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Grangeville's Noah Kaschmitter broke a tackle in the backfield during the third quarter Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, and, turning up-field, he weaved 28 yards through the heart of Declo's defense to score a touchdown that lifted the Bulldogs within 10 points, 32-22. Declo went on to beat GHS 48-28 and advanced to the 2A semifinals.
As of Wednesday, November 8, 2017
MOSCOW Twice during Grangeville's season-ending loss to Declo Saturday afternoon at the Kibbie Dome, a touchdown was scored with zero time remaining. The third quarter ended with Declo pulling ahead 40-22, and the fourth quarter ended with a Grangeville touchdown pass from Tescher Harris to Brandon Stump making the final score 48-28.
The way Bulldogs head coach Jeff Adams saw it, it was a closer game than the final score might suggest.
"If we played that team 10 times, we'd beat them five," he said. Declo "ran one play and we couldn't stop it."
"I am very proud of the kids," Adams said, "and we learned a lot about what we can and can't do. We played this season like a very young football team, which we are. All the kids are coming back next year but two, and things will be different. We're a good football team. This was not all bad. We threw the ball well, we ran it well and offensively I'm pretty happy. Defensively, nobody had scored that many points on us all year. They ran to the same gap every time. We didn't get something right and I'm dying to watch the film and see what was going on that one play killed us."
Grangeville took an 8-0 lead on the first series of the game, which went 61 yards in nine plays and ended with Booker Bush taking a six-yard throw from Tescher Harris to the end zone. Declo struck back with a run by Keegan Duncan, tying it at 8-8 through the first quarter. Noah Kaschmitter restored Grangeville's lead, 14-8, with a short run early in the second quarter. Declo pulled ahead 16-14 on Duncan's second touchdown run run of the day, and Declo scored in a flash early in the third quarter.
The Hornets started with possession at their own 23 and kept it by recovering a fumbled snap, then saw Duncan race 64 yards for a 24-14 lead 1:03 into the second half. On a gadget play later in the third, Duncan threw a 36-yard touchdown pass, good for a 32-14 Declo lead. The Bulldogs answered with a 28-yard run by Kaschmitter, which brought GHS within 10 points, 32-22, with about four minutes left in the third.
Declo assembled a clock-killing touchdown drive using 11 plays to advance 53 yards, capped by the touchdown at the end of the quarter. With Grangeville facing a difficult endgame scenario, Declo forced a turnover early in the fourth quarter and put the outcome beyond doubt with another run-heavy series.
Kaschmitter finished with 93 rushing yards and two scores for Grangeville, and Harris finished with 159 passing yards including the two touchdown throws.