Little Bucs open 2020 football season tonight with Mountaineer Middle


TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Buc football team will kick-off their season today when they entertain Mountaineer Middle at 6:30 p.m at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium.

“We have had a great two weeks of practice leading up to the opener,” remarked B-UMS head coach Dave Chipps. “The guys are giving total effort, they are very coachable and the coaching staff is very pleased with how things are progressing.”

Chipps is expected to go with this line-up for the opener.

He will have on the line, eighth-grader Chase Hackett (5-8, 120) at left end, eighth-grader Daren Daugherty (6-2, 280) at left tackle, eighth-grader Cooper Lantz (5-9, 200) at left guard, sixth-grader Eli Watkins (5-4, 160) at center, seventh-grader Levi Posey (5-11, 185) at right guard, eighth-grader Bear Metheney (6-0, 250) at right tackle and eighth-grader Andrew McDowell (5-3, 125) at right end.

In the backfield, eight-grader Ethan McCarty (5-2, 115) will be the quarterback, eighth-grader Daniel Hedrick (5-7, 135) at left halfback, Caiden Bleigh (5-10, 140) at right halfback and eighth-grader Wyatt Morris (5-10, 135) at fullback.

On defense, the line will see Morris at left end, Daugherty at left tackle, Metheney at right tackle and Lantz at right end.

At linebacker will be McCarty at left outside backer, Hedrick at left inside backer, seventh-grader Aiden Philips (5-5, 120) at right inside backer and Bleigh at right outside backer.

The secondary will have seventh grader Cooper Antolini (5-0, 100) at left corner, Hackett at right corner and seventh-grader Dawson Tenney (5-3, 110) at safety.

Morris will handle the kick-off duties while McCarty will take care of the punting.

Chipps said the 2020 opener is unlike any other in his long career of coaching.

“We are looking forward to the opener,” noted Chipps. “It’s going to be interesting. We are going into the game with no scrimmages and no real idea what Mountaineer is going to do with no film on them.”

Following their opener, the Little Bucs will play South Harrison next Thursday at home at 6:30 p.m.

B-UMS FOOTBALL ROSTER

No. Name Class

2 Cooper Antolini 7

3 Ethan McCarty 8

5 Kaiden Marks 8

10 Chase Hackett 8

12 Dawson Tenney 7

14 Kayden Zirkle 8

20 Caiden Bleigh 8

22 Brody Jeran 6

24 Kadyn Baisden 6

26 Evan McDowell 8

31 Andrew McDowell 8

33 Jacob Snider 7

34 Hunter Shipman 7

41 Daniel Hedrick 8

50 Elijah Watkins 6

56 Haiden Tenney 6

60 Taher Alakhras 7

62 Garrett Cutright 7

67 Cooper Lantz 8

74 Daren Daugherty 8

75 Levi Posey 7

77 Bear Metheny 8

79 Hunter Wilkins 8

82 Wyatt Morris 8

84 Aiden Phillips 7

B-UMS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 10 – Mountaineer Middle, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 17 – South Harrison, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 – Robert L. Bland, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 – at Lincoln, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 – Taylor County, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 – at Bridgeport, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 – at Washington-Irving, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 28 – Mid-8 Conference Championship, TBA

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