Urbana ends season with win over Graham


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Urbana’s Herbie Jackson fights for yards against Graham’s Lane Thompson during Friday night’s game at UHS.

Urbana’s Herbie Jackson fights for yards against Graham’s Lane Thompson during Friday night’s game at UHS.


Brenda Burns | Urbana Daily Citizen

Graham had its chances on Urbana’s home field to end the season with a bang on Friday, but the Hillclimbers were too much by the end of the night.

UHS beat its intra-county rival, 52-12, in CBC cross-divisional action littered with yellow flags. Both teams finish the season 2-8 overall.

Urbana opened the scoring on a Preston Shields 13-yard run at 10:17 of the first quarter followed by Cooper Johnson’s PAT to make it 7-0. The Hillclimbers’ second touchdown was sparked by partially blocking a Graham punt, setting up the home team at the Falcon 30. Four plays later, Shields completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Herbie Jackson with 8:40 left in the first quarter. Johnson’s extra-point kick was accurate, giving UHS a 14-0 lead.

Urbana scored again in the first period when Jackson ran 2 yards for a TD at 6:31. The conversion run failed, leaving UHS comfortably ahead, 20-0 – a margin that held until the second quarter.

Urbana intercepted Graham in the middle of a solid drive, but the Falcons recovered a Hillclimber fumble on the next play. The Falcons converted two fourth downs on the way to their first TD at 9:42, a 9-yard pass from Gage Braun to Tyler Powell. John Hess’s PAT was unsuccessful, but the visitors were on the board, 20-6.

Graham controlled the ball for most of the second quarter, ultimately scoring on a Braun 1-yard plunge. The conversion run failed, leaving UHS ahead, 20-12. Urbana added a comfort score when Jackson plowed into the end zone from 5 yards out. Johnson ran in the lateral pitch for the conversion run and UHS led 28-12 at the half.

Urbana scored in the third quarter on a Shields 33-yard dash capped off by a conversion run to make it 36-12. Shields scored in the final period on a 6-yard TD plunge followed by a Derek Cauley conversion run for a 44-12 lead, and Nick Johnson had a TD run to go along with a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin of victory.

Mechanicsburg 43, Southeastern 7

SOUTH CHARLESTON – Kaleb Romero and Dustin Knapp each rushed for two TDs as OHC champion Mechanicsburg finished off the regular season with a 43-7 win over Southeastern Friday night.

Jonathan Harsh and Alex Rhine each added touchdown runs, and Romero connected with Joey Mascadri on a scoring pass.

John Samples, seriously injured in an auto accident before the season began, converted on an extra point for Mechanicsburg in the second quarter.

The Indians (10-0, 7-0) will host a first-round Division VI, Region 24 playoff game next week.

Northeastern 44, Triad 20

SPRINGFIELD – Northeastern beat Triad, 44-20, in an OHC season finale Friday night.

The Jets led, 27-6, at the half.

The Cardinals’ TDs came on runs by Dylan Rice and Derek McCall and a pass from Briley Harlan to Isaiah Bruce.

Triad finishes the season at 1-9, 1-6.

Urbana’s Herbie Jackson fights for yards against Graham’s Lane Thompson during Friday night’s game at UHS.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2016/10/web1_uhsgraham.jpgUrbana’s Herbie Jackson fights for yards against Graham’s Lane Thompson during Friday night’s game at UHS. Brenda Burns | Urbana Daily Citizen

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