Backfield shines as Varsity, JV Bucs trample Preston County

JV Bucs fight the Preston Knights.

KINGWOOD — Head Coach Zach Davis’ Buckhannon-Upshur High School Buccaneers Football team (3-5, 2-2 in Big 10 Conference Play) hit the road last Friday, October 28, making the long trip to Kingwood to take on the Preston County Knights (1-7, 0-4 in Big 10 Conference Play).

All season long, the Buccaneers have stayed true to their defensive-minded, run-first, physical style of play, finding the most success when they can win the battle in the trenches up front and establish dominance over the line of scrimmage. The Buccaneers’ lineman came out to play Friday night, setting the tone on both sides of the ball all night with their discipline and physicality. It didn’t seem to matter which of Buckhannon-Upshur’s talented ball carriers toted the ball, as the Buccaneers amassed nearly 300 yards on the ground, as a pair of running backs topped the century mark, en route to collecting a 25 to 12 win over the Knights.

Senior running back Savion Farmer racked up 122 yards and three scores on 27 carries to lead the Buccaneers backfield. Farmer was electric in this one, with the Knights often unable to match the talented tailback’s burst and agility in space. Elijah Bryant’s blend of strength, balance and speed also gave the Knights’ defense fits, with the senior racking up 101 yards on 11 carries. Blake Runyon scored from 5 yards out on his only carry for the only other Buccaneer score on the day.

Offensively, the Buccaneers got off to an outstanding start, building a 19 to 0 lead by the halftime intermission behind Farmer’s three first half scores before seemingly easing off in the second half, although answering the bell with a late game drive that resulted in Runyon’s score with nine seconds left. Defensively, aside from allowing a quick touchdown on two massive plays in the last seconds of the game, the Buccaneers played nearly flawless all night, making life hard for the opposing Knight offense to sustain a drive.

With the win, the Buccaneers collected their second consecutive win, improving to 4-5 overall on the year and 3-2 in Big 10 Conference play. The Buccaneers will hope to keep this positive momentum rolling into this Friday, November 4, season finale in the “Battle for the Axe” against the Philip Barbour Colts. Coach Davis and his team have been the top dogs of Route #33 since he took over last season, with the Buccaneers boasting a 5-0 record against rivals Lewis County, Elkins and Philip Barbour, in his time at the helm. It will be interesting if the Buccaneers can finish their second straight sweep of rivals and finish the season off on a high note by adding to their trophy case with a win against the Colts.

Following suit, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Junior Varsity Football Bucs took on the Preston Knights. The young JV team battles on Monday evening, collecting a shut-out win. The junior varsity Buccaneers grinded out a physical 14 to 0 win behind a gritty defensive performance and a pair of touchdown drives.

JV Bucs fight the Preston Knights.

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