Credit: Contributed photo/Ted Lindsley
North Fremont led 28-14 through three quarters during the 2A quarterfinal between the Huskies and Bulldogs last Saturday, Nov. 8. During the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, North Fremont fell apart under pressure from Grangeville’s offensive and defensive lines — partly attributable to the likes of Jakob Layman (58) causing chaos in the North Fremont backfield.
As of Tuesday, November 11, 2014
ASHTON — North Fremont had no trouble with Bear Lake on Halloween Weekend, but gave away a “trick-or-treat” game on Nov. 8, allowing Grangeville five late touchdowns — and a 49-28 quarterfinal win.
North Fremont resorted to tricks early in the contest, including a reverse-pass that led to the opening score.
Late in the contest — exhausted by their reliance on a handful of two-way players — the hosts found themselves with nothing left to give away but the ball.
North Fremont had chewed up the third quarter with a 14-play scoring drive. The Huskies ran off 50 yards without throwing a pass, converted two fourth downs and produced what seemed like a decisive score.
Trailing by two touchdowns, the GHS offense responded with a pass to Drew Lindsley setting up a Jake Kaschmitter touchdown run.
Then the defensive line — including Jakob Layman, who has played mostly offense this season — started breaking through. GHS recovered four fumbles and scored five touchdowns, turning a nailbiter into a blowout.
In all, Kaschmitter scored four touchdowns — three in the fourth quarter — on 15 runs for 170 yards.
Quarterbacks Layton Harris and Michael Wilson produced three other rushing touchdowns — two by Wilson, one by Harris — on a day Grangeville’s passing attack was disrupted by gusty wind and uncharacteristic bad snaps. Despite the breezes, T.J. Wiltse nailed all seven extra point kicks.
Coming — Grangeville (7-3) will meet West Side (10-0) at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow this Friday night, Nov. 14. The last meeting between Grangeville and West Side was also a semifinal game; Grangeville won 33-13 and went on to win the 2011 state title.