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  • MINERS FLY OVER EAGLES, 57-14
  • NEARLY 500 YARDS OF TOTAL OFFENSE
  • TY BROOKS 230 YARDS RUSHING
  • NEXT GAME: 09/19/2014 VS. ALLEGANY
  • CAMPERS COMING TO FROSTBURG
September 19, 2014

MINERS' WELCOME RIVAL ALLEGANY TO TOWN FOR HUGE GAME

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

BIG WEEKEND OF GAMES FOR AREA FOOTBALL TEAMS

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 34
Oklahoma 35 West Virginia 31
Maryland 21 Syracuse 20
Baltimore 21 Cleveland 17
Washington 21 Philadelphia 35
Pittsburgh 27 Carolina 28

     

September 16, 2014

MINERS' DYNAMIC DUO LIGHT UP THE EAGLES

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.  

 

 

 

 GREAT JOB GUYS!!!

 

 

  

September 14, 2014

MOUNTAIN RIDGE SOARS OVER THE EAGLES AT HOME, 57-14

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.

  

SCORE BY QUARTER

 1

 4

HEDGESVILLE

14

0

0

0

14

MINERS

22

28

7

0

57

        

September 9, 2014

EAGLES LOOK TO LEAVE FROSTBURG WITH 3RD STRAIGHT WIN OVER MOUNTAIN RIDGE

Frostburg, Maryland - The Mountain Ridge Miners' will look to get their first win of the young season this Friday evening when they welcome the Hedgesville Eagles to Miners' Stadium in Frostburg.

The Miners' opened their season a week ago against another team from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in the Jefferson Cougars.

The Ridge got on the board first with a RaShawn Johnson short touchdown run midway through the first quarter. And while it did stay close from that point on, they couldn't get over the small mistakes which plagued them a year ago, and fell to the Cougars 23-6.

Hedgesville comes into the game coming off of two straight losses to start their season.

The Eagles opened their season at home against in state rival Washington. This game stayed pretty close in the first half. Hedgesville even took a brief lead (12-8) early in the second quarter. That is when the Patriots took over and it was over from their. They outscored the Eagles 30 to 6 from their.

The Eagles crossed over state lines last week when they welcomed Milbrook High School to town for their second game of the season. Milbrook is from the Winchester, Virginia area and they did not treat their hosts very nicely. They took the lead early and piled it on from their, to the tune of 73-6.

The last time that Hedgesville came to town they put a beating on Mountain Ridge, 43-0 in 2012. You know that the Miners' remember that and will look to put a hurting on them this year.

Last year's game was a back and fourth affair down in Hedgesville that saw no assemblence of a defense on either side of the field. The Eagles got ahead early and never looked back en route to a 61-35 victory. QB Troy Markley lead the Eagles up and down the field on the Miner defense all night long.

There is a lot of news thing about this year's Hedgesville team. The two biggest are the fact that they have a new coach and they have a new quarterback. The Eagles started the season 4-1 last year. They lost their last five games and missed out on the playoffs. That cost their head coach his job. Markley, who was the QB last year, graduated and handed over the rains to Logan Gletner.

Gletner was pressed into a very important role with the Eagles offense being very pass happy. He is very young and the first two games have showed that. As with most young players, they show you a glimpse of hope in what is usually full of mistakes. The one thing that he has in his favor is the return of the duo of Brown & Brown. WR/RB Stephen Brown and RB/CB Darryl Brown are seniors and have been their the past two seasons against this Mountain Ridge defense. 

The key for Mountian Ridge will be to make the Eagles one sided by stopping the passing attack and forcing the running attack to beat them. If they can get pressure on Gletner, they may be able to force him into some mistakes, which could set the Mountain Ridge offense up on short fields. If they force Hedgesville to run the ball they should be in good shape. One additional key for the Miners' will be to get the offense on track. The most points they have scored in the last two seasons was the 35 they put on this Eagles team a year ago. They can't be so predicitable in their play calling and the offensive line must get some push up front. If they can do that and limit thier mistakes they should win this game. 

