MCCALL — During the third quarter of a lopsided 41-6 win over McCall -Donnelly last Friday night, Sept. 19, Grangeville’s junior quarterback, Layton Harris, marked four games in a row with at least two touchdown passes. Later in the game, Harris threw a 60-yard bomb to senior Michael Wilson — the third straight week Harris has completed at least one deep pass for a touchdown.
That bomb makes nine touchdown passes Harris has thrown this season. He has split the bulk of them about evenly between Wilson (5) and junior Austin Parks (4), but has also found Drew Lindsley (2) in key situations.
Meanwhile, Grangeville’s ground attack has been more diverse and — arguably even more productive. Senior Wyatt Dewey (2), junior Jake Kaschmitter (3) and junior Cole Lindsley (2) all have multiple rushing touchdowns to their credit.
Against the Vandals, the Bulldogs built a 27-0 lead despite a slow start. During the first quarter, Cole Lindsley blocked a punt to set up Kaschmitter’s four-yard run followed by T.J. Wiltse’s extra point kick, which made it 7-0.
During the second quarter, Dewey punched in a touchdown to finish a 10-play series during which the Bulldogs converted four consecutive first downs.
After that, Harris found the end zone with his throws — twice connecting with Parks for touchdowns on shorter routes before finding Wilson for the score on the deeper one.
Dewey capped the contest with his second rushing score of the night.
Grangeville piled up 425 total yards, including 175 yards on 20 passes by Harris and 123 yards on 15 runs by Kaschmitter.
The lopsided score concealed some undisciplined play by the Bulldogs.
“For whatever reason we played like we typically do at McCall, which is never very good,” coach Jeff Lindsley said. “McCall did not have the linemen to run a regular offense, so it evolved into playground ball, where their quarterback would scramble around for his life and then find a receiver.”
Lindsley said the cure is for pass rushers and those in coverage to stick with their assignments.
Coming — Grangeville (3-1) will host the Lake City JV at 7 p.m. on Friday night, Sept. 26.
“You’re never sure what you’re gonna get from a 5A JV team,” Lindsley said. “They’ll be deep.”