Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Kamiah’s Parker Whipple produced several strong runs, including the one pictured — and made a crucial play on defense.
As of Wednesday, October 22, 2014
KAMIAH Had the opening moments of Kamiah’s homecoming game served as any guide, visiting Genesee might have found a way to turn a halftime tie into a clear victory last Friday night, Oct. 17.
Leading up to the game, Kamiah trailed Genesee in the Whitepine League standings; KHS trailed by a touchdown for much of the first half.
After the intermission, the Kubs defense shut out Genesee while the offense scored 30 straight points in a 50-20 win.
“It was a good win for us,” Kubs coach Ryan Ball said. “To hold them out of the end zone during the second half, that was a big accomplishment. And we met one of our goals for the season, to finish higher in the league standings than we did the year before.”
Genesee aligned its defense to counter the KHS ground attack, creating a logjam in the center of the field. While Kamiah backs Ryker Grimm, Taylor McAlister and Parker Whipple made consistent headway in the thick of it, they occasionally broke out of the pile for long gains. Whipple totaled 104 rushing yards; Grimm (174) and McAlister (184) had even bigger nights.
A few big plays by Genesee’s towering quarterback, Beau Tilleman, put KHS behind by a touchdown early.
Tilleman put Genesee in the end zone three times: twice on passes, once on a run. But Grimm more than matched those scores: Grimm punched in two 11-yard runs early in the game and added touchdown runs of 74 yards and one yard late in the contest.
After Tilleman threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Austin Jones, Kamiah scored on a nine-play series when Lars Kludt pounced on a KHS runner’s fumble at the goal line.
The Kamiah defense sacked Tilleman twice during the final minute of the second half. Tilleman converted a couple of fourth downs on Genesee’s first series of the third quarter. The Kubs, facing down first-and-goal from the three, made a goalline stand. Tackles by Zach Wilkins and Lars Kludt forced Genesee into passing on fourth-and-goal from the 11 — and Whipple was there to knock the pass away.
After that, it was all Kubs: McAlister gave KHS a 26-20 lead with a 63-yard touchdown run and Whipple followed with a 75-yarder good for 34-20.
Grimm’s long run increased Kamiah’s lead to 22 points with about nine minutes remaining. Grimm scored his fourth touchdown with about two minutes left, after which the Kubs substituted.
Coming — Kamiah (6-1 overall, 4-1 WPL) will travel to Prairie for the Whitepine League’s final week; KHS kicks off in Cottonwood at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Because the Kubs dealt Genesee its third loss, KHS can finish no lower than third place in the league.