PHILIPPI - The Grafton Bearcats rushed for more than 300 yards Friday to defeat Philip Barbour, 47-19, in Big 10 action at George Bryer Field.
"We were having difficulties as Grafton did a good job sealing our ends, our outside linebackers and strong safties were keying to step up and stop, but weren't reacting quite quick enough," Colts coach Curtis Bodkins said. "Moses for Grafton has good speed and it's hard to stop him once he gets around the edge."
Grafton scored first when Nate Moses took a punt return 74 yards for a touchdown with 9:03 remaining in the first quarter.
PB tied the game when quarterback Tyler Tinchnell hooked up with Chris Neville for an 80-yard touchdown strike. Tinchnell finished the game 7 for 15 with 178 yards and one touchdown and one interception. He also ran the ball eight times for 40 yards and a score. Neville had three catches for 139 yards and a touchdown.
"We had some good intensity at times tonight, but we just kind of lost our composure," Bodkins said. "Our team just needs to work harder on mental toughness and maintaining composure, and that's what I just told them in the locker room. In this game, you can't get down when you're behind. They're a little untested and somewhat inexperienced, so we have to work on our composure."
The Colts took the lead in the second quarter when Tinchnell dove into the end zone on a 1-yard run, to make the score 13-7.
Not to be outdone, Grafton quarterback Cole Collins found Nate Moses for a 60-yard strike to give the Bearcats the lead, 14-13. Collins and Moses both also added rushing touchdowns before halftime to give Grafton a 26-13 lead going into the locker room.
Grafton added touchdowns from Nathan Barr, Matt McDaniel and Anthony Robinson to round out its scoring.
For the Colts, Mikey McVicker scored with 5:39 left in the game to make the final 47-19. McVicker was the Colts' top rusher with 25 carries for 113 yards and a score.
The Colts travel to Lincoln next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.