Below are the key players to this game. As always, we would like to wish both teams good luck and hope that we have a safe game on Friday night. Come out and support your HOME TOWN MINERS!!!

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

 

Hedgesville - QB Logan Gletner, WR Jimmy Bishop, WR Stephen Brown, CB Darryl Brown

 

Mountain Ridge - QB Michael Strietbeck, RB RaShawn Johnson, WR Russell Beeman, Ty Brooks, Dalton Jefferies, Matt Whetstone, Jalen Washington

 

September 12, 2014

LOTS OF FOOTBALL FOR AREA FANS THIS WEEKEND

Baltimore, Maryland - Unless you did a little bit of traveling last week you may not have even noticed that High School Football was back at all.

Most area teams, with the exception of Fort Hill and Mountain Ridge, either opened or played their second game of the season on the road last weekend.

To say the results of last weekends games were not a surprise would be the biggest understatement of the week. All area teams that were expected to win did so and did so in convincing fashion.

The lone exception to that would probably have been the Mountain Ridge/Jefferson game. While most area fans would say the weren't surprised by the Cougars victory, I bet that most would say they would be surprised with how the game played out.

Not to worry Miner fans, the great thing about it being the season opener is, they have a ton more games to make up for that.

As stated earlier in this article, last weekend had most area teams on the road, this weekend provides them a great opportunity to see most area teams.

There will be no less than five games within a 30 minute drive of Central Allegany County this evening.

Perhaps the biggest area match up will take place in Tornado Ally as Keyser welcomes in defending State Champion and local rival Fort Hill.

Like last Friday Evening, tonight will see action at both Greenway Avenue Stadium in Cumberland and Miners' Stadium in Forstburg, as Allegany host Chesnut Ridge and Mountain Ridge welcomes Hedgesville.

The Northern Huskies will come back home following last week's opening game loss to face Tucker County.

Meanwhile, in Short Gap, The Frankfort Falcons will host Robert C Byrd in perhaps what could be classified as the second biggest game of the weekend. Both teams come into the game undefeated in West Virginia's Class AA.

In other area action: Southern travels to Moorefield, Jefferson hosts Hampshire, and Hancock looks to improve to 2-0 when they travel to face Mount Carmel.

Man oh man... if only I didn't decide to add the area College and NFL teams to my weekly guessing this year. I picked every single high school game correct last week minus the Miner game. I even got the two College games correct as well. But the NFL teams from Washington and Baltimore let me down big time.

I picked 10 out of 13 games correct last week, despite my bad NFL guesses, to start off my season at a 77% correct rate. I will look to be even better this week and get my season average above my benchmark of 80 percent.

Below are my picks for this week. As always, we want to wish every area player, coach, and team good luck as you do battle this weekend. Let's have fun and play some good football.

 

 

*Hedgesville 13 Mountain Ridge 28
*Fort Hill 35 Keyser 27
*Hancock 26 Mount Carmel 34
*Southern 13 Moorefield 34
Chestnut Ridge 12 Allegany 35
*Tucker County 21 Northern 26 
*Hampshire 20 Jefferson 21
*Robert C Byrd 35 Frankfort  37 
West Virginia 21 Maryland 31
*Pittsburgh 21 Baltimore 24
*Jacksonville 17 Washington 24

 

 * Denotes a correct guess     

September 9, 2014

DYLAN WILLIAMS EARNS "PLAYER OF THE WEEK" HONORS FOR OPENING GAME EFFORT

Frostburg, Maryland - Each week over the past several seasons we have put a poll up on the site in the days following the games asking fans to pick who they believe should get recognition for a job well done in the previous game.

On an almost weekly basis, Miners' RB RaShawn Johnson, has earned that honor over the past several season's. This wasn't because Johnson didn't earn it, at one time last season, he had scored over 85% of Mountain Ridge's touchdowns.

