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Saturday, Sept. 9
Clarkston 22, Grangeville 20
Clearwater Valley 54, Kamiah 6
Saturday, Sept. 9
Salmon River 3-0 over Summit
Grangeville JV Tournament
Saturday, Sept. 9
Grangeville boys vs. Priest River (cancelled)
Grangeville girls vs. Priest River (cancelled)
Monday, Sept. 11
Salmon River at Prairie, 6:30 p.m.
Grangeville JV vs. Clarkston, 5 p.m.
All three local football games that had been scheduled for Friday night were scrubbed due to bad air quality related to forest fires, and all three have been rescheduled. Two of those will kick off on Saturday, if the air is good.
Grangeville's trip to Clarkston has been reset for noon, and Clearwater Valley's trip to Kamiah is slated for 6 p.m. All involved will reassess air quality before the games tomorrow.
WHERE WE'LL BE
The Free Press will be covering both Saturday football games, if possible.
MORE TO SEE
The Saturday slate also includes volleyball with Summit at Salmon River and Grangeville hosting its annual JV tournament, but does not include GHS soccer games previously slated for Saturday afternoon. The soccer games were cancelled due to the air quality issue and may be rescheduled next week.
Salmon River's trip to Prairie was postponed from Friday night to Monday evening.
Clarkston overcomes Bush's big plays
CLARKSTON - A couple of long scoring plays by Booker Bush put Grangeville ahead 6-0 early in the first quarter and 20-16 late in the third quarter, but host Clarkston converted a tip-drill interception into the decisive points during their 22-20 win over the Bulldogs Saturday, Sept. 9.
GHS head coach Jeff Adams called turnovers the difference in the game, but also said the Bulldogs need to make some changes.
"We've got a defensive identity," he said, "but we don't have an offensive identity. ... We should be able to put a lot more points on the board. We'll play anybody because we're tough, but eventually you've got to start winning some."
After Bush housed a 58-yard catch-and-run on Grangeville's third play from scrimmage, Clarkston scored by way of defensive stop deep in Grangeville territory, which turned into two points for a safety. Clarkston took the lead, 9-6, on a passing touchdown late in the first quarter. Clarkston made it 16-6 on a long pass just before halftime. Grangeville struck back with a seven-play scoring drive quarterback Tescher Harris capped with a throw to Brandon Stump, who Harris found in the end zone again on the two-point try.
Trailing 16-14 with 5:44 in the third quarter, Grangeville's defense forced a punt and Harris again connected with Bush for a long touchdown. Stepping out of a last-ditch tackle attempt along the Clarkston sideline, Bush finished a 55-yard catch-and-run in the end zone with 2:13 left in the third.
The Bantams threatened after a trick play gave them a first down deep in GHS territory, but turned it over on downs early in the fourth. After Grangeville converted a couple of first downs, Clarkston came up with an interception near midfield, and the sixth play of the ensuing series resulted in the decisive touchdown pass.
Grangeville's endgame offense converted a fourth down near midfield on an extra-effort play by wide receiver Blake Darr, but an illegal block penalty set the Bulldogs back into their own territory for a second-and-20, which proved too much to overcome with three minutes left in what had been a grueling game. (During the second half, officials called several timeouts which allowed water breaks for both squads; public address announcements made during the game noted air quality was of concern, but also within the passable limit for athletic competition.)
Clearwater Valley smokes Kamiah
KAMIAH - "If we had to play them again tomorrow, it might turn out different," Rams head coach Roger Whalen said after the Rams' 54-6 win -- his first win as CV's leading man. "With a rivalry game, you never know how that's going to go."
But from the first minutes on Saturday night, Sept. 9, this one was all Clearwater Valley. Kamiah went three-and-out, and had the ensuing punt blocked, which set up CV first-and-10 at the 21. The Rams scored on their fifth play from scrimmage, in essentially the fashion they would throughout: with one of a dizzying array of option runs.
The first time Kamiah dropped back to pass, the quarterback was sacked. The first time KHS threw a pass, it was intercepted. And the first time Kamiah broke a big play -- a 50-yard run by Kaleb Oatman -- the Rams responded by forcing and recovering a fumble.
CV's Jace "Bubba" Summers scored the first three touchdowns of the contest, scoring on runs of 5, 26 and 53 yards during the first quarter. Kamiah tallied an 18-yard touchdown pass from Oatman to Cristian Lopez with 1:32 left in the first half. The Rams struck back with another big play rushing touchdown just before halftime, and led 30-6 at the break. Two more CV scores activated the running clock rule with 6:21 left in the third quarter.
Whalen praised his squad's positioning, timing and execution, but wouldn't sugar-coat his team's performance for the purpose of a hindsight hypothetical: Had the Rams executed just as well last week, would that have been enough to beat Wallace?
"They lined up and kicked our butts and that's the way it goes," he said. "We had to take it and move on. And I'm happy with the kids. Their attitude has just been great and getting stronger. This is a big win for us."