As of Tuesday, August 28, 2018
MOSCOW During the weeks before the season opener last Friday night, Aug. 24, Grangeville head coach Jeff Adams was touting two quarterbacks and two offenses.
Against Moscow, the Bulldogs showed what incumbent quarterback Tescher Harris can do, outscoring the Bears 36-12 with GHS scoring five times by way of his throws to Booker Bush, Blake Darr and Noah Kaschmitter.
“Tescher looked like an old veteran out there,” Adams said Aug. 28. “I couldn’t believe it. We work a bunch on passing as far as the timing between the quarterback and the receivers, but he had it nailed. We worked more on blocking and tackling and protecting our heads. We’ll still keep Colby Kennedy ready just in case, because Tescher has to play a bunch of outside linebacker this year, but he answered every question we had. He’s on fire.”
Bush — one of 2A Idaho’s leading pass-catchers in 2017 — housed three touchdown passes from Harris, including two during the first quarter.
Including a two-point conversion, Grangeville led 14-0; Bush laid out for a one-hander while tumbling into the end zone then, after Moscow punted its possession, Bush took one 62 yards and scored what proved the decisive points.
Harris found Darr for a 15-yarder that put GHS up 20-0, but Moscow struck back with a 67-yard pass from Chad Redinger to Jacob Cardwell and tacked on touchdown run with 16 seconds left in the first half.
Moscow misfired on both its point-after attempts, leaving Grangeville ahead by a touchdown and a conversion, 20-12, at halftime. The third quarter saw a mix of giveaways and defensive stops and no scoring.
“My team was in 10 times better shape than they’ve ever been,” Adams said. “A lot of kids would have to get a break, but they played ironman football, and it looks like what we did over the summer in the weight room and conditioning was perfect. I was very, very pleased with how hard they played — their intensity and conditioning.”
GHS advanced its lead to 28-12 on a pass from Harris to Kaschmitter early in the fourth quarter, and cemented the outcome with a short touchdown pass from Harris to Bush with about eight minutes remaining in the contest.
Harris ended up completing 64 percent of his passing attempts as the passing game totaled about two-thirds of Grangeville’s 400-plus offensive yards.
“The offensive line — JV and varsity — was great,” Adams said. “I don’t think they allowed a sack all night.”
Coming — Grangeville (1-0) is set to host Nampa Christian on Friday night, Aug. 31. The Bulldogs beat the Trojans 41-0 during the second week of play last fall.
GHS has a five-game winning streak against Nampa Christian that dates back to 2012; the Trojans ended Grangeville’s 2010 season.
The one-sidedness of recent years’ results on the football field might be enough to take the edge off another team, but the Bulldogs’ memory is long — and football isn’t the only sport in which they’re keeping score.
“The rivalry runs deep,” Adams said. “They beat our baseball team in the championship game last spring, and the guys want to pay them back for that. We ride on our toughness — that stood out against Moscow — and Nampa Christian is a team my team really wants to play.”
Against the Trojans last fall, Harris threw for four touchdowns and Noah Kaschmitter ran for 99 yards on seven carries.