RACHEL—The Grafton High School Bearcat football team played their final game of the season last Friday night against the Huskies of North Marion.
The Bearcats allowed the Huskies to score on every offensive drive except for one, as the Cats go on to be outscored 54—14.
The Bearcat 3-3 defense allowed the Huskies to roll up 48 straight points, as the Huskies scored on their first seven drives.
The Bearcats could not manage to get the ball into the end zone until the fourth quarter, when Garrett Wellman found Dylan Pettit on a 16-yard touchdown pass. Ally Peters added the extra point to make the game 48—7.
The Huskies would score again on the next series increasing their lead to 54—7.
The Bearcats had one final score as Devin Vanscoy crossed the goal line from five yards out to make the final 54—14.
The Bearcats were outgained in the contest 565 yards to 201 yards, with the Huskies getting 415 of their yards on the ground. North Marion racked up 29 first downs, while the Cats could only manage 13.
Caleb Bish was the leading rusher for the Bearcats, as he had 23 carries for 112, while Vanscoy had two carries for 14 yards.
The remaining rushing yards came from Wellman (2-9), Pettit (4-12), Colton Moats (3-5) and Blake Moore (1-2).
In the air for the Cats, Wellman was 4 of 16 for 48 yards with one touchdown.
All of Wellman’s completed passes went to Pettit, who had four catches for 48 yards and one touchdown.
“I know that it was a disappointing finish, but there were a lot of positives this season,” said head coach Rich Bord. “We had a senior class that showed great character throughout their last year. They grew as student-athletes and as fine young men, who I am very proud to have coached,” he added.
Coach Bord believes that this season will help build the nucleus for next season.
“As for our future, I looked out on the field at one point and saw two freshman, four sophomores, and three juniors on defense. We have 38 players returning. In addition, we scored two touchdowns with an offensive line made up of one freshman, two sophomores and two juniors, who combined for zero starts a year ago, and our last score was by a sophomore who never played a year ago.”
“With a J.V. team that finished 5-2 with its best record in years, the future looks very good at GHS,” he concluded.
This was the final game for the Cats for this season as they lost their final six games and will not qualify for the state playoffs.