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.
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.
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.
Disposing of solid waste has long been one of the county’s biggest expenses, and one of its biggest headaches. For half a year, Idaho County Commissioner Mark Frei has been working on sorting out the problem, and he’s closing in on a way to reform how Grangeville-area residents get rid of recyclables, garbage, junk and debris.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Butch Otter is set to attend a meeting about the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange later this month in Grangeville, Sen. Jim Risch's office noted among details released today. Details as to time and place weren't final when the senator announced the meeting last month, but today Risch's office confirmed it will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at the GEMS gym. The meeting will include remarks by Risch, Otter, Idaho County Commissioners, and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Western Pacific Timber, the Nez Perce Tribe and others. Panels will include retired Forest Service chief Dale Bosworth, "Stop the Swap" organizer Ray Anderson, representatives of the Idaho Recreation Council and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and retired Palouse Ranger District ranger Blake Ballard. The agenda allows 60 minutes for comments from citizens, who will be afforded the chance to talk for two minutes apiece. Risch will accept written comments through Dec. 11.
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.
Concealed by a 42-26 final score, the twists and turns involved with the much-anticipated Whitepine League championship game saw Prairie overcome the toughest team the Pirates have seen so far.