Tonight’s High School Football Games | local sports
No. 1 Mtn. Ridge (7-0) at Williamsport (5-2)
TO START UP: 6 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Series tied, 1-1
LAST MEETING: October 22, 2021 – Mountain Ridge won, 31-10
LAST WEEK: Mountain Ridge def. North, 56-13; Williamsport beats. Hagerstown South, 21-7
IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Mountain Ridge is #1 in the Top 5 in the region, #19 in the Maryland State Media Poll, and #1 overall in the MPSSAA Class 1A rankings; Williamsport is No. 3 in Class 2A/1A West
FOR REGISTRATION: On Mountain Ridge’s only trip to Williamsport, the Miners fell 27-23 on Oct. 25, 2019. …Mountain Ridge started slow against Williamsport in Frostburg last year, trailing 3-0 after the first quarter and leading just 8 -3 at the half. Two scores in the fourth quarter from All-Area guard Jaden Lee put Mountain Ridge away. … Lee, who started the year in the slot, has returned to the field in the past two weeks. Lee rushed for 177 yards against Northern. Quarterback Uma Pua’auli is the region’s leading passer, completing 80 of 130 passes for 1,013 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 570 yards and eight scores. Hunter Clise leads the Minors defense with 63 tackles. … Williamsport was deprived of the services of starting quarterback Eli Fleming, who left the Wildcats’ double-overtime loss to North Hagerstown two weeks ago with a concussion. Struggling on offense against South Hagerstown on Friday, Williamsport set up a Wildcat formation to generate a pair of quick touchdowns to avoid another upset. … Since Fleming’s injury, Williamsport has scored just 33 points in the past two weeks. The Washington County team has passed 27 points in four of its first five games.
Elkins (1-6) at No. 3 Frankfurt (6-1)
TO START UP: 7 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Frankfurt leads, 1-0
LAST MEETING: October 22, 2021 – Frankfurt won, 53-0
LAST WEEK: Elkins lost to Lincoln, 42-14; Frankfurt was goodbye
IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Frankfort is No. 3 in the regional top 5 and No. 6 in the WVSSAC Class AA playoff rankings; Elkins is tied for 33rd in the Class AA playoff standings
FOR REGISTRATION: Both teams play in Short Gap, West Virginia for the second straight year as Elkins resurfaces. Frankfort rushed for 296 yards and six touchdowns in a 53-0 victory in last year’s game. … Frankfort, sitting at No. 6 in the Class AA playoff standings, has a chance to grab one of the four seeds with a sweep of Elkins, North Marion and Keyser to end the season. … The Falcons are averaging 243 rushing yards per game, led by Parker VanMeter (436 yards, nine TDs) and Tyrique Powell (373 yards, seven TDs). Quarterback Luke Robinette completed 23 of 40 passes for 477 yards, five points and one interception. Robinette rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Robinette, an All-Area double safety, has 45 tackles and two interceptions. VanMeter racked up 47 stoppages (nine for loss). … Elkins backs Nicholas Bowers and Javier Rosario are his main threats on the pitch. Kicker Isaiah Sigley had a trio of field goals for 23, 29 and 34 yards in the Tigers’ only win this year, 16-0 over Grafton.
Northern (3-4) at No. 4 Allegany (5-2)
TO START UP: 7 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Allegany leads, 22-2
LAST MEETING: October 22, 2021 – Allegany won, 34-14
LAST WEEK: Northern lost to Mountain Ridge, 56-13; Allegania def. Keyser, 19-16
IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Northern is No. 4 in the MPSSAA Class 1A West Point standings; Allegany is No. 4 in the Zone Top 5 and No. 3 in the Class 1A West points standings
FOR REGISTRATION: Allegany and Northern didn’t play for the first time until 2001. The Campers won the first 11 meetings, one of which came during the playoffs. Northern stopped the race in 2011 with a 41-12 win. The Campers had seven games in a row before Northern won in 2018, 21-14. … The 2022 Western Maryland Athletic Conference game could have playoff seeding implications. A North win would bring the Huskies one game down to 4-4 against Allegany’s 5-3 mark. With Northern drawing Southern and Allegany to face Fort Hill at Homecoming to end the season, Friday’s game could determine who the No. 3 seed of the 1A West playoffs is. … Allegany comes in strong on a four-game winning streak. After three straight wins, the Campers won at Keyser, 19-16, on Blake Powell’s second winning field goal of the season (Hollidaysburg). Cayden Bratton ran for over 200 yards in the win. Bratton is 820 yards and seven touchdowns this year. … Northern fell to No. 1 Mountain Ridge, 56-13, last week. Quarterback Luke Ross impressed, connecting on 9 of 10 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Ethan Sebold had 12 carries for 50 yards. Northern uncharacteristically lost two fumbles.
