As of Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Like every other football team, Grangeville’s depends on players taking care of many small jobs all at once.
Their tasks vary play to play, and their successes or failures often make only subtle differences.
When they succeed, their teammates deliver the big, visible outcomes that just about anyone who watches can tally up for posterity.
Their opponents point out their failures — literally pointing at the one who flinches before the snap, or figuratively by plunging the stars into chaos when left unchecked. That’s where the ones like linebacker Kyle Frei come in: Using physical force to disrupt the other side’s best laid plans and to advance their own.
He made a rare play — an uncontested touchdown — two weeks ago.
Nampa Christian simply did not notice his alignment.
“I was wide open,” he said. “I screamed, ‘Tescher, Tescher’ and he threw the ball.”
He credited teammates who are also rarely noticed.
“Our line doesn’t get the credit they deserve,” he said. “There are receivers out there getting the ball, scoring touchdowns, but that wouldn’t be possible without our offensive line. The first look at William Nichols — he’s a very strong kid, but he’s not big. You wouldn’t think he’s a lineman. But for his size, he’s an incredible athlete and very strong. He’s so determined and hard-working — a big part of our offensive line.”
He also spoke of Zach Forsmann, Nathan Lothspeich, Adam Wonnacott, Danny Kaschmitter.
“All those guys put in a lot of work and they don’t get recognized for it,” he said.
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