PRUNTYTOWN—A week after knocking off Philippi Middle School on the road in their season opener, the TCMS Knights football team was back in action this past week with a home contest against South Harrison Middle School at McKinney Field in Grafton.
In front of a sizable crowd, the Knights put up 284 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to dispose of the Hawks, 32-14.
Knights’ running back Kenny Humphries again led the rushing attack, gaining 200 yards on 17 carries which included an 81-yard TD run in the 4th quarter. It’s the second consecutive game in which Humphries has reached the 200-yard mark. Charles Hoskins and Isaiah Vanscoy also helped bolster the Knights’ ground game, rushing for a combined 69 yards and 3 TD’s.
QB Isaac Lough completed his only pass of the day for the Knights, a 10-yard strike to Hoskins.
On defense, Alex Starcher led the way for TCMS with 9 tackles, followed by Humphries with 8, Hoskins with 5 (including a fumble recovery), Lough with 3 (including an interception), Vanscoy with 3, and Cole Lambert with 3 (including a fumble recovery).
“I think we improved from last week as we only had one 5-yard penalty in this game and that came with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter,” said TCMS head coach Bobby Beltner. “We did commit one turnover but our defense forced three turnovers and a safety.”
The game was suspended for 30 minutes during halftime due to lightning with the Knights leading 16-6. Beltner admitted he was a little worried about how his team would come out for the second half after waiting out the delay.
“I was really pleased with how the kids came out after halftime and with the 30-minute lightning delay and played with intensity in the second half,” Beltner stated.
The Knights will be back in action on Wednesday, September 18th as they travel to W.I. Middle School in Clarksburg for a 6:30pm contest.
“We told the kids after the game that we have to keep getting better each week because the teams we are going to be playing are really good,” Beltner added.
“I would also like to take a moment and mention the TCMS students and staff. They showed up to the game and supported us on Wednesday and we really appreciate it.”