PRUNTYTOWN—Although it was a little bit of a struggle, the TCMS football team won their season opener this past Wednesday at Byrer Field in Barbour County, outscoring Phillippi Middle School by the final of 40-34.
The Knights’ moved the ball well throughout the contest but were unable to consistently stop the Bulldogs’ offense, as both teams put up a ton of yardage throughout the night.
“We shot ourselves in the foot so many times during the game,” said TCMS head coach Bobby Beltner. “We had several missed tackles in the first half, and costly penalties kept us from probably pulling away, including a punt return for a touchdown that was called back. Then in the second half, we were able to get some stops, but continued to self-destruct by fumbling the ball 3 times.”
For the Knights, Kenny Humphries was the workhorse for the team, carrying the ball 20 times for 245 times with 4 TD’s. Isaiah Vanscoy carried the ball 4 times for 71 yards and a TD, while Charles Hoskins added 34 yards on 4 carries with a TD. At QB, Isaac Lough went 1-1 for 19 yards while also chipping in 2 yards on the ground. The lone reception for the Knights was secured by Vanscoy.
On special teams, Vanscoy was the star for TCMS, returning a punt for 45 yards and a kickoff for 57 yards, setting up touchdowns for the Knights after both returns.
On defense, Vanscoy was also credited with 10 tackles while Humphries had 8 of his own. Cole Lambert tallied 6, Adam Haden added 5, and Charles Hoskins also added 5 with 2 crucial interceptions.
Regarding their all-around performance, Beltner stated, “we have to get much better at tackling, ball security, and playing with some discipline. On a positive note, I thought our offensive line played really well. They were able to open some great holes for our running backs.”
The Knights will return to action on Wednesday, September 11th for a home contest against South Harrison.
“We have to get better quickly because South Harrison will be a tough, physical team,” added Beltner.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm at McKinney Field in Grafton.