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Football is the greatest team game in all of sports.  Why, because there are approximately 100 players on a team, and you must have an offensive team, a defensive team and of course special teams.  Plus people to play in case of injury or adversity.

Players and coaches must always be on the same page in unity with one another to ensure victory.   You must set personalities aside and bring each players character to the forefront for the good of the team.  Here are the key words; I, me and mine, change to we, us and ours. 

The law of the jungle is as old and as true as the sky, and that the wolf that keeps it may prosper, but the wolf that must break it must die.  As the creeper that curdles the tree trunk, the law will run forward and back and the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack. 




Sunday, September 14




So here we go, off to Frostburg to play the Miners in a game that could make or break the Campers this early in the season.

Who would of thunk it...when last year the Miners came to Greenway to face the Campers and WHAM!, Mt. Ridge just ran away with the game and scored 30 plus points to boot. happened and could well happen again as the Miners completely throttled the Hedgesville Eagles last week 57-14.  The Miners lost to Jefferson the previous week by a big margin and made up for that with a blowout of their own.

Things started awful for the Miners Friday evening after Mountain Ridge fumbled the opening kickoff and found itself trailing before one whole minute had elapsed from the clock. While the Miners may want that first minute back, they can have very little complaints about the other 47 after scoring 50 points in the first half and getting 230 rushing yards from Ty Brooks in what turned into a 57-14 win over Hedgesville Friday at Mountain Ridge Stadium.

Brooks ran 19 times for 230 of the Miners’ 361 rushing yards and reached the end zone four times in the process. He scored from 21 yards out in the first quarter, from nine and 17 in the third and then again from 13 yards in the third for the final points. Ty Redman added 65 yards on 11 carries for the Miners, and quarterback Michael Strietbeck completed 5 of 8 passing for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

The Eagles got off to the quick start by recovering the fumble on the opening kickoff and getting a one-yard touchdown from Steven Brown with 44 seconds off the clock. The Miners (1-1)?got points on the board with 7:06 remaining in the first on Strietbeck’s first touchdown, a 53-yard pass to Zach Hager. Strietbeck gave his team the lead with 4:41 remaining when he scored on a 21-yard run. Brooks scored from the same distance two minutes later as Mountain Ridge extended the lead to 22-6. Hager caught two balls for 67 yards and had Mountain Ridge’s interception. Brown scored with 36 seconds left in the first quarter on a two-yard run.

Besides Brooks’ two touchdowns in the third, Matt Whetstone returned a fumble 62 yards for a score and caught a 32-yard strike from Strietbeck with 2:33 left before halftime to make it 50-14.

Hager had an interception for Mountain Ridge’s defense, while Redman had six tackles with two going for a loss.

So Campers fans  that is what could be waiting for the Campers this coming Friday night a 7 p.m. in Frostburg.  Remember last year was a total "caught off guard" type of situation and the Miners cashed in on it for a mild upset.

This year, the Campers know what to expect from the high scoring Miners of 2014.  The Blue and White have to come out ready to play this week and play some hard nosed football.

i am sure the Miners saw and scouted the Chestnut Ridge game and think and feel they too...could and can do the same thing.

The Campers adjusted at halftime against the Lions and played a great ball game in the second half.  The first half, especially the first quarter is what really hurt them.  No more missing tackles, no more interceptions, but good hard running, crisp blocking and that attitude that you got to play your heart out on every play.

This will be a very interesting game.  Allegany must have a good week of practice and get their heads back into the game.  Go up to Frostburg with the attitude that we will not be defeated and put it to the Miners.

i know the Campers can do it.  They are young but willing.  Time to step up and show everyone what the Campers are capable of from the kickoff to the final whistle.  it should be a good ball game though and i hope to see many Camper fans in Frostburg this coming Friday night. 


CR Wileys awesome
Sunday, September 14




On a night that was beautiful, the air was chilly and the field was in perfect condition.  Warm-ups went well and then the kickoff...which went into the endzone for a touchback.  The first play from scrimmage and...oh no...and the game was over right there!

The Campers after winning in a convincing fashion against St. Charles seemed less then motivated as the first play from scrimmage turned into an interception and led to a easy score for the Chestnut Ridge Lions Friday night at Greenway.

The Lions quarterback, Tyler Wiley was very Wiley as he led his Lions down the field in quick and easy fashion to down the Campers 33-14 in a semi shocker.  Many had predicted the Campers to win this one by a slim margin, but the Lions of the Ridge had different thoughts as they did not want to come to Cumberland two weeks in a row to lose!

