Bearcub Midgets move to fourth-place


GRAFTON—The Grafton Bearcubs Midget squad won two games recently and moved up to a fourth-place tie in the Mountaineer Youth Football Conference.

On October 20th, the Bearcubs traveled to Robert C. Byrd to take on the Clarksburg Little Eagles. The Little Eagles proved to be no match for the visitors as the Bearcubs would win that game convincingly, 47-12.

Leading the way for Grafton on offense was the explosive duo of Kaden Keener and Troy Weber. Keener accounted for 65 yards on the ground with a touchdown and two extra points, while going 2-4 for 64 yards through the air. Both completions were to Weber for touchdowns. Weber had an outstanding all-around game as well, adding 34 yards on just two carries with a touchdown and an extra point, and kicking an extra point (worth two points) to add to his two touchdown receptions from Keener.

Running backs Jarrett Blackhurst, Nathanial Bailey, and Noah Armstrong also added to the onslaught, as Blackhurst broke off a 53-yard touchdown run on his only carry of the afternoon, while Bailey added 69 yards and a touchdown. Armstrong added 49 yards and a touchdown.

Also chipping in on the ground were Jaxson Hall (2-14), Cole Runner (2-9), Jayson Peters (1-7), Javon Vanscoy (1-4), and Carter Valentine (4-1).

On defense, Weber and Keener also stood out, as Weber accounted for 12 tackles with one fumble recovery, while Keener added 11 tackles of his own. Josh McIe and Nathanial Bailey added four tackles each while Riley Humphries added three. Blackhurst, Hall, Brayden White, and Christian Cox all accounted for two tackles, while Armstrong, Runner, Vanscoy, and Jace McCoy were also credited with a tackle.

The Bearcubs were back in action on Sunday as they hosted the Elkins Bengals at McKinney Field. The Bearcubs jumped on the visitors early and would never let up in a 45-0 romp which saw multiple players have big games for the Bearcubs.

Jarrett Blackhurst would lead the ground attack for Grafton, tallying 126 yards on just six carries and adding two touchdowns. He would also return an interception for a touchdown later in the contest. Kaden Keener would also carry the ball six times and gain 123 yards, which included a touchdown run. Keener also added 57 yards through the air on 2-4 passing, hooking up with Jaxson Hall on a 48-yard touchdown pass and on another nine-yard pass play. Keener led the team in tackles as well with nine.

Troy Weber had another big game for the Bearcubs, gaining 65 yards on just five carries with a touchdown run. He added three extra points and in addition to making eight tackles on defense, also blocked a punt which would set up another Bearcubs’ scoring drive. Nathanial Bailey had an outstanding game as well, accounting for 61 yards on just four carries, one of which went for a touchdown. Noah Armstrong also had another solid game, rushing for 49 yards on just four carries and intercepting a Bengals’ pass which he returned for 17 yards.

Other players adding to the Bearcubs’ big day on offense were Cole Runner (three rushes for 11 yards) and Javon Vanscoy (one rush for seven yards).

The Grafton defense would make 33 tackles, pick off two passes, and limit the Bengals’ offense to just four first downs in the contest. Those accounting for multiple tackles were Keener (9), Weber (8), N. Bailey (7), and Hall (3).

“We are playing good football at the right time,” said Bearcubs head coach Hartsel Keener.

Grafton (5-3) was assigned the #5 seed in the upcoming MYF playoffs and will travel to #4 Buckhannon (5-3) on Sunday for a rematch against the Buccaneers. Buckhannon won the first contest on September 8th by the score of 20-6. The winner of that game will face the winner of #1 Bridgeport White (8-0) and #8 Clarksburg (3-5).

The game against Buckhannon is scheduled to start at 1:00pm at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

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