Football Little Bucs cap off perfect season, advance to Championship

Quarterback Brody McDaniels passes the ball in the little Bucs win over Lincoln.

TENNERTON — Head Coach Dave Chipps Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Football team had overcome every obstacle in their path en route to compiling a perfect 7-0 record entering last Thursday, October 20 regular season finale at home against Lincoln.

The Little Buccaneers offense was one a tear from start to finish against Lincoln fueling Buckhannon-Upshur to the 42-12 win. The Little Buccaneers offense was a well-oiled machine, recording up six total scores, with four different running backs finding the endzone and Quarterback Brody McDaniels adding two more scores through the air. As a team, the Little Buccaneers showed off their ability to be a well-balanced offensive attack, spreading the ball around to their playmakers and racking up over 300 yards of total offense. Coach Chipps team we over 175 yards on the ground and over 125 through the air. Brody Jeran led the Little Buccaneers rushing attack amassing 88 yards and a score on just five touches. Dylan Foster not far behind Jeran, racking up 75 yards and a score on 15 attempts. Forest Catlin rushed the ball 3 times for 13 yards and a score, while Zack Simmons scored from 10 yards out on his only carry of the day to round out the notable ground game contributors from the Little Buccaneers. McDaniels finished the game with 130 yards and a perfect 3-of-3 passing mark. Chance Morgan found himself on the receiving end of two explosive passing plays, catching two passes from McDaniels, racking up 120 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Little Buccaneers forced a fumble at a key down-and-distance on Lincoln’s first drive, helping the Buccaneers get out to an early two-score lead against a tough opponent.

With the win, the Little Buccaneers move to 8-0 on the 2022 season. Coach Chipps and his staff will now focus on preparing their team for the upcoming Mid-8 Conference championship game, scheduled to kick off on 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27 against the Washington Irving Hilltoppers. The conference championship game is a rematch from the team’s season opener, which the Little Buccaneers dominated 34-14. Having already played once, it will be interesting to see how each team has grown and learned from their previous match-up.

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