PRUNTYTOWN—Football, like many other sports, is known to be a game of inches.
Unfortunately for the TCMS Knights football team, that classic saying came into play this past Wednesday at McKinney Field as the Knights fell to Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School by the score of 32-22.
“Sometimes football can be a game of inches, and this one was definitely one of those games,” said TCMS head coach Bobby Beltner. “A few inches difference on about four plays and we win by two touchdowns.”
The Buccaneers got on the board first in the game, punching in a 6-yard run with 29 seconds to go in the 1st quarter to give the visitors a 6-0 lead after a failed PAT. The Knights would strike back and take the lead, however, after a 40-yard touchdown run by TCMS running back Kenny Humphries with 5:06 to go in the 2nd quarter. Humphries would run in the PAT to give the Knights an 8-6 lead.
Buckhannon would answer with a long score of their own, breaking off an 84-yd touchdown run with 4:27 to go in 2nd quarter to give the Buccaneers a 12-8 lead after a failed PAT.
With less than a minute to go before halftime, both teams would get on the board again. First, Buckhannon would score on a 22-yard pass with 44 seconds left in the quarter (PAT was successful), and TCMS would score on an Isaiah Vanscoy 40-yard run (PAT failed) to bring the halftime score to 20-14 in favor of the Buccaneers.
Buckhannon would chew up almost the entire 3rd quarter and finish off a long drive by scoring on a 15-yard run with just four seconds left, giving the Buccaneers a 26-14 lead heading into the 4th quarter after a failed PAT.
In the 4th, Humphries again would score on a nice run, this time a 25-yard rush with 5:58 to go in the game. He would again add the PAT to bring the Knights to within four, 26-22.
Buckhannon would extend their lead to 10 after scoring on a 77-yard run with just 4:55 to go in the contest . TCMS would have a chance to pull within one score late in the game but a potential touchdown on 4th down was ruled down at the 1-inch line.
The game would end with Buckhannon-Upshur prevailing, 32-22.
For the Knights, Humphries led the way on offense and defense, rushing for 158 yards on 17 carries and scoring two touchdowns, while recording 10 tackles on defense. Isaiah Vanscoy also had a big game, rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown on just six carries and recording four tackles on defense. Charles Hoskins rushed for 45 yards on just six carries and added three tackles. Quarterback Isaac Lough added six yards rushing on just one carry and recorded five tackles on defense. The Knights’ Alex Starcher also recorded five tackles.
“I am very proud of the way our kids fought in the game,” stated Beltner. “The two long runs when we had Buckhannon backed up deep in their own territory were back breakers. And we ran one offense play from scrimmage in the third quarter as Buckhannon had a 16-play drive that used up all but four seconds in the quarter.”
The Knights will be back in action on Wednesday as they host the Lincoln Wildcats at McKinney Field at 7:00pm.
“We still have two home games and look forward to get back on the winning track,” said an optimistic Beltner. “The two losses that we have (Bridgeport and Buckhannon) will be to the two teams playing in the conference championship this year.”