GRAFTON—The Grafton High School Football team (0-2) hosted their first home game of the season Friday nigh,t as they tangled with the Bees of East Fairmont.
The young Bearcats put up a solid flight against the Bees but came away on the short end of a 34 to 13 score.
The Bees would strike first as they would score twice in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead into the second stanza.
The Bearcats would answer in the last two minutes of the first half as junior Isaac Lough would score from four yards out. Stratten Wooddell would add the extra point to pull the Cats within one score.
The Bees would bounce right back in less than a minute, and scored on a 27-yard TD pass. At the half, the boys from Grafton would go into the locker room trailing 20 to 7.
Both teams would come out of the locker room playing some of their best downs of the season, as the Cats and Bees were both held scoreless in the third quarter.
East would once again get back on the score board in the fourth as they would add two more touchdowns pulling out to a 34-7 score.
The Bearcats would add a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as Cam Foley would take the ball into the end zone from the one yard line. This score was set up by a beautiful 31-yard pass from Foley to Tristan Floyd.
This would be the final score of the night for either team as the Bees hold on for a 34-13 victory.
“I thought that tonight that we played with greater effort than we did last week against Philip Barbour,” said head coach Mickey Foley. “We, as players and coaches, know what we need to do to get better, and that’s exactly what we did this past week in practice. We still have a lot of work to do and we aren’t going to be satisfied with just getting better. “
The GHS rushing attack was led by freshman Kaden Keener with 10 carries for 64 yards. The remaining ground gainers for Grafton were Jarrett Blackhurst (9-42), Aaron Barker (11-36), Isaac Lough (3-15), Cole “Biscuit” Mooney (4-12) and Cam Foley (1-1).
Once again the Cats would run a few different quarterbacks into the game plan as Foley and Mooney were both under center for GHS. Foley led the quarterbacks in the air as he completed 4 of 9 passes for 86 yards. Mooney also had a solid performance as he completed 6 of 10 passes for 47 yards.
The two quarterbacks spread the ball around for GHS as they completed passes to 6 different receivers. Floyd led the way for Grafton as he caught 3 passes for 85 yards. The remaining pass catchers for Grafton were Lough (3-28), Isaiah Vanscoy (1-12), Dillan America (1-11), Bryson Bish (1-10) and Mooney (1-7).
Unlike last week the Cats had some standout performances on defense. Aaron Barker recorded the first interception for Grafton this season as he picked off a pass and returned it 31 yards into Bee territory. Kenny Humphries got into the stat line as he recovered a fumble on a solid hit from Harrison Maier.
Kaden Keener would lead the defense with 7 tackles on the night. The other players recording tackles were Barker (6), Mooney (6), K. Humphries (6), Jeremiah Mitchell (4), Cyrus Mayle (4), Vanscoy (3), Elijah Loffler (3), Lough (3), H. Maier (3), Loren Knotts (2), Blackhurst (2), America (1) and Brayden White (1- sack).
The Cats will return to action next Friday night as they will travel to Shinnston the face the Lincoln Cougars. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.