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The Grangeville boys and Blake Darr had perhaps their slowest start all season, but nevertheless proved the bane of Cole Valley's visit to GHS, where the Bulldogs prevailed 40-7 Friday night, Nov. 2. Pictured, Darr caught a 37-yard touchdown pass as the second quarter expired, turning a 7-6 Grangeville deficit into a 14-7 halftime advantage.

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The Grangeville boys and Blake Darr had perhaps their slowest start all season, but nevertheless proved the bane of Cole Valley's visit to GHS, where the Bulldogs prevailed 40-7 Friday night, Nov. 2. Pictured, Darr caught a 37-yard touchdown pass as the second quarter expired, turning a 7-6 Grangeville deficit into a 14-7 halftime advantage.



— Grangeville's 40-7 win over Cole Valley Friday night, Nov. 2, looked like it was headed toward a very different conclusion after a scoreless first quarter and after the visiting Chargers took a 7-0 lead early in the second.

But the Bulldogs struck twice before halftime: by way of Booker Bush's 82-yard kickoff return touchdown for an immediate response to the opening touchdown catch by Cole Valley's Brady Frame; and then by way of a last-second throw from Tescher Harris to Blake Darr as the first half expired.

After a sack by Brandon Stump stopped Cole Valley near midfield to force a punt with a minute to go, Grangeville used its final first half timeout with 27 seconds showing. The Bulldogs then executed a bit of brilliant hurry-up offense, with Harris's throws moving the ball into Cole Valley territory. After he found Bush for 10 yards to get into striking distance, the Bulldogs got lined up and got the ball hiked with about 10 seconds left. Darr ran right by his defender and hauled in Harris's high-arching throw in the back corner of the end zone as the second quarter buzzer sounded.

"We had the wind at our back and their prevent was only three-deep coverage," GHS head coach Jeff Adams said. "So I sent four verticals on them. Tescher made a great read, because the defender was just camped out for some reason. That was the most beautiful pass and catch."

Before that, Cole Valley had played close to a perfect game, but by the time the third quarter was over, the visitors appeared ready to fold.

Grangeville started the second half with a heavy emphasis on the running of Noah Kaschmitter, and after an exchange of turnovers on downs, GHS assembled a bruising drive that also ended with a long touchdown pass to Darr -- and put GHS ahead 20-7.

Grangeville scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, and might have had more if not for a slough of penalties.

Harris finished 19 for 24 with four touchdowns and an interception. Kaschmitter totaled 145 rushing yards on 20 carries including one touchdown. Defensively, Grangeville limited Cole Valley to 170 total yards, of which 30 were on the ground.

Next, Grangeville is set to play its 2A semifinal game at 6 p.m. Friday night, Nov. 9, at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. The Bulldogs will face North Fremont. On the other side of the bracket, Declo and West Side are set to collide at 11 a.m. MT Saturday, Nov. 10.



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