EMS bests Bucs

TENNERTON?- Elkins Middle School opened its season by slipping past rival Buckhannon-Upshur 7-6 Wednesday evening at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium.

Both teams had drives stopped by fumbles in the first quarter. The Hornets had reached the 3-yard line before turning the ball over on a third-and-goal play.

The Bucs’ ensuing drive stalled but Elkins muffed the punt on the first play of the second quarter and B-UMS took over on the 42-yard line. From there, it marched down the field with Drew Griffith scampering the last few yards into paydirt for the touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed, making it 6-0.

Later in the second quarter, Elkins’ George Triplett threw an interception at the 47-yard line and the Bucs started moving the ball again. They reached the 4-yard line before time expired in the first half.

Elkins started its second drive of the third quarter on its own 30-yard line, and it appeared the drive had stalled. However, the Hornets went for it on fourth-and-three around midfield and converted with a 10-yard run. Soon after, Triplett swept right and scored from 42 yards out. Just for good measure, he also kicked the PAT and the Hornets had the lead.

Each team suffered drive-killing penalties and turnovers from that point on. B-UMS had one last small chance with a minute left on the clock but it threw a pass that was picked off by Triplett. Elkins took possession and ran out the clock.

Elkins will travel to Philippi next Wednesday, while B-UMS visits South Harrison the same day.