Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Grangeville's Brandon Stump made this catch late in the third quarter, during a series Orofino stopped. During the compelling endgame, the Bulldogs held on for a 28-26 Friday night, Oct. 13, at GHS.
As of Wednesday, October 18, 2017
GRANGEVILLE Orofino supporters were left righteously salty over a holding penalty call which undid a two-point conversion run, which would have tied the game with 13 seconds left last Friday night, Oct. 13, at GHS. Instead, the Maniacs' retry came up far short, and the Bulldogs claimed the Central Idaho League title with a 28-26 win over their longest-standing rival.
“For the first time this season, we thought we were going to win just by showing up,” GHS head coach Jeff Adams said. “We had more mental breakdowns than probably all year combined. We showed no toughness and we cried to the referees instead of taking care of the job. We were just not a very good football team tonight. Nothing against Orofino — they play us hard every time. They had a great game plan, especially defensively. But I have nothing good to say about the way we played tonight. We were very lucky to win this one. Now I've got two weeks to get ready for our next game. I'm embarrassed. I was hired to do a job. It's my job to get these kids ready to play, and apparently I didn't do a very good job. I think we are the best team in the state, but tonight we showed we are not even close.”
Grangeville led 6-0 on a pass from Tescher Harris to Brandon Stump less than five minutes into the contest, the GHS defense having stopped Orofino three-and-out. Orofino tied it, 6-6, on an interception returned 62-yards down the home sideline for a touchdown. Grangeville then led 14-6 on a 97-yard series capped by Booker Bush, who delivered three explosive plays in a row, the last of which went for an 11-yard touchdown pass from Harris. Noah Kaschmitter scored on a touchdown run about 40 seconds before halftime, making it 20-6.
But the second half saw Orofino surge behind behemoth quarterback Matt West — listed at 6-3, 220 — who broke a 33-yard scoring run with 3:31 left in the third quarter. After Grangeville answered with Bush scoring on a 9-yard throw from Harris, Braison Norman caught what proved the decisive two-point conversion pass from Harris.
With Grangeville leading 28-12 with 10:24 to go, Orofino scored as West marshaled an 11-play series that resulted in a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 3:35 left. The Maniacs burned two timeouts on defense, and took possession at their own 15 after Kaschmitter's punt pinned them deep.
Orofino converted a third-down with a long pass out to midfield, then, after spending their final timeout with 1:02 left, converted another long throw down to the GHS three, where West ran in the final score.
Coming — Grangeville (6-2, 2-0 CIL) is on bye this week. The Bulldogs will face the fourth-place team out of District III during the Oct. 27 quarterfinal, at GHS: likely Cole Valley Christian, Nampa Christain or Melba.