Friday, September 22, 2017
Grayling High School
Boyne City High School
The Grayling Varsity Football team suffered their first conference and regular season loss of the year to an undefeated Boyne City team 21-6 on Friday, September 23.
On Grayling’s very first play of the game they threw an interception which would help set up a short touchdown run to put Boyne City up 7-0 with about 8 minutes left in the first quarter. It was a very slow start to the game after that as each team could not muster any sort of offense. It would take all the way until the end of the second quarter before Grayling would score on a seven yard touchdown pass from Justin Nicholas to Nick Hunter to put the score at 7-6 going into the half.
Each team would exchange possessions to start the second half before Boyne City rattled off an 86 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown for the Ramblers on a 23 yard run to put them up 14-6. After another exchanging of possessions Boyne City marched down the field again this time scoring on a 13 yard touchdown run to put them up 21-6 late in the fourth quarter. After a promising Viking drive ended up with a turnover on downs, Boyne City would run off the remaining time on the clock to secure a 21-6 victory and keep their quest for an undefeated season alive.
On offense, Justin Nicholas finished with 211 yards passing, 41 yards rushing and one passing TD. Nick Hunter had 122 yards receiving with one touchdown on eight catches and Chris Hunter had 52 yards receiving on three catches. On defense, Logan Joseph had 14 tackles and a fumble recovery, Eli Jackson had 13 tackles and one sack, Justin Youngblood had 12 tackles and Rickey Heavner had 10 tackles.
The Varsity Football moves to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. They will travel to face an undefeated Traverse City St. Francis on Saturday, September 30. The game will be played at Thirlby Field and will start at 1:00pm.