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Bulldogs rumble early, Bears rally late

Grangeville’s Noah Kaschmitter had one of the Bulldogs’ biggest plays last Friday night, Aug. 25, running the second half kickoff back deep into Moscow territory, setting up a rushing touchdown good for a 14-0 Grangeville lead.

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Grangeville’s Noah Kaschmitter had one of the Bulldogs’ biggest plays last Friday night, Aug. 25, running the second half kickoff back deep into Moscow territory, setting up a rushing touchdown good for a 14-0 Grangeville lead.



— The Bulldogs’ first football game of 2017 turned on a couple of no-luck plays during the second half, and the Bulldogs still nearly came up with a key defensive stop late in what ended up a 21-14 loss to Moscow Friday night, Aug. 25.

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Grangeville's touchdowns versus Moscow

Having scored on runs by Noah Kaschmitter and Brandon Stump, the Bulldogs led 14-0 half a minute into the third quarter.

Stump's score followed Kaschmitter's long return of the second half kickoff, and Kaschmitter's score during the first quarter followed Stump's first reception as a Bulldog.

In between, GHS senior Braison Norman broke up a Moscow two-minute drill, during which the Bears briefly moved the ball more effectively than they had through much of the first half.

Norman stepped in front of a midrange pass for an interception just before halftime, preserving a 6-0 Grangeville lead.

With GHS leading 14-0 after Stump’s score, Moscow broke through on a broken play. On a play deep in Grangeville territory, Moscow’s center shorthopped the snap to Bears quarterback Payton Broenneke, who had lined up in a shotgun formation.

Broenneke picked up the loose ball and flung it toward the visiting side front pylon in the west end zone, where it was deflected by a Bulldog defender and bounced to Jacob Caldwell, who made a diving touchdown catch.

Moscow's second touchdown, which came early in the fourth, had a similar quality. Broenneke's pass went through his intended receiver's hands to Brekken Mower, who escaped down the visitors sideline to level the score at 14-all.

Moscow stopped Grangeville's next drive on fourth and four with less than four minutes remaining, and converted a fourth-and-two for the winning touchdown. On the deciding play, Broenneke pumped to his right, then rolled to his left, then threw under pressure deep to Mower, who outjumped a GHS defender for a catch inside the five yard line, which he took to the end zone.

“I was proud of the kids and the effort they gave,” GHS first-year head coach Adams said. “We had a limited number of guys who could play, and we were exhausted by the third quarter. The kids went as hard as they could, and we won the turnover battle and won the penalty battle. But we shot ourselves in the foot in the first quarter. We just can’t come out and have problems with the mental parts. But defensively, we played well. Booker Bush and Stump played well. I’m excited to light it up again and the kids are, too.”

Coming — Grangeville (0-1) heads to Nampa Christian for the Trojans’ season opener next Friday night, Sept. 1.

“They have a new head coach,” Adams noted.



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