Grafton’s first half penalties play factor in loss to East

FAIRMONT—The GHS Bearcats and the East Fairmont Bee’s engaged in a shootout this past Friday night. 

It was a night of questionable calls and a touch of bad luck for the Bearcats. 

The opening moments of the game would see the Bee’s QB Crookshanks picked off by the Bearcats and pass into the flats led by Kaden Delaney would get the Bearcats to the one-yard line that was called back for holding and a missed field goal attempt would set the tone for how the rest of the game would go. 

The first quarter would end scoreless but both teams seemed hard pressed to find any semblance of frictionless play as both teams struggled with penalties and lopsided play. 

The second quarter would begin with much of the same. Deep into the second quarter the bearcats finally strike a blow as Issac Lough ran in a reception and gave the Bearcats an early lead 7-0. On the next Bees series, they were forced to punt and the Bearcats blocked the punt with great field position and on the next play Grafton QB Tanner Moats fires a bullet to Kaden Delaney to bring the Bearcats some breathing room at 14-0. 

The Bearcats looking to go into halftime with a two-touchdown lead would have those hopes dashed as Bees QB Crookshanks connected with WR Clay Hershberger who streaked 60 yards for a Bees touchdown with 1:34 to go before halftime. 

Lightning would strike twice before halftime as the Bearcats were picked off by the Bees and Crookshanks finds Hershberger again for another Bees TD with would bring the score all tied up at halftime 14-14. 

The third quarter would see some quick back and forth scoring from both sides as Delaney grabbed another pass for a touchdown and Lough ran another back for and added cushion as the Bearcats floated a pass to Aiden Harley that would have the score 35-31 in Grafton’s favor. 

The Bees would score again deep into the fourth quarter, with Grafton having one more chance to secure the win. The subsequent Grafton drive would produce three first downs and great field position. But a holding penalty would dry up the momentum and the Bees would emerge victorious with the final score of 37-35. 



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