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Graham Football Offseason Lifting Starts

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Off-Season Weightlifting for the 2014 season is underway.

All those interested in playing JV or Varsity football should attend. Lifting will be held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday immediately after school. In the event of a snow day on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, lifting will be at 12 noon.

Graham Booster Meeting Scheduled

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Graham Boosters Meeting

What: Graham Booster Meeting
When: 12/02/2013 at 7 p.m.
Where: GHS Cafeteria

We request that all underclassman parents attend this meeting.

Football Banquet Scheduled

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Graham High School Annual Football Banquet

What: GHS Annual Football Banquet
When: 01/05/2014 at 4 p.m.
Where: GHS Cafeteria

Tornado wipes out G-Men: Richlands drops Graham in first round of playoffs

Photo by Eric DiNovo

November 16, 2013

Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Photo by Eric DiNovo (left)

RICHLANDS, Va. — What is a little rain to a River.

River Michaels ran for 70 yards and a touchdown and also threw for a score, leading Richlands to a 31-21 win over Graham in a Region 2A West opening round playoff game on a rainy, cold Friday night at Ernie Hicks Stadium/EMATS Field.

Richlands (8-3), which has won five in a row, will host Virginia High next week after the Bearcats surprised Gretna 45-40.

“We would like to play here, anytime we can stay at home in the confines of Ernie Hicks Stadium, that would be great,” Richlands head coach Greg Mance said. “(Graham’s) kids played hard, you hate to see someone lose and Graham has had a great season, and those seniors, they played their hearts out.”

Graham (6-5), which had a three-game winning streak snapped, had four turnovers and also had a field goal and punt blocked.

“I felt like we played the whole first quarter inside our own 5 or 10 yard line,” Graham head coach Mike Williams said. “Field position was awful, they took advantage and got 14 quick points and we were just never able to recover.”

Out of the first six plays in the game, four resulted in turnovers, two for each team, much of which was caused by a steady downpour that fell most of the game. Ironically, neither team could capitalize on those mistakes.
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Final Score – Graham 21 Richlands 31

2013 Graham vs Richlands Playoffs Round 1 Score

Rematch in Richlands: G-Men, Blue Tornado meet in Group 2A West opener


November 15, 2013

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD, Va. — If Graham wants to claim its first playoff win since 2009, the G-Men will have to do it at Richlands, a team they last defeated two years before that, snapping the Blues’ then 33-game regular season win streak.

That is fine with Graham third-year head coach Mike Williams.

“We are always excited to have another week to play football,” Williams said. “Who we play don’t make any difference to me, going into this thing we were willing to play anybody, anywhere, anytime.

“At this stage of the game they are all challenging games. It is a little ironic that us and Richlands in their first year in this (division) that we would match up in the first round.”

Believe it. No. 12 seeded Graham (6-4) will visit No. 5 Richlands (7-3) tonight at Ernie Hicks Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. The winner will draw either Gretna or Virginia High in a Group 2A West second round affair next weekend.
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GAME DAY – PLAYOFFS! Graham vs Richlands

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Final Score – Graham 41 Narrows 12

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Graham looks for continued success in MED at Narrows

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November 7, 2013

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD, Va. — The Graham football team had fun last week. No one enjoyed it more than Mike Williams, whose G-Men shocked previously unbeaten Fort Chiswell 19-14 by forcing three turnovers, blocking a punt and playing hard-nosed defense the way the game was meant to be played.

“That is fun, that is fun football when you can get a defensive score, a blocked punt, three takeaways like that, that is fun football,” Williams said. “I would much rather be in a game like that than be in a high scoring shootout.”

Graham (5-4, 3-1) hopes the fun continues tonight at Narrows (3-6, 1-3). Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

“Narrows is much improved from last year, they have got good offensive and defensive schemes,” Williams said. “They have got some large kids and they are a dangerous team. They don’t have anything to lose and those games are always tough.”

Currently tied for first place in the Mountain Empire District with Fort Chiswell and Galax, the G-Men will strive for the same focus it took to upset the Pioneers and hope to head into next week’s postseason with a three-game winning streak.
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GAME DAY! Graham vs Narrows

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Graham vs. Fort Chiswell


November 2, 2013


Graham vs. Fort Chiswell


FORT CHISWELL, Va. – The Fort Chiswell Pioneers came into tonight’s game with Graham, 8 and 0 for the first time in school history. Coach Stephen James hoped his team could keep rolling, finishing the regular season against the G-Men tonight and Bland County next week.

Late 1st quarter and the Pioneers were down 9. On 3rd-and-16 from the 18 Brett Mabry found Levi Mooney, who was able to pick up 6 to give FC their first points on the night. 9-7 Graham

Graham kicked a field goal on its next possession to go ahead 12-7. Fort Chiswell had the ball a few possessions later. Graham came up with the sack of Mabry. He coughed it up. Ethan Stirewalt scooped it up and cashed it in for 6. Graham up 19-7.

Fort Chiswell came out with some fire in the 3rd quarter. On 3rd-and-5 Mabry found Mooney who picked up about 25 yards through the air.

Three plays later Dallas Ward punched it in from a yard out. Graham was still up, 19-14.

In the 4th quarter, Fort Chiswell was trying to stage a comeback . The Pioneers were moving the ball. They brought it all the way down to the 1-yard line, but Ward fumbled. Graham recovers.

The Pioneers had one last chance after getting a defensive stop. On fourth down Mabry looked long, but his pass was picked off by Charles Benfield. Graham went into victory formation from there as they went on to win 19-14.

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G-Men Stun Fort Chiswell 19-14

Photo by Jon Bolt

November 2, 2013

Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Photo by Jon Bolt (left)

FORT CHISWELL, Va. — For the second time in three years, the Graham G-Men invaded The Fort, and returned home with the upset win.

“We think we match up well with Fort Chiswell,” Graham senior Ethan Stirewalt said. “We just wanted to play our best.”

Defensively, Graham nearly did just that, forcing three turnovers and blocking a punt, as the G-Men knocked off previously unbeaten Fort Chiswell 19-14 in front of a large crowd at The Fort.

Graham did the same in 2011, knocking off the Pioneers 10-7 in another surprise, at least to everyone but the G-Men.

“Our kids are ready, I think they hit a boiling point where they are just sick of hearing people tell them they are going into places like this and get whipped,” Graham head coach Mike Williams said. “I think they are sick of hearing it and it showed tonight.”

Graham (5-4, 3-1) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Mountain Empire District, and may have done enough to secure a Region 2A playoff berth.

“This is huge, probably the biggest one we have had all year, this is great,” said Graham freshman Ben Meade, whose G-Men will visit Narrows in the regular season finale on Friday. “We have to keep on going, get into the playoffs and keep on winning.”
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