAY 7:00 PM
10/28/2016 FORT HILL AWAY 7:00 PM
11/04/2016 KEYSER HOME 7:00 PM



Frostburg, Maryland - When Roy DeVore took over his first head coaching job over 20 years ago at Beall High School, he had a young quarterback by the name of Ryan Patterson to help him make the transition. After DeVore announced his retirement as the head coach of Mountain Ridge, it will again be Patterson that will lead the Miners’ football team into the next era.

The former field general and long-time assistant at Beall and then Mountain Ridge was announced as the second head coach in the Miners’ history Wednesday by Athletic Director Gary Davis. He’s spent most of the last 22 seasons either playing for or coaching with DeVore, and can’t give the retiring coach enough praise upon being named has his replacement.

“It’s an honor to take over for Roy DeVore, who was not only my coach and my boss, but has been so much to me as a mentor. He’s really been like a father-figure to me to be honest with you,” said the 1996 Beall graduate.

While acknowledging that the Miners will continue to push DeVore’s motto of being fundamentally sound, one aspect that Patterson, who also played at Frostburg State University, hopes to inject into the program is his contagious personality.

“If anyone has happened to pay attention to me on the sidelines — not that they would have had any real reason to — they would have seen me going up and down the sidelines. I am a very high-energy person and I feel like I can still play, and often want to still be playing. I love this game, and that is the sort of energy that I want to put in our staff and our kids.”

While Patterson is very proud of the group of players that were already with the team — “We have great kids in the program right now. There is a nice core of returning players to build around.” — he views one of his most important jobs as increasing the program’s turnout.

“That’s job one,” the two-time All-Area defensive back noted after years of falling numbers. “The administration is on board and we’ve got to shake the tree and see what we can get to fall out. We had a few games last year where I think it came down to not having the bodies. Against Spring Mills we went into halftime with a lead and had every opportunity to win, but we really felt that we lost because we didn’t have the bodies. They dressed 70 kids and we had 22.”

The dwindling numbers have put the Miners into a stretch of four straight seasons below .500.

Regardless of the number of kids, the Mountain Ridge football program now has ground to grow and walk on after a few months in limbo. The first step toward the next season begins today. 

The current offensive coordinator, Patterson has already talked to a few coaches that were on the previous staff and has a few others he plans to approach. He plans to name an official offensive coordinator at some point in the future, but says he will likely keep a large role in the play-calling process.

“We will get going on this immediately. The coaching staff will be put together and we will get the kids committed to the program as soon as possible. We will get into the weight room and do everything we can to get going in the right direction. That way when August comes around we can just keep on rolling.”