The Times West Virginian

September 21, 2013

B-U uses big plays to race past Huskies, 40-12

By Joe Sengewalt
For the Times West Virginian

RACHEL — Dense fog at Husky Field made visibility difficult for fans in attendance at Friday's Big 10 matchup between North Marion and Buckhannon-Upshur.

For North Marion fans, that was probably a blessing.

The visiting Buccaneers (2-2, 2-1) unleashed a barrage of big plays last night in both the running and passing games and cruised to a 40-12 victory over the Huskies.

The win was the second in a row for B-U, while North Marion fell to 0-4 overall and to 0-3 in the league.

Despite the debut of junior quarterback Andrew Harker, who had been sidelined in the first three games due to illness, the Huskies suffered through an anemic first half offensively, registering only one first down and 20 yards of total offense. As a result, North fell behind the quick-strike Buccaneers, 20-0, by the time the first 24 minutes had ended.

“We couldn't get anything going offensively,” said a disconsolate Husky coach Daran Hays. “We tried to establish our off-tackle game, but we were hurt by their back-side penetration.”It wasn't much better for the Huskies on the defensive end as Buckhannon ripped through the North Marion defense for big chunks of yardage on scissor plays, toss sweeps and screens.