GLEN DALE – There were very few positives for the Buckhannon-Upshur football Buccaneers to take away from their battle with John Marshall Friday night at Monarch Stadium.
The young and beat up Bucs were no match for the seventh-ranked Monarchs as they dropped a 55-7 decision.
John Marshall scored on seven of the eight first-half drives opening up a 49-0 lead at the intermission.
Dalton Flowers scored the first three touchdowns for John Marshall, all on the ground.
With the first three scores all coming in the first quarter, Flowers scored on a run of 65 yards on the Monarchs first offensive play of the game and then added touchdown runs of 48 and 18 yards.
Alex Burton then ran for three consecutive touchdowns in the second quarter.
He had scoring runs for 25 yards, eight yards and 25 yards as John Marshall took a 42-0 lead.
Right before the half, the Bucs turned the ball over on an interception and Flowers ran it in from three yards out on the one-play drive taking their 49-0 lead at the half.
John Marshall came out in the second half with their second unit offense and the Bucs forced a three-and-out on their first possession of the third quarter, but the Bucs fumbled it away on their first play of the second half giving the Monarchs the ball at the B-U 34-yard line.
Back-up quarterback Cody Hartman was going in for the score but lost the football with B-U’s Waylon Hoover recovering it for the Bucs for a touchback.
The Bucs however couldn’t build on that momentum as they punted the ball away without picking up a first down.
The only score of the third quarter occurred on the final play of the quarter as Hartman rolled out to his left and hit Zane Murphy for a 28-yard touchdown pass. B-U’s Riley Carr was able to tip it but it landed safely in Murphy’s hands for the score.
The kick was no good, but the Monarchs took a 55-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bucs avoided the shutout on their next drive as Ian Donnen found Sterlin Thropp on a screen roll out to the B-U sideline and Thropp outraced the Monarch defense to the end zone for a 70-yard run and catch for the score with 10:58 remaining in the game.
Cameron Zuliani’s kick was good as the Bucs made it a 55-7 game.
With the clock running on the mercy rule, the game ended at 55-7.
The Bucs gained 185 yards of total offense.
Donnen completed six of his 13 passes for 117 yards and one score and one interception.
Most of that was on the 70-yard touchdown completion to Thropp, who ended the night with three catches for 82 yards.
The Monarchs ended the night with 399 yards rushing and 492 total yards of total offense.
John Marshall improved to 4-1 on the season and will host Princeton next Friday.
The Bucs dropped to 1-4 overall are scheduled to visit Lewis County next Friday for a 7 p.m. kick-off if the county isn’t coded in orange or red on the COVID-19 map.
Buckhannon-Upshur 0 0 0 7 – 7
John Marshall 21 28 6 0 – 55
John Marshall – Dalton Flowers, 65-yard run (Cole Bonacci kick)
John Marshall – Flowers, 48-yard run (Bonacci kick)
John Marshall – Flowers, 18-yard run (Bonacci kick)
John Marshall – Alex Burton, 25-yard run (Bonacci kick)
John Marshall – Burton, 8-yard run (Bonacci kick)
John Marshall – Burton, 25-yard run (Riley McIntyre kick)
John Marshall – Flowers, 3-yard run (McIntyre kick)
John Marshall – Zane Murphy, 28-yard pass from Cody Hartman (kick failed)
Buckhannon-Upshur – Sterlin Thropp, 70-yard pass from Ian Donnen (Cameron Zuliani kick)