Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Grangeville defeated Moscow 43-18 on the opening night of the 2014 football season on the strength of solid team play highlighted by Michael Wilson, who scored on two big plays in the fourth quarter. Pictured, Wilson found the end zone on a long pass from Layton Harris; about two minutes later, Wilson recovered a fumble near Grangeville's own goal line and returned it nearly the whole length of the field to score.
As of Friday, August 29, 2014
Grangeville 43, Moscow 18
GRANGEVILLE -- The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead after defensive back Michael Wilson returned an early interception to within 12 yards of the goal line. Jack Lawrence rounded the left flank to score Grangeville's first touchdown of the season.
Moscow punted away its next possession, but GHS did not capitalize; instead, a holding penalty set back the GHS offense, which turned the ball over on downs near the Moscow 20. Then a breakdown in the Bulldogs secondary allowed a long passing touchdown, which tied the score at 6-6 -- both teams misfiring on their early point-after kicks.
Moscow pulled ahead late in the first half on a well-thrown fade route, which produced an excellent catch in the Grangeville end zone.
The GHS defense proved tougher during the second half, holding Moscow scoreless while the offense produced a Cole Lindsley touchdown run and a TJ Wiltse field goal for a 16-12 Grangeville lead after three quarters.
During the fourth quarter, Austin Parks caught a touchdown pass good for 22-12 and quarterback Layton Harris found Wilson for a long catch-and-run good for 29-12 with about nine minutes remaining.
Moscow threatened to close the gap, but fumbled near Grangeville's goal line; Wilson sniffed out the turnover and ran it back 99 yards for a touchdown and a 36-12 GHS lead.
Moscow finally did strike back to pull within 36-18, but with only five minutes to go, could not afford another Grangeville score; Jake Kaschmitter punched in the game's final points from a short yardage, making it 43-18 and effectively ending the game with 2:07 to go.
Troy 50, Salmon River 14
RIGGINS -- If the 2014 1AD1 runner-up Trojans felt they could make a statement by piling up points against the 2014 1AD2 champions, who graduated multi-year starters at most positions, Troy served notice with a lopsided Zero Week win over Salmon River.
Kamiah 66, Victor 18
KAMIAH -- The Kubs welcomed their visitors from Ravalli County, Mont., to an offensive display on Friday night. Kamiah put up its highest score in recent memory and now looks forward another out-of-state matchup against Pomeroy, Wash.
See the Idaho County Free Press print edition on Wednesday, Sept. 3, for details on all three games.