West Liberty Football drops season finale: 56-3

The West Liberty football concluded their season in Maryland as they squared off against a powerful Frostburg State squad that came into the game with a 9-1 record. Coming into the game the Hilltoppers were handcuffed due to injuries as they limped into the season’s finale.

To start the game Frostburg received the ball first and took a lead that would ultimately win the game. The high-powered Bobcat offense drove 75 yards on 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead.

The Hilltoppers on their first drive drove up the field led by senior quarterback, Jack Allison. They held onto the football for over four minutes as they drove into the red zone. The Hilltoppers threatened by driving all the way to the Frostburg 13-yard line but had to settle for a field goal. Owen Rozanc got the Hilltoppers on the board with a 30-yard field goal. The opening Hilltopper drive had 10 plays and advanced the football 62-yards.

The rest of the first quarter was scoreless as both defenses held each respective offense in check. It was in the second quarter that Frostburg separated itself from the Hilltoppers. The Bobcat offense showed why they finished the season in a tie for the Mountain East Conference championship. The Bobcats put up 28 second quarter points to take a commanding 35-3 lead into halftime.

The third quarter saw Frostburg stay hot as they put up 21 more points on the Hilltoppers. The score was then 56-3 after three quarters. In the fourth both defenses finished strong as neither defense caved and kept the offenses off the board to conclude the game.

The final in this one was 56-3 in favor of Frostburg. Following the Hilltoppers first quarter field goal, the Bobcats scored 49 unanswered points. Their quarterback, Graham Walker set a school record by throwing seven touchdowns. He finished the game with 22 completions on 27 attempts for 395 yards. His long of the day was a 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Frostburg had 26 first downs compared to the Hilltoppers 13. Frostburg also led in time of possession as they held onto the football for over 32 minutes while the Hilltoppers had it for 27 minutes.

Allison completed 23 of his 44 passes for 199 yards as he tried to keep up with a dominant Frostburg squad. Wisdom Jenkins had six catches for 76 yards. The Hilltopper defense was led by Maceo Christmas who had 9 tackles, 2 of which for a loss, 2 sacks, and an interception.

The Hilltoppers ended their regular season with a record of 4-7 and a 4-6 record against conference opponents.

The Hilltoppers regular season rushing leader was Tyler Moler who ran for 823 yards on 218 carries. He also had 3 touchdowns and averaged 82.3 yards per game.

The Hilltoppers were led by two quarterbacks this season, Jack Allison and Jamie Diven. Allison completed 99 of his 172 passes for 1,020 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also averaged 170 yards per game. Diven completed 78 of his 153 passes for 1108 yards and 9 touchdowns. He averaged 184.7 yards per game in the air per game.

The Hilltoppers receiving corps were led by Isaiah Robinson and Wisdom Jenkins. Robinson had 45 catches for 632 yards and 9 touchdowns. Jenkins had 28 catches for 415 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Hilltoppers will now switch gears and start preparing for their 2022 season by lifting and conditioning.

For more information on the Hilltoppers football season, visit hilltoppersports.com.