Bearcats unable to stop strong running game of Minutemen


GRAFTON— The Lewis County Minutemen traveled to McKinney Field to take on the Bearcats this past Friday night to close the season, with the Bearcats supporting a record of 3-6 going into the night; the Minutemen close behind with a 4-5 record on the season.

The Bearcats won the toss and elected to receive. The game started with a whirlwind of activity and the Bearcats starting on the Lewis County 40-yard line going to the air often and successfully.

Grafton moved within striking distance on their own 35-yard line with the count third and long and attempted a streak to wide receiver (WR) Daniel Bord, which fell incomplete for a turnover on downs.

With the atmosphere running high in the opening minutes of the game the Bearcats forced a fumble on Lewis County’s first possession and the Bearcats took over on their own 15-yard line. After a series of running plays, the Bearcats found themselves forced to punt, unable to take advantage of the turnover.

Lewis County then began their march on the Grafton 30-yard line and with an impressive outside running game that would lead to 70-yards on the ground and running back (RB) Marshall Hobbs punching it in from the Lewis County eight-yard line for the first Minutemen touchdown of the night, with an unsuccessful extra-point attempt the score was brought to 6-0 with 2:39 left to play in the first quarter.

After the kickoff, Grafton took over on their 30-yard line. On the first play quarter back (QB) Moore was forced out of the pocket and fired a laser that was picked off by Lewis County defensive back (DB) Jaycob Smith as he jetted downfield for a 70-yard touchdown. After another failed point after attempt the score, Lewis County 12, Grafton 0 with 1:46 left in the first quarter.

The second quarter would begin with much of the same from both teams.

Lewis County punished the Bearcats defense with an outside running onslaught that would be the factor for most of the night.

Grafton’s failure to move the ball and the strong running game of the Minutemen would lead to another Lewis County touchdown with 3:34 left in the half and yet another failed point after attempt would bring the score to 18-0 just before the whistle sounded for halftime.

To start the third quarter Grafton kicked to Lewis County and the return by the Minutemen to their own 30-yard line. The very next play would see Lewis County RB Marshall Hobbs clear the field with a lightning fast 60-yard run down to the Bearcat 10-yard line. The subsequent play would find Hobbs pushing the pigskin forward for another Minutemen touchdown with 8:10 left in the third quarter and the score 24-0.

Another uneventful series for the Bearcats followed, as QB Moore was picked off for the second time in the game and the Minutemen took over and QB Bryant Zielinski kept it up the middle scoring another Lewis County touchdown with the score 30-0 in favor of the Minutemen.

The third quarter ended with silence as the Minutemen took a commanding lead in the game.

The fourth quarter would begin with the Bearcats trying to stop the bleeding from the ground and pound running style of the Minutemen.

A smoke screen of a kickoff returned by WR James Hoskins put the Bearcats in good position to begin the fourth.

A third interception by the QB for the Bearcats would seal their fate as Lewis County took over and pounded it down the field for another Minutemen touchdown scored by RB Brayden Carder to finish the game, with the final score 36-0 in favor of the Minutemen.

Grafton ends their tumultuous season with a final record of 3-7 for the year. 

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