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Football Friday: Prairie rocks Council, Grangeville rolls McCall

Prairie's Jake Bruner crashes into behind a couple of big blocks, notably the pancake by Phillip Spencer (75).

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Prairie's Jake Bruner crashes into behind a couple of big blocks, notably the pancake by Phillip Spencer (75).

Prairie 64, Council 24

COTTONWOOD -- Any thoughts Council might have had of staging a homecoming upset of the reigning D1 champion Pirates were vaporized during the second quarter on Friday night, Sept. 18. Prairie scored six seconds into the frame, and turned an 8-0 first quarter margin into a full-blown rout of 44-6 at halftime and 64-24 at the final horn. Five seconds before the intermission, Jake Bruner connected a pass to Lucas Wemhoff for a 60-yard score. Bruner and Wemhoff were the only players to crack the end zone during the first quarter, with Wemhoff raiding Council's for a four-yard touchdown and big blocks blasting Bruner in for the subsequent conversion.

In total, the Pirates posted 439 yards of offense on 46 plays -- good for a 9.5, with 14.2 per pass and 9.1 per run. The yardage worked out to four touchdown passes thrown by Bruner -- two to Wemhoff and one apiece to Isaiah Shears and Calvin Hinkelman -- plus five rushing touchdowns. After Wemhoff's opener, Bruner ran for two and Hinkelman ran for two more. Council punched in touchdowns twice by pass, once by run and once by kickoff return, most of which came against PHS reserves during the second half.


Grangeville quarterback Layton Harris had a big night against McCall-Donnelly on Sept. 18, throwing touchdown passes to Jack Lawrence (twice), Austin Parks, and Luke Stokes, as well as running one in himself.

Grangeville 48, McCall-Donnelly 8

GRANGEVILLE -- The KORT radio guys, Jim Church and Greg Stone, announced Layton Harris as "offensive player of the week" for his 300-yard night throwing the ball, during which the broadcasters said he averaged 30 yards per pass play along with four touchdown throws. They named Noah Kaschmitter "defensive player of the week" for a multi-sack night, during which Grangeville's varsity never cracked and barely bent in the course of stopping McCall-Donnelly's offense. The Bulldogs scored on their first play from scrimmage -- a swing pass from Harris to Jack Lawrence, which Lawrence sprung for 63-yard touchdown down the home sideline. TJ Wiltse kicked the first of five consecutive extra points for a 7-0 lead, which Grangeville doubled to 14-0 on a long completion from Harris to Austin Parks later in the first quarter. GHS widened that to 21-0 on another Harris-to-Lawrence strike -- a 65-yarder -- about a minute before the first quarter expired. The pace slowed a bit after that, as injuries piled up, especially on the McCall side.

Harris ran for a touchdown early in the third quarter, as did Jake Kaschmitter. A pass from Harris to Luke Stokes made it 41-0. Wiltse's six extra point followed a 19-yard run by reserve back Matt Ruhnke and made it 48-0.

The Vandals broke the shutout with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter, with sophomore starter Ben Knudson diving in from a yard out against the GHS substitutes.

Kamiah 86, Clearwater Valley 0

Salmon River 50, Wilder 26


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