Football Buccaneers play well at North Marion Husky grid-o-rama

Buckhannon-Upshur fullback Brayden Cutlip shrugs off a Liberty defender during the Bucs’ scrimmage with them Saturday at the North Marion grid-o-rama. The Bucs battled Liberty and North Marion. They will open their season Friday, Aug. 30.

RACHEL – Buckhannon-Upshur head football coach Duane Stoeckle was able to get his first true look at his Buccaneers against other competition at the North Marion football grid-o-rama Saturday afternoon.

The Bucs battled Liberty and then took on North Marion on a blistering hot day on the turf at Husky Field.

“It was definitely hot on the turf,” noted Stoeckle. “The heat did appear to make us a little sluggish during our game with North Marion in the afternoon session.”

Scoring wasn’t kept as each team had 30 offensive plays and 30 defensive plays. Stoeckle split the plays between his varsity and junior varsity teams.

Stoeckle used the grid-o-rama for a simple task for he and his coaching staff – which players would compete and who would step up when adversity hit.

“We wanted to and needed to find out who is physically and mentally tough,” explained Stoeckle. “We also wanted to evaluate certain players as well as plays and offensive and defensive schemes. I think for the most part we accomplished our goals.”

Like most scrimmages, Stoeckle said he saw some good things from his Buccaneers and some things that they still need to work on.

“Overall, we did several good things during the scrimmage which we’ll use moving forward,” remarked Stoeckle. “We also found some areas we’ll need to address to show improvement. Tackling will have to get better but we’ve only been permitted live contact since Wednesday, so I think that will improve as we move forward.”

Stoeckle noted some of the positives he viewed from the scrimmage.

“We will still have to watch the film, but initial observations showed that Trenton Westfall and Sterlin Thropp had good days on both sides of the ball,” he remarked. “Ryan Strader made some good decisions at quarterback and Brett Sears had a good day on defense. Sears was hustling sideline to sideline making tackles and had a fumble recovery vs Liberty.”

Stoeckle said the biggest thing that he would take away from the scrimmage was the desire he saw from his team.

“Our players will compete,” he concluded. “They have the will to win and they are coachable.”

The Bucs will get their season underway Friday, Aug. 30 when they host Fairmont Senior.

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