As of Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Grangeville senior Luke Stokes likes running the sweep, where he can get out behind blockers including Justin Fogleman, who buried a defensive back to spring Stokes for a big run last Friday night.
Stokes scored three times on the evening, including the first of the game, and totaled 168 rushing yards.
The Bulldogs had a tight game against Parma, and completed an important win as they entered the second half of their schedule. The Bulldogs reorganized offensively and defensively, but Stokes’s explosiveness on outside runs continued to be a fixture of the GHS offense.
When they run the sweep, the Bulldogs reliably get a big block on the outside linebacker, which puts Stokes one-on-one with a cornerback or a safety.
“I like my odds there,” he said. “On my 70-yard run, Fogleman did a pretty good job on that kid and opened up a pretty big lane for me.”
Stokes ripped a 67-yard run during the fourth quarter that nudged Grangeville’s lead to three scores. After the Panthers cut it to two scores, they tried an onside kick — and Stokes recovered it. Before it was over, Stokes punched in a nine-yard touchdown run.
On the defensive side, Stokes has controlled one edge, but hasn’t yet really doled out the kind of big hit he hopes to make at some point this season.
“It’s all about being in the right place at the right time, so you have to be lucky to get one,” Stokes said.
The Bulldogs are focusing entirely on their next game, Stokes said.
Big games with Orofino and St. Maries loom in October — and a playoff rematch with McCall may as well.
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