Keys took advantage of seven Gore turnovers enroute to a 21-0 win over the home town Pirates Friday.

Four of the turnovers came in Keys territory when the Pirates were marching for a possible score.

For Keys it was the debut of sophomore quarterback Ryan Nolan who finished the night 13-26 for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior running back Jayson Steeley complimented Nolan with 14 carries for 92 yards. He also ran in a quarterback keeper in from the seven yard line for Keys first touchdown at the three minute mark of the first half.

The Cougars second touchdown came two minutes later after Nolan hit Ross on a short and with a nifty spin shook the only Pirate defender with a shot at him and a 28-yard score.

Keys scored their final touchdown at the 8:29 mark of the third quarter after Nolan hit tight end Nathan Kuhns on a 25 yard touchdown strike. Ross was good on all of his extra point attempts.

“It was a good win for us in our opener. We were sloppy at times and we are going to have to fix that fast. Coach Moseley is a great coach and has a good well coach team and we are fortunate to get a win tonight,” Keys Head Football Coach Gary Willis said.

Keys marched into Gore territory on their first series of the game, moving the ball to 7 yard line of Gore where a field goal attempt was no good.

The drive was highlighted by 25 and 17 yard runs from Steeley, a 12 yard run from Robert Enkey and a 9 yard run from Micheal Morrison.

The Keys defense stepped up on the first Pirate drive, after moving the ball to the Cougar 22 yard line, a backwards lateral on a screen play was recovered by Morrison as he was falling out of bounds.

The second Keys drive was hampered by penalty calls and no calls.

The first play of the drive Nolan found Enkey open for a 50-yard catch only to have it called back on a penalty.

Six plays later a Keys wide receiver was hit early as he was trying to make a catch of a Nolan pass but no interference call was made.

This brought Willis from the sidelines in justified defense of his player drawing a unsportsmanship call against Keys.

The call was the third of four penalties against Keys on the drive accounting for 40 yards on the drive.

The highlight on the drive was 12-yard pass from Nolan to Parks on a third down and seven.

The fourth series of the game was the scoring drive for the Cougars.

Keys started the drive on the 50 yard line after Josh Fisher recovered a Gore fumble.

Nolan, under pressure, connected with Ross on the first play for 21 yards and a second time four plays later for 15 two plays before Nolan's scoring run.

Keys started in excellent field position on their second scoring drive at their own 49.

Nolan found tight end Nathan Kuhns opened for 22 yards on their first play and Ross open on the second play for the score.

Gore's first drive of the second half ended on the seventh play after Spencer Carson recovered a Pirate fumble at the Gore 49.

Keys first series after halftime was highlighted by a 24 yard Steeley run and an 18 yard pass catch by Enkey.

The third drive by Gore in the third quarter was stopped after Chris Girdner recovered a Gore fumble at the Pirates 33 only to have Keys give the ball back on the next play.

The next Keys series was their final scoring drive. It was highlighted by a 45 yard catch and run from Steeley.

The ensuing Gore drive was stopped at the Cougar 46 after Ross intercepted the intended pass.

Justin Parks stopped the final two drives by Gore after he intercepted passes at the four and 49 yard lines in Keys territory.

“We just had to many turnovers in the game. Every time we got something going for us we would kill ourselves. We are just going to have to quit hurting ourselves,”Gore Head Football Coach Richard Moseley said.

Ross caught four passes for 68 yards, Kuhns 3 for 43 and Robert Enkey 2-67. Parks finished with two interceptions for Keys while Ross had the third.

Keys will take on top ten ranked Vian on the road next Friday.


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