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Moscow running back Isaiah Murphy was swarmed by the Grangeville defense at times during the Bears’ 16-8 win Friday night, Aug. 27, at GHS — but he also ended up scoring both of Moscow’s touchdowns.

GRANGEVILLE - Moscow running back Isaiah Murphy scored twice and the Bears defense held the Bulldogs to one touchdown on the opening night of the 2021 football season last Friday, Aug. 27. After GHS quarterback Jared Lindsley threw to Miles Lefebvre for Grangeville’s score, Moscow kicked a field goal, then scored a touchdown plus a point-after kick to carry a 10-8 lead into halftime. Moscow scored again but failed the conversion, making for a 16-8 final after the Bulldogs’ fourth quarter scoring drive stalled just inside the GHS 20 yard line.

Moscow broke a screen pass for a big gain, setting up the cement score, which Murphy ran in from 11 yards out with 4:40 remaining. But the blown conversion left GHS with a chance to tie, and the Bulldogs pushed from their own 34 to the Moscow 24 before turning it over on downs.

Moscow’s passing game piled up 353 yards.

Grangeville’s opening drive ended with an interception, but the GHS defense took the ball back when Rusty Baggett picked off a pass and returned it out to the 43. Two plays later, Lindsley found Lefebvre for a first down. On fourth down from the 33, Lindsley found Lefebvre again, this time for the lead.

Moscow answered with a 14-play series that resulted in a field goal as the first quarter expired.

The teams traded punts, then Moscow found a rhythm in the two-minute drill. Penalties slowed the march, but Moscow converted a second-and-18 with a pass down to the Bulldogs’ three, where Murphy crashed through to make it 10-8.

The score remained unchanged into the fourth, when Moscow senior took a short pass from his own 18 to the Bulldogs’ 11, setting up the final score.

Coming — Grangeville (0-1) visits Bonners Ferry for a 7 p.m. kickoff this Friday night, Sept. 3.

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