WESTON—The Grafton High School football team (1-9) played their final game of the 2022 season last Friday night as they traveled to Weston to take on the Lewis County Minutemen.
The Cats were in the contest until late in the third quarter when Lewis would pull away for a final score of 40 to21.
The Bearcats and the Minutemen would find it tough sledding in the first quarter. The Minutemen used a pounding run game to go up 7 – 0 at the end of one.
The Bearcats would even the score at 7 early in the second quarter as they mounted their best drive of the contest. Tristan Floyd would catch a Cam Foley pass from 7-yards out to bring the score to 7 - 6. Stratton Wooddell would add the extra point for GHS. The Minutemen would add two more touchdowns in the second quarter to go up 21 – 7 at the half.
Floyd would once again bring the Cats close in the third as Foley would hit him for a 6-yard TD. Wooddell would once again add the extra point for GHS. The touchdown was set up by the play of the night for GHS as Cyrus Mayle would bring in a deflected Foley pass and run it 62 yards to the GHS 4-yard line.
On the very next drive the Bearcat defense would allow the Minutemen to once again march down the field and punch it in from the 5-yard line.
The final score of the day for GHS came in the third quarter when Floyd would find the endzone for third time. However this time it was a defensive TD for GHS as Floyd intercepted a Minutemen pass and returned it the length of the field for the Cats.
Wooddell would stay perfect on the night as he would hit the extra point attempt.
The Grafton ground game was nonexistent on the night as they would once again finish with negative yards rushing. The GHS rushers were Mayle (1-1), Foley (1-0), Isaiah Vanscoy (1-0) and Seth Horne (6-(-5)).
Foley would see all the QB snaps for Grafton as he was 10-24 for 156 yards with two TDs and one interception.
Floyd would be the top target for Foley as he was on the receiving end of 6 of the 10 completions. Floyd would finish his last game with 6 catches for 55 yards and two offensive touchdowns.
“Tristan Floyd stepped up and made some big plays for us,” said head coach Mickey Foley. “He has been a consistent player for us all year.”
The remaining GHS pass catchers were Mayle (1-62), Dillan America (1-26) and Vanscoy (2-13).
America would be the leading defensive player for GHS as he would accumulate 10 solo tackles against the Minutemen.
The remaining solo tackles were recorded by Bryce Trimble (4), Mayle (3), Elijah Loffler (3), Kenny Hunphries (3), Parker Gorrell (3), Brayden Boggs (3), Vanscoy (2), Horne (2), Floyd (2), Jeremiah Mitchell (1) and Jonathan Maier (1).
“We played with really good effort,” said Coach Foley. “We were in it up to the beginning of the fourth quarter. Lewis County made some plays down the stretch and we didn’t.”