Little Bucs blank Hornets at home

Garrett Cutright tackles the Elkins ball carrier. Cutright also had a fumble recovery for the Little Bucs in their win Thursday night. ROBERTA HATCHER/ The Record Delta

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Buccaneers hosted the Hornets of Elkins Middle Thursday night in Mid 8 Conference action at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium.  

The Little Bucs won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball and started the evening on their own 26-yard line. On their first possession, the Little Bucs moved the ball 74 yards in seven plays. The drive was capped on a 45-yard pass play from quarterback Dawson Tenney to Levi Posey, which resulted in the Little Bucs’ first touchdown of the evening. Tenney then ran the ball in on the two-point conversion, giving the Little Bucs the lead with 4:50 left in the first quarter. 

The Little Buc defense would control the Hornets defense all evening. The Hornets moved the ball well in their first drive of the night with a 27-yard pass play. Their drive was thwarted when Eli Watkins intercepted a Hornet pass for the Little Bucs late in the first quarter.

The Little Bucs started their next possession on their own 32-yard line. The Hornets defense stepped up the next series, but still could not control the Little Bucs offense. They would move the ball 68 yards in 11 plays, capping the drive with a 1-yard carry into the end zone by Cooper Antolini for the Little Bucs second touchdown of the night with 3:57 left in the second quarter. Antolini then ran the ball in for a two-point conversion.

The Hornets next drive was short lived. Just 50 seconds into their second play, Dawson Tenney would intercept a pass, giving the Little Bucs possession at their own 41-yard line. The Little Bucs offense was marred by penalties on this possession, resulting in their first turnover on downs of the evening. The first half would end with the B-UMS up 14 – 0.

On their first drive of the third quarter, the Hornets would only complete four plays. They fumbled the ball on the Little Bucs 45-yard line, which was recovered quickly by Garrett Cutright, giving the Little Bucs possession. The Little Bucs first drive of the third quarter was aided by multiple flags on the Hornets defense. Again, Cooper Antolini would find the end zone with 1:41 left in the third quarter. Tenney completed a pass to Levi Posey for the two-point conversion, extending the Little Bucs lead to 22 – 0. The B-UMS defense stepped up in the fourth quarter with big tackles from Kellan Wolverton and Trevor Winneberger.

The Hornets would again fumble the ball on their next drive, with Tenney recovering the ball for the Little Bucs. Tenney would reach the end zone for B-UMS with 6:27 left in the fourth quarter. Antolini made good on the extra-point kick, resulting in the final score of 29 – 0 in a big win for the Little Bucs. 

Little Bucs Head Coach Dave Chipps was pleased with his team’s play on the evening. “I thought we had a better effort, we eliminated some mistakes we made, and played better defense,” said Chipps. “We are a young team. Over half of the team are seventh graders. We have some offense depth. This is going to be a good little football team next year as well.” The Little Bucs, now 2 – 4 on the season, will faces the Hilltoppers of Washington-Irving Middle School next week at home in their last game of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur          8  6  8  7 – 29

Elkins                     0  0  0  0 – 0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Buckhannon-Upshur – Dawson Tenney: 74-yards rushing, 55-yards passing, 1 touchdown, 1 2-point conversion

Buckhannon-Upshur – Cooper Antolini: 70-yards rushing, 3 touchdowns, 1 kick, 1 2-point conversion

Buckhannon-Upshur – Levi Posey: 55-yards rushing, 1 touchdown, 1 2-point conversion

Buckhannon-Upshur – Aiden Phillips: 11-yards rushing, 1 2-point conversion

Buckhannon-Upshur – Forrest Catlin: 21-yards rushing

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