Little Bucs fall to WI in regular-season finale

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School football team concluded the regular season with a 52-7 setback to Washington Irving Thursday night at Freal “Red” Crites Memoral Stadium.

The Little Bucs of head coach Dave Chipps finished with a 5-3 mark, while the Hilltoppers improved to 8-0 and advanced to the Mid 8 Conference title game.

B-UMS jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 2:57 left in the first quarter when Ian Donnen hit Sterlin Thropp for a 27-yard score on a fourth-and-16 play. Cameron Zuliani added the conversion kick.

But it was all WI from that juncture behind the running of Jeremiah King, who finished the night with 255 yards rushing on just eight carries and scoring five touchdowns.

It was the passing of Nathaniel Junkins that put the Hilltoppers in the lead, however, when he found Aidan Morris from 70 yards to make it 8-7 after the two-point conversion.

In the second quarter, King scored on runs of 33, 40 and 44 as the WI lead swelled to 30-7 at the intermission.

King tacked on TD runs of 26 and 32 in the third quarter and back-up quarterback Rylan Rock added a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Thropp led the Little Bucs with 26 yards rushing on 13 attempts. Ian Donnen completed 3-of-9 passes for 55 yards. Thropp had two catches for 29 yards and Perry one reception for 26 yards.

Tucker Hurst had four tackles, including one for a loss, for the B-UMS defense, while Kaiden Ball and Wilber Snider added tackles for losses.

The boxscore:

Washington Irving  8 22 14  8 — 52

B-UMS                     7    0   0  0 —  7

First quarter

B-UMS — Sterlin Thropp 27 pass from Ian Donnen (Cameron Zuliani kick), 2:57

WI – Aidan Morris 70 pass from Nathaniel Junkins (Junkins run), 2:31

Second quarter

WI — Jeremiah King 33 run (King run), 7:27

WI — King 40 run (pass failed), 3:36

WI — King 44 run (Junkins pass to Morris), :41.4

Third quarter

WI — King 26 run (Nicholas George kick), 5:35

WI — King 32 run (George kick), 3:21

Fourth quarter

WI — Rylan Rock 1 run (Rock pass to Tanner Cook), 5:58


Rushing: WI 18-277, King 8-255, Braylon Hilliard 3-13, Caleb Nutter 1-5, Rock 1-1, George 3-3, Tanner Cook 2-0. B-UMS 29-81, Thropp 13-26, Cam Ervin 9-17, Elijah Bryant 1-22, Zack Mayle 2-8 , Nate Perry 4-8.

Passing: WI, Junkins 4-5-113-0, King 0-1-0-0, Rock 0-1-0-0. B-UMS, Donnen 3-9-55-2.

Receiving: WI, Morris 2-83, King 1-14, Cook 1-16. B-UMS, Thropp 2-29, Perry 1-26


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