Unbeaten Savages crush Council for seventh win
COUNCIL — Salmon River had run the table prior to last Friday night’s bout at previously unbeaten Council — a team the Savages had pegged as one of the contenders for the Long Pin Conference title. But on Oct. 11 Council proved no match for Idaho’s top-rated 1AD2 team.
Salmon River rolled 50-0 in two quarters behind Leighton Vander Esch, who threw four touchdown passes: two to Terrun Zolman (of five and 27 yards) and one apiece to Jimmy Shepherd (23) and McCoy Hale (61).
Vander Esch opened the scoring with a 70-yard fumble return touchdown, and added a 2-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter. Brant Baugh ended the game early with a 21-yard run during the second quarter.
Up next, Salmon River (7-0, 4-0) can clinch the conference title with a win over Garden Valley Friday night, Oct. 18, in Riggins.
Prairie 46, Kamiah 0
KAMIAH — Kamiah celebrated homecoming at halftime, and Prairie celebrated its fifth win of the season, 46-0, shortly thereafter on Oct. 11.
The Pirates scored the opening points when Calvin Hinkelman crashed into the end zone from a yard at the end of an extended drive.
Kamiah followed with a three-and-out deep in its own territory; Prairie required only three plays to punch in another short run by Hinkelman.
The Kubs put together an extended series and threatened to score before a sack of quarterback Dalton Snyder forced a turnover on downs.
On their first play after the stop, Prairie broke a long run on draw play. Early in the second quarter, the Pirates again advanced the ball with a mix of runs and passes before punching in a touchdown on a sneak by quarterback Jake Bruner.
The Kamiah defense stopped Prairie on the Pirates’ next possession, giving the Kubs’ offense another opportunity to pull off the scoring drive needed to keep the game close.
But Prairie’s defense did not yield and the Pirates’ offense added to the disparity on the scoreboard with touchdowns of 33 yards on run by Bruner and four yards on a pass from Bruner to Hinkelman.
A 53-yard run by Damian McWilliams ended the game early in the third quarter.
Up next, Prairie (5-1, 4-0 Whitepine League) will visit Lakeside on Friday night, Oct. 18.
Kamiah (2-5, 2-2) will visit Genesee, which also has a 2-2 league record. Kamiah could gain sole possession of third place in the WPL with a win on Oct. 18.
Troy 47, CV 0
KOOSKIA — Whitepine League favorite Troy romped Clearwater Valley last Friday night, Oct. 18. Though they played into the fourth quarter for the first time all year, the 47-0 score was the Trojans’ smallest total of the season so far.
The Rams defense slowed Troy’s offense, which has averaged 53 points per game, but CV’s offense could not crack a defense that has allowed just 12 total.
Up next, Clearwater Valley (3-3, 0-3) will visit Lapwai on Oct. 18.