Grafton’s fast start fades

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Grafton High School football team’s homecoming game got off to the perfect start for the Black Hawks.

Hartford muffed a punt and then fumbled a kickoff that gave the Hawks fortuitous field position, and they didn’t waste it.

Tied at 7-7, the Hawks blew the game open with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Zach Weir to tight end Caleb Buback, and followed the second turnover with a 15-yard scoring pass from Weir to wide receiver Bryson Clague.

“We were able to capitalize on a couple of turnovers from Hartford and some good field-position situations,” coach Jim Norris said.

That, however, is where the scoring would stop for the Hawks, while the Orioles then picked up the pace on the way to a 28-20 victory.

“Hartford was good, and they made some really good adjustments during the game,” Norris said.

Up, 20-14, at halftime, the Hawks were outscored, 14-0, in the second half.

Jacob Frantl went 13-for-25 passing for 244 yards and three scores, including a 60-yarder to Jacob Pepin in the fourth quarter.

Pepin finished with 10 catches for 200 yards and three scores.

Scott Savage led Hartford’s running game with 133 yards on 24 carries.

For Grafton, Giorgi had nine carries for 62 yards and a score. Senior Caden Knauer ran 12 times for 74 yards.

Weir went 7-for-15 passing for 101 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Brady Ward went 3-for-5 passing for 49 yards and an interception.

Buback caught four balls for 50 yards and a score. Giorgi caught two passes for 48 yards.

“Our offensive line did a really good job moving the ball around,” Norris said.

Defensively, Kenny Likins had 11 tackles. Clague made nine, and Hawk Heffner and Joe Birch each had seven. Kyle Proefrock had six tackles, and Ward and Max Medvedev each had five.

“Our defense did a great job. Hawk Heffner and Kyle Proefrock had a really good game,” Norris said.

The Hawks, now 4-3, need to win one game to make the playoffs for the first time since 1997. They play at 6-1 Slinger, which Norris said will be another “fist fight in a phone booth” on Friday.

“They’ve got a lot of big bodies, run the ball a lot. They try to put 300 yards on ground against you,” Norris said.

“Our d-line is playing phenomenal and excited to have an opportunity against Slinger.”

The Hawks host rival Port Washington, another 4-3 team, in the final week of the season.

 

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