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Asotin surged at the start, but when Grangeville fell behind early, senior Austin Parks answered with a kickoff return touchdown of 85 yards and put GHS ahead to stay with a touchdown catch on a long pass from Layton Harris on the last play of the first quarter.
As of Wednesday, September 30, 2015
ASOTIN, Wash. — For the second week in a row, Grangeville played a non-league opponent that Central Idaho League rival Orofino had already beaten. For the second week in a row, GHS won in a blowout, with a recent 62-19 win over Asotin sending a signal to the CIL: the Bulldogs mean business.
“We’ve established that we can move the ball,” coach Jeff Lindsley said. “I know we can score points.”
However, by yielding 411 yards last Friday night, Sept. 25, the GHS defense sent a different message: “We have to start over in a lot of ways,” Lindsley said. “The defense is not where it should be at this point in the season. We have players out, but [freshman] Noah Kaschmitter is starting to play like a junior or senior. But we have way too much ad libbing.”
The game turned on turnovers. Grangeville's offense imposed on the Panthers’ homecoming last Friday night, Sept. 25, and the defense abruptly snapped off six Panthers drives.
“The interceptions were fundamental stuff,” Lindsley said. “It’s a chance for the guys to see that if they do what they’re supposed to do, it works.”
But the first seven minutes belonged to the home team. Asotin smashed in the game's first score with a quarterback sneak from a yard out with five minutes left in the first quarter.
Grangeville senior Austin Parks answered with an 85-yard return of the ensuing kickoff. Parks zipped down the visitors' sideline, and stutter-stepped past the last defender.
With the score tied 7-7, Asotin advanced into Bulldogs territory before giving away possession on a botched snap.
After a series of bruising runs by Jake Kaschmitter, Grangeville committed a pair of holding penalties, each of which wiped out big gains. On third-and-20, GHS again handed off to Kaschmitter, who rumbled 25 yards to convert.
Two plays later, the Panthers defense neglected Parks, who got behind the defender along the home sideline and caught a long pass from Layton Harris. TJ Wiltse added his second extra point as the first quarter expired, making the GHS lead 14-7.
Freshman linebacker Justin Fogleman killed Asotin's next series, intercepting Asotin quarterback Blake Magnuson, but the Panthers answered with a stop and a score.
Parks kept Grangeville ahead, 14-13, by blocking the extra point kick — and after that, GHS rattled off five touchdowns in a row. A pass from Harris to Jack Lawrence went 53 yards and made it 20-13, and a 29-yard run by Jake Kaschmitter — plus a conversion pass to Parks — made the halftime score 28-13.
Kaschmitter’s score came on fourth-and-goal on what Lindsley called a “great play call by coach [Jeff] Adams. It was a passing situation, and a great observation to say ‘We’re going to run anyway,” Lindsley said.
Harris found receiver Alex Cawley for touchdowns twice during the third quarter, with strikes of 11 yards and 31 yards widening Grangeville’s lead to 42-13.
Asotin struck back with a 64-yard pass play, but, less than a minute later, Luke Stokes housed a 17-yard run, making it 49-19.
The third quarter ended with GHS ahead by 30 and with the ball in the Bulldogs hands, thanks to an interception by Stokes. Kaschmitter and Hunter Schoo scored on runs during the fourth quarter, but one of the most notable plays was Noah Kaschmitter’s rampage from midfield to the Asotin 11.
Coming — Grangeville (3-2) is on bye this week, and is preparing for the start of league play at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at St. Maries. Grangeville will host its homecoming at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 against Orofino. “We need this bye week to get our defense in order,” Lindsley said.