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Grangeville's Booker Bush scored twice at Clarkston on Saturday, Sept. 9.

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Grangeville's Booker Bush scored twice at Clarkston on Saturday, Sept. 9.



— 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.

The game had been postponed from Friday night due to wildfire smoke. 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.

Coming — Grangeville (1-2) is set to hold its homecoming game this Friday night, Sept. 15, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. against McCall.



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