TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur football program announced their schedule for the 2021 season.
The schedule will have one new, but familiar team returning for the upcoming season.
Big 10 Conference school Robert C. Byrd will return to the Buckhannon-Upshur schedule while the Bucs will say goodbye to Fairmont Senior.
The Bucs played Hampshire last season, but they were a replacement game for the canceled Fairmont Senior contest and will not return to the 2021 schedule.
“The conference athletic directors get together each year to create geographic sections within the conference to help decide which teams would play each other,” remarked veteran B-U head coach Duane Stoeckle. “The new conference alignment has us playing Robert C. Byrd. We’ve had them on and off the schedule over the years. We’ve actually scrimmaged them the last three or four years. The proximity to each other is helpful.”
The Bucs will once again have a balanced schedule of five home games and five road contests in 2021.
“Of course, the years you get to have six home games you really like,” noted Stoeckle about having an unbalanced schedule of six and four. “It creates less travel which saves on transportation costs and gives you one more home gate which brings in more revenue. Of course, the next year you travel more and have one less home gate. So, five home games and five away games makes the most sense.”
The Bucs will open at home with Bridgeport, but then face three straight road games at Ripley, Philip Barbour and Greenbrier East.
Following a bye week in week five, the Bucs will have three straight home games against John Marshall, Lewis County and University.
The Bucs will then visit Robert C. Byrd before playing their final home game of the year the following week against Preston.
The Bucs will close out the season with their traditional end-of-year game with Elkins.
“This year the front half of the schedule has three road games and the two longest trips of the year going to Ripley at Greenbrier East,” said Stoeckle. “The second half sets up nicely with our home games while the away games are fairly close. The bye week comes at a perfect time. The players get a nice break to get healthy physically and mentally and can then focus on the home stretch and what we will need to accomplish.”
The season opener with Bridgeport is scheduled for Aug. 27.
“All-in-all, our athletic director Rick Reynolds has set up a good, competitive schedule with a nice mix of the required Class AAA games and our conference rivals in Elkins, Lewis County and Philip Barbour,” concluded Stoeckle.