Football, like most sports, is a team game. It also arguably is the most "team oriented" game of the so called team sports. So, while it is great that one player is at that level, it is important to get as many players as possible to that level as well. It is something that Mountain Ridge had to change in 2014 if they wanted different results than the 2012 or 2013 seasons.

After week one, The Ridge has already accomplished that goal. Defensive back Dylan Williams put on a show Friday evening at Miners' Stadium. While the result of the game was not what Mountain Ridge players, coaches or fans wanted. It was good to see other players shine in the game. Williams had three interceptions of the pass happy Jefferson Quarterbacks. His defensive efforts kept the Miners in the game in the first half and even gave them a chance to win it in the second.

Congratulations to Dylan on his award and we wish him all the luck in the world for the rest of the 2014 season.  

September 7, 2014

COUGARS SPOIL MOUNTAIN RIDGE'S SEASON OPENER, 23-6

Frostburg, Maryland - After scoring less than four minutes into their season opener, things didn't go as well the rest of the way for the Mountain Ridge Miners, who fell to the Jefferson Cougars, 23-6, at Miners' Stadium.

RaShawn Johnson scored MR's lone touchdown and ran 19 times for 49 yards, while Dylan Williams intercepted three passes for The Ridge. 

Marcus Burns lead the Cougars rushing with 18 carries for 156 yards. Burns carries were mostly in the second half when Jefferson extended a 13-6 halftime lead to it's eventual final. 

Mountain Ridge's Jalen Washington received the opening kickoff of the season, returning the squib to the 45-yard line. 

A holding call on fourth down brought the drive back to life on the 32 yard line. 

After two successful passes, Johnson cut through the traffic for a Miners touchdown with 8:01 left on the clock. 

Jefferson, staring from their own 20, made great progress up the field with the help of an offsides call on the Miners. A long pass, caught by Christin Johnson, put the Cougars in the red zone. 

Lawrence Morris carried the ball just two yards short of the goal line. Issac Myers carried the ball in for a touch down with 3:57 left in the opening quarter. 

The extra point was good giving the Cougars a lead of one, 7-6, thanks to a balanced attack of five passes and four runs. 

A failed pass to Harry Moore and a punt put the ball back in the Jefferson's possession at their own 8 early in the second quarter. 

After gaining a first down, Mountain Ridge's Ty Brooks got a stop for a loss of four, and this must have provided a damper to Jefferson's flow, because on the very next play the pass thrown was intercepted by the Miners' Dylan Williams. 

After a failed drive by both teams, a long pass by Michael Strietbeck was just barely caught at the 30 yard line. 

Two runs by Johnson brought the Miners to the Jefferson 4. 

A dogpile orchestrated by the Cougars did not allow any leeway to be made, and a flag on the play moved the Miners back to their own 10.

That was followed by a pass to the corner of the end zone which was intercepted by Craye Nehler, who carried the ball for 54 yards onto the Miners 40.

Two passes to Christian Johnson later, and the Cougars had a touchdown with 1:36 left in the half, making the score 13-6 after a fake on the extra point was unsuccessful. 

Jefferson took that lead to the half, then added to it on a field goal by Joseph Stimmel. 

Mountain Ridge was unable to move the ball, but then got it back two plays late on another Williams interception, but the Miners punted again. 

A 37-yard run by Rasheem Thorton moved the ball to the Mountain Ridge 8.

On first down, the pass was received just out of the back of the end zone, but a second try with a pass to Will Mazur and an extra point brought the Cougar lead to 23-6.

The next Mountain Ridge drive ended quickly, handing the ball back to the Cougars. 

It appeared that the Mountain Ridge team was going to make a comeback as Dylan Williams intercepted the first pass thrown by the Cougars.

Johnson made two runs for 13 yards, then Strietbeck pulled a quarterback sneak for a gain of 3 yards and a first down. 

But Mountain Ridge turned the ball over on downs thanks to a stop by Myers on fourth down. 

