Knights struggle against BUMS Buccaneers at home

Brothers Ian and Wyatt Cunningham meet with Buccaneers at midfield before the game, acting as this weeks captains of the TCMS Knights. (Nicki Skinner/Mountain Statesman)

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Football program met up with Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Buccaneers on Wednesday night, under the lights of McKinney Field.

The Knights were ready to battle, but the Bucs were ultimately too much for the TCMS team to handle, as they fell 32-0 during the contest.

“This was a good Buckhannon team that beat us, no doubt,” voiced Knights Head Coach Bobby Beltner. “We had too many missed tackles and blocks, and that certainly didn’t help things, but our locker room was hurting after the game, at half time and before the game.”

“We had two young men lose their dad the day before this game, and there is more to football than just a score with this one,” he added.

The Knights donned their helmets bearing stickers with the initials of the father, to show support and solidarity for not only their fellow teammates, but the family.

The Bucs came out ready to play, and with 4:32 left in the first, found the endzone. After a completed conversion, the score sat at 8-0 in favor of Buckhannon.

The Knights offense would attempt to make headway, but as the buzzer sounded at the end of the first quarter, they were unable to capitalize on their possessions.

The second quarter went scoreless, until the Bucs once again crossed the goal line with just 42 seconds left in the half. Their conversion was once again completed, and the Knights found themselves down 0-14, going into halftime.

The second half of the game saw pretty even play between the two teams, with Buckhannon tying on two more touchdowns, one in the third and another in the fourth, before the final buzzer sounded.

“It is has been 692 days since the program has lost a regular season game, so I’m very anxious to see how we respond,” Beltner expressed. “We know that there are some areas that we need to work on, and we are already addressing that. We will regroup and get ready to play Barbour County.”

The Knights will be back in action on Wednesday evening when they head to Philippi to take on Barbour County at Philip Barbour High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Team stats: 41 rushes, 136 yards

Individual stats: Cash Nestor: 24 carries, 101 yards, 4 tackles; Carter Gillespie: 2 carries, 6 yards, 2 tackles, fumble recovery; Jacob Moats: 5 carries, 7 yards; Garrett Davis: 1 carry, 3 yards, 1 tackle; Isaac Young: 3 carries, 5 yards; Rondo Koontz: 3 carries, 3 yards; JW Nestor: 1 carry, 10 yards; Chace Kinsey 2 carries, 1 yard, 2 tackles; Cole Boyles: 3 tackles; Trenton Smith: 3 tackles; Devin Moore: 1 tackle; Ian Cunningham: 1 tackle; Wyatt Cunningham: 1 tackle; Randall Grogg: 1 tackle

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