Knights Football claims victory over Wildcats and Hornets


PRUNTYTOWN— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Football team showcased what being a Knight is all about with heart, dedication and determination in their past two matchups. The team battled it out on the field and claimed victory.

Coming off two heartbreaking losses (Barbour County 22-16 and WI 16-12), the Knights were ready to return to their winning ways, and they would do just that.

On Wednesday, the Knights welcomed the Lincoln Middle School Wildcats to McKinney Field.

The Wildcats, looking to improve on their 5-1 record, came out strong and delivered the first blow of the game, finding the end zone with 4:19 left in the first quarter. However, the TCMS defense thwarted Lincoln’s conversion attempt and kept the score at 6-0.

With just 2:00 left in the opening quarter, Jacob Moats answered back, running it in for a Knights touchdown. A fumble on the PAT tied things up 6-6.

The second quarter saw even back-and-forth play from both teams, but a fly snap landed in the end zone, resulting in a safety, and bumping Lincoln’s score by two.

With just 10 seconds left on the clock, Moats once again struck a blow against the Wildcats, crossing the goal line for the Knights. Cash Nestor’s conversion attempt was brought down short, but the TCMS was up 12-8.

Ensuring that the Wildcats wouldn’t gain any ground, Devin Moore intercepted a Lincoln pass, putting the Knights back in possession of the ball as the final seconds ticked off the clock. The Knights entered halftime with a four-point lead.

The second half of play saw two evenly matched teams battling it out on the turf. 

The Wildcats made their way into the red zone, and things looked bleak for the Knights, but Lincoln’s hopes of scoring were dashed when, with 6:49 left in play, Wyatt Cunningham recovered a fumbled ball, in a play that seemed to shift the tides in Taylor County’s favor.

Though both teams worked to find their way into the end zone, neither team would score again in the game, and the Knights walked away victorious, handing the Wildcats their second loss of the season with a final score of 12-8.

TCMS was coming off an exciting double overtime win against Elkins Middle School, last Wednesday.

“It was a good team win,” Head Coach Bobby Beltner voiced. “We kept fighting all game and found a way to win in double overtime.”

During an evening filled with back-and-forth action between the Knights and the Hornets, both teams proved to be formidable opponents. 

In the closely matched contest, the first half of the game saw the two teams remaining scoreless, despite a beautifully intercepted pass by Devin Moore with just 13.1 left in the second quarter. Coming off of the momentum created by Moore’s snag, Carter Gillespie attempted to get the Knights into the end zone, but his carry was brought down short.

Moore would once again be a thorn in the side of the Hornets, as he recovered the onside kick coming out of halftime. The Knights would try to capitalize, but the Hornet defense proved too strong.

The third quarter saw much of the same back-and-forth play between TCMS and Elkins, and it wasn’t until under a minute left in the quarter that the Knights would strike their first blow against Elkins.

With just 49.2 seconds left on the clock, quarterback Chace Kinsey handed the ball off to running back Cash Nestor, who weaved his way through the Hornet defense and found his way into the end zone.

The extra point conversion attempt was brought down short, and the Knights were on the board 6-0.

With 8.0 left in the third, Elkins answered back with a touchdown of their own. The Knights defense kept the score even, shutting down the Hornet conversion.

The score sitting at 6-6, the game entered the fourth quarter, and the Knights were hungry for the win, however, as the final whistles blew in regulation play, the 6-6 score stood.

The teams entered their first overtime, with the Hornets attempting to strike first. Their hopes were dashed with they opted for a pass, and once again Moore made a clutch interception for the Knights.

TCMS series ended in a no-score situation, and the teams found themselves in double overtime.

Tensions were high as play got underway, with the Hornets in possession of the ball first. Elkins fumbled the ball, and thanks to the quick response of Randall Grogg who pounced on it, the Knights took possession.

All that was left to do was score, and the Knights would do just that. Kinsey handed off to Nestor, who quickly made his way into the endzone. Gillespie’s extra point conversion was successful, and the Knights walked away victorious, 14-6.

The nights will be back in action on Wednesday, as they welcome East Fairmont to McKinney Field in their last regular season game. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

TCMS vs Lincoln Middle School

Team Stats: 27 rushes, 93 yards, 2 touchdowns (TDs)

Individual Stats: Cash Nestor: 11 rushes, 53 yards, 1 reception for 2 yards, 3 tackles; Jacob Moats: 8 rushes, 40 yards, 2 TDs; Carter Gillespie: 4 rushes, 0 yards, 1 reception for 35 yards; Chace Kinsey: 4 rushes, 3 yards, 2/4 completions for 37 yards and 1 interception, 1 tackle; Devin Moore: 7 tackles, 1 interceptions; Randall Grogg: 5 tackles; Garrett Davis: 4 tackles; Caden Taylor: 2 tackles; Wyatt Cunningham: 1 tackle, 1 fumble recovery; Ian Cunningham: 1 tackle; Cole Boyles: 1 tackle. 

TCMS vs Elkins Middle School

Team Stats: 43 rushes, 244 yards, 2 touchdowns (TDs)

Individual Stats: Cash Nestor: 23 rushes, 140 yards, 2 TDs, 5 tackles; Jacob Moats: 5 rushes, 15 yards, 1 interception; Carter Gillespie: 12 rushes, 77 yards; Garrett Davis: 2 rushes, 7 yards, 2 tackles; Chace Kinsey: 1 carry, 5 yards, 1 tackle; Wyatt Cunningham: 6 tackles; Devin Moore: 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery; Ian Cunningham: 1 tackle; Caden Taylor: 1 tackle; Cole Boyles: 1 tackle; Randall Grogg: 1 fumble recovery.

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