Bucs roll to 40-12 victory over Philip Barbour

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi Senior Dash Davis breaks free for a 60-yard run on the game’s first play from scrimmage Friday night against Philip Barbour.

TENNERTON – Dash Davis rushed for 136 yards and Buckhannon-Upshur capitalized on Philip Barbour’s early miscues in rolling to a 40-12 win Friday night at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Field.

In the first meeting between the old rivals in several years, the Bucs took control early as the Colts were plagued by four turnovers in the first half — three resulting in B-U touchdowns.

A 60-yard run by Davis on the game’s first play from scrimmage set up B-U’s initial score as senior fullback Casey Hamner plowed in from 1-yard out to make it 7-0 after Cameron Zuliani’s conversion kick.

An interception by Tyler Cutright deep in PB territory later in the quarter helped the Bucs make it 14-0 with Davis busting loose for a 21-yard score.

A fumble recovery by the Bucs’ Jaryn Moore then led to a 31-pass from Ryan Strader to Andrew Herron, extending the lead to 20-0 after the conversion kick failed due to a botched snap.

Philip Barbour’s Chase Collier returns a kick against the Bucs.

B-U tacked on a 1-yard run by senior Rondo Caesar, which was set up by Brayden Cutlip’s fumble recovery, and a 3-yard score by Hamner to extend the margin to 33-0,

The Colts (0-3) found the end zone before the half when Damien Gonzales connected with Noah Matlick for a 42-yard score, making it 33-6 at the intermission.

Jacob Loudin, who also rushed for over 100 yards for the hosts, added a 46-yard touchdown run in the second half, while Philip Barbour tacked on a 25-yard pass from Gonzales to Thomas Knight.

The Bucs finished with 450 yards on the ground. Strader added 60 yards rushing on 10 carries and completed 2 of 4 passes for 52 yards.

Chase Collier had 96 yards rushing on 20 attempts for the Colts, while Gonzales completed 7 of 13 passes for 111 yards and two scores. He also rushed for 41 yards.

Philip Barbour will return to action at 7 p.m. Friday to face Liberty for homecoming at George Byrer Field BC Bank Park.

The Bucs, meanwhile, will be idle until entertaining Greenbrier East on Sept. 21.