GRANGEVILLE — Had the Bulldogs’ offense faltered as the contest wore on, the points senior defensive back Spencer Connolley put in the hopper with a 30-yard interception return early in the game would have been enough to match McCall’s limited output last Friday night, Sept. 20. But the GHS offense broke out in a 48-6 victory — the team’s biggest offensive night of the year to date.
“Our kids competed hard, and it was a chance for our older kids to really shine,” Grangeville coach Jeff Lindsley said. “McCall was playing a few freshmen, and they’re definitely down a little this year, so it’s not like we beat a great team this week. I thought it was a beneficial game for us to work on our offensive timing. We need to play as many games as we can right now — there’s only so much you can do in practice, so it’s important for us to get on the field and see how the kids respond in game situations.”
Connolley, playing his first game at safety, read a floating throw, “made a good catch and an even better run,” Lindsley said. “McCall doesn’t have a real deep threat this year, so it was an easy read for him to make. He put himself in the right position to make the play.”
After Connolley’s score, GHS quarterback Michael Wilson and wideout Josh Dame sparked an offensive explosion during which Grangeville turned out four consecutive touchdowns.
Wilson ran one in from four yards out, then completed drives with a pair of touchdown passes to Dame, who also nailed six of seven point-after kicks.
Grangeville struck again early in the third quarter, with running back Wyatt Dewey piercing the Vandals defense with a 46-yard touchdown run. Cody Robinson and Aaron Hohman also scored for Grangeville.
“Cody ran hard, and so did Wyatt Dewey,” Lindsley said.
Robinson finished with 95 rushing yards among Grangeville’s total of 380 yards from scrimmage.
The Bulldogs held McCall under a hundred yards of offense for much of the contest.
“McCall runs a double wing, and it can be a laborsome offense to try and defend if they’re going to try and get four yards a play all night,” Lindsley said. “But McCall didn’t really have the personnel for that, so we stayed in our base defense and told the kids we would evaluate performance this week on technique and effort.”
Drew Lindsley delivered a dominant night at defensive tackle, booking eight tackles including two sacks.
Robinson had seven tackles in addition to his offensive output.
Coming — Grangeville (2-2) will host its homecoming game this Friday night, Sept. 27, against Asotin.
“Asotin, they’re 4-0 coming in and I was pleased to see in the Lewiston Tribune all the experts have picked them to win,” Lindsley said. “They’re a team that tries to spread you out, so we expect a test, which we desperately need.”