Scott ousted by Keyser in 53-8 blowout
by Paul Adkins
KEYSER — The season came to an end for the Scott High School football team on Saturday as the Skyhawks were pounded 53-8 at Keyser in the Class AA state quarterfinals.
No. 7-ranked Scott saw its season come to a close at 8-4.
Second-seeded Keyser (10-2) advanced to this week’s state semifinals where the Golden Tornado will host No. 3 Bridgeport. The game will be a rematch of the Oct. 19 contest which was won by Keyser, 25-0.
Keyser was led by Blake Ravenscroft who finished with 220 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns.
The Skyhawks, a Cardinal Conference team, managed just 118 yards of total offense and had two players ejected in the fourth quarter.
Keyser began its shredding of the Skyhawks early as Cody Eversole passed to James Flint for a 21-yard touchdown strike at the 10:40 mark of the first quarter. The score was set up by a 45-yard opening kickoff return by Danny Fife to Scott territory and a pair of offsides calls on the Skyhawks.
The Golden Tornado then made it 12-0 with 5:24 to go in the first quarter on Ravenscroft’s 59-yard TD run on a Statue of Liberty play.
The lead swelled to 19-0 with Amonte Turner’s 17-yard touchdown run.
Scott then fumbled the ball away on its next drive and Keyser was in the end zone again with a 31-yard TD run by Ravenscroft.
Later in the second quarter, Fife’s 6-yard touchdown run made it 34-0. He set up the score with a 25-yard rumble to set up a first-and-goal.
The Skyhawks were forced to punt on their next possession and the Golden Tornado took advantage with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Fife to make it a 40-0 ballgame at the half. Eversole’s 20-yard pass to Turner set up the score.
Scott’s ground game, led by Robert Bias and Cameron Loftus, then finally got into a groove to start the second half, taking the Skyhawks down to the Keyser 36-yard line. However, Scott quarterback Cody Brown was intercepted by Turner, who took the ball all the way to the Scott 37.
Keyser would capitalize on the Scott turnover as Fife scored on a 7-yard TD run to push the lead to 47-0 with 5:07 left in the third quarter.
The game then got out of hand with a skirmish and later a fracas that saw a pair of Scott players being tossed out.
Colton Rodeheaver made it a 53-0 ballgame with a 2-yard run with 7:06 left.
Scott finally got on the board on its next possession. Tyler Jude connected with Elijah Price twice to get the Skyhawks across midfield, and a run from Jesse Lackey plus a penalty put them at the Keyser 20.
Two plays later, Jude went 15 yards on a keeper, setting up a 3-yard TD run from Codie Loftus with 2:28 remaining.
Greenbrier West 12
POINT PLEASANT — Kane Roush capped a late 80-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run and quarterback Trenton Gibbs ran for two scores as No. 3 seed Wahama earned a 21-12 victory over No. 6 Greenbrier West Saturday in the Class A playoff quarterfinals.
The White Falcons (12-0) play No. 2 Magnolia in next week’s semifinals.
The Cavaliers (10-2) trailed just 14-12 and seemingly had momentum when Wahama took over on its own 20 early in the fourth quarter. The White Falcons chewed 6:38 off the clock with a 15-play drive that ended in a TD run by Roush (18 carries, 85 yards) and a nine-point lead.
Gibbs added TD runs of 46 and 1 yard for Wahama, which was outrushed 220-188. Gibbs also hit on 4 of 8 passes for 99 yards.
For West, Tyler Parker ran 27 times for 152 yards and one touchdown and Malik Boatwright had 37 yards and one TD rushing, 75 yards on two kick returns and completed 4 of 6 passes for 56 yards.
In other Class A playoff games on Saturday: No. 2 Magnolia (11-1) won 19-14 at home over No. 7 East Hardy (10-2); and No. 1 Tucker County (12-0) stayed undefeated with a 48-14 victory at home over No. 8 Clay-Battelle (10-2).
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