TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur football Buccaneers will attempt to turn around a two-game slide when they make the trip to Moundsville on Friday night as they square off against the No. 7 John Marshall Monarchs.
Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.
The game will continue a streak of ranked opponents as all four of the Buccaneers’ Class AAA opponents are now currently ranked 13th or higher in the recent WVSSAC rankings.
The Bucs will enter the game with a 1-3 record after a 55-10 setback to Greenbrier East last Friday night.
In that contest, the Bucs marched the ball down the field on their first drive taking a 7-0 lead but couldn’t sustain that momentum the rest of the game.
“We are going to keep building on the positives our younger guys are making,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Duane Stoeckle. “Our opening offensive drive of the game last week was really pretty good. We go right down the field and score on the No. 9 team in the state. We did make some quality offensive plays against a quality team. We’ve shown John Marshall on film what we are capable of doing when we execute. We will try to keep building on that. So, we will keep focusing on the good things and trying to improve on our mistakes.”
Stoeckle said his Buccaneers have had a good week of practice despite the bumps and bruises of the season starting to add up.
“We’ve had pretty good practices so far this week,” noted Stoeckle. “We are a bit banged up and we’ll be missing some players this Friday night.”
John Marshall will enter the game with a 3-1 record after an impressive 39-0 home victory over Parkersburg South.
“John Marshall is a very good team,” stated Stoeckle. “They use an I-Formation with a tight end and twins. They will also use some spread formations.”
On offense, the Monarchs are led by hulking fullback Dalton Flowers who stands at 6-2, 210 pounds.
Flowers had a huge game last week against Parkersburg South as he gained 164 yards on 23 carries with three scores and also caught a touchdown pass through the air.
Defensively, the Monarchs use a 4-3 formation led by a big line and Flowers as a linebacker.
Stoeckle said for the Bucs to be in the game with the talented Monarchs is for his young squad to keep getting better.
“Our young guys have to keep improving,” remarked Stoeckle. “We have to stop their running game and control their play-action passing game. We also have to get our offense rolling and find the end zone more often.”
Following their game this Friday with John Marshall, the Buccaneers will visit the Lewis County Minutemen next Friday for a 7 p.m. kick-off in a Big 10 Conference outing.