HARRISON Salmon River made short work of Kootenai, defeating the Warriors 56-6 during the opening round of the 1AD2 playoffs Saturday. The Savages struck first on a throw from Leighton Vander Esch to Jimmy Shepherd but misfired on the two-point try. Kootenai answered with a 75-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter, but instead of igniting an offense-heavy competition, the big play lit a fire under Salmon River, which did not allow another point. Vander Esch then hit McCoy Hale with a touchdown pass, then used some misdirection to spring Terrun Zolman wide open for the conversion, which made it 14-6. Vander Esch ran for the 22-6 marker, connecting with Shepherd for the extra points on the first play of the second quarter. Vander Esch broke a long run to make it 30-6 after Hale's conversion. Vander Esch struck again with a run for 36-6, and again for 44-6, converting with a pass to Payton Herzig 35 seconds before halftime. Shepherd broke a long run for a score early in the third quarter, and Salmon River ended the game on a Shepherd run.
The Savages will play Dietrich in the semifinals, at a time, date and location to be finalized on Monday. [UPDATE: Dietrich will host Salmon River at Dietrich HS on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. MT.]
For details, check out the Idaho County Free Press on Nov. 13. For photos from tonight's game and from games earlier this season, check out our SmugMug galleries.
Salmon River 56, Kootenai 6
Saturday, Nov. 9 at Harrison
Savages 14 30 12 x - 56
Warriors 6 0 0 x - 6
SR - Jimmy Shepherd 25-yd pass from Leighton Vander Esch (pass failed)
K - Simeon Desautel 75-yd pass from Jake Pfeiffer (attempt failed)
SR - McCoy Hale 23-yd pass from Leighton Vander Esch (Terrun Zolman pass from Vander Esch)
SR - Vander Esch 18-yd run (Shepherd pass from Vander Esch)
SR - Vander Esch 45-yd run (Hale pass from Vander Esch)
SR - Vander Esch 10-yd run (pass failed)
SR - Vander Esch 13-yd run (Payton Herzig pass from Vander Esch)
SR - Shepherd 46-yd run (pass failed)
SR - Shepherd 2-yd run (no attempt)