Fumbles contribute to Knights defeat against Bridgeport


GRAFTON— On Wednesday, the Taylor County Middle School Knights football team found themselves up against a fierce competitor as they took on the Bridgeport Indians under the lights of McKinney Field.

According to Knights Head Coach Bobby Beltner, fumbles leading to turnovers, and touchdowns for the opposing team, along with penalties played a huge factor in the Knights falling to the Indians 36-6, for their first defeat of the season.

“Our offense had four fumbles recorded on the evening. You cannot turn the ball over that many times and beat many teams, let alone a very tough Bridgeport team,” he commented. 

While the Knights struggled, Kaden Keener still managed to lead the team’s offense with 86 rushing yards.

Keener also earned the Knights’ single touchdown and led the defense recording eight tackles on the defensive side of the ball.

“I was happy with the physical play of our team, just not happy with the turnovers and silly penalties at crucial points during play,” Beltner shared.

The Knights, who are now sitting with a 3-1 record, were originally slated to be back in action on Thursday to play Buckhannon.

However, that match up has been postponed due to Upshur County falling within the orange category on the state’s color coded metric system.

Luckily, the coaching staff was able to arrange a matchup for the Knights. The team will travel to Ritchie County, to take on Ritchie County Middle School, on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

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