GRAFTON, Mass. - The Grafton High School Indians rolled through the Oxford Pirates in the rain Friday evening, 45-6, advancing their record to an impressive 5-2.
Leading only 7-6 late into the second quarter, the Indians exploded for 28 points in the final 4:06 in the first half in route to a convincing Homecoming victory.
Offensively, senior captain Cody Munoz paved the way as he covered 104 yards with his 13 carries to compliment his 2 pass receptions, including his 27 yard touchdown catch from junior quarterback Connor McKvey to top off a 46 yard drive going into halftime.
Defensively, the Indians continued to prove that opposing teams have to earn their points. The game seemingly played out to be a story of turnovers that the Pirates couldn’t run away from.
Seniors Matt Schena and Jon Coughlin both recovered fumbles that were capitalized into scoring drives, while Munoz and senior Mike Schena both added interceptions. Schena’s interception could be at the top of tonight’s highlight reel, after he returned it 61 yards for a touchdown with 1:04 left in the first half.
“We really needed a big play on defense to get the team going," Schena said. "The quarterback was well rushed by our defensive ends, which forced a poor pass that I could make a play on. After a few great blocks and some nice moves we took it to the house.”
The game remained knotted at, 35-6, until the fourth quarter brought about a 40 yard touchdown run by junior, Justin Blaize along with a 19 yard field goal by senior kicker Brian Zimmer who was perfect on the night, hitting all six of his PATs.
Head coach Mike Ross and the team will have one week to prepare for Central Mass’s notorious Auburn Rockets. The game will be played Friday night at Auburn High School.
Tyler Reilly is a senior at Grafton High School. Photographer Jacqui Manning is a junior at Grafton High School.