Little Football Buccaneers remain undefeated, beating East Fairmont 35-8

The 2022-2023 Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Football team.

FAIRMONT — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School football team weathered a rough start on the road in their game against the East Fairmont Hornets this past Wednesday, September 21. Head Coach Dave Chipps’ Little Buccaneers secured another dominant win, this time in Fairmont’s famed East-West Stadium, beating the Hornets by a final score of 35 to 8, to remain undefeated and improve their record to 4-0 on the 2022 campaign.  

After receiving the opening kickoff, the Little Buccaneers drove down the field on the game’s opening drive only to fumble in the redzone, allowing East Fairmont to take over possession on their own 25-yard line. On their first offensive play from scrimmage, the Hornets quarterback hit a receiver on a quick slant, who did the rest, scoring a 75-yard touchdown. After the Hornets successfully converted the two-point conversion to take an early 8 to 0 lead, the game completely changed as Coach Chipps team completely took the game over, dominating on both sides of the ball.

The Little Buccaneers wasted no time tying the game on their very next possession, putting together a masterful four-play 60-yard scoring drive to do so. Dylan Foster capped the drive off by showing some nice burst on a 15-yard touchdown run. The Little Buccaneers again turned to Foster for the two-point attempt, with the young running back finding the endzone to successfully convert the two-point try, to officially tie things up at 8 to 8 late in the first quarter. 

Coach Chipps defense responded after allowing the early score, forcing the Hornets into a quick three-and-out. On the proceeding drive, Little Buccaneers took possession of the ball near midfield. Coach Chipps team leveraged the good starting field position given to them by their defense into another quick score. Running back Brody Jeran got free for a 36-yard run to put the Little Buccaneers in scoring position before a pair of strong runs from Foster saw him collect his second touchdown of the first quarter with just under a minute left in the opening period. The Little Buccaneers came up short on the two-point try, but still ended the first quarter with a lead despite the rocky opening sequence to the game. Both team’s defenses finished up a physical first half of football by trading stops, allowing the Little Buccaneers 14 to 8 lead to hold as both teams headed into the locker-room for halftime.  

The Little Buccaneers came out of the halftime intermission with the ball, looking to deal a decisive blow on their opening drive. Coach Chipps team marched nearly 60-yards down the field in just six plays, with Foster scoring his third touchdown of the day from 5-yards out before Aiden Snyder booted through the extra point to give the Little Buccaneers’ lead some cushion at 21-8.  

After the Little Buccaneers defense forced another punt, the Little Buccaneers struck again as Jeran cut up the middle for a 30-yard touchdown run to cap off a huge eight play drive that covered 80-yards. Snyder extra point kick was true again, giving coach Chipps’ team a 28 to 8 lead late in the fourth quarter.  

Another quick Hornets three-and-out gave the Buccaneers offense one last shot to put the talents of their young, loaded backfield on display. Zack Simmons was the third Buccaneers running back to find the endzone on the day, as he found space on the outside, streaking along the left sideline for a 35-yard score with just over two minutes remaining. Snyder’s final extra point attempt was good, giving the Little Buccaneers the 35 to 8 win.  

The Little Buccaneers defense and running game helped carry the day against the Hornets. Defensively, the Little Buccaneers proved why they are one of the toughest middle school units to run against in the state, only allowing the Hornets to amass two total rushing yards on eighteen carries. Offensively, the Little Buccaneers racked up 365 rushing yards on 33 carries. Foster led the way for the Buccaneers backfield on the day, accounting for 180 yards and three touchdowns on eighteen carries. Jeran was the second Little Buccaneer to score and also reach the hundred yard rushing mark, putting up 137 rushing yards on nine carries. Simmons was the third Little Buccaneer to find the endzone last Wednesday, as he scampered for 50 yards on two carries. 

Coach Chipps and his undefeated Little Buccaneers will look to keep their record unblemished this Thursday, September 29 as they welcome Tucker County, kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. 

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