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KHS sophomore running back Titus Oatman looked to make a move against the Genesee defense Friday night, Oct. 20.

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KHS sophomore running back Titus Oatman looked to make a move against the Genesee defense Friday night, Oct. 20.

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Football results

Friday, Oct. 20

Genesee 40, Kamiah 6

Clearwater Valley 60, Troy 12

All but two local volleyball teams' seasons are now over, with Prairie's having come to a close in a five-setter won 3-2 by Genesee (25-21, 21-25, 24-26, 25-22, 15-13) during the Whitepine League upper division's District II tournament at LCSC. The Pirates had eliminated Kamiah earlier in the week, and beat Potlatch 3-0 to reach the consolation final.

Summit's 1AD2 state tournament hopes survived the WPL lower division's District II tournament, with wins over Highland and Nezperce clearing the way for a 3-0 win over Kendrick in the consolation final last night. Summit would need a victory in a play-in to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in Grangeville.

Having placed first in the District III volleyball tournament, Salmon River has already secured seeding in the 1AD2 tournament to be played in Lewiston Oct. 27-28. The Savages beat Council to qualify outright on Tuesday night, Oct. 17.

Locals also qualified for state runs in cross-country. The Prairie girls qualified as a team, and two Clearwater Valley runners qualified individually: Melanie Gianopulos and Kevin Hill. The state run will be Oct. 28 at Eagle Island State Park.

Several football teams across the area face quiet weeks, including unexpected off-weeks for Salmon River and Prairie. Grangeville is on a scheduled bye, while the Central Idaho League final standings hinge on the Orofino-St. Maries game tonight. Of greater immediate consequence for the CIL champion Bulldogs are two District III games: Cole Valley Christian-Nampa Christian, and Melba-New Plymouth.


GENESEE - Kamiah fell out of the playoff picture with a narrow loss to Lapwai a couple of weeks ago, but Genesee ought not overlook the Kubs tonight. The Bulldogs will be trying to uphold their unbeaten record, but an upset tonight could open the door for either Prairie or Lapwai to overtake the Whitepine League's apparent top seed. Even with a Kubs win tonight, the other contenders would still need help from Clearwater Valley, which plays Genesee next week. No team has played Genesee within 30 points so far.


At Troy, the only other local football game on the slate tonight is Clearwater Valley's final road trip.


In Cottonwood, Prairie will celebrate senior night despite the cancellation of the Potlatch game. The Burger Barn will be open 4-5 p.m., and the senior night ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m.


Genesee secures top seed

GENESEE - Kamiah cut into the hosts' 28-0 lead a few minutes before halftime, but the Kubs needed many more big plays than they produced during a 40-6 loss to the Whitepine League's top team Friday night, Oct. 20.

"Against a team like that, you can't afford to turn the ball over, miss fumbles when they put it on the ground when you're out there defensively, miss tackles -- you just can't do that stuff against a good team and win," KHS head coach Nels Kludt said. "But we moved the ball offensively and had a lot of stops defensively."

Genesee went up 6-0 with a strong first series, with an eight play series covering 58 yards despite the Kubs' forcing the Bulldogs immediately into a third-and-long. A screen pass converted the first down, and Edward Becker scored on a short run shortly thereafter. Genesee led 14-0 after the first quarter and doubled the lead to 28-0 with 4:06 left in the second.

Kamiah scored its only points of the night on a 13-yard run by Kaleb Oatman with 3:02 left in the first half.

The scoreboard went out during the first half, and a cold wind sapped much of the remaining energy from the contest, which saw a scoreless third quarter and a couple more Genesee rushing touchdowns during the fourth.

Due to the cancellation of the remainder of Potlatch's season, tonight's game doubled as Kamiah's season finale.


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