Times West Virginian
It was the battle of the big plays at Duvall-Rosier Field as the Preston Knights downed the East Fairmont Bees, 56-39.
Despite forcing three first-half turnovers, East Fairmont (1-6) couldn’t overcome the Preston (3-4) and the Josiah Nuse-led Knights late in the second half.
The Bees scored on their first offensive drive, marching down the field 51 yards on seven plays. Quarterback Jake Delaney capped off the drive with a two-yard run just 1:50 into the game.
The Bees would go on to score on drives of 95, 55, and 28 yards in the first half, and secure a three-point lead going into the break.
The second half would see much of the same until the final moments.
Going into the fourth quarter, Preston had a 36-32 advantage and made the most of it.
Preston’s Kyle Cool took the ball right out of Scotty Shroyer’s hands on a run and then took it 50 yards for the score and the Knights never looked back.
The Bees would battle back as Delaney would drive the Bees down the field and find E.J/ Trickett four a four-yard score, his first of the season.
The Bees then recovered an onside kick and went back to the throwing game with the score 44-39 in favor of the Knights.
Delaney would look for his favorite target on the night, Myles Johnson, but the Knights were double-teaming him to close the game out.
East Fairmont couldn’t convert a fourth-and-nine and the Knights put the nail in the coffin with a 57-yard run from Nuse.
Despite the loss, Delaney would finish 22 of 43 for 456 yards to go along with his four passing touchdowns.
Johnson caught six passes for 197 yards and two scores.
The Bees now fall to 1-6 and are back in action next week on the road at Grafton.