Urbana snaps losing streak by beating Graham


Staff report



Urbana’s Will Donahoe is carried off the field by his teammates after the Hillclimbers’ 26-18 win over visiting Graham Friday night. It was Urbana’s first victory since the final week of the 2018 season.

Urbana’s Will Donahoe is carried off the field by his teammates after the Hillclimbers’ 26-18 win over visiting Graham Friday night. It was Urbana’s first victory since the final week of the 2018 season.


Photos by Andrew Grimm Photography

Urbana’s Jonathan Hildebrand (12) celebrates after the Hillclimbers beat visiting Graham Ftiday night.


Photos by Andrew Grimm Photography

The losing streak is over.

Urbana defeated visiting Graham, 26-18, on homecoming in CBC football Friday night, the first victory for the Hillclimbers since the final week of the 2018 season.

Graham fumbled the opening kickoff, and Urbana capitalized moments later when Will Donahoe connected with Jonathan Hildebrand on a touchdown pass.

The Falcons (3-2) responded later in the first quarter on a 21-yard TD pass from Eli Hollingsworth to Jayden Sells to make it 7-7.

Graham went ahead 13-7 late in the first quarter when Zack Burroughs recovered a fumble in the end zone, and Burroughs caused a safety in the second quarter.

Graham led, 15-10, at the half.

The Falcons scored on a 25-yard Hollingsworth field goal in the third quarter to take an 18-10 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, Donahoe booted a 28-yard field goal to make it 18-13.

The Hillclimbers (1-5) held GHS to three plays and a punt on its ensuing possession, and Urbana took over near midfield with 4:10 remaining.

A holding penalty 0n UHS set the Hillclimbers back, and the home team faced fourth and 9 at its own 44.

Rayvon Rogan connected with Hildebrand on a 56-yard halfback pass for a touchdown that took the Falcons by complete surprise with 2:21 remaining to give Urbana a 19-18 lead.

Graham then took possession at its own 20 with three timeouts remaining.

Hollingsworth was intercepted moments later, which gave UHS a first down at the GHS 10.

Donahoe scored on a seven-yard run two plays later to give the Hillclimbers a 26-18 lead with 1:02 remaining.

The Falcons’ final drive ended on an incomplete pass.

This Friday night, Graham hosts winless Northwestern and Urbana plays at Indian Lake (4-2).

Urbana’s Will Donahoe is carried off the field by his teammates after the Hillclimbers’ 26-18 win over visiting Graham Friday night. It was Urbana’s first victory since the final week of the 2018 season.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/09/web1_donahoe.jpegUrbana’s Will Donahoe is carried off the field by his teammates after the Hillclimbers’ 26-18 win over visiting Graham Friday night. It was Urbana’s first victory since the final week of the 2018 season. Photos by Andrew Grimm Photography

Urbana’s Jonathan Hildebrand (12) celebrates after the Hillclimbers beat visiting Graham Ftiday night.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/09/web1_hildebrand.jpegUrbana’s Jonathan Hildebrand (12) celebrates after the Hillclimbers beat visiting Graham Ftiday night. Photos by Andrew Grimm Photography

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