GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights football team took to their home field on Wednesday night full of energy as they bolted into the stadium through a cloud of fog in celebration for their eighth grade players and cheerleaders.
Prior to kick off the eighth grade athletes for TCMS football and cheer were recognized by the crowd, as they were escorted across mid-field.
With team spirit filling the air and adrenaline pumping, the Knights came out ready for action against the Mountaineer Middle Mountain Lions.
The Knights controlled the first half of the ball game and headed into halftime with a demanding 29-0 lead over the Mountain Lions.
According to Knights head coach Bobby Beltner, this lead allowed some of his younger players to earn some valuable playing time.
“Because of the way the game was going, with such a lead, our younger boys were able to get in on the action more on Wednesday night,” he shared.
The lead also gave the team the chance to do something that is not often seen at the middle school level.
The Knight’s kicker, Stratten Wooddell, was given the opportunity to attempt three extra-point kicks, and all three were good.
Leading the Knights’ offense was seventh grade player Kaden Keener, who had nine carries on the night for 66 yards, and put six points on the board with one touchdown. Keener also led the team’s defense recording 10 tackles on the night.
Jarrett Blackhurst also supplied the team with some valuable yardage, carrying the ball just three times for a total on 64 yards, adding two touchdowns of his own.
Javin Summers also contributed to the team’s winning score with the reception of a touchdown pass from teammate Cam Foley.
The Knights remained in control for the entire game, shutting out the Mountain Lions with a score of 31-0.
“We are going to need to be great in all phases against a very good Bridgeport team this coming Wednesday,” Beltner commented. “We will keep working to get better and that’s all we can do.”