GRANGEVILLE During the football off-season, Grangeville High had several players named “all-state” by the Idaho Statesman and several more named all-Central Idaho League by the CIL coaches.
Chief among them were all-state first-team offensive players Tescher Harris, Booker Bush and Brandon Stump — the quarterback-to-receivers combination that produced more than 1,800 passing yards and 25 passing touchdowns as well as an explosive rushing offense.
The league named Bush its offensive MVP and named Harris and Stump to its all-offensive team. The league coaches held out their highest player honor for all-state defensive end Noah Kaschmitter, the CIL “player of the year.”
The Statesman pointed out the plain truth: “Opponents quickly learned to run away from the 6-3, 208-pound junior with eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.”
Kaschmitter’s play at running back earned him a second-team all-state nod in addition to an all-league nod. The same goes for Zack Forsmann’s play on the offensive line and Justin Fogleman’s play on the defensive line.
The team’s off-season plans include the U. of I. football camp coming up later this month, and some Bulldogs have college camps scheduled individually as well.
In the meantime, the Bulldogs have completed their annual combine and many have been busy in the weight room.
The Free Press caught up with Kaschmitter on May 30.
ICFP: You guys just did the football combine. How was that?
NK: It went really good, I think. We’ve been working out pretty hard during the off-season and we’ve been getting stronger. We might need to work on our speed, to get that up.
ICFP: We heard you were the fastest one out there.
NK: Yeah. I think it was a 4.90 40. Hopefully I can get that down to 4.7, 4.6 this summer. I did last summer, so I think I can get there again.
ICFP: Anything special about your shirt?
NK: This one is because the Montana Grizzlies have been looking at me. They don’t give out offers until December, so they haven’t offered me, but they’v been looking at me. I’m going down June 15-16 for football camp so they can look. So that’ll be cool. Then I’m going down to Boise State for them and Montana State.
ICFP: And the team is going to U. of I.
ICFP: Any other Grangeville guys going to any of those?
NK: I think Brandon Stump is going to the Montana one and I think Booker Bush is going to the U. of I. showcase, which is like the elite camp before the team camp.
ICFP: What’s your routine been like, workout-wise?
NK: I took track off to work on my grades and work out with the football team and [strength coach Jeff] Lindsley. He has us doing some running and power lifting.
ICFP: You looking at any of those school records, as far as lifting records?
NK: Yeah. I’ve got the school record for power clean, 315. I got it last year and just tied it again.
ICFP: Any you’re gunning for besides that one? Some of those are way out there.
NK: The bench. But that’s probably it.
ICFP: Anybody else recruiting you?
NK: Idaho Vandals and Montana State.
ICFP: They give you any indication what kind of spots you’d pencil for?
NK: U. of I. gave me an offer. They said, they didn’t know where to play me, but if I commit they’ll have a spot. They said it doesn’t matter what position I play in high school, they’ll put me where I can play there.
ICFP: Did you watch the NFL draft this year? What’d you think?
NK: Leighton Vander Esch, he’s a cool guy. I want to be like him.
All-Central Idaho League Bulldogs
Coach of the Year: Jeff Adams.
Player of the Year: Noah Kaschmitter.
Offensive MVP: Booker Bush.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Adam Wonnacott.
Offense: Quarterback Tescher Harris. running back Noah Kaschmitter, wide receiver Booker Bush, tight end Brandon Stump, offensive linemen Zack Forsmann and William Nichols.
Defense: Defensive linemen Noah Kaschmitter and Steve Goldman, linebackers Justin Fogleman, Brandon Stump and Booker Bush, defensive backs Clayton Brown and Jacob Vanderwall.