GRAFTON—The Grafton Bearcubs returned home last Sunday to play host to the youth football league from Elkins.
The first game on Sunday saw the Bearcub Mighty Mite team displaying Bearcub pride and strength, as they took on the Bengals. The boys played tough and recorded eight touchdowns during the competition.
Chace Kinsey opened the game with a touchdown on the first snap of the ball. The remaining seven touchdowns were credited to Garrett Davis, who put his running-game to the test recording a 99-yard touchdown run, as well as an 84-yarder. The Mighty Mites were unable to complete a pass during the match-up, but that wouldn’t slow them down.
“I was really surprised that we weren’t able to complete a pass, because the boys have done well with them up until this game,” said Mighty Mite Head Coach Thomas Davis. “The Bengals had four really good guys on defense.”
Madix Trickett made his way into the books, carrying the ball for the first time this season on a 7-yard run, resulting in a Bearcub first down.
On defense, Davis, Kinsey, John Logan Jones, Braylon Shaw, Jackson Hildreth, J.W. Nestor, Logan Shaver and Mooney recorded quarterback sacks and assists.
Shaw, Davis, Kinsey and Maverick Bartsch were also on their game, and on the ball, recording fumble recoveries throughout the game.
Cade Mooney was credited for the only Bearcub interception of the game.
During the second game of the day, the Midget team fell to Elkins 26—12. The Bearcubs scored all of their points in the first half, but could not find the end zone in the second.
The first Cub touchdown was scored by Charles Hoskins as he returned a kick-off 68 yards to even the score at six. Hoskins was also involved in the second touchdown, as Bryson Bish hit him on a 60-yard touchdown pass to pull the Cubs back within one point of the lead.
This would be the last score for Grafton, as Elkins scored the next 13 points in the game.
Ben Louzy led the Grafton rushing attack with 8 carries for 46 yards, while Jayden Owens had 1 carry for 2 yards and Hoskins added 5 carries for 11 yards.
Bish was one of three in the air for 60 yards and one touchdown.
Kenny Humphries led the Cub defense with 13 tackles followed by Louzy with seven. The remaining tackles were credited to Isaiah Vanscoy (6), Owens (5), Michael Salisbury (4), Cyrus Hake (3), Chase Bucklew (2), Hoskins (2), Josiah McMasters, Dakota Moyer and Brady Swiger.
Hoskins also recovered a fumble for Grafton.
The final game proved to be the most exciting game of the day, as the Bearcub Peewees and Bengals went into overtime to decide the contest. In over time the Cubs defeated Elkins 39—33.
The Bearcubs were led by Jarrett Blackhurst who had 22 carries for 342 yards, with five touchdowns and one extra point conversion.
Kaden Tate recorded 12 carries for 24 yards and two extra points, while Jacob Stavrakis had two carries for three yards and one touchdown.
Blackhurst also led the defense with nine tackles followed by Tate and Jeremiah Schevront, with six tackles apiece.
The remaining tackles were recorded by Christian Cox (2), Cole Runner (4), Javon Vanscoy (2), Jason “Ricky Bobby” Peters (2) and Jaxson Hall. Runner and Peters also had interceptions for the Cubs.
The Bearcubs will be back in action this Saturday at home against West Fairmont. The Midget games starts at 1:00 p.m., the Peewee game begins at 3:00 p.m. and the Mighty Mites kick-off at 5:00 p.m.