As of Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Grangeville’s fourth recent post-season appointment with Declo ended once again with disappointment, as the Hornets eliminated the Bulldogs from the 2A playoffs last Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4.
“We knew it was going to be a good game,” said junior Booker Bush — who set up the game’s first score with a long kickoff return and caught a touchdown pass to cap the Bulldogs’ second scoring drive. “They have a good junior class just like we do, and Grangeville has always had really good games with Declo. I can remember watching Grangeville lose by just a couple of points two years in a row. Last year we lost by a little bit more. ... There were a lot of plays where if it had gone more our way, we could have won.”
A fumble late in the second quarter turned the game in Declo’s favor.
“They ran the sniffer and scored on us,” he said. “They were undefeated, so maybe if they had to go to halftime without the lead, maybe that would have made them crumble. But that didn’t happen.”
Bush picked up a block from Noah Kaschmitter during that first return, and gained yards while evading Declo standout Keegan Duncan along the sideline before Duncan brought him down.
“We were coming into it really nervous, but when we almost took the kickoff back, we were like ‘Hey, we can play with these guys.’ We ended up scoring on that drive and that got things rolling.”
Now the Bulldogs are on to winter sports, with much of the football squad turning out for basketball, which opens Nov. 28 at Kamiah. They’ll host Prairie Nov. 30.
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