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Harris erupts, Bulldogs rout Vandals

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Grangeville quarterback Layton Harris threw for four touchdowns last Friday night,  but also broke loose to score by way of a run during the second half. Pictured, Harris scrambles out of a 
collapsing pocket during the first half.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Grangeville quarterback Layton Harris threw for four touchdowns last Friday night, but also broke loose to score by way of a run during the second half. Pictured, Harris scrambles out of a collapsing pocket during the first half.



Layton Harris had a strong performance throwing the football during Grangeville’s 48-8 win over McCall-Donnelly last Friday night, Sept. 18. With 300 yards on pass plays, which averaged 30 yards per attempt, Harris delivered four touchdown throws.

“We started fast and played higher intensity,” coach Jeff Lindsley said. “Part of that is a byproduct of playing Clarkston. We started to play down to their level a bit during the second quarter, and we can’t do that. I was happy to see the younger kids play late in the game.”

Noah Kaschmitter’s multi-sack night boosted Grangeville's varsity defense, which never cracked and barely bent in the course of stopping the Vandals offense. The Bulldogs scored on their first play from scrimmage — Harris swung it out to Jack Lawrence, and Lawrence sprung it for a 63-yard gain 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 sixth 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.

Coming — Grangeville (2-2) will visit Asotin at 7 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 25. The Panthers have a 20-14 win over McCall to their credit, and lost to Orofino 21-0 last week.

“Their quarterback can throw the ball, and their physicality will test us,” Lindsley said.



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