Mountain Ridge (0-1) will stay at home and welcome the Hedgesville Eagle (1-1) to Frostburg next Friday evening. Jefferson starts the season undefeated in its first two games for the second straight season and will welcome Hampshire next week in the Eastern Panhandle. 

 

 

 

 

September 5, 2014

KING, JEFFERSON INVADE FROSTBURG TO FACE THE MINERS'

Frostburg, Maryland - IT'S BACK... That is right football fans. The Mountain Ridge Miners' open their season this Friday night at home against the Jefferson Cougars.

Mountain Ridge has had some trouble with this team from Jefferson, not only in the past two seasons when the Miners' have been down, but it goes back through the history of the two schools squaring off against each other.

Jefferson, along with Keyser, are the only two schools that Mountain Ridge has a losing record against from the State of West Virginia, losing three of the five all time meetings. The Miners' last win against the Cougars came on the road back in 2011, 53-33.

Last year's game was not pretty for Mountain Ridge, they had 5 turnovers (3 fumbles, 2 INT), and racked up nearly 110 yards in penalties en route to a 28-6 defeat.

The score was 21-0 at the half following a pair of Andrew King touchdown passes, with a 16 yard touchdown run by Anthony Person, in the middle of the TD passes to Chris Johnson and Martinez Grant respectively. King added a short TD run of a yard in second half to cap the scoring for the victorious Cougars.

RaShawn Johnson, like he would be most of the season for the Miners', was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dark night. He took a snap on a fourth down fake punt 46 yards early in the fourth quarter for the only scoring on the night by Mountain Ridge.

One thing to remember about last year's meeting was that it was played in the era of the extended losing streak that Mountain Ridge faced. They also were playing a fairly new QB in Mike Strietbeck in the game. This team is a very different team than the one that stepped on the field a year ago. And that is even though a lot of the players are the same.

The great thing about High School Football is that it is pretty well known what it takes to win games. There aren't too many outside factors that play roles in a team winning or losing. The game is played in the trenches and the bigger, stronger team usually wins. Now, with that being said, it certainly does not mean that other things do not factor in. If you can run the ball effectively and stop the run you hold a good shot at winning the game. Most games are also decided by turnovers. The team with the least amount usually wins the game.

Jefferson's offense is a tough one to defend. They offer up a spread type offense but still manages to play smash mouth football when it wants to. This makes them very difficult to defend. They also possess the type of athletes that pose a dangerous threat to the Miner defense. Shutting down the passing game for the Miners' defense could be the key to winning this game.

Over the past seasons, there have been some seasons in which one facet or another has plagued a Frostburg team, but one that was always counted on was the offense. That can not be said for the past two years of Mountain Ridge Football. It isn't the fact that they have struggled to put double digits on the scoreboard, it isn't even the fact they lacked a true leader at the QB position, it is the fact they seemed to always put their defense at a disadvantage with either short drives or turnovers. That is something that will definitely have to change in 2014.

With second year Senior QB Michael Strietbeck at the helm, it has a very good chance of changing this season. We have seen some flashes from the young man over the past two seasons. He certainly comes from a blood line of good QB play (Brother Dan Strietbeck former Ridge QB). Strietbeck gives the Miners' something they have been looking for since his brother left the school... a dual threat QB. He posses the talent to throw and run the ball very well. He will be a big part in what Mountain Ridge does in 2014.

I want to say good luck to both teams on Friday night and hope for a safe, well played game. I also want to say that I hope to see a big crowd at Miners' Stadium.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Jefferson - Andrew King, Christian Johnson, Delonte Berry, Martinez Grant

Mountain Ridge - RaShawn Johnson, Mike Strietbeck, Ty Brooks, Dalton Jefferies, Russel Beeman

 

   LET'S GO MINERS!!!

 

 

September 5, 2014

MOST AREA TEAMS ARE PLAYING AWAY FROM HOME TO OPEN THE SEASON

Baltimore, Maryland - It is the first Friday in the month of September and that can only mean one thing... IT'S BACK!!!

