GRAFTON— The Bearcat football team continues to roll on with their current winning streak, as they added another win Friday night against the Richwood Lumberjacks.
Richwood received to get things underway at McKinney field but were quicky shutdown by the Bearcats of Grafton High School (GHS). And this was the case for most of the contest.
It was all Grafton during the first quarter of action, as the Cats were the first on the board.
With 6:40 remaining in the opening quarter, QB Tanner Moats sent one into the air intended for Kaden Delaney. Delaney completed the catch and broke the plain, claiming the GHS touchdown.
On the following possession by the Lumberjacks, the ball was knocked loose, and Grafton would come away with the recovered fumble.
After just one play on the drive, Moats makes a hand off to Justin Spiker on the second snap and Spiker was able to find the endzone for another GHS TD, putting the Bearcats ahead 14-0, with 2:52 remaining in the first.
As the clock wore down and the second quarter began, Richwood was able to put together a successful drive, making it into their own territory for the first time.
The Lumberjacks would capitalize on the field position, and escaped Grafton’s clutches, finding the endzone just seconds into the second quarter. With a missed field goal by Richwood the score stood at 14-6.
Richwood, hoping this would be the momentum they needed for a comeback with plenty of time remaining in the game, gave a solid defensive effort on the Cats’ next possession and forced Grafton to turn the ball over on downs.
However, the Bearcats had other plans and quickly regained control with a Delaney interception retuning it into the endzone.
With Bearcat Stratten Wooddell set up to kick the extra-point attempt, the Cats would call a timeout, making some adjustments and decided to go for a two-point conversion instead. The conversion fell short, but Grafton’s lead moved to 22-6, as the halftime break drew nearer.
Grafton’s defense continued to be solid, handing Richwood empty possessions, while the Bearcat offense didn’t let up, and the lead was once again widened with a long pass to Spiker, which he ran into the endzone.
Another interception came for the Bearcats at the hands of Delaney, this time in the Richwood endzone for a touchback. After a couple of good runs in the series, Grafton ran out of time and headed into the break with the comfortable 29-6 lead.
The second half saw much of the same from the Grafton team, as they continued to dominate the field, opening the back half action with a first down from Isiah Vanscoy.
Moats would pick up another first down on the drive, and it would be QB Isaac Lough sealing the deal with a quarterback keeper, powering through the defense and crossing the goal line with Lumberjacks hanging onto his heels, Lough earned Grafton’s fifth TD of the night.
As the night wore on, Grafton not only had to work against the Lumberjacks, but also the weather, as rain began to pour midway through the third quarter.
Despite their best efforts, the Bearcats made it nearly impossible for the Lumberjacks to advance passed the line of scrimmage, and as a result, many of their remaining drives ended as a four and out.
The physical defense combined with their standout offensive display on Friday night, led the Bearcats to beat out of the rain and their opponent, as they would snag two more touchdowns on the night, claiming the lopsided 48-6 victory.
The win moves the Cats to 5-2 on the season and with four straight wins, Grafton now sits just outside of the top 15 in the WVSSAC AA rankings, landing in 17th.
The Bearcats will be back under the lights of McKinney Field on Friday, October 15, taking on their backyard rival, Philip-Barbour for their homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.