Adam Cutlip, LCHS Junior, races past a Grafton player during football action Friday, Sept. 23. (Photo by LCHS Senior Nathan White).
Minutemen Pull Another Late Game Comeback For A 28-21 Win Over Grafton
Fresh off a thrilling comeback win la st week over Braxton County, Lewis County Minutemen football found themselves ranked 6th in the latest Class AA rankings with a 3-1 mark and traveled to Taylor County to take on a 3-1 Grafton Bearcats team ranked 19th in the latest Class AA rankings.
Grafton had the ball first and ran three plays and were forced to punt the ball back to the Minutemen. Lewis County’s first offensive series would also be a three play and one that punted the ball back to the Bearcats.
Grafton started their second drive at their own 13 yard line. On the 7th play of the drive Garrett Wellman had his pass intercepted by Lewis County’s Nate Frazier who during the return fumbled allowing Grafton to maintain possession of the football.
Fourteen plays later the Bearcats found the end zone when Wellman threw a 5 yard pass to Cole Collins. The extra point failed, and Grafton had a 7-0 lead with 10:06 seconds left in the first half.
Lewis County found a little success on their next drive. They got to the 49 yard line and were forced to punt the ball back to the Bearcats.
Grafton’s offense was stopped on this possession. Lewis County could only muster three plays and punted the ball back to the Bearcats.
Three plays later, Wellman threw a pass across the middle and after a deflection Frazier had his second interception of the game. He took this one to the house for a Lewis County touchdown. Jared Griffith added the extra point and Lewis County had a 7-6 lead with 1:01 left in the opening half of play.
Luke Dublin, who had made the hit that caused the ball to go into the air, was injured on the play and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. There would be no more scoring in the half and the two teams went into the locker room with Lewis County holding a 7-6 lead. Despite only running 14 offensive plays to Grafton’s 28 in the first half, Lewis County managed to have the halftime lead.
The second half began as the first one had ended with both teams playing strong defense throughout the third quarter and only 3 points were put on the board. Grafton scored those 3 points on a 37 yard field goal with 7:51 left in the third quarter.
The Bearcats had a 9-7 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
For the second week in a row, the fourth quarter proved to be an exciting one as the two teams combined to score 33 fourth-quarter points. Lewis County got the scoring barrage started as they put a 12 play, 45 yard scoring drive together that ended when Thomas Hogan scored from 2 yards out and Griffith connected for the point. Lewis County had a 14-9 lead.
Grafton went back on the offensive and answered the Lewis County score and regained the lead when Caleb Bush scored on a 1 yard run. But the two point conversion was no good. The Bearcats were back on top at 15-14 with just 3:53 left to play in the game.
That lead only lasted for one play when Thomas Hogan hit Nate Frazier with a 61 yard touchdown pass. A conversion failed and Lewis County had a 20-15 lead with 3:37 left to go in the game. The Bearcats once again answered a Lewis County score with another one of their own, this one coming on an 18 yard pass from Wellman to Austin Marcarvage. Another conversion failed and Grafton had a 21-20 lead with just 1:05 left to play in the game.
The Minutemen started their next drive at their own 20 yard line. But it would not take Lewis County long to recapture the lead. Hogan hit Frazier with a pass across the middle and he then raced down the sideline for an 80 yard scoring play. Jacob White ran for the two point conversion and Lewis County found themselves up 28-20 with just fifty seconds left to play.
Grafton started out at their own 28 yards line, needing to score a touchdown and a two point conversion to tie the game. Grafton got to the Lewis County 29 yard line and on the last play of the game the Grafton pass fell to the turf and Lewis County had pulled out another last minute win. This one, by score of 28-21, moved their record to 4-1 on the season.
Grafton held the edge in total offense. They had 331 yards to 230 yards for Lewis County. Jacob White led the Minutemen in rushing 31 yards on 12 carries while Thomas Hogan was 6 of 14 for 189 yards and two touchdowns while scoring a rushing touchdown. Nate Frazier had a huge night. He caught 4 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns and added a touchdown on an interception return. Frazier had two picks on the night. Lewis County will be back in action this Friday night as they will host the Lincoln Cougars at 7:30 pm.
