Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Grangeville's Booker Bush found room to run behind the blocking by Garett Malone on this play during the 42-8 GHS win over McCall Friday night, Sept. 15.
As of Wednesday, September 20, 2017
GRANGEVILLE For the second time in as many games against teams in their classification, the GHS boys had a blowout win. If they had been stung by a couple of earlier losses to larger schools farther north, the Bulldogs showed no sign of any ill effects in their second game against a squad from parts south, downing McCall 42-8 on Friday night, Sept. 15.
Head coach Jeff Adams pointed to defensive coordinator Chad Hill's adjustments, which stemmed McCall's attack after the first quarter, as one of the key differences in the game.
The Bulldogs had seized an early lead, 7-0, on a Noah Kaschmitter run of three yards.
McCall struck back on 14-play drive that tipped the lead to the Vandals, 8-7, after a penalty before the point-after kick gave the visitors an easier crack at the two-point conversion, which Kaden DeLuna pounded into the end zone, having barreled in from 11 yards out for the touchdown.
Afterward, it was all Grangeville.
Booker Bush scored on a short pass with 7:11 left in the second quarter, then Brandon Stump scored on a 53-yard catch-and-run just before halftime. Stump snared a deep throw from Tescher Harris with his right hand, then stiff-armed away one tackler, pushed away another and stepped away from a third on his way to the end zone 1:09 before the second quarter expired.
“He would not be denied,” Adams said after the game. “Maybe that was because of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he had that killed one of our drives. His mouth screwed his teammates and I let him know it, and I think he felt he owed the team — and he wouldn't be denied. I put a lot of emphasis on Booker and Stump in my offense. We've got some other kids who are starting to rise to the occasion, like [Chase] Adkison and [Blake] Darr, but after I had a little chat in the second quarter with my offensive line, they fixed some things — and this offense will go as far as the offensive line. The pass protection got better and there's one kid I'm really impressed with. That's Garett Malone, because it was a huge task for him tonight. To make my offense work, Garett Malone had to handle DeLuna — 6-foot-6, 218, good football player — and Malone did phenomenal. It's homecoming night and he got homecoming king, but I tell you what, he played very well tonight.”
Kaschmitter scored again early in the third quarter, on a 12-yard run, then Harris fired a 34-yard touchdown strike to Adkison. GHS led 36-8 through three quarters, and made the final score by way of a 42-yard touchdown run by Bush.
“We had fun tonight — I haven't felt this good all year,” Adams added.
Coming — Grangeville (2-2) is set to play at 7 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 22, at Parma.
Parma (2-2) beat common opponent Nampa Christian 34-20 on Sept. 9.