Season ends for Spoilers
Grafton gridiron misses playoffs
The Grafton Spoilers traveled down to Kindred last Friday night to play the Vikings in a game that held postseason implications but the Spoilers were met by a spirited Kindred team that celebrated a 59-12 homecoming win.
Grafton’s Hunter Baldwin was 4-for-14 with 96 yards and three interceptions. Julian Martinez rushed for 65 yards on 9 carries. Dylan Boura had three carries for 22 yards and one catch for 29 yards. Zak Hernandez caught two for 19 yards.
It took only 13 seconds for the Spoilers to fall behind 8-0. The Vikings received the opening kickoff and two plays later scored on an Eric Bachmeier 4-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion.
Grafton bounced right back on their next possession and scored on a 5-play drive capped off with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Baldwin to Andrew Carignan to make the score 8-6. The 2-point conversion failed.
The Spoilers tried a pooch kick but the Vikings held onto the ball and started at their 33-yard line, then eventually marched down the field with little resistance and scored on a 20-yard Bachmeier pass to William Moffet. The Vikings added two more points on a non-traditional play in which the whole offensive line moved leaving the center, quarterback and one back free to make an easy run into the end zone increasing the score to 16-6 in favor of the Vikings.
On the ensuing kickoff the Spoilers found themselves starting from their 8-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage the snap skipped through Baldwin’s feet and the ball was recovered by the Spoilers in Kindred’s end zone for a safety that put the Vikings up 18-6.
Kindred then got the ball after the free kick by Marek Clemment that gave the Vikings the ball at the Spoilers’ 48-yard line. Six plays later the Vikings gave up the ball on a fumble by Scott Cramer at the Spoilers’ 23-yard line. Just when it looked like things might turn around for the Spoilers, Baldwin threw an interception to Moffet on the first play that gave the ball right back to the Vikings at midfield. This time it only took four plays for the Vikings to score on a 1-yard Bachmeier run. After another 2-point conversion run by Bachmeier the Vikings expanded their lead to 26-6 with 2:23 left in the first quarter.
The Grafton woes continued on the ensuing kickoff when Carignan fumbled, giving the ball right back to the Vikings at the Spoilers’ 30-yard line.
Five plays is all it took for Kindred to score again to make the score 32-6. The kick attempt by Braden Klose failed.
The first quarter ended with the score 32-2 in favor of Kindred.
The Vikings didn’t let up and forced the Spoilers to punt after moving backwards with a series of negative runs and a motion penalty.
Kindred took over at their 23-yard line after a Grafton punt and on the second play fumbled back to the Spoilers at the 5-yard line. It took two plays for Baldwin to score on a run from four yards out to make the score 32-12. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 32-12 at the 9:09 mark in the second quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Kindred started at their 48-yard line and again the Spoilers could not stop the Vikings on the ground. A few plays later on a fourth and goal from the 2-yard line, Bachmeier scored his 30th point of the game. The extra-point kick by Klose made the score 39-12 with 5:58 remaining in the first half.
Things only got worse for the Spoilers. The Vikings went on to score two more times in the quarter and led 53-12 at halftime.
With a running clock in the second half due to the score spread, the Spoilers failed to mount any kind of scoring threat.
The only other score came on a 14-yard run by freshman Derek Houska for the Vikings with four minutes remaining in the game. The extra-point kick bounced off the crossbar to make the final score 59-12 in favor of the Vikings.
Coach Tom Maus was disappointed in the way his team performed in the game and throughout the season as a whole. “The kids didn’t buy into off-season work and it showed with our program,” said Maus. “A lot of young kids gained some valuable experience but if they don’t put in the work in the off season the results will be similar next year. In most of our losses this year we weren’t physically able to compete,” he added.
“I am disappointed in myself that I failed to get our team to improve throughout the year and come to compete every Friday,” Maus said humbly.