Cougars dominate Bearcats 47-7


SHINNSTON—The Grafton High School (GHS) football team (0-3) traveled to Shinnston last Friday night to tangle with the Lincoln Cougars (2-0). 

The Bearcats would once again struggle on both offense and defense and suffer their third loss of the season at the paws of the Cougars 47 to 7. 

The Cougars would dominate the scoring through the first three quarters, as Lincoln would be up 47 to 0 before the Bearcats would able to put 7 points on the scoreboard. 

Scoring for Grafton was freshman Kaden Keener. Keener would have a solid night for the Cats as he gained 80 yards rushing on 19 carries. 

Keener’s touchdown came on an impressive 34-yard scamper, as he slashed through the Lincoln secondary for his first career touchdown as a Bearcat. 

The final point on the night was added by Stratton Wooddell as he split the uprights for the extra point. 

Keener would be the only Bearcat with positive rushing yards in the contest. The remaining GHS rushers were Braden Boggs (-4) and Cam Foley (-8). 

Foley would once again lead the passing attack for the Bearcats as he completed 4 of 11 pass attempts. He accumulated 41 yards through the air and throw two interceptions. 

Sophomore Dillan America would lead the GHS receivers with two catches for 29 yards, followed by Brison Bish (1-8) and Tristen Floyd (1-4). 

The Bearcats defense was lead by Cyrus Mayle with sixsolo tackles, followed by Seth Horne with five. 

The remaining Bearcats recording tackles were Kenny Humphries (4), Jeremiah Mitchell (4), Cole Lambert (4), Keener (4), America (3), Isaiah Vanscoy (3), Michael Newbraugh (3), Jaxson Hall (3), Floyd (2), Harrison Maier (2), Boggs (2), Brady Swiger (2), Riley Humphries (2), Parker Gorell (1), Wooddell (1), Dylan Gutshaw (1), Levi Newlon (1), Jonathan Maier (1), James Hendershot (1) and Loren Knotts (1). 

Knotts would also recover a fumble in the contest. 

The “injury bug” has hit the GHS football team hard as they were missing six starters for the Lincoln game. In fact, the Cats would lose three more players during the contest. 

“We don’t have the time to talk about everybody that we are missing,” said first year head coach Mickey Foley. “We have some significant losses right now, but we are not making excuses for them. Six kids that started last week weren’t playing this week, and then we lost a couple as the game went on today. “

The Cats will try to get healthy and on the winning track this Friday night as they play host to Pendleton County. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at McKinney Field. 

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