Salmon River 22, Deary 20
It’s almost enough to make a man wonder: how many more rabbits are there in Salmon River’s collective hat?
Football, girls basketball, trapshooting, bowling results.
Grangeville once again leaves no doubt about where to find the best 2A football team
Last time the Bulldogs won a football championship, the title game proved a bit of an anticlimax. That championship established Grangeville’s place among the best teams in the classification — a status GHS has maintained with stout playoff performances in the years since. Only the certainty that comes with taking a title had escaped the Bulldogs. After whipping Aberdeen 42-12 last Saturday, Nov. 21, none of the 25 teams in the 2A classification can escape it: the Bulldogs are the best.
For a few brief seconds, from the idahosports.com webcasters’ vantage, Prairie appeared to have struck first last Saturday, Nov. 21, at the 1AD1 state championship game. But from the officials’ vantage, Valley’s defensive line had somehow kept PHS standout Jake Bruner out of the end zone.
For Prairie, it’s a shot at back-to-back football championships. For Salmon River, it’s a chance for the program’s fourth championship since 2009. For Grangeville, it’s a return to the mountaintop – a landmark at the brink of the pinnacle the Bulldogs reached for the first time in 2011.
Make it a double
The Pirates made it there and back again, and they’re getting ready to go there again. That turn of phrase could apply equally to two treks. One would be the yearlong trip from the 2014 state championship to this year’s title game, during which the athletes involved also won a 1AD1 basketball title. The other would be last week’s the multi-day journey from the Camas Prairie to Malta — which neighbors the Utah state line southeast of Burley — where the Pirates knocked out Raft River 44-30 last Saturday afternoon, Nov. 14.
A fumble return moments into the 1AD2 semifinal showdown between Lighthouse Christian and Salmon River put SRHS behind the eight-ball — but not quite literally. The Savages stuffed the conversion attempt, regrouped, and struck back — all the way back to the championship round, which they had last reached in 2013.
Last time Grangeville played for the state title, the 200-yard rusher was the name of the Bulldogs’ ground game, and the GHS passing attack played off the rhythm of Justin Robie’s bruising runs.
Next stop, Nampa
In intent, at least, Melba stood in Grangeville’s way last Friday night, Nov. 6, but in action, the Mustangs barely hindered the Bulldogs, who scored during the second minute of play and went on to win 41-6.
Prairie made a few mistakes against one of the 1AD1 level’s tougher squads out of southern Idaho, but before Oakley scored three return touchdowns last Friday afternoon, Nov. 6, PHS had a lead locked in on the way to a 42-22 quarterfinal victory.
Salmon River defeated Kendrick handily despite yielding the opening score by way of an unusual turnover. After the rough start, the Savages rattled off six consecutive scores and won 48-20 last Saturday, Nov. 6.
Football, trapshooting and bowling results.
Last week, the Clearwater Tribune reported the hospitalization of Elvin Pfefferkorn — long-time track and field coach, who has also coached Clearwater Valley’s nascent cross-country team. Noting Pfefferkorn’s illness, CV activities director Kolby Krieger previously told the Free Press that it’s fair to say junior Cole Olsen has “kept the team afloat” in Pfefferkorn’s absence.
Best by test
The hustles and heavy hits — the signature plays Prairie’s players delivered throughout the season — continued throughout the playoffs, resulting in a second consecutive 1AD1 state title for a group Pirates fans won’t soon forget.
For the second time in as many seasons, Prairie barged into the 1AD1 quarterfinal round with a lopsided win over Wallace. A year ago, PHS hung a 54-point margin of victory on the North Star League’s champion; last Friday night, the Pirates torched the Miners 72-6.