Bearcats go down to the wire with Mountaineers


CLARKSBURG—The Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcat football team (0-5) traveled to Clarksburg last Friday to battle the Mountaineers of Liberty Harrison. 

The Cats would run out to a 13 to 0 lead but the Mountaineers would run off 14 straight points, as GHS would suffer their fifth loss of the season 14 to 13. 

Grafton would start the scoring on the evening as Liberty would commit five turnovers on their first five dives. 

Kaden Keener would once again be the offensive catalyst for GHS as he would find his way into the endzone to put the Cats up 6 to 0. The Keener TD would come from 12 yards out.  

Stratten Wooddell would add the extra point for Grafton to make it 7-0. 

The Keener score was set up by a nice defensive play by senior Cyrus Mayle as he would intercept the first Liberty pass of the game. Mayle would also grab another interception in the second quarter ending a late Mountaineer threat. 

“Cyrus made some big plays for us tonight,” said head coach Mickey Foley. “I thought the entire team played with much more effort than we have all season. We are extremely proud of how our guys competed.”

Grafton would once again benefit from a Liberty turnover in the first quarter as the Cats would drive the ball over 70 yards ending with a Cam Foley to Bryce Trimble 5-yard touchdown pass. The Mountaineers would make what would end up being the turning point of the game as they blocked the extra point try. 

The Cats would take a 13 to 0 lead into the locker room at halftime. 

The tables would turn in the second half for GHS, as a turnover would lead to a Mountaineer touchdown bringing the score to 13 to 7. 

The game would go back and forth until the Mountaineers would find the endzone with less than two minutes to go to give Liberty the win 14 to 13. 

Keener would be the top yard gainer on the ground for Grafton as he carried the ball 21 times for 72 yards. 

The remaining Bearcats with carries on Friday night were Isaiah Vanscoy (3-25) and Cam Foley (1-15). 

Foley would see all of the snaps at QB for the Cats as he completed 9 of 19 passes with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Tristan Floyd would be the top receiver for GHS as he caught 4 passes for 25 yards. 

The remaining GHS receivers were Dillan America (1-23), Trimble (3-16) and Vanscoy (1-7). Vanscoy would also add an interception to his stat line. 

The Bearcats will be back in action this Friday night as they host the Elkins Tigers. The Homecoming game is set to kick at 7:00 p.m.

Come out and support these young Cats. 

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