B-U “Mighty Mites” football team enjoys impressive start to 2022 campaign

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur “Mighty Mite” football team, coached by a staff consisting of Johnny Meadows, Doc Rowan and Keith Wolverton has enjoyed an excellent start to their 2022 campaign. The young Upshur County football team, with players age ranging from 6 and 7-years old, has really shown promise through the first five weeks of the season.  

A stout defense complemented by an explosive offense has proved to be a tough combination for the Mighty Mites opponents to overcome so far this year. Defensively, the Mighty Mites set the tone with a deep unit full of young talented players. One of these young talented defenders, Kevonnie Freeman is an absolute ballhawk from his middle linebacker position. Freeman is one of the Mighty Mites most physical playmakers, filling an important leadership role in the center of the team’s defense. Even at a young age, Freeman has shown a nose for the ball, quickly sniffing out opposing ballcarriers and making his presence felt. Speaking to Freeman following a practice, he explained why he loves football, saying, “Football is really fun, I love to hit people. Defense is my favorite.” It is clear that Freeman loves the physical and competitive aspects of football and he has a special combination of toughness and talent to be something special on the gridiron should he stick with football going forward.  

Offensively, the Mighty Mites boast a potent, philosophically balanced attack. Among the many big play threats on the Mighty Mite roster, is quarterback Axl Lane. The coaching staff trusts the young signal caller with orchestrating their offense and being a leader. Lane is smart, has a knack for making good, quick decisions. Lane has a solid arm, but the Mighty Mite offense often utilizes him a running quarterback, using his athletic ability to create mismatches for the opposition.  

Talking to Lane after practice last week, it quickly became evident that I was dealing with a very mature young man as Lane said, “I enjoy being a quarterback, I like getting to touch the ball almost every play.” When asked if remembering and executing plays was difficult for him, Lane shrugged, saying, “Running plays is easy, I haven’t ever really had trouble remembering the plays.” Mastering a playbook at such a young age demonstrates that Lane holds a great understanding of the game of football, a valuable trait for the up and coming signal caller.  

Coach Johnny Meadows talked a bit about his team, saying, “This a great group of young men. They play with great passion and effort; they work well together as a unit. Most importantly, they play with a great collective attitude and always have fun.” 

Coach Doc Rowan added, “They have come a long way as a unit. They get better every single day. They never stop working to improve.” 

Coach Keith Wolverton added, “I am proud of this group. They play hard. They play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.” 


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