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Lincoln spoils Grafton’s homecoming game, 21-7

Posted: Sunday, Sep 30th, 2012

COACH MARK YOHO rallies his troops durng a time out in last Friday’s Grafton High School Homecoming Game against Lincoln. The Cougars spoiled the homecoming celebration by handing the Bearats a 21-7 defeat.

GRAFTON -- The Lincoln Cougars rolled into town last Friday night, and spoiled the Grafton High School Homecoming Game by handing the Bearcats a 21-7 defeat here on McKinney Field.

This was a pretty even ‘Cat-Fight’ with Grafton out-gaining Lincoln by one yard on the evening, while both teams collecting 12 first downs during this contest.

The Bearcats ran for 111 yards, and threw for 121 more, to wind up with a total of 232 yards, Meanwhile, the Cougars ran for 109 yards, and threw for 122 more, to wind up with 231 yards of total offense.

Lincoln’s Joh Seibel scored three first-half touchdowns for the Cougars, coming on a two-yard run, the 89-yard return of a pass interception, and a five-yard pass from quarterback Jarrod Kellar.

In all, Seibel wound up with a total of 247-all-purpose yards to lead Lincoln to its first win of the season, as the Cougars improved their record to 1-4.

Grafton’s offense struggled during most the first half, managing to produce only 86 yards in total offense by the intermission. Most of that total came on a final drive, which resulted in Seibel’s 89-yard interception return.

Then, after Miss Whitney Poling, was crowned as the 2012 Grafton High School Homecoming Queen, the Bearcats returned to the field, and they moved the football down the field on two separate occasions.

The first drive, wound up being a nine-play, 42-yard touchdown march. It was highlighted by a 15-yard pass from Josh Musgrove to Thomas Peters, and it ended with a Musgrove toss to Tyler Moore from five-yards out, with 2:11 remaining on the third-quarter clock.

Zach Rowand’s extra-point kick was good, creating a 21-7 score. However, Rowand was out-done by a girl, as Emily Knight successfully kicked all three of Lincoln’s extra-point attempts in this contest.

After a lengthy drive by the Cougars ended with the miss of a 21-yard field goal attempt by Miss Knight, Grafton moved the pigskin once again. However, that Lincoln drive lasted for 20 plays and cut the clock down to the 4:27 mark of the fourth period.

Grafton started on its own 20-yard line, and moved the football to the Lincoln 48-yard stripe, with Musgrove hitting James Snider for eight yards, and connecting with Nate Moses for 15 yards for two key plays.

Then, Musgrove, who added a 16-yard run during the march, tossed his second pass interception of the night, ending the threat.

The Bearcats slipped to 2-4 on the season and, with all of the injuries taking their toll during the past two weeks, the ‘off-week’ in Grafton’s schedule could not have come at a better time.

Grafton will return to action on Friday, October 12, against the Liberty Mountaineers at Hite Field in Clarksburg.

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