The Lions, a week after losing to Fort Hill, scored on the third play of the game, built a 21-0 lead in the first five minutes, and rolled to a 33-14 victory over Allegany Friday evening. Tyler Wiley ran for two touchdowns and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Feather with 17 seconds left in an efficient first half that put the Lions up 27-14 and sent them to their second win in three starts.

Noah Osman picked off a Carson Imes pass on the first play of the game and returned it 27 yards to the Allegany 15. After a 13-yard pass to Trent Crouse, Matt Wiley powered in from the 2-yard line for a touchdown just 40 seconds in to the game.

Tyler Wiley capped a 48-yard, nine-play drive with a 1-yard dive that made it 14-0 with 6:52 on the clock, and Shane Davis pounced on a fumbled snap on Allegany’s next possession, giving the Lions the ball at the Campers 21. Tyler Wiley hit Jay Grubb for 13 yards to the eight, then ran eight yards for a touchdown that made it 21-0 with 6:13 left in the first period.

“We’ve really struggled in our first halves of the season so far. The first week we put up three points and last week we didnt have any,” Chestnut Ridge coach Max Shoemaker said. “So, tonight it was like a gift, and we were very accepting. “We took advantage and cashed in on a couple of short porches to get a nice lead, but I give Allegany credit for really fighting back to get back into the game.

We never felt comfortable despite the fact we had a two-touchdown lead.” Chestnut Ridge was on the verge of extending its lead to 24-0 when Sean Van Meter lined up for a 32-yard field goal with just under four minutes left in the quarter. But Allegany’s Kirk Robinette timed his rush perfectly, broke through the line and blocked it.

“That was a big play for us because we needed some type of momentum,” said Allegany coach Tom Preaskorn. “We have such a young team, and we had to have something positive happen because everything was just so negative in the first quarter.”

After the block, Allegany (1-1) put together a pair of touchdown drives, both ending in 1-yard dives, to get to within 21-14 with 2:40 left in the half. Imes scored the first, and after Ridge turned the ball over on downs, Blake Milburn scored the second. The momentum shifted just as quickly a few minutes later after a pair of Wiley completions.

The first was a 30-yarder to Crouse that got the Lions to the Allegany 37. The second, after a timeout, was a perfectly lobbed 27-yard sideline strike to Feather for a touchdown with only 17.9 seconds left in the half. “We wanted to get something on the board before the half, said Shoemaker. “Tyler made a nice throw and Bryan made a nice catch. It was really big for us.”

Even this writer was impressed and fooled by Ridge QB Wiley.  Right before the half, QB Wiley faked a dive play to his brother/cousin Matt Wiley, who i thought was stopped short only to pull the ball back in and score himself.  it was such a good fake that i was unaware that the Lions had scored again.

Lets not forget the Ridge kicker too!  Sean VanMeter has a very explosive leg.  On his first 4 kickoffs to the Campers, all of which were firmly into the endzone and made the Blue and White start at thier own 20 yard line everytime.

After the half ended, the Campers seem to make some very good adjustments on stopping the Chestnut Ridge offense as the score remained the same until Josh McGill scored late in the game.

Tyler Wiley ran 19 times for 64 yards and completed 10 of 16 passes for 119 yards for the Lions, who led in total offense 259-195.

The Chestnut Ridge defense had five sacks. Matt Wiley got the last one, forcing a fumble in the process. That loose ball was recovered by Landon Kensinger at the 9-yard line that set up the final score.

Kirk Robinette led Allegany with 16 carries and 66 yards.

Hopefully...this will be an eye opener for the Campers as they travel to Mt. Ridge for a must win game!  


2014 schedule updated
Saturday, July 12





Thursday, August 14




St. Charles High school

St. Charles High School is under construction and is scheduled to open to students in time for the fall 2014 school year at a location adjacent to the Regency Furniture Stadium off of Piney Church Road. It has state-rated capacity for 1,600 students, sits on a 99-acre site donated by The St. Charles Companies and will encompass about 269,000 square feet of learning space on four floors with 72 teaching stations. The school will serve as an anchor in the steadily growing planned community of St. Charles and will offer opportunities to students and the community that include environmental and natural resource management, technology, and current issues related to these fields of study. St. Charles High School will be the first high school opened in Charles County since North Point in 2005 and is the 7th high school in Charles County.

Athletic features include a football stadium with an eight-lane track; bleacher seating for 1,500 home/500 visitors; 14 fields including football, baseball, softball, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse – enough so that each team has a practice and varsity field, and eight tennis courts. The football stadium is directly behind the school itself.

The school mascot is the Spartans with their colors being Kelly Green, Navy Blue and White. The Campers will travel to St. Charles for the first game of the season on September 5 for a 7 p.m. game.

