Moats ties school record for TD passes during season opener


FRANKLIN—The Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcat football program kicked off the season opener this past Friday night when they traveled to Pendleton County to take on the Franklin High School Wildcats. 

The Bearcats would put on a dominating show as the threats from both air and ground made their way past the meager defensive efforts of the Wildcats. 

The Bearcats combined for four passing TD’s, three rushing TD’s and three interceptions. 

Senior Grafton standout QB Tanner Moats connected with fellow senior WR Justin Spiker for two TD’s. 

Also receiving the ball from Moats and earning points for the Cats was senior speedster Kaden Delaney. 

As the night continued, Moats’ passing clinic did as well. He went on to throw for a total of four touchdown passes tying the school record for most TD passes in a game.

Not only did the Grafton team see success in passing, but they were also able to run the field and drive it in, with up-and-coming sophomore Isaac Lough rushing for two touchdowns.

In addition, Junior Arron Barker also crossed the goal line for another GHS rushing touchdown. 

The Bearcats refused to give the Wildcats many opportunities, not recording a single turnover on the evening. 

During the fourth quarter of action, Pendleton County did manage to punch in two touchdowns, and were good for the extra point attempts on each, but it was just too little too late, as the Bearcats returned home victorious with a final score of 40-14.  

Grafton Head Football Coach Rich Bord was happy with his team’s performance. 

“The kids played well tonight. We struck fast and hard with two quick TD’s. We had some questionable penalties that stalled our offense, but we soon found our footing. Our skills kids are as good at it gets this year and our offensive line is coming around. We play East Fairmont this week and I think they are supposed to have a good team, but we are sticking to our motto this year ‘Compete, every down’,” he stated. 

The GHS Bearcats will be traveling to East Fairmont this Friday, September 3 to face the Bees. 

The JV Bearcats met up with Preston County under the lights of McKinney Field on Monday night and recorded another win for the program with a score of 40-25. 

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