Grafton youths hit the field as Hitmen

U8 team brings home state championship title

GRAFTON—While the North Central Hitmen’s U10 squad was busy winning their travel football games in Logan a few weekends ago, the Hitmen’s 6U, 7U, 8U, and 9U teams also found success in their games this past weekend at the Greenbrier Resort in Lewisburg.

The four teams who made the trip included players from Grafton, Philip Barbour, Doddridge County, North Marion, South Harrison, Lincoln, Summersville, and both of Clarksburg’s youth football teams.

Multiple Grafton Bearcubs are members of the Hitmen and they include Landon Lynch (6U), Brayton Davis (7U), JW Nestor (8U), Garrett Davis (8U), and Cash Nestor (9U).

According to the coaches, the 6U team did not place at the event but still played great, while the 7U squad went 3-2 for a 3rd place finish. The 8U squad also finished in 3rd place with a record of 4-2, and in one of their tougher tournament games, Grafton’s JW Nestor scored a spectacular touchdown in double overtime to win the game for his team.

However, the team of the weekend was the Hitmen’s 9U squad, as they went 5-0 and won the championship. They outscored their opponents by a combined total of 104-22 and pitched four shutouts along the way, including one in the championship game in which they defeated the Bluefield Beavers by the score of 14-0.

According to one of the Hitmen’s coaches, he was extremely proud of the way the players handled the conditions this past weekend.

“Overall, combining so many kids from so many organizations, having very few practices in a short amount of time, and braving the frigid temperatures and weather, they all played outstanding.”

Coaches for the 6U team included Dave Spinks, John Taylor, and Ryan Beatson, all of Clarksburg.

Coaches for the 7U team included Thomas Davis, Pat Johnson, Chad Hill, Nick Nestor, Connor McKinsey, and Josh Morrison.

Coaches for the 8U team included Johnny Evans, Dak Brammer, Tim Jones, Derek Wolfe, and Jared Coe.

Coaches for the 9U team included Josh Scheuvront, Thomas Davis, Chris Stout, Willie Morgan, Chris Marrs, and Josef Ricketts.

The North Central Hitmen family would also like to recognize Pat Johnson for his extra effort and hard work behind the scenes.

Next up for the Hitmen will be The Ice Bowl on January 11th-12th at the Shawnee Sports Complex in Dunbar, then the Spring Showdown at the Greenbrier Resort with times and dates yet to be determined.


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