Camper fans…don’t overlook the Spartans as a new start up football program. St. Charles is a new school that will be redistricted as far as student population. Whereas, St. Charles will probably get some of the athletes from the likes of Calvert and the other school from the Southern Maryland Athletic Association which means the Spartans will be a little more to handle than most.

Chestnut Ridge, PA

Make plans to see this game at the stadium this year. Chestnut Ridge will come to Cumberland the week before to play Fort Hill at Greenway and turn around again the following week to visit Allegany as well. The Ridge gave both local schools a close game last year.

Fort Hill pulled out their game in the finals minutes of the game with a 21-17 win, whereas Alco lost an even closer game with a 21-16 loss.

Make no mistake, Chestnut Ridge will come to play. They have sort of had Allegany’s number lately. The Campers won at the Ridge two years ago. However, gone is the outstanding QB that Chestnut had as well as their outstanding running back. The Lions have always had a very good running game, but lately with QB Beau Bouch at the helm, passing has also hurt the Campers. Should be another good game and a good test for the Campers in game 2.

Mt. Ridge Miners

What can we say about the Miners? Who would have thought last year the Miners would come to Cumberland and dismantle the Campers at Greenway…but they did. The Miners have lost several of their leaders in the trenches and some of the talent at running back. However…they are the Miners of Frostburg and a local rival of the Campers. 

This game will be in Frostburg and as usual a hard hitting contest. Hopefully, the Campers will not overlook the Miners in 2014 and go to Miner Field and take care of business.

Keyser Golden Tornado

Last years close game with the Tornado was somewhat of a surprise to many, but the Campers went to Keyser to play football that night. If only a couple of turnover would of gone the other way and so on and so on. The Campers could have won that game and probably should of. However it was not to be for the Blue and White on that night.

This year the Golden Tornado come to Greenway for a September 26 game at 7 p.m. Allegany will have to jump on them early and not let up to get this, the longest rivalry game in the area with an 88 year consecutive rivalry between the local teams.

Silver Oak Academy

Another first for the Campers as we travel to Keymar, Maryland to take on Silver Oak Academy. Make no mistake here fans, Silver Oak is a school for Juveniles that have had brushes with the law and are one step away from visiting one of Maryland many prisons. The Academy is considered a last resort for many of these young men who play football.

Keymar is located just north East of Frederick, Maryland and not a bad drive for Camper fans. This is the same team that Fort Hill just kills in football for the last several years.

If you are going to this game, go early because I am sure there are not if any bleachers for sitting on the visitor side…so bringing a folding chair is recommended.

Southern Garrett Rams

This year the Rams will travel to Greenway in a Friday night game. The Rams have struggled in the last few years, but always seem to give the Campers a good, hard fought football game.

Coach Bosley is again back at the helm of the Rams team for the third time. Coach Bosley has inspired many very good Rams teams of the past and looks to do the same for them again.

MATHS…Maryland Academy of Technical and Health Sciences

What can you say about MATHS? They always have good athletes and always come to play football. The Campers have played MATHS for several consecutive seasons now and have won them all going away. The Campers however, cannot let down their guard as MATHS is the type of team with could sneak up on you and beat you if you play sloppy and with a “we can beat these guys” attitude.

This is another home game for the Campers…however this is a Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. game at Greenway. attitude. however this is a Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. game at Greenway.

Northern Garrett Huskies

Another longtime rival, the Huskies as do the Southern Garrett Rams come to play. Northern brings their game to every game. The Huskie problems of the past has been their numbers. Northern is a team that always gives the Campers a very good game until the Blue and White just starts to outmuscle or outnumber them in the course of the game. This is another Friday night game at Greenway for the Campers.


Towson came to Cumberland to play Allegany last season. They are considered a Maryland 3A classification. Last year’s game was very competitive and it took the Campers until the late third quarter to put them away. Towson is another of those teams with multiple talent. They love to play at Greenway and will be looking for another good game against the Campers.

Fort Hill

Not much more can be said for the Sentinels. They are the reigning 1A State Champions and are looking to run the table again in 2014. The Campers gave them a great homecoming game for 1 half, then the Sentinel speed and power running took over. This could be another run for the 1A west game between the two teams which as usual leads to another game the next week or two for the region championship.

Although the Sentinels are not as loaded with talent as they were last season, the Fort Hill football team is again regrouping for another great season.



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Friday, June 15


Where have you been?  What are you doing?

The Big Blue Review has started a new section simply titled, "Where are they now."  The section is dedicated to those of us that have been a Camper.  This is a area where former players are on display.  Let us know what you are doing these days.

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Upcoming Games
Date Event Time Location
Fri 9/19 Football Mt. Ridge vs. Allegany 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Miners Field
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