TENNERTON - Buckhannon-Upshur and Webster County slugged it out in an offensive showdown Friday night with the visiting Highlanders prevailing, 39-28. Five different players found the end zone in a balanced Webster attack.
"We made some mistakes, we had some bad breaks and we also had some injuries to key people. But I don't want to make any excuses," Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Bill Struble said. "You have to give Webster County credit. They came in here ready to play and their coaching staff had them prepared."
Cole Payne gave B-U the early lead, taking a 4-yard pass from Pat Crim less than three minutes into the game. Seth Cutright's conversion run put the Bucs up 8-0. Webster responded on the ensuing drive when Tyler Lawson scored from a yard out.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Buckhannon-Upshur’s Aaron Anderson hauls in a reception Friday night in the Bucs’ 39-28 loss in Tennerton.
Webster scored twice in the second quarter and B-U's Cutright found the end zone once as the visitors took a 19-16 lead into the half.
Joe Collins extended Webster's advantage on the first play of the second half, racing 69 yards to push the score to 26-16.
Crim plunged in from the 1-yard line to cut the score to 26-22. But a pair of fourth quarter scores from Walker Lawson sealed the win for the Highlanders.
Collins had 134 yards on the ground, while Thayer threw for 183 yards for Webster.
Cutright led the B-U attack with 155 yards on 15 carries. Crim connected on 14-of-29 passes for 221 yards. Aaron Anderson was the primary target with eight catches for 93 yards, but a separated shoulder left him unavailable in the fourth quarter. Jordan Dean had a pair of catches for 75 yards.
Buckhannon-Upshur falls to 1-4 with the loss and will travel to Lewis County next Friday.
Dave Parker rushed for over 100 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Class A, No. 3 Meadow Bridge to a 34-24 win over Pendleton County Friday night in non-conference action.
Meadow Bridge improved to 5-0 on the season with the victory.
Logan Raines paced Pendleton County (4-2) with 151 yards rushing and two scores.
Pendleton County will travel to East Hardy for a Potomac Valley Conference clash next Friday.