BY JOHN CONLEY
A tornado whipped through Clear Fork last Friday night, but there was only one victim.
That was the Westside football team, which lost to the Keyser Golden Tornado, 48-6, in the opening round of the Class AA football playoffs.
"We knew they were good, but we didn't know how good they were," said WHS coach Darren Thomas. "We tried different things, but they're a tough football team."
The Tornado (7-4) scored twice in the first six-plus minutes and never looked back.
"I thought we came out flat and just couldn't get it done," stated Renegades running back Dustin Tilley who led the squad with 84 rushing yards.
Keyser used its wing-T offense efficienty, displaying both a solid ground game and passing when needed.
The Tornado drove 79 yards on just five plays for its first score. Jamison Jones went around the left end for 44 yards for the touchdown. The PAT kick made it 7-0.
Brandon Clay intercepted a Dylan Newsome pass at the 5:39 mark to give Keyser the ball at the Westside 25. Two plays later, Danny Fife went 22 yards for the TD.
The visitors marched 75 yards for a second quarter score. Cody Eversole connected on a 12-yard toss to Wyatt Nelson to set the Tornado up at Westside's 18.
On third and 10, Nelson caught ab 18-yard touchdown pass. It was 21-0 with 4:58 left in the half.
After the Renegades were forced into a three and out, Keyser rolled 60 yards for another tally. Eversole hit Clay on a 32-yard connection to push the margin to 27-0.
Westside's offense struggled, managing just two first downs in the first half.
Keyser opened the second half with a 65-yard scoring drive.
The Tornado faced fourth and six a the WHS seven, but Eversole found Nelson again for the touchdown pass.
Tilley rumbled 68 yards to the Keyser 12 for what turned out to be Westside's biggest offensive play of the night.
The Renegades (9-2) appeared to be headed for a score, but Keyser recovered a fumble and brought it out of the end zone.
Another couple of TDS, one late in the third and another early in the fourth, extended the lead to 48-0.
Freshman Justin Cogar put WHS on the board with a 12-yard touchdown run with 3:12 remaining.
"We had a fantastic season," Thomas remarked. "The kids worked hard all year."
He pointed out that the current seniors were 30-12-1 in their four years at Westside.
"Things just didn't work out tonight," stated Thomas.
"It's going to be hard to leave," Justin Tilley commented. "But everybody goes through it."
Fife had 156 yards rushing for Keyser. Jones ran for 89.
Eversole was 5-8 through the air for 90 yards and two TDs.
Dustin Tilley ran for 84 yards to pace Westside.