Photo by Andrew Ottoson
As frequently was the case Friday night, Oct. 11, four Bulldogs were often in on the play. Pictured are Grangeville defenders TJ Wiltse, Frankie Zumwalt, Stephen Goldman and Justin Fogleman all involved in bringing down St. Maries running back Donaven Rottini.
As of Wednesday, October 12, 2016
An 8-0 final score last Friday night, Oct. 7, began with ominous turnovers by both teams: back-to-back fumbles foretold a defensive struggle during the first cold rain of the season at the Bulldogs home field.
The weather broke, briefly, but its lingering effect first struck St. Maries, which bobbled away the opening kickoff, then struck the Bulldogs, who misfired their way into a lost fumble on the first play from scrimmage. But with the on-again, off-again weather playing defense all over the field, neither offense made much headway.
“I’m thankful for as competitive as these guys are, but all I could see was the physical difference between a program that commits themselves in the weight room and one that doesn’t,” GHS coach Jeff Lindsley said. “I couldn’t have been more proud of the defense, but you look at our offensive line against their defensive line and that’s where St. Maries won the game.”
St. Maries, which started 10 seniors on defense, limited GHS to 138 yards and facilitated the only score the Bulldogs would allow.
GHS held St. Maries to 173 yards, but the Lumbjacks broke through when a 40-yard interception return set up a 29-yard touchdown pass from Kiefer Gibson to Jake Sieler.
St. Maries recoverd a Bulldogs fumble with 2:44 left in the third quarter and turned it over on downs late in the third quarter. The Bulldogs advanced to midfield before a sack forced a turnover on downs back to St. Maries with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Grangeville regained possession with 7:06 left in the contest and advanced inside the Lumberjacks 40 before the drive ground to a halt. A fumble with 2:29 left could have GHS one more possession, but St. Maries recovered it.
Coming — Grangeville (3-4, 0-1 Central Idaho League) will visit Orofino at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.