TENNERTON — Head Coach Dave Chipps and his undefeated Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Football Buccaneers welcomed winless rival Robert L. Bland Patriots to Tennerton for a clash of team’s that have had polar opposite 2022 campaigns. While the Little Buccaneers have barreled through any and every obstacle in their way, at times this season it has seemed as if the Patriots couldn’t get out of their own way. With nothing to lose and with potentially a chance to squander a rival’s perfect season, the Little Buccaneers match-up with the Patriots had the makings of a classic trap game.
Early on the Little Buccaneers made it clear that Coach Chipps and his staff had done a phenomenal job preparing their team for anything that the Patriots could scheme up offensively, forcing a turnover on Robert L. Bland’s first drive, as Chance Morgan made a perfect read on an underthrown ball, picking the pass off and scoring the game’s first points in style with a pick six.
That play set the tone for the rest of the evening, as the Little Buccaneers scored five more first half touchdowns before calling the dogs off in the second half, coasting to the 49 to 0 win over the rival Patriots. Coach Chipps did a good job spreading the ball around to their wealth of playmakers in the first half, with three different players scoring offensive touchdowns, with the defense chipping in a pair of scores as the Little Buccaneers built a commanding 42 to 0 lead by halftime. Forest Catlin scored on a nice pass from Brody McDaniels, while Dylan Foster scored on a pair of explosive scampers of over 30-yards, with Brody Jeran scoring on a 30-yard touchdown run of his own. Zack Simmons scored the Buccaneers final touchdown of the first half, matching his teammate Morgan’s earlier feat with a pick six of his own late in the second quarter. Overall, the Little Buccaneers balanced offensive attack perfectly complemented a stingy, hard-hitting defense making for some near perfect football from this young football team in the first half.
In the second half, Coach Chipps and his staff took advantage of the opportunity to get younger players filling his bench some key in-game experience. The Little Buccaneers second-team defense kept Robert L. Bland off the board in the second half to keep the shutout intact, while running back Levi Cook found the end zone on a 14-yard run for the lone Buckhannon-Upshur score in the second half.
The statement win moved the undefeated Little Buccaneers to 7-0 on the season, simultaneously clinching an appearance in the Mid-8 Conference championship game at the end of the month of Thursday, October 27. While the key late season win over a bitter rival might have punched the Little Buccaneers ticket to the conference championship game, this team cannot get caught looking ahead as they still have one more regular season game remaining, a homestead against the Lincoln Little Cougars this coming Thursday, October 20. Coach Chipps and the Little Buccaneers stand just two games away from a perfect season, it will be interesting to see where how this special group of young men finish out the season.