BRIDGEPORT - It was a night of missed opportunities for the Buckhannon-Upshur High School football team as it dropped a 29-14 decision to host Bridgeport here Friday to open the season.
The Buccaneers failed to take advantage of three Bridgeport fumbles, as they were plagued with mistakes of their own.
"We're just disappointed," B-U coach Bill Struble said. "The things we made mistakes on are all correctable. But we have to play better to win."
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Buckhannon-Upshur running back Seth Cutright, left, sheds Bridgeport’s Cameron Stanley en route to the end zone. Cutright ran for 105 yards in the opening game for the Buccaneers.
Buckhannon-Upshur linebacker Matthew Fair recovered a fumble on his team's 20-yard line, stopping an Indians' drive.
That spark continued on Buckhannon-Upshur's initial play of the 2012 season, as Set Cutright ripped on a 56-yard run to take the ball deep into Bridgeport territory. Patrick Crim's pass to Dowry Snyder took the ball near the goal line, and Cutright managed to score two plays later. Phillip Petrulak pulled in the pass for the two-point conversion, and quickly the Buccaneers found themselves up early by an 8-0 count.
"It was a pretty good night for Cutright," Struble said. "He's hard to bring down by the first guy who gets there."
From there, however, it was all Bridgeport. Quarterback Troy Anderson found senior tight end Cullen Cutright for a 61-yard scoring strike on the first play of the drive to knot the game at 8. Running back Brett Hathaway gave Bridgeport the lead for good to start the second quarter, running in from 11 yards for the score. Hathaway finished with 161 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Bridgeport defensive back Anthony Caldera put the game out of reach when he picked off a pass and sped 48 yards untouched down the sideline for the score to give his team a 22-7 lead at the half.
"I would trade that pick and the touchdown for the three fumbles they gave us," Struble said. "You can't allow them to make big plays."
The Indians notched their final score midway throught the final quarter when Tyler Marks ran in from five yards.
Buckhannon-Upshur drove 48 yards in the final 2 minutes, 38 seconds, as Crim completed five of seven passes to lead the march downfield. Crim hit Aaron Anderson, who stopped, turned and sprinted for paydirt for the final score.
Seth Cutright led the Buckhannon-Upshur attack with 105 yards on 15 carries.
Cutright also caught two passes for another 12 yards. Crim completed 13 of 25 attempts for 113 yards.
Snyder led the Bucaneer receivers with five catches for 58 yards. Anderson followed with three catches for 26 yards.
Buckhannon-Upshur returns home next Friday to host University.