As of Tuesday, September 1, 2015
NEW PLYMOUTH Chris Pethtel’s impact at end was felt immediately, as the Kamiah senior housed a 42-yard completion from quarterback Parker Whipple early in the Kubs’ 38-0 blowout of Oakley last Friday night, Aug. 28.
Preseason concerns that coach Ryan Ball’s club would be disrupted by smoke from the wildfires that devastated the Kamiah area last month weren’t overblown, but having banked much familiarity with each other in prior seasons, Ball’s seniors played a “clean game,” he said.
Indeed, the Kubs neither committed turnovers nor allowed points during Zero Week; when Whipple tallied a four-yard touchdown run later in the second quarter, Kamiah had a two-score lead that only grew after halftime.
Taylor McAlister ran for 175 yards in the contest — 89 on one jaunt during the third quarter — and finished with three touchdowns.
The KHS defense forced three turnovers and booked a shutout.
“Defensively, I think we were pretty good for a first game,” Ball said. “I was pleased with what we did on that side. Offensively, we have to do a better job of sustaining our blocks and meeting our blocking assignments. When you have the speed we have, you can make up for some minor problems, for the mistake you make early in the season.”
The final score fully justified the No. 1 ranking the Whitepine League’s coaches gave the Kubs this preseason, but Ball said the team pays little attention to polls.
“We have a group of young men that understand that they have the abilities to do things, but that every week you have to come perform,” Ball said. “I was pleased with the first game, but there’s a long season to go.”
Ball also held out praise for how his players handled the adversity the fires inflicted on the Kamiah community and the smoke that forced practices indoors.
“No different with anybody else around here — we all had to practice indoors last week without any contact,” Ball said. “For the kids to do what they did, to tackle as well as they did, without any practice, I was very pleased.”
Up next, Kamiah (1-0) has its home opener scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 4, against Pomeroy. The Kubs trounced the Pirates 64-14 a year ago; it’ll be Pomeroy’s first game.
Prairie, Salmon River, CV open on Friday night
Full schedules for all the football teams in Idaho County are included in the Fall Sports Preview, Section C, in this week’s paper.
Coming up on Friday night, Sept. 4, Prairie is set to host Genesee at 7 p.m., with the 1-0 Bulldogs having an 8-0 Zero Week win over Kendrick to their credit. Clearwater Valley will host Cascade at 4 p.m. and Salmon River will host Council at 7 p.m. MT.