Little Bucs return to win column

Dawson Tenney’s 33-yard rush for a touchdown. Photo by ROBERTA HATCHER/For The Record Delta

WESTON — After a loss last week in Philippi, the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Bucs football team traveled to Robert L. Bland Middle School to face the Patriots on Wednesday night in Mid-8 Conference action.

The Patriots won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball, taking possession at the Little Bucs 48-yard line. The Little Bucs defense started the game off with a bang when Levi Posey sacked the Patriots quarterback for a loss on the first play of the game. The Patriots offense was no match for the Little Bucs defense as the evening progressed.

In their first offensive drive, the Little Bucs got off to a rocky start with several penalties. They quickly regained their composure and in just four plays, the Little Bucs found the end zone on an 11-yard carry by Brody Jeran. Jeran also managed to get into the end zone for the two-point conversion, giving the Little Bucs an eight-point lead with 4:00 left in the first quarter.

The Patriots were only able to move the ball 8 yards on four plays in their second possession of the evening. Back-to-back quarterback sacks by Eli Watkins and Jacob Snider, for the Little Bucs, forced the Patriots to punt the ball away.

The Little Bucs moved the ball well in their next possession. Dawson Tenney started the drive with an 11-yard carry, pushing the Little Bucs deep into Patriot territory. Tenney then completed a 7-yard pass to Brody Jeran to score the second touchdown of the night. Tenney then found Levi Posey to complete a pass on the two-point conversion effort, giving the Little Bucs an 8-0 lead with 7:24 left in the second quarter.

The Patriots struggled to move the ball and again went out in only four plays. The Little Bucs offense sprang into action, taking only two plays to score. Dawson Tenney ran the ball 33 yards into the end zone with 5:06 left in the second quarter.

As the rain got heavier, both teams struggled to maintain possession of the ball. Back-to-back fumbles by both sides slowed down the momentum of the game; however, the Little Bucs offense would again take control of the game this time with Jeran making a 23-yard dash into the Patriots end zone. Tenney then ran the ball into the end zone for the two-point conversion, giving the Little Bucs a 32-0 lead going into halftime.

The third quarter was controlled by the Little Bucs, even though they were plagued by penalties early on. The Patriots were never able to seize possession of the ball in the third quarter.

The Patriots gained some momentum late in the fourth quarter, managing to move the ball 65 yards in six plays; however, the drive would not last and the Little Bucs were victorious, winning the game 38-0.

“We were more aggressive than we had been in the last two games,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School head coach Dave Chipps. “We didn’t make the fundamental mistakes we have been making and cleaned it up a little bit.” Chipps remarked, “It was a good night. Our defense played extremely well. The offense had a couple fumbles, but we will work through it.”

The Little Bucs, now 1-2 on the season, will return to action next Wednesday when they host the Lincoln Cougars at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium in Tennerton. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Robert L. Bland              0  0  0  0 – 0

Buckhannon-Upshur      8  24  0  6 – 38

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Buckhannon-Upshur – Dawson Tenney, 101 yards rushing, 7 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 2 2-point conversions

Buckhannon-Upshur – Brody Jeran, 49 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns

Buckhannon-Upshur – Kaiden Baisden, 19 yards rushing

Buckhannon-Upshur – Forrest Catlin, 16 yards rushing

Buckhannon-Upshur – Trevor Winneberger, 14 yards rushing, 1 touchdown

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

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