Knights rally past Tigers, 47-26

KINGWOOD – It was a tale of two halves on Friday night as Preston rallied for a 47-26 win over Elkins in Big 10 Conference play.

The Tigers (0-4) built a 26-0 lead in the second quarter before the Knights erupted for 47 unanswered points.

The game could not have started out better for the Tigers after they started their first drive of the night at the 19-yard line. After two runs netted five yards, Morgan Kelly broke free for 76 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good and with only 1:30 elapsed, Elkins had a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers attempted an onsides kick but Preston fell on it with good field position at their own 49-yard line. The Elkins defense held, however, and stuffed the Knights on fourth down.

Taking over at their own 42, the Tigers converted three first downs on the ground and had the ball 2nd and 14 at the 23-yard line. On the next play John Huffman passed to an open Issac Riggleman in the end zone for the touchdown and a 14-0 lead after the PAT.

That was Elkins’ first passing touchdown of the season.

After forcing Preston to punt, Elkins was backed up on their own 11-yard line. That did not matter, though, as the Tigers scored on only three plays, the touchdown coming on a 74 yard scamper by Ben Lonergan.

Preston had great field position again after a failed onsides kick but was forced to punt again and Elkins fair caught the punt at their own 32.

From there they put on a long 15-play drive that extended into the second quarter. The Tigers were stopped for no gain on a third and nine play but were aided by a late hit penalty and eventually Lonergan punched it in from three yards out.

At this point the score was 26-0 and Elkins had 250 yards rushing but the tide was about to turn in a big way.

The Knights started their drive on their own 42 and promptly lost 10 yards on a reverse. Tack on a 15-yard personal foul penalty and Preston was facing first and 35. However, on the next play quarterback Scott Stone hit a streaking Levi Nolan for an 83-yard touchdown pass to put Preston on the board.

That was only the beginning as the Knights would score touchdowns on six of their next seven possessions.

Some of these scores were of the home run variety, including a 30-yard TD pass to Shane Parks, a 24-yard TD pass to Nolan, a 49-yard run by Cameron Shrout and a 65-yard run by Josiah Nuse.

Elkins was held to just three first downs in the second half.

The Tigers will return home Friday night to face Fairmont Senior.

B-U 40, North Marion 12

RACHEL – Buckhannon-Upshur improved its record to 2-2 with a 40-12 win over Big 10 Conference foe North Marion on Friday night.

The Bucs led 20-0 at half on Brandon Mallett’s 17-yard run, a safety and a 42-yard run by Seth Cutright. Trey Short also had a 34-yard field goal.

Cutright, who had a 96-yard touchdown run in last week’s win over Elkins, again came up with a big play against the Huskies, taking a pass from Dillon Gaudet and racing 99 yards to give B-U a 27-0 cushion.

Cole Payne added a 2-yard run and Brandon Demastes a 64-yard run to finish the scoring for the winners.

Cutright tallied 110 yards on the ground to pace the Bucs, while Gaudet passed for 140 yards.

Chase Banker led North Marion with 61 yards and also scored a touchdown.

After three straight road games, B-U will return home next Friday to battle Oak Hill.

The Huskies dropped to 0-4 and will visit Preston on the same evening.