Knights send off eighth graders with win over R.L. Bland Middle


GRAFTON—History was made at McKinney Field on Wednesday as Taylor County Middle School’s Kenny Humphries rushed for 134 yards on 14 carries to set the Knights’ single-season rushing record in a 20-14 win over Robert L. Bland Middle School.

Humphries, who rushed for 1,090 yards on the season in just eight games, becomes just the fourth TCMS player ever to gain 1,000 yards in single season. The previous record had been held by Matt Moats, who gained 1,082 yards in 1995.

Others Knights to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season include Corey Westerman in 2002 (1,056 yards), and Damon Waters in 2004 (1,017 yards).

Although the outcome would be favorable, the Knights found themselves in an early hole, however, as Robert L. Bland connected on a 47-yard touchdown pass with 4:52 left in the 1st quarter to take an 8-0 lead after a successful PAT run.

The Knights would respond with a nice drive of their own, capped off by an Isaiah Vanscoy 5-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left in the 1st quarter. After a failed PAT, the Knights would trail, 8-6, heading into the second quarter.

Robert L. Bland would capitalize on a 5-yard rush with 2:56 left in the half to take a 14-6 lead after a failed PAT attempt.

But with just 21 seconds left before halftime, TCMS would answer right back, as Charles Hoskins would punch it in from three yards out to bring the score to 20-14 in favor of the Knights after Isaiah Vanscoy added the PAT.

That score would hold true throughout the second half until TCMS would take the lead with just 21 seconds to go in the contest.

Running back Charles Hoskins would rush for the final score from two yards out and after an Isaiah Vanscoy extra point, the Knights would secure the victory by the score of 20-14.

“Our special teams struggled tonight as RLB recovered the opening kickoff (onside kick) and went down, scored, and then recovered a second onside kick after scoring,” said TCMS head coach Bobby Beltner. “Defensively, we couldn’t get off the field again. But our kids fought hard and we were able to win the game in the final seconds.”

Beltner was also appreciative of the effort given by his workhorse in the backfield and the players along the line who made the rushing record possible.

“I was proud to see Kenny Humphries go over 1,000 yards and also become the single-season rushing record holder,” added Beltner. “Credit goes to the offensive line all season.”

Although the Knights (5-3) did not make the end-of-the-season championship (reserved for the top two teams in the conference), Beltner was quick to recognize his most experienced players who will be moving on to the next level next season.

“It was nice to see the 8th graders finish the year with a win,” Beltner went on to say.

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