TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur football team will have an opportunity to move up in the SSAC ratings when No. 2 University visits Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. today.
The Bucs, 16th in this week’s ratings, are coming off a 14-6 win over Lewis County last Friday and are now 3-3 on the season.
“This will be a big challenge for our team,” said B-U coach Duane Stoeckle. “University has an excellent team with great speed at the skill positions.”
The injury bug continued to bite Stoeckle’s squad in last week’s victory. Leading rusher Dash Davis missed the second half with a knee injury, while starting fullback Casey Hamner has also been sidlined with a knee injury.
“We’ll have a lot of younger kids working in the backfield,” Stoeckle said. “Those guys stepped in [against Lewis County] and did a good job and they will continue to get more carries.”
Junior fullback Borgey Tenney got most of the rushing attempts in the second half against the Minutemen, finishing with 65 yards on 11 attempts. Drew Heatherly added 24 yards rushing, while sophomore quarterback Ryan Strader had a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
The defense, meanwhile, made a pair of goal-line stands to preserve the victory.
Leading tacklers for B-U include linebackers Andrew Herron, Ilan Rice, Tyler Cutright and Michael Fultineer.
Seniors Adam Cunningham and Hunter Huddleston, along with junior Curtis Helton anchor the secondary.
The Hawks enter the contest 7-0 after getting pulling away from Hampshire, 39-19, last Friday at home.
Robert Sanders had 170 yards rushing and a score in the win for UHS, which was without injured leading rusher Trevor Barnhart, who is questionable for tonight’s game.
Quarterback Clay Bailey and talented receiver Amir Richardson lead the passing attack. Bailey completed 16-of-25 passes for 192 yards in last Friday’s win.
The Hawk defense, meanwhile, held the Trojans to minus 29 yards rushing in the second half