Ervin, Thropp led Little Buc gridders in 2017

Squad fell just short of advancing to Mid 8 Conference championship game

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School football team fell just short on reaching the Mid-8 Conference championship game in 2017.

The Little Bucs jumped out to a 4-0 start before dropping three of their last four.

B-UMS started the 2017 campaign with a home victory, followed by three straight road wins against Mountaineer, South Harrison and Robert L. Bland.

After a close loss to Lincoln at home and a setback at Taylor County, the Little Bucs rebounded with an impressive 20-6 victory at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium against Bridgeport.

Coach Dave Chipps’ squad was paced by the backfield duo of eighth-graders Cameron Ervin and Sterlin Thropp.

Ervin led the team in rushing with 750 yards on 78 carries, while Thropp tallied 546 yards on the ground on 78 totes.

Ervin and Thropp tied for the team lead in touchdowns with 12 apiece.

Quarterback Ian Donnen completed 10-of-22 passes for 178 yards and a pair of scores during the fall season. His top target was Thropp, who collected seven catches for 152 yards and two scores.

Defensively, Alex Bennett had a strong campaign, leading the team in tackles from with nearly 60 stops and 14 tackles-for-losses. Ervin followed with over 40 tackles, recovering three fumbles and forcing three others.

On special teams, Cameron Zuliani became the first known female in Buckhannon-Upshur football history to record a point in game action. She finished the season by converting nine extra points.

2017 results

(Final record: 5-3)

Elkins W, 32-20

at Mountaineer W, 47-0

at South Harrison W. 30-8

at Robert L. Bland W, 42-6

Lincoln L, 22-20

at Taylor County L, 46-12

Bridgeport W, 20-6

Washington Irving L, 52-7

Individual leaders


Cam Ervin — 78 carries for 750 yards

Nate Perry — 24-196

Sterlin Thropp — 78-546

Trey Herndon — 19-189

Zack Mayle — 17-97

Elijah Bryant — 6-33

Ian Strader — 6-20

Liam Garcia — 1-1


Ian Donnen — 10-of-22 for 178 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs


Thropp — 7 catches for 152 yards and 2 TDs


Ervin — 12

Thropp — 12

Herndon — 3

Perry — 2

Mayle — 1

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