EMS Hornets fall to Petersburg

The Inter-Mountain photos by Logan Comer Elkins Middle School hosted Petersburg Middle at Wimer Stadium Wednesday evening.

ELKINS — The short-handed Elkins Middle School Hornets football squad had a tough night Wednesday, falling to Petersburg 26-8.

“We just have a bunch of young kids learning to play football,” said EMS coach Martin Kniley. “Petersburg had two plays tonight — a quarterback sweep and a belly play — that we just couldn’t stop.”

EMS matched Petersburg touchdown for touchdown to start the game, but then fell behind and weren’t able to come back. At halftime the score was 20-8.

“We only had 15 kids who were dressed to play tonight,” Kniley said. “We don’t have any returning starters from last year.

“Our boys tried hard but they’re just really young and in the process of learning the game. It’s going well, but it’ll just take some time for things to gel for them.

Petersburg Middle defeated the EMS Hornets Wednesday evening by a 26-8 score. Elkins Middle is now 0-2 on the young season.

“We just had trouble executing on offense tonight. The boys are playing as a team,” he said.

“They just haven’t had a lot of minutes playing football yet.”

The Hornets (0-2) will take to the road next week to face Tygarts Valley Middle on Sept. 20