Weir High caught by Golden Tornado
KEYSER — Weir High traveled to Keyser Friday night and found out why the Golden Tornado is ranked second in the state. Keyser completely dominated the game and closed it out with a 49-0 win.
“They are good. They were better than us,” said Tony Filberto Saturday morning after a long bus ride home from West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. “We ran into a very, very good team. They are a contender. They are part of this loaded up schedule that we want to play. They are good.”
Keyser controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage. The Golden Tornado had 510 yards of total offense to 129 yards for the Red Riders. The time of possession differential was overwhelming, too. Keyser had the ball for 37:35 of the game to 10:25 for Weir High.
“Keyser was much more physical than us,” Filberto said. “They ran the football. We went into this game saying to win this game we have to play to stop the run and be consistent on offense. We did neither one of those things.
“We couldn’t stop the run at all. Keyser just ran the ball up and down the field on us,” Filberto said. “They didn’t do anything special. It was things we thought they were going to do. They were just more physical than us.”
Keyser took the ball on the opening drive, and the Red Rider defense made a stop, according to Filberto. However, the Red Riders sustained a penalty, which gave Keyser new life, and they continued their drive with Drae Allen going into the end zone from the 1.
“We came back and marched down the field but gave the ball up on downs at about their 15,” Filberto said. “We just couldn’t stop them was the problem. They kept the ball away from us. You know, when they keep the ball away from you and you’re not doing well when you have it, the game gets away from you.”
The Golden Tornado are balanced on both sides of the ball. They have scored 200 points in four games, while giving up just seven.
Allen scored again in the first quarter on an 18-yard run. Tristin Fox scored from the 1 midway through the second quarter, and Caden Biser caught quarterback Ryan Shoemaker’s only pass attempt and went 67 yards for a touchdown.
In the second half, Allen ran 53 yards for the first score making it 35-0, and Aaron Lyons got loose for a 56-yard touchdown run on the last play of the third period. Zion Powell tacked on a 23-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. Seth Earnst kicked extra points after all seven Keyser touchdowns.
“The kids played very hard,” Filberto said. “At times, we didn’t play very well but they played hard throughout the game. We’ll bounce back from this loss.”
The Red Riders host Petersburg (2-2) in a rare Saturday game at Jimmy Carey Stadium. The opening kick is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Keyser 49, Weir High 0
Weir High 0-0-0-0 — 0
Keyser 14-14-14-7 — 49
K: Allen 2 run (Earnst kick)
K: Allen 18 run (Earnst kick)
K: Fox 1 run (Earnst kick)
K: Biser 67 pass from Schoemaker (Earnst kick)
K: Allen 53 run (Earnst kick)
K: Lyons 56 run (Earnst kick)
K: Powell 23 run (Earnst kick)
RUSHING: Weir HIgh: 27-59 (Bass 10-44; Spencer 9-18; DiMatteis 3-(-1); Yobaggy 1-(-1); Walters 4-(-1). Keyser 45-443-6td (Lyons 12-123-td; Biser 8-116; Allen 6-73-3td; Powell 4-46-td; Shoemaker 8-45; Bradfield 2-27; Mele 1-7; Oates 2-5; Fox 2-1-td).
PASSING: Weir High: 5-70 (Spencer 4-9-55; DiMatteis 1-2-15). Keyser 1-1-67-td (all by Shoemaker).
RECEIVING: Weir High Gillette 3-55; Wypasek 1-15. Keyser: Biser 1-67-td.
FIRST DOWNS: Weir High: 9; Keyser 13.
PENALTIES: Weir High 8-73; Keyser 13-145.
TIME OF POSSESSION: Weir High 10:25; Keyser 37:35.
FUMBLES-LOST: Weir High 1-1; Keyser 0-0.