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Bulldogs eliminate Melba, plot semifinal trip south

Next stop, Nampa

Grangeville’s Brayson Norman and Jon Chamorro were two of the 15 Bulldogs who recorded at least one tackle at the Kibbie Dome last Friday night, Nov. 6.

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Grangeville’s Brayson Norman and Jon Chamorro were two of the 15 Bulldogs who recorded at least one tackle at the Kibbie Dome last Friday night, Nov. 6.

— In intent, at least, Melba stood in Grangeville’s way last Friday night, Nov. 6, but in action, the Mustangs barely hindered the Bulldogs, who scored during the second minute of play and went on to win 41-6.

Grangeville increased its lead to 41-0 during the fourth quarter, but with how little Melba’s run-heavy offense got against the GHS defense, the Bulldogs’ first touchdown — a flick of the wrist from Layton Harris — struck the Mustangs like a dagger.

Melba fumbled away its first possession on its first snap.

On fourth-and-goal at the six — when a stop might have kept Melba in the game — Harris threw his second touchdown pass of the night.

Melba went three-and-out.

The Bulldogs scored again on their third possession, but before Jake Kaschmitter crashed into the end zone, GHS converted two third downs.

Melba’s third possession ended with a turnover on downs following a measurement.

Due to a series of penalties which eventually forced fourth-and-28, Melba finally got a stop early in the second quarter. But on a night every break seemed to boost the Bulldogs, Lindsley’s punt bounced perfectly every time it bumped the field’s rubbery surface. Austin Parks — who out-fought Melba’s corner to gather in Grangeville’s opening score — downed it at Melba’s two.

The Mustangs broke out of that prison, but punted back to the Bulldogs with about five minutes left in the first half. After a couple of incompletions — rarities on a night Harris completed 12 of 19 for 182 yards and three scores — GHS wound up trying a field goal.

If Melba got a bit of oxygen from watching TJ Wiltse boot it wide, the Mustangs had the air knocked right back out of them by Noah Kaschmitter, who recovered a fumble on the very next play.

Grangeville converted fourth-and-goal at the 18 with nothing wilder than a run by Lindsley. A diving tackler tried to grab his leg; he broke free. A desperate tackler tried to hit him high; he spun to avoid the hit. The last defender wrapped Lindsley’s arms at the elbow; Lindsley bucked for the last five yards, crow-hopping into the end zone.

That made it 28-0. Grangeville consumed most of the third quarter with a single drive, converting a fourth down at the 19 with another Harris-to-Parks touchdown. During the fourth quarter, Kaschmitter blasted in his second touchdown, that one from a yard out.

Coming — Grangeville (7-3) will visit Nampa Christian Friday night, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. MT at the old Nampa football field.

The Trojans will be fresh off a 23-22 win over North Fremont. Their games against common opponents — all wins — include a 21-14 score against Melba in September, and a 19-6 score against Orofino in the first round.


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