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Bulldogs brace for unbeaten St. Maries

Noah Kaschmitter used his speed to turn the corner and kept his balance after breaking a tackle to score a 68-yard touchdown run last Thursday night, Sept. 29, at Lewiston.

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Noah Kaschmitter used his speed to turn the corner and kept his balance after breaking a tackle to score a 68-yard touchdown run last Thursday night, Sept. 29, at Lewiston.



— "St. Maries is without question one of the top three teams in the state,” GHS coach Jeff Lindsley said. “They have the seniors — 10 of their 11 starters on defense, which is uncommon at the 2A level — so it’s their turn, so to speak.”

The Grangeville boys, to contend with the 6-0 Lumberjacks, will need solid focus during practice this week, Lindsley said.

The Bulldogs offense showed some explosiveness two weeks ago against Parma and in a 35-12 romp against the Lewiston JV last Thursday night, Sept. 29.

Against the Lewiston JV, Grangeville scored three touchdowns during the first quarter, before lightning and a brief rain forced officials to stop play at Bengal Field.

A 68-yard touchdown run by Noah Kaschmitter, a 26-yard pass from Tescher Harris to Booker Bush, and an eight-yard run by Luke Stokes put the outcome beyond question.

When play resumed for a third quarter, GHS added a 36-yard touchdown run by Jon Chamorro. After the Lewiston JV scored, Bush ran the kickoff back 90 yards.

The lightning disrupted plans to rotate the two underclassmen quarterbacks who have made the GHS passing attack a threat.

“With the presence of the pass threat, we’re making big plays,” Lindsley said. “With so many young guys having to play, every time we play, we get better.”

St. Maries, with six lopsided wins on the strength of an offense averaging 47 points per game, figures to challenge the GHS defense, particularly in the passing game.

“They have a big tall quarterback who can run when he pulls the ball down,” Lindsley said.

Grangeville (3-3) is averaging 29 points per game offensively.

Coming — Central Idaho League play will begin with the Grangeville homecoming kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.



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