Bearcats claim first win of the season in Romney


ROMNEY—After coming up on the short side of the score for the last six weeks the Grafton Bearcats finally have a “one” in the winning column. The football Bearcats (1-6) traveled to Romney last Friday night to take on the Hampshire Trojans. The Cats would strike early and finish late to defeat the Trojans 21 to 7. 

Grafton would score on the opening drive of the game as sophomore Cam Foley would hit fellow classmate Dillan America for a 10-yard touchdown reception. Stratton Wooddell would add the extra point to put the Cats up 7-0. 

The Cats would double their lead in the second quarter as Cyrus Mayle would haul-in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Foley. Wooddell would add the extra point to give the Cats a 14 to 0 lead going into the locker room at halftime. 

Coach Foley would be please with the play of Mayle as he has stepped up in the last few weeks. “Cyrus (Mayle) probably had the best game he has ever played,” said head coach Mickey Foley. 

The Cats would give the Trojans a little hope in the third quarter as Hampshire would complete a 33-yard pass for a touchdown. 

The Bearcats would steal any hope away in the fourth as Foley would take a quarterback sneak into the endzone form 1-yard out. Wooddell would stay perfect on the night as he added his third extra point. The score was setup from a nice pass and catch from Foley to Alex Hess who carried the ball down to the 1-yard line. 

“Alex (Hess) made his return tonight and provided our team with some much needed excitement,” said Coach Foley. 

Freshman Kaden Keener lead the GHS runners with 22 carries for 56 yards. The remaining rushers for the Cats were Mayle (4-40) and Foley (9-38). 

Foley had an outstanding night in the air for GHS as he completed 10 of 22 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Foley would also record two interceptions. 

Mayle would lead the receivers for the Bearcats as he caught 3 passes for 71 yards. The remaining pass catchers were Alex Hess (2-53), America (3-29), Keener (1-21) and Tristan Floyd (1-9). 

On the defensive side of the ball Jeremiah Mitchell would lead the team with 7 tackles with one sack and a tackle for a loss. The rest of the Cats in the tackle state line were America (6), Mayle (5), Keener (4), Floyd (3), Loren Knotts (3), Kenny Humphries (3), Hess (2), Isaiah Vanscoy (1), Elijah Loffler (3), Brice Trimble (2) and Parker Gorrell (1). 

“We are very proud of our boys,” said Coach Foley. “We executed our game plan and eliminated a lot of the mistakes that has been keeping us from being successful.”

Looking to stay successful the Bearcats will return home Friday to face “A” South Harrison. This will be senior night for GHS so come out and let the seniors know how much this community supports them. The game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. 

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