CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bridgeport is not a football program used to being dominated in all phases of the game, but that is exactly what happened to the Indians the night of Oct. 19.
That evening in Keyser, the Golden Tornado didn't just beat Bridgeport, it also made a statement to the rest of the state that it's to be taken seriously as a title contender.
The damage? Zero points, zero first downs and 38 total yards of offense as Keyser blasted Bridgeport 25-0.
The Class AA No. 3 Indians have a shot at revenge with a spot in the state championship game on the line when they visit No. 2 Keyser at 1:30 p.m. today.
"Keyser is not going to have the benefit of a Bridgeport team coming in overconfident," Indians coach Josh Nicewarner said. "Pretty much it's something that soon afterward, we knew there was a good chance we could see them again. I can definitely tell you they didn't get our best game, but they had a lot to do with that. Knowing what to expect, we have no excuses."
Keyser (10-1) used the run game to bully Bridgeport in their first meeting, with three Golden Tornado ball carriers running for more than 100 yards against the Indians.
"In just about all aspects they controlled what we did," Nicewarner said. "Whether it be double-teams or one-on-one blocking, there was nothing we could do right and they couldn't do wrong. This is a big, physical Keyser team. It's the best team, by far, that we've faced all year. They did to us what we're used to doing to teams - going in fundamentally sound and smacking them in the mouth for four quarters."
Two players that combined for three touchdowns in the first game between the schools - Danny Fife (5-foot-9, 220 pounds) and Blake Ravenscroft (5-9, 145) - each ran for more than 1,000 yards and scored more than 10 touchdowns this season. Fife amassed 1,129 yards and 24 touchdowns while Ravenscroft ran for 1,144 yards and 13 touchdowns.
"[Fife] looks like a fullback but runs like a tailback. He's got good balance and sees the field really well," Keyser coach Sean Biser said. "Last year [Ravenscroft] played a lot as a sophomore and that's helped him. Last year he was getting tackled by guys, this year he's running through them."