PRUNTYTOWN—After months of conditioning and strengthening by players and coaches, a new season is about to begin for the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights football program.
Head Coach Bobby Beltner has come through the three-week June period, the required flex day conditioning program and is now ready to usher in a new season of Knights football.
The program is coming off a wildly successful season, where the team went undefeated in the regular season and endured a heartbreaking loss in the championship game to Philippi.
When looking forward to this season of hard hits, long drives and successes for the team, Beltner says his focus is being better than not just the season before, but each game before.
“We have 37 kids out this year, including several first-year players. The kids are working hard. If we can continue to improve, then we should be able to be competitive,” voiced Beltner.
After losing some key offensive players following the wrap up of the 2021-22 season, the Knights will be fielding a younger squad this year.
“We lost eight eighth graders last year, and it will be hard to replace them” said Beltner.
Although the team lost their eldest players, it will see the return of many veteran players. One such player returning this year will be quarterback Chace Kinsey, who will once again be at the helm of the Knights.
“This is first time since I have been coaching that we are returning a QB back to the program. Most of our running backs are new, and there is some good competition to see who will earn those spots,” Beltner voiced. “But this is the most depth we have had collectively as a team, so the question we have as a staff is “how good we will be?,’” expressed Coach Beltner.
The Knights will find out tonight how the new combination of players will work, as they finally don their gear and hit the field in a scrimmage against East Fairmont.
“I am excited to get the season underway, and I have all the faith in my coaching staff that we will be better each and every day,” Beltner voiced.
Head over to McKinney Field tonight to cheer on the Knights, as they begin another fun and exciting season of football. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Knights will officially hit the field in their first game at home on Wednesday, August 31, as they take on Mountaineer Middle School. That contest will begin at 7:00 p.m., as well.