Score By Quarters
Lewis County 0 7 0 21 - 28
Grafton 0 6 3 12 - 21
GRA - Cole Collins 5 yard pass from Garrett Wellman (Kick failed)
LC - Nate Frazier 48 yard interception return (Jared Griffith kick)
GRA - Tyler Griffith 37 yard field goal
LC - Thomas Hogan 2 yard run (Griffith kick)
GRA - Caleb Bush 1 yard run ( run failed)
LC- Frazier 61 yard pass from Hogan (run failed)
GRA- Austin Marcarvage 18 yard pass from Wellman ( run failed)
LC - Frazier 80 yard pass from Hogan ( Jacob White run)
Team Statistics LC GRA
First Downs 9 20
Rushing 27-50 40-144
Passing 189 187
Total Yards 230 331
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Interceptions 2 1
Penalties 3-28 14-82
Punts 4-37 5-31.2
Rushing: Lewis County: Jacob White 12-31; Adam Cutlip 5-9; Drew Potter 3-5; Luke Dublin 1-3; Thomas Hogan 4-3-1 TD; Nate Frazier 1-(-1); Totals 27-50
Grafton: Caleb Bush 20-73; Cole Collins 13-41; Matthew McDaniel 12-36; Garrett Wellman 3-(-6); Totals 40-144
Passing: Lewis County: Thomas Hogan 6 of 14 for 189 yards and two touchdowns with one interception
Grafton: Garrett Wellman 10 of 20 for 177 yard with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions; Cole Collins 1 of 2 for 10 yards
Receiving: Lewis County: Nate Frazier 4-166- 2 TDS; Sam Bungsmuhr 2-23
Grafton: Zach Schumaker 4-46; Austin Marcravage 2-50; Cole Collins 2-15; Anthony Robinson 1-40; Dominic Lough 1-18; Caleb Bush 1-8
Anthony Tucker (#25) hits a hole in the B-UMS defense last Thursday. Also in the action for RLBMS is; Braydon Stout (#17), Hayden Helmick (#50), Seth Carpenter (#30) and Damien Wolfe (#65). (Photos submitted)
The Robert Bland Patriots football was on the road for the first time this season as they traveled to Buckhannon to take on the Buckhannon Upshur Buccaneers in a Mid 8 Conference Football game.
The Patriots were looking to rebound from their first loss of the season as they took on the arch rival Buccaneers. The Bucs proved to be too much for the Patriots as they scored the game’s first 26 points to take a 26-0 lead.
Robert Bland prevented the shutout when they scored a fourth quarter touchdown on a 39 yard touchdown run by Ike Probst.
Anthony Tucker ran for the two point conversion and that would be the only points the Patriots scored in a 26-8 loss that saw their season’s record fall to 2-2 with the loss.
Damien Wolfe and Kole Jones had fumble recoveries for Robert Bland. Probst led the Patriots in rushing with 71 yards on 8 carries and one touchdown. Jaycob Smith filling in for the injured quarterback. Will Kuhn completed 2 of 5 passes for 32 yards.
Probst was the leading receiver with 25 yards on 1 catch and ended the night with 96 all-purpose yards. The Patriots will be back on the road tonight as they travel to Clarksburg to take on the Washington Irving Hilltoppers in another Mid 8 Conference game. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
Score by Quarters
Robert Bland 0 0 0 8 - 8
Buckhannon Upshur 7 6 7 6 - 26
Rushing: Robert Bland: Ike Probst 8-71-1 TD; Anthony Tucker 10-35; Will Kuhn 1-(-4); Jaycob Smith 6-15; Trenton Murphy 1-1; Team 2-(-15); 26-103
Passing: Robert Bland: Jaycob Smith 2 of 5 for 32 yards
Receiving: Robert Bland: Seth Carpenter 1-7; Ike Probst 1-2
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