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Kaschmitter scores four, Grangeville eliminates Melba

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Grangeville’s Noah Kaschmitter scored four touchdowns, and the Big No. 24 also booked seven tackles last Friday night, Oct. 27, against Melba, including the sack pictured at left. Also pictured in action are Bulldogs Stephen Goldman (66), Garett Malone (52) and Bryden Brannan (2).

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Grangeville’s Noah Kaschmitter scored four touchdowns, and the Big No. 24 also booked seven tackles last Friday night, Oct. 27, against Melba, including the sack pictured at left. Also pictured in action are Bulldogs Stephen Goldman (66), Garett Malone (52) and Bryden Brannan (2).



Starting with one of the first plays of the contest Friday night, Oct. 27, during which Grangeville beat Melba 46-6, the Bulldogs cleared the way for running back Noah Kaschmitter.

Kaschmitter broke touchdown runs of 72, 57, 2, and 42 yards on offense, and he made multiple plays in the defensive backfield, including a couple of drive-killers late in the second and early in the third quarters. Booker Bush housed a 35-yard touchdown pass and a 28-yard touchdown run, and the Bulldogs also scored on a 30-yard pass from Tescher Harris to Chase Adkison.

The GHS defense held Melba to 128 yards, and to just 59 rushing yards.

“I'm happy with this one,” head coach Jeff Adams said of the Bulldogs' first playoff victory as head coach, which also marked a playoff first for defensive coordinator Chad Hill. “Defensively we played really well and offensively we played better. Kaschmitter played like the man he is — he played more, and we're better with him on the field. There aren't very many people like him.”

Kaschmitter was booked for 13 runs totaling 242 yards and the four touchdowns, as well as seven solo tackles, including four sacks and three other tackles for loss.

Coming — Grangeville (7-2) advances to the 2A quarterfinals, and will play Declo (10-0). Declo beat Bear Lake 35-14 last Friday night, and beat common opponent Orofino 55-6 earlier this fall. The Declo game will be played at noon Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow — the anniversary of a season-ending 39-20 GHS loss at Declo last year.

Declo has been a Bulldogs playoff nemesis in recent years, having also beaten Grangeville in the playoffs in 2012 and 2013.



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