GRAFTON, Mass. - The Grafton High School Indians put their home opener in the "win" column Saturday as they shut out the Uxbridge High Spartans, 27-0, and advanced their season record to 2-0.
It didn’t take long for the Indians to get on the board. A 59-yard run by senior quarterback Doug Oevermann set up an 8-yard touchdown run by senior running back Corey Charpentier to cap the game's opening drive. The remainder of the first half was a defensive battle until senior running back Cody Munoz ended a long offensive drive by the Indians with a 9-yard touchdown run, advancing their lead to 14-0 going into halftime.
Oevermann was a two-way star of Saturday’s game, with nine carries for 104 yards, including a third-quarter touchdown run, to key the offense and making five tackles on defense.
Sophmore Brian Diaz was the last of the Indians to carry the ball into the end zone after he broke off an impressive 51-yard run with 10:43 left to play in the fourth quarter.
“It’s been a while since our last 2-0 start to a season, but our coaching staff keeps us well grounded and motivated for the tough games coming up on our schedule,” Oevermann said of the victory.
Much credit to also be given to the Indians defensive line, which consists of seniors Connor Rynning, Nathan Piette and Charpentier along with juniors Cory Pillsbury and Pat Bradley, who have all yet to allow any points in their first two games.
Senior Brian Zimmer was good for three of four of his extra points, having his last attempt blocked in the fourth quarter following Diaz’s touchdown.
“Two shutouts is a good start, but the kids are gonna keep working hard,” said head coach Mike Ross, who was pleased with his team's performance.
Next week brings a tough challenge for the Indians as they face the Shepherd Hill Regional High School Rams, a team they have struggled with in the past. Ross is a long-time friend of Chris Lindstrom, the head coach of the Rams, and expects the game to be a “street fight."
The game is set to kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Dudley.
Tyler Reilly is a senior at Grafton High School.