GHS offense improves despite loss to South Harrison

Photo courtesy of Kali Keener

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School football team (1-7) returned home last Friday night as they played host to the Hawks of South Harrison. 

The Bearcats had their best offensive game of the season gaining over 336 total yards, but it was just not good enough as they suffered their seventh loss of the season 48 to 31. 

South Harrison would open the scoring in the first quarter as they would score on a 14-yard TD run to go up 8-0. 

The Bearcats would answer early in the second quarter with an impressive 96 yard drive as Kaden Keener would find the endzone from 5-yards out to pull within 2 points of the Hawks. Stratton Wooddell would convert on the extra-point to gets the Cats within one. 

South Harrison would add two more touchdowns in the second quarter giving the Hawks a 21 to 7 halftime lead. 

The third quarter would once belong to the Hawks as they would outscore GHS 13 to 8. 

The lone GHS touchdown would come on a 28-yard TD pass from Cam Foley to Bryce Trimble. Foley would then connect with Tristan Floyd for the two-point conversion. 

The Bearcats would turn the tide in the fourth quarter as they would outscore the Hawks 16 to 14. 

The first score of the fourth quarter would come as Foley found Dillan America for an 18-yard TD pass. Foley would connect again with Floyd for the two-point conversion. 

Keener would score his second touchdown of the game late in the fourth on a 7-yard run, Foley would once again hit Floyd in the flats for another two-point conversion. 

“Offensively, I felt we did a pretty good job,” said head coach Mickey Foley. “Kaden (Keener) ran the ball well and Cam (Foley) settled in and made some good throws. Dylan America and Tristan Floyd also made some big plays in the passing game.”

Keener was the top running back for GHS as he accumulated 103 yards on 32 carries for an average of 3.2 yards per carry. 

The remaining Cats with carries were Isaiah Vanscoy (3- (-2))  and Foley (3-(-12)). 

Foley would handle all of the QB duties for Grafton as he completed 12 of 20 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. 

Floyd would be the favorite target in the passing game as he caught 6 passes for 118 yards. 

The remaining GHS receivers were America (3-67), Trimble (1-28) and Keener (2-24). 

Keener would lead the GHS defense with 15 tackles in the contest. 

The remaining Bearcats with tackles were Trimble (11), Seth Horne (10), America (8), Kenny Humphries (8), Vanscoy (4), Floyd (3), Cole Lambert (3), Loren Knotts (3), Jeremiah Mitchell (2), Cyrus Mayle (2), Elijah Loffler (2), Riley Humphries (1) and Parker Gorrell (1). 

The Bearcats will be back on the road this Friday night as they travel to Buckhannon to face Buckhannon-Upshur.

 The game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m.

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