ST. PARIS – Costly Northwestern turnovers combined with an effective Graham offense powered the Falcons to a 44-13 victory in CBC/MRD football Friday night.
The winless Warriors fumbled on the second play of the game, an early indication of things to come, and Graham recovered. Two plays later Graham’s Austin Brayton dashed 41 yards to set up a Lane Thompson 3-yard TD run at the 11:20 mark. John Hess kicked the PAT and GHS led, 7-0.
Northwestern fumbled again on its next drive and Graham recovered it again to set up a Brayton 19-yard TD. After a failed kick, Graham led 13-0.
The Warriors put together a long drive only to suffer an interception by Falcon Gage Braun. Six plays later, Braun passed 25 yards to Brayton for a TD with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter. Hess threaded the PAT and Graham led, 20-0.
A facemask penalty on Graham helped extend a Northwestern drive that resulted in a 20-yard TD run from Austin Stanley on 4th and 2. The kick failed and the Warriors were trailing, 20-6.
Graham (2-7) botched a punt near the end of the first quarter and Warrior Tanner White claimed it. Seven plays later at the 8:49 mark of the second quarter, Eli Berner connected with Zack Leist on a 4-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was good, setting the score at 20-13 in Graham’s favor.
The Falcon defense stiffened to stymie a Warrior 4th and 1 conversion attempt at the Falcon 30. Although the Falcons didn’t score on the drive and had to punt, Northwestern fumbled on the return and Graham recovered at the Warrior 15. A key run by Brayton combined with a personal foul on the play against the Warriors kept Graham driving. The Falcons scored on a Thompson 2-yard run with 1:26 left in the second quarter. Hess kicked the PAT and Graham retained a 27-13 lead at the intermission.
In the third quarter for the Falcons, Brayton scored on a 56-yard run, Caleb Horner had a 61-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Hess added a field goal to make it 44-13.
Graham plays at Urbana next Friday night.
Shawnee 21, Urbana 14 OT
SPRINGFIELD – It was another heartbreaker for Urbana, as Shawnee rallied to beat the Hillclimbers, 21-14, in OT in CBC/KTD football Friday night.
Early in the first quarter, Urbana’s Dillon Hasford intercepted a pass and returned it to the Shawnee 10.
Three plays later, UHS quarterback Preston Shields carried it into the end zone from five yards out to give UHS a 7-0 lead.
Late in the second quarter, Shawnee drove deep into Urbana territory thanks to a 50-yard reception by Josh Nelson.
A TD-saving tackle by UHS’s Devin Trent proved to be crucial since the Braves fumbled the ball back to Urbana at the goal line.
The first half ended with Urbana on top, 7-0.
UHS went up 14-0 midway through the third quarter on Nick Dorsey’s 79-yard interception return.
The Braves (5-4) scored moments later on a long TD pass to make it 14-7, and Shawnee tied the score at 14-14 with 38 seconds remaining in regulation on a one-yard run by T.J. King on fourth down.
Shawnee scored on its opening possession of OT, and Shields lost a fumble moments later on 3rd and 10 at the 20 to end the game.
Urbana (1-8) hosts Graham next Friday night.
WL-S 71, Southeastern 21
SOUTH CHARLESTON – Brandon Wolfe led WL-S to an easy 71-21 rout over Southeastern Friday night in OHC football.
Wolfe rushed for 153 yards on 12 carries and scored five touchdowns.
The Tigers (5-4, 4-2) play at Springfield Catholic Central next Friday night with a chance of making the playoffs in Division VI, Region 24 if they win.
Central 55, Triad 13
NORTH LEWISBURG – Springfield Catholic Central knocked off Triad, 55-13, Friday night in OHC football.
Central is now 6-3 overall while Triad falls to 1-8.
The Cardinals play at Northeastern next Friday night.