The State of Maryland joins their neighbors to the North and South this weekend as they open the 2014 High School Football Season. 

Both Pennsylvania and West Virginia opened their seasons last week along with the private schools in MD. The public schools in the state will join in this week and provide area fans their fix of football action. 

While there is a full slate of 8 area games this evening, only three of these games are within a decent ride, and one area team faces a three plus hour bus trip. 

Allegany County football fans are the lucky ones as both Fort Hill and Mountain Ridge both host games tonight. 

The defending 1A State Champs Fort Hill will open their season tonight at Greenway Avenue Stadium against Chestnut Ridge while the Miners' of Mountain Ridge welcome the Jefferson Cougars to Frostburg.

The other County School, Allegany, has a long road trip ahead of them as they open their 2014 season against St. Charles.

Both Garrett County teams, Northern and Southern, are also on the road to start the season. The Huskies have their annual opener against Smithsburg while the Rams travel to Washington County to face the Hancock Panthers.

The Hampshire Trojans are the only other area team at home this week as they host Elkins in Romney Friday night.

Keyser and Frankfort, the two Mineral County Schools, are both coming off of big wins and will be on the road as they attempt to extend their season opening win streaks. The Golden Tornado travel to Berkeley Springs to face the Indians while the Falcons travel to East Hardy.

Last year was another successful one for the 'Ole guessing man. I believe an over 80% correct rate is something to be proud of. That is what I was in 2013.

I have decided to make it a bit more difficult in 2014 by adding both local major Universities and all three NFL teams to my picks each week. With that being said... here goes the picks.

As always, I want to wish every team good luck this week and throughout the entire season.

 

Jefferson 20 Mountain Ridge 27
* Allegany 26 Saint Charles 14
* Chestnut Ridge 14 Fort Hill 33
* Southern 13 Hanock 21
* Northern 6 Smithsburg 21
* Elkins 7 Hampshire 13
* Keyser 46 Berkeley Springs 0
* Frankfort 42 East Hardy 6
*Maryland 35 South Florida 21
*Towson 10 West Virginia 31
Washington 28 Houston 10
Cincinnati 21 Baltimore 24
*Cleveland 13 Pittsburgh 28

 

 * Denotes a correct guess

 

September 5, 2014

MINERS' FIRST HALF IS CHOCK FULL OF HOME GAMES

Frostburg, MD: The Mountain Ridge Miners' football team were faced will a very difficult task entering into the 2013 season.

The Miners' were not only coming off of the worst season in school history, a school record 11 straight defeats, they also had to deal with the task of moving up a class in the State of Maryland classifications.

Mountain Ridge moved up from Maryland's Class 1A West to the 2A West in 2013. It marked the first time ever that a Frostburg based school was in any other class than the lowest Maryland had to offer.

They managed to defeat three local rivals, stun the entire region by ending it's record 13 game losing streak in week 3 against undefeated Allegany, and at least improved on the previous seasons win total.

The 2014 campaign shapes up very nicely for the Miners' in the first half at least. Four of the first five games in the season will be held at Miners' Stadium in Frostburg. This provides the team a great chance to get off to a fast start and build momentum for what is most certainly going to be a very difficult second half.

Let's take a quick look at Mountain Ridge's first five opponents below:

Jefferson Cougars: This team has proven to be a pest in the side of Mountain Ridge in the five years that the two teams have meet. The Cougars have won each of the last two years after the Miners' took two of the first three meetings. Jefferson started out last season with a 2-0 record following their victory over The Ridge but only managed to finish the season 5-5 and miss out on the playoffs. Last year's meeting was full of mistakes in the first half by Mountain Ridge and saw Jefferson take the 21-0 lead at the half. While the Miners' did play much better in the second half, they were still forced to use a fake punt early in the fourth quarter to get on the board. This game was full of penalites and turnovers for Mountain Ridge. The defense also had a tough time shutting down Cougar QB Andrew King. Mountain Ridge wins this game and it could be a sign of things to come for this team.

