GRAFTON - The Philip Barbour Colts snapped a five year losing skid against the Grafton Bearcats Friday, beating their long-time rivals 52-14. The game was the first on Grafton's newly installed turf field.
"It feels good to finally get this monkey off our back," PBHS coach Curtis Bodkins said after the game. "They've had our number in the past. Last year, we lost on a field goal with four seconds left. So it feels nice to get over that hump. This was a game we absolutely had to win."
The Colt defense highlighted the contest with six takeaways, including two interceptions and four fumble recoveries. Senior free safety Al Johnson returned one of the picks for a 69-yard touchdown. He also added a 59-yard touchdown on a kick return after the defense scored a safety.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Philip Barbour’s Chris Neville moves in to make a tackle against Grafton during Big 10 Conference play Friday night at McKinney Field.
"Other than a couple of breakdowns, everybody was reading their keys and getting into the spots they were supposed to be in," Bodkins said. "We caused six turnovers. If we can keep causing turnovers like that, coupled with our running attack, I really like our chances."
Quarterback Dillon Newman and running back Dylan Johnson both scored two touchdowns on offense. Newman finished the day with 13 carries for 92 yards, while Dylan Johnson led the rushing attack with 11 carries for 162 yards. Jeremy Tacy and Morgan Stalnaker also rush for touchdowns. Overall, the Colts rushed for 375 yards on 43 attempts. Newman was also 1 of 1 for three yards in the air.
"I thought the offensive line did a fantastic job," Bodkins said. "They moved the line of scrimmage and pushed the defense back.
"The law firm of Newman, Johnson and Johnson get a lot of publicity, but without that big offensive line and (Morgan) Stalnaker doing his job, they wouldn't have the numbers like they did tonight."
For the Bearcats, quarterback Josh Musgrave went 5 of 8 with 64 yards passing and one interception. He also ran for 21 yards on four attempts. Brody Withers and Nate Moses scored the touchdowns for Grafton.