High-scoring game lost by Cougars

KEYSER — The lead kept changing hands. And the points kept flying from both the Keyser and Jefferson offenses.

The Golden Tornado offense was able to score last. And the final touchdown was enough as Keyser edged visiting Jefferson, 47-41, in Friday’s game.

Keyser’s four first-half touchdowns had it in the lead at halftime.

Jefferson receiver Christian Johnson makes a reception against Keyser. However, the Golden Tornado won the free-scoring game.

Jefferson receiver Christian Johnson makes a reception against
Keyser. However, the Golden Tornado won the free-scoring game.

But then the Cougars opened the scoring in the second half when Andrew King and Tanner Cantrell combined on a 90-yard pass reception-run that clipped Keyser’s lead to only one point.

The Golden Tornado returned the favor and scored next to move in front by eight points.

Back came the Cougars. King connected with Christian Johnson on a 29-yard scoring pass. A two-point conversion made it 33-33.

Keyser’s Danny Fife returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown for still another score. A two-point conversation built the Golden Tornado lead to 41-33.

Early in the fourth period, Marcus Burns scored on the ground for the Cougars. And Jefferson’s two-point conversion brought another tie at 41-41.

Fife threw a 37-yard scoring pass to Jacob Shoemaker as the Golden Tornado pushed back in front by six points at 47-41. The extra point attempt failed.

Jefferson’s final possession ended when King’s pass was intercepted.

King threw for 504 yards and four touchdowns in the critical loss.

The Cougars will take a 4-3 overall record to Martinsburg’s Cobourn Field on Friday night to face the 7-1 Bulldogs.

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