Keyser No. 5 (4-3) at Moorefield (2-5)
TO START UP: 7 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Keyser Mines, 42-11
LAST MEETING: October 22, 2021 – Keyser won, 16-14
LAST WEEK: Keyser lost to Allegany, 19-16; Moorefield lost to East Hardy, 43-0
IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Keyser is No. 5 in the regional top 5 and No. 15 in the WVSSAC Class AA playoff rankings; Moorefield is tied for 28th in the Class A playoff standings
FOR REGISTRATION: After a heartbreaking loss to Allegany last week, in which the Golden Tornado were outscored 16-0 to end the game for the second game in a row, Keyser must win at Moorefield to keep his post-season dreams alive. The Golden Tornado are No. 15 in Class AA and only the top 16 teams make the playoffs in West Virginia. Keyser finishes the year with Moorefield, Mountain Ridge and Frankfort, and may need to win all three to qualify. … Keyser had three costly fumbles against Allegany, the most damaging resulting in a Brody Williams touchdown to tie the game at 16-all with 8:19 remaining in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Logan Rotruck had a good night, completing 4 of 7 passes for 105 yards. … Moorefield failed to register a first down in the first half against East Hardy in the Hardy Bowl last week, but the Yellow Jackets managed to move the ball after halftime, rushing for eight first downs and 132 yards in the second half. Adam Landes led the way with 90 meters on the ground.
Clear Spring (1-6) in Petersburg (6-1)
TO START UP: 7 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Clear spring advances, 2-1
LAST MEETING: October 22, 2021 – Petersburg won, 34-16
LAST WEEK: Clear spring def. Trinity Christian, 44-31; Petersburg beats. Mountain view, 49-0
IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Clear Spring is No. 6 in the MPSSAA Class 1A West Point rankings; Petersburg is tied for 9th in the WVSSAC Class A playoff standings
FOR REGISTRATION: Clear Spring notched dominant wins in the first two games of the series, 62-27 in 2013 and 51-12 in 2014. Petersburg used its defense and special teams to win last year, and the Vikings expect to another rout Friday night. … In a win over Mountain View last week, Petersburg rushed for 318 yards and six touchdowns on 33 carries. Petersburg’s defense limited Mountain View to just 53 yards on offense and three first downs. … Clear Spring recorded its first win of the season last week, 44-31 over Trinity Christian. Sammy Stonebreaker scored two touchdowns for the Blazers, who led 24-10 at halftime and 44-17 midway through the fourth. … Trinity (5-3), which has just 14 players on its roster, is 2-2 since coach Chris Simpson resigned Sept. 27.
Pendleton County (4-3) at East Hardy (6-1)
TO START UP: 7 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Pendleton County leads, 15-10
LAST MEETING: October 22, 2021 – East Hardy won, 39-0
LAST WEEK: Pendleton County beats. Pocahontas County, 14-12; East Hardy beats. Moorefield, 43-0
IN THE CLASSIFICATION: Pendleton County is No. 21 in the WVSSAC Class A playoff rankings; East Hardy is no. 14th in Class A playoff standings
FOR REGISTRATION: East Hardy ended a three-game head-to-head losing streak with a shutout win last year, its first victory over Pendleton County since 2017. … East Hardy has won four straight games after a 14-13 loss to Tucker County, allowing just 13 points over time. Pendleton County started 0-2 but has since gone 4 of 5. … East Hardy quarterback Mason Miller leads the zone with 30 total touchdowns. On the ground, Miller has 712 yards and 21 touchdowns on 106 carries, and he’s completed 50 of 83 passes for 893 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions.