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GHS clinches CIL title

— Grangeville completed a clean sweep of its Central Idaho League schedule with a 49-0 win over St. Maries last Friday night, Oct. 11, and so carries a winning streak of five games into its bye week.

GHS controlled its penchant for penalties — a plague in prior weeks, a point coach Jeff Lindsley noted for improvement last week. The Bulldogs were flagged only twice.

“From an execution standpoint, we’re very pleased with the way we played, especially on special teams” Lindsley said.

Grangeville blocked a field goal, returned and covered kickoffs well, and did not miss a point after kick.

The defense, likewise, has taken on a shine. Grangeville has not yielded more than six points to an opposing offense since the third week of the season.

Grangeville’s offense has left its early-season doldrums behind, and is now averaging nearly 32 points per game with quarterback Michael Wilson under center.

The Bulldogs have run the ball effectively with Wilson under center, and he opened the scoring at St. Maries with an 11-yard trot.

Wyatt Dewey followed with a 7-yard run early in the second quarter, and, as they did a week ago against Orofino, the Bulldogs cemented their early lead with a passing touchdown.

Jasper Sabatino made good on a 20-yard throw from Wilson, and before the half was through, Alex Koberstein was on the receiving end of a 70-yard connection.

The Bulldogs finished the game with a short touchdown run by Jake Stokes and a pair of interception returns totaling 55 yards by Cole Lindsley: one “clean,” and the other off a deflection.

Coming — After a bye week, Grangeville (5-2) will travel to Gooding for a Saturday night contest against an undefeated an ranked 3A team.

The 2A playoff picture is not yet clear except for this: Barring extraordinary weather, the Bulldogs will play in Grangeville on Nov. 1. Most likely, GHS will face one of Cole Valley, Nampa Christian, New Plymouth or Marsing in the bi-district playoff.

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