Hedgesville Eagles: Mountain Ridge has had a tough time over the past two seasons containing the pass happy Eagles defense which has lead to back to back losses. The Ridge had won the first three meetings between the two schools prior to 2012. Mountain Ridge did however show improvement in this game as they were shutout in 2012, 43-0, but did manage to score 35 points against the Eagle defense in 2013. Problem was the Miners' defense allowed 61 points. Hedgesville, like Jefferson, started off last season with a bang, going 4-1. They went winless for the second half and finsihed the campgain 4-6 and missed out on the state playoffs. Gone is the Eagles QB Troy Markley from last year. But this does not mean the offense will change at all. Logan Gletner steps into the role and will look to provide Steven and Darryl Brown the same steadiness that Markley did. 

Allegany Campers: What else can be said about the 2013 meeting between these two schools other than "WOW." Coming into the game, Allegany had been undefeated, and Mountain Ridge was staring a 14 game losing streak right in the mirror. This was defeinely the turning point in the season for both squads. Allegany used this game to unravel and miss the playoffs. The Miners' on the other hand used it to become stronger and mange to win two more games the rest of the season. The Campers made mistake after mistake the entire game. The defense for Alco had no answer for Mountain Ridge's RaShawn Johnson. He ran absolutely wild at Greenway Avenue Stadium. To the tune of 271 yards rushing and four touchdowns. The series between these two local rivals has been heated and close in the seven years since Mountain Ridge opened. Allegany holds the slight edge four games to three.

Hampshire Trojans: Four of the first five opponents for Mountain Ridge are from the State of West Virginia. All four of these schools currently hold a two game winning streak against the Miners'. Hampshire has won the last two after falling to The Ridge in their first five meetings. Last year's game marked improvement on both sides of the ball for Mountain Ridge. As with most games over the past two seasons, The Ridge spotted Hampshire an early 23-0 lead, and that was too big of a hole for the Miners' to dig out of eventually falling 37-20. Trojan QB Shane Ennis had a special connection with WR Dane Heavner on this night. Two first half touchdowns between the two spotted the Trojans that early lead. They used two long touchdown runs in the second half to finish off the Miners'. RaShawn Johnson was once again one of the bright spots for Mountain Ridge. He returned a second half kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. This was also the game that newly appointed QB Mike Strietbeck seemed to find his grove. He hooked up with two different Miner receivers in the second half for scores.

Frankfort Falcons: This game has become quite the rivalry in the past five seasons. It is no coincidence either, considering the schools are so close to one another, and the fact that the Falcons were the Miners' very first opponent in their new stadium. Last year's game was not pretty and it had nothing to do with the nearly 20 minute power delay that occurred in the second half. The Falcons ran up and down the field on the Miner defense and it didn't help matters the the Miner offense had five turnovers. Frankfort turned those five turnovers into 36 points and it was done from there. Falcon QB Gage Schaffer was nearly flawless on the evening, completing an amazing 5 of 8 for 106 yards and two scores. Mountain Ridge has always had a tough time controlling the Falcon's pass offense. They must find a way to contain it if they wish to end this two game losing streak.

The only road game in this first stretch of five games is Week #4 against the Hampshire Trojans. If Mountain Ridge can get off to a fast start at home it could mean the playoffs for the first time in three seasons in Frostburg.   

 

DATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR ANNUAL YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP

Frostburg, Maryland - The Mountain Ridge Football Parents Association is proud to announce the dates of the annual Youth Football Camp.

The camp is set to take place from Monday, June 2nd through Wednesday, June 4th at the Mountain Ridge High School sports complex. The time for each evening will be from 6pm to 7:30pm. The camp will still take place in the event of bad weather. It will be moved inside to the school's gymnasium. 

