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Grangeville’s Luke Stokes burst into the end zone on the first play of the second quarter during the regular season finale last Saturday, Oct. 24, against Sandpoint.

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Grangeville’s Luke Stokes burst into the end zone on the first play of the second quarter during the regular season finale last Saturday, Oct. 24, against Sandpoint.



A tough-as-nails Sandpoint squad took a steady-as-she-goes approach to the season finale last Saturday, Oct. 24, at GHS, and took down the Bulldogs 47-12.

Beyond the roster — Sandpoint’s side of which was printed in fine point, like the disclaimer on an insurance contract, so as to include all 56 upperclassmen on the squad — the mismatch wasn’t evident at the outset.

When Grangeville kicker TJ Wiltse legged the opener down to the Sandpoint 15, the visitors fumbled and GHS grabbed the loose ball — and all the momentum. But Sandpoint’s size and speed advantages quickly became apparent, snuffing out the early opportunity, forcing a turnover on downs.

Sandpoint’s offense went the remaining length of the field, mainly on runs, and made it 13-0 before the end of the first quarter. GHS sustained the first of several injuries shortly thereafter, when senior Ben Lothspeich was helped off.

The Bulldogs persevered. An interception by Luke Stokes set up score, which Stokes ran in from nine yards out.

Sandpoint advanced its lead to 28-6 at halftime. GHS scored a late touchdown on a pass from Austin Parks to Jake Kaschmitter.

Coming — Grangeville (5-3) is set to host McCall-Donnelly for the first round of the playoffs, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

The Bulldogs beat the Vandals 48-8 in September.



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