TCMS Knights blaze over Ritchie County Middle


PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Football team continued with their impressive season, dominating the Blazers of Ritchie County Middle School in an October 8 matchup.

The Knights had originally been scheduled to play Buckhannon-Upshur, but due to that county’s COVID case count, the game was canceled.

Luckily, the Knights were able to secure a game with Ritchie County, so on Thursday, they made the trek down to take on the Blazers.

The Knights were ready for action, and their enthusiasm and drive carried over onto the field, as they downed the Blazers 44-12.

“It was a nice road win after our game with Buckhannon had to be canceled due to that county being in orange on the state’s school metrics map,” said TCMS Head Coach Bobby Beltner.

Kaden Keener once again led the Knights, carrying the ball 13 times, for 125 yards. He also recorded one touchdown in the matchup.

Troy Weber was also able to move the ball down the field for TCMS, recording 107 yards on seven carries. Weber was also credited with an 83-yard kickoff return resulting in a Knights touchdown.

Keener also led the defense, tackling the Blazer’s ball carrier seven times, as well as blocking a Ritchie County punt.

Knights’ defender Jarrett Blackhurst recorded one interception for TCMS, and kicker Stratten Wooddell put his skills to the test, adding two extra-point kicks to the Knights’ scoreboard.

The Knights were scheduled to be back in action against Lincoln Middle School on Wednesday, but that game was also canceled due to Coronavirus. Looking to fill the slot in their schedule, TCMS was able to pick up a game against North Marion.

The results of that game will appear in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.

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