If you are between the ages of 6 and 15 you are eligible to attend. The cost of the camp is $30 and $25 for each additional camper in the same family. 

Former Mountain Ridge Miners' Drew Winters and Jarrod Harper will be in attendance and giving a speech to the attendees.

If you have any questions about the camp please reach out to Coach Roy Devore at the school.

We are looking forward to seeing the entire community out at the camp.

   

Notes:

*Payment for the camp can be cash or check

*Since the camp is so close, it will just be easier for anyone who has yet to pay to just come early on Monday and take care of it then. 

    

MRFPA REACHES OUT, HOST MEETING IN SEARCH FOR NEW HOMECOMING IDEAS, TRADITIONS

Frostburg, Maryland - The Mountain Ridge Football Parents Association has announced that they will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 2014 in the school's cafeteria.

The purpose of the meeting is to get as many community members together as possible in order to come up with new ideas, traditions for homecoming.

The meeting takes place at 6:30 pm in the school's cafeteria. It is welcome to any member of the Mountain Ridge school community. The more the better.

If you need any further information on the meeting feel free to contact me at dawhite0615@yahoo.com. 

 

All players individual pictures were provided to us by G&G Studio. Located in Cumberland, Maryland, they have been in the community for over 30 years. If you would like the results like the ones shown above and below stop in or give them a call today.
 
 
I would like to take the time to thank them for providing the individual and team pictures to us since the start of this site several years ago. They have been a great partner and are class acts when it comes to taking care of people and their needs. Click on the picture at the top of this article to visit their facebook page and take a look at all the amazing work they do on a daily basis.
Check out every Mountain Ridge Miner football game on WFRB AM 560 in the Frostburg/Westernport Area or streaming live online at www.talkradio560.com.

Upcoming Games/Practices

Saturday,  Sep 20
Harford Tech Cobras @ Mount Carmel School TBA AT HOME TEAM'S SCHOOL LOCATION
Surrattsville Hornets @ Wilson (DC) TBA AT HOME TEAM'S SCHOOL LOCATION
CH Flowers Jaguars @ Bladensburg Mustangs TBA Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, MD
Sparrows Point Pointers @ Chesapeake Cougars TBA Chesapeake High School in Baltimore, MD
Central Falcons @ Crossland Cavaliers TBA Crossland High School in Temple Hills, MD
High Point Eagles @ Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders TBA Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD
Largo Lions @ Fairmont Heights Hornets TBA Fairmont Heights High School in Capitol Heights MD
Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets @ Frederick Douglass Eagles TBA Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro
Oxon Hill Clippers @ Henry Wise Pumas TBA Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, MD
Northwestern Wildcats @ Laurel Spartans TBA Laurel High School in Laurel, MD
Wilde Lake Wildcats @ Long Reach Lightning TBA Long Reach High School in Columbia, MD
Milford Mill Millers @ New Town Titans TBA New Town High School in Owings Mills, MD
Harve De Grace Warriors @ North East Indians TBA North East High School in North East, MD
WEB DuBois Panthers @ Northwestern Wildcats TBA Northwestern High School in Baltimore, MD
Montgomery Blair Blazers @ Northwood Gladiators TBA Northwood High School in Silver Spring, MD
DuVal Tigers @ Parkdale Panthers TBA Parkdale High School in Riverdale, MD
Eastern Tech Mavericks @ Parkville Knights TBA Parkville High School in Baltimore, MD
Friendly Patriots @ Potomac Wolverines TBA Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, MD
Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Severna Park Falcons TBA Serverna Park High School in Serverna Park, MD
Bowie Bulldogs @ Suitland Rams TBA Suitland High School in Forestville, MD
Kent Island Buccaneers @ Wicomico Indians TBA Washington High School in Princess Anne, MD
Watkins Mill Wolverines @ Wheaton Knights TBA Wooton High School in Rockville, MD

For a complete schedule listing, click here!


2014 MINERS FOOTBALL - "UNDERGROUND BROTHERHOOD"

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