GRAFTON, Mass. - The Grafton Indians came out on top Saturday, winning 16-0 in their season opener against Nipmuc High school.
In a solid defensive effort, the Grafton defense shut out Nipmuc for defensive coach Chris McMahon’s first shutout in five years. The defense -- led by senior Corey Charpentier with two sacks, senior Matt Schena with one sack, and Nathan Piette with a recovered fumble -- paved the way for Coach McMahon’s first shutout.
Grafton got on the board in the 1st quarter with a 31-yard field goal by senior Brian Zimmer. Grafton added to the scoreboard with 8:25 left in the 2nd quarter by a 6-yard Cody Munoz (senior) touchdown run, the extra point was added by Brian Zimmer, making the score 10-0 going into the 2nd half. The defense remained stingy throughout the second half, with a highlight play when senior John Coughlin broke up a pass with a diving play, ending Nipmuc's drive.
Grafton capped off the scoreboard with a 28-yard touchdown run by Cody Munoz, to put the game away at a score of 16-0. It was a great first win for coach Mike Ross’s team, and we are looking forward to seeing the Indians back in action at their home opener game next Friday, Sept. 14.
Jacqui Manning is a junior at Grafton High School.