Bucs’ offense shut down in loss to Ripley

B-UHS held to 70 yards on the ground in 27-12 home setback

TENNERTON – Ripley’s defense limited Buckhannon-Upshur to just 70 yards rushing in claiming a 27-12 win Friday night at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium.

The Bucs trailed 14-0 before scoring twice in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 14-12 at the intermission.

After Tyler Cutright forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate Curtis Helton at the Viking 5-yard line, quarterback Ryan Strader scored went in for B-U’s first score of the night. A botched snap on the conversion kick left the score at 14-6.

Strader’s 4-yard score later in the half cut the deficit to 14-12 after the failed two-point conversion.

Cyrus Casto added a TD run and threw another on a 9-yard connection to King in the third quarter to give the visitors a 27-12 cushion.

Robert Evans rushed for 127 yards to lead Ripley’s offense. Casto added 40 yards on the ground with two TD runs.

Dalton Myers also had a 13-yard score in the first quarter for the Vikings (1-1).

Jacob Loudin led B-U with 29 yards, including a 25-yard scamper in the second half.

Strader, coming off a 141-yard effort in last week’s win at Princeton, was held to just seven yards by the Viking defense, which also forced three turnovers.

Strader was 6 of 13 passing for 92 yards. Helton had three receptions for 80 yards.

B-U will host Philip Barbour next Friday.