GRANGEVILLE GHS special teams made three key plays as Grangeville beat Parma 44-21 last Friday night, Sept. 23.
The Bulldogs offense incorporated a heavier passing attack than GHS had shown during previous games, keyed by Tescher Harris and Chad Simmons, who threw a combined count of 16 passes for a combined total of 66 yards.
The new quarterback rotation allowed Booker Bush to line up at wide receiver, where he consistently ran effective routes, which created chances for the quarterbacks to throw deep down the field.
The true impact of the change under center is revealed in the rushing totals the Bulldogs produced against 3A Parma: nearly 300 of the 461 GHS gained were by rush while Harris and Simmons took turns probing Parma’s secondary.
Bush brought his defensive play-making skills to the offensive side of the ball on a key down late in the first half. Running a route across the middle of the field, Bush made the kind of break on a tipped pass that defensive coaches teach safeties and corners. His catch was good for 10 yards and TJ Wiltse turned it into three points with a 37-yard field goal kick as the first half clock expired.
GHS special teams also played a big part in the opening score, when Parker Walters recovered a fumble as Parma tried to punt. On the next play from scrimmage, Luke Stokes scored on a five-yard run for a 6-0 lead at 5:32 of the first quarter.
Parma’s Jesse Camacho answered with a pick-six interception return touchdown early in the second quarter, and GHS regained the lead with a 13-yard Noah Kaschmitter touchdown run with a bit more than a minute left in the second.
Then Parma went three-and-out as Stokes took down Camacho for a big loss. A bad punt combined with Bush’s timely catch and Wiltse’s kick took GHS to the locker room with a 17-8 lead.
During the third quarter, Parma put together a snappy drive that cut Grangeville’s lead to two, 17-15, with the Panthers converting three third downs on a 62-yard drive.
Grangeville’s special teams made the play of the night on the next drive, with a fake punt converting an apparent three-and-out into a first-and-10 at the Parma 32.
A series of Jon Chamorro runs set up a short pass from Simmons to Bush for the score that proved the clincher.
When Parma was compelled to throw during the fourth quarter, Jesse Valenzuela came up with two interceptions, each of which led to GHS touchdowns.
Grangeville’s offense went with sweep after sweep during the fourth, with Kaschmitter and Stokes popping touchdowns on outside runs.
Stokes totaled 168 rushing yards and three touchdowns, Kaschmitter totaled 88 yards and two scores, and Chamorro went for 106 yards.
Coming — Grangeville (3-2) is slated to visit Lewiston this Thursday night, Sept. 29, for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Bulldogs will then get into Central Idaho League play, with homecoming Oct. 7 against St. Maries and an Oct. 14 visit to Orofino.