Grafton Gators head to state championships

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Grafton Gators head to state championships
The Grafton Gators were victorious over Foxborough in the Final Four. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School varsity football team is heading to Gillette Stadium to vie for the MIAA Division IV state title

The Gators defeated Foxborough 21-12 on Nov. 19 in the final four matchup. Now, Grafton will play against Duxbury, though the date and time of the game have yet to be released. 

“It was a huge win for our program and our kids. I am so happy for our kids. They battled [and] they played hard. It’s pretty impressive,” Grafton Head Coach Chris McMahon said. 

He said both the offensive and defensive players “stepped up” when they had to. 

McMahon noted that a 99-yard kick return, made by free safety and wide receiver Liam Donagher, led to a game winning touchdown. 

“You don’t see plays like that in kids who aren’t tremendously special. He is a special football player. If there is a better all around football player in the state of Massachusetts I’d like to meet him because he’s got to be one heck of a player,” he said. 

After celebrating their win, McMahon gave a victory speech to his team. 

“Today was about you. Today was about being tough, working hard and absolutely loving each other. Guys, I absolutely love everybody on this team. This is one of the best wins of all time,” he said. 

The Gators will take time to “enjoy the win,” but tomorrow they will begin to prepare for their next game on Thanksgiving, McMahon said.

The Gators will face off against Millbury in their Thanksgiving game Nov. 24. 

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