GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School Knights returned home on Wednesday night well prepared for their second game of the season, taking on the Washington Irving (WI) Hilltoppers at McKinney Field.
The Knights controlled the field for the first half of the ball game, going into halftime with more than a 20 point lead, while the Hilltoppers remained scoreless that first half.
During the second half however, WI began fighting their way back, putting 36 points on the scoreboard, but this wasn’t enough to overtake the work of the Knights, as they racked up 50 points of their own and would come away with the W.
On the offensive side of the ball for TCMS Kaden Keener recorded 22 carries covering 151 yards and contributed one touchdown, while Troy Weber added ten carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
Also assisting to the team’s impressive score of 50 was Jarrett Blackhurst who carried 12 times for 142 yards, claiming three touchdowns, and Cam Foley, who had a great passing game, completing two of his three passes for 15 yards and an end zone reception made by McCray Blackwell.
“Offensively, we played really solid,” commented head coach Bobby Beltner. “To have three running backs each rush over 100 yards is impressive. We finished with 466 yards on the ground.”
Beltner shared that they had been informed of the talent possessed by the WI running back, and admitted that the team’s defense struggled a bit.
“Defensively, we still have work to do, but the WI running back was as good as advertised,” he said.
Even with their struggles, the team’s defense still proved to be too much for the Hilltoppers to handle, with Kaden Keener once again leading with six tackles and teammate Troy Weber following closely behind recording four.
“This team is working hard in practice and getting better each week; as a coach, that’s all you can ask for,” Beltner voiced.
This win improves the Knight’s record to 2-0. The team will be back in action on Wednesday, September 23, hosting Mountaineer Middle at home. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.
This game will also act as eighth grade night for both the TCMS football team and cheerleading squad.