GHS Bearcats looking to utilize forward momentum from last year


GRAFTON—A new page has turned at the Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcat Football program. 

New Head Coach Mickey Foley has come through the three-week June period and began season practice in earnest, as the GHS Bearcats look to replicate the successes last season.

The Cats are looking to forge a new path forward as they get ready to take on the season.  

Coach Foley voiced that he is looking forward to the upcoming season and hopes to see triumph for the Bearcats.

“We have the team to do it this year, but I’m always asking the kids if they are doing all the things necessary to be successful,” he voiced. “The players are experiencing a different program than they were used too, and adjustments are being made to build on the previous program while driving home a new culture.”

“We are working hard and expanding our possibilities, we have some boys who are eager to play and hungry to help build a successful program,” Foley added. 

Looking to improve the team, Foley has revamped his coaching staff to include some fresh faces also as the season begins. 

Zach Shumaker, Chad DeLoma and Dominick Lowe will be taking on the task of training the wide receivers and defensive backs, while Cory Freeman, Vincent Deligeti and John Bord will be helping to strengthen the offensive and defensive lines. 

The familiar faces of assistant coaches Mike Johnson and Hartsel Keener will also be heavily involved. 

Still finding his footing as the pre-season has officially started and is looking forward to a successful season, the coaching staff sees potential and is hopeful.

Coach Foley will inherit a Grafton team that made significant progress in 2021. The Bearcats went 7-2 on the season and found themselves in their first playoff appearance in nearly a decade. 

“I am overjoyed at this opportunity, and I would like to thank everyone for their support. It is a very humbling experience. The alumni, the players and the community at large have been amazing, and I am excited to see what this season holds as we have some wonderful talent returning,” Foley imparted. “It’s my hope that we can keep some of the momentum from last season as we move into the fall.”

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