B-U, Elkins rivalry put on hold this year

A file photo from last year’s Buckhannon-Upshur-Elkins football game. The two rivals won’t play this year because of Upshur County being orange on the COVID-19 map.

TENNERTON – With the final week of the regular season here, the Buckhannon-Upshur football Buccaneers will not have a game this week with Upshur County going orange last Saturday on the state’s COVID-19 map.

The Bucs and the Elkins Tigers were slated to renew their long-time Route 33 rivalry Friday night but now that game will no longer happen.

According to Buckhannon-Upshur’s history of football, the series started in 1920 between Buckhannon High School and Elkins and Friday’s game would have been the 99th edition of the game.

In the 98 meetings, Buckhannon/B-U holds a slim 49-46-3 edge over Elkins.

Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Duane Stoeckle said earlier in the week that it was disappointing his team lost games to both Lewis County and Elkins this season.

“It is very sad and disappointing that we lost long-played rivalry games with both Lewis County and now Elkins this season,” stated Stoeckle.

Elkins is currently ranked 17th in Class AA and found a replacement game as they will now travel to Nicholas County Friday night.

In all, 22 games were canceled for this Friday night although a few teams, like Elkins, have found replacement games for this final week of the season.

Play-off pairings for all classes will be released Saturday.

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