Grafton unable to handle #6 North Marion in first round of playoffs


RACHEL—The # 11 seed Grafton High School Bearcats Football program entered the AA Playoffs this past weekend as they traveled to Rachel, West Virginia to take on the # 6 seed North Marion Huskies. 

This would be the Husky’s first time hosting a playoff in 20 years and Grafton’s first playoff appearance in 10 years.   

The game would begin with the quick pace that the Bearcats have shown all year with a snap to Grafton QB Tanner Moats who punches it in for the first Bearcats TD and an extra point to bring the score to 7-0 in favor of Grafton. 

This Huskies would answer back quick with their next possision as star running back Parker Kincell would break free on the outside and take the pigskin with him as he thundered down the sideline for 40 yds and the first of many TD’s for the Huskies on the night. The score would be tied quickly 7-7 in the first quarter of the game. 

The next kickoff to Grafton would result in turnover to the Huskies which they would capitalize on after a successful drive to the goal line as Huskies full back Brody Hall would pound it in from 3 yds out brining the score in North Marion’s favor 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.  

The second quarter would see things start to take a turn for the worse for the Bearcats as the Huskies ramped up their running game behind a formidable offensive line as they scored an unanswered touchdown to start the second quarter bringing the score to 21-7. It would unfortunately be more of the same until halftime as the Huskies were able to tack on more points just before the buzzer to enter halftime with the score 41-7. 

The next half of football would be an all-out assault by the Huskies as their defense and offense started to meld into a well-oiled machine as they were able to put up another 23 points with Grafton scoring once more with 3:39 left to play as the end game buzzer sounded and the wonderful Bearcat season came to an end with the final score 64-14 Huskies.  

North Marion will continue to the AA quarter finals playing the Bluefield Beavers this coming weekend. 

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