Gators move on to final four following win over Marlborough

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Gators move on to final four following win over Marlborough
A Grafton player tackles a Marlborough player. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School varsity football team is still on a roll. 

The Gators beat Marlborough 31-14, securing them a spot as a final four team in the Division Four State Championship Tournament. 

This victory marks the second consecutive year that the Gators have made it to the final four. 

The Gators are 10-0 this season. 

“I am so happy for our players, our coaches and our assistant coaches, but more importantly, for our players, especially our seniors,” Grafton Head Coach Chris McMahon said. 

This season, the Gators have faced some injuries, but McMahon said that they believed in themselves and worked hard. 

He called the win a “testament” to the team’s hard work, perseverance and “staying the course.” 

McMahon said the win was a team effort, but noted that players TJ Cahill, Liam Donagher and Cooper Berube made solid plays along with quarterback Casey Jordan. 

“When we need a play, those guys seem to always rise to the occasion and that’s what happens when you have seniors who want to be in that spot and make those plays. They do it during practice and on Friday nights – it’s awesome, just awesome,” he said. 

Since the team began practicing over the summer, the Gators have had their eyes on a state championship title, McMahon said. However, he said that the team “takes it one game at a time.” 

This wasn’t the first time the Gators and Panthers faced off on the gridiron. The pair went head-to-head in September, where Grafton handed them one of their two losses before heading into the postseason.

Marlborough Head Coach Sean Mahoney said the Panthers lost because they “got off to a bad start against a really good team.” 

He added that this loss taught the Panthers to “battle back if you go down early.” 

Grafton is scheduled to play again on Nov. 18 against Foxborough, which beat Bedford 21-14.

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