Bearcubs take on two tough opponents


GRAFTON—The Grafton Bearcubs returned to action this past week as the Mighty Mites and Pee Wees traveled to South Harrison, while the Midgets traveled to Buckhannon.

The Midgets dropped a hard-fought game at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium on Sunday, losing by the final score of 20-6.

The Bearcubs were led by QB Kaden Keener and RB Jarrett Blackhurst who racked up over 200 yards between the two.

Keener went 1-3 passing for 15 yards through the air but did most of his damage on the ground and on defense, with 99 yards rushing on just 12 carries and 1 TD while adding a staggering 24 tackles on defense.

Blackhurst carried the ball 11 times 101 yards, while Troy Webber carried the ball 7 times for 61 yards and caught the 15-yard Keener pass.

On defense, the Bearcubs were led by Keener’s 24 tackles followed by Webber with nine and two each from Jonathan Matheny, Javon Vanscoy, Jaxson Hall, Cole Runner, Riley Humphries, Christian Cox, and Noah Armstrong. Carter Valentine and Brayden White also recorded tackles.

In the Bearcubs’ PeeWee matchup at South Harrison, multiple players racked up healthy chunks of yardage against the Hawks to lead Grafton to a 28-20 win.

Tucker Stemple led the rushing attack with 103 yards on just eight carries with three touchdowns, while Garret Davis rushed 75 yards on 13 carries.

Additionally, Cade Mooney rushed for 26 yards on six carries, while also recording 25 yards receiving. And, Jacob Moats averaged 10 yards per carry, as he gained 20 yards on two carries.

At the QB position, Chace Kinsey had an excellent game, throwing for 52 yards on 4-5 passing, while also adding 29 yards on the ground on seven carries. One of those pass plays was to Cameron Gray for an 18-yard reception.

On defense, the Bearcubs’ Cole Boyles was credited with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Cade Mooney recorded four tackles, as well.

The Bearcubs will be back in action on September 14 as all three teams host West Fairmont at McKinney Field in Grafton.

The Mighty Mites will kick off the day of football with their game at 3:00 p.m., followed by the PeeWees at 5:00 p.m. and the Midgets at 7:00 p.m.

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