Grangeville High School
Conference: 2A Central Idaho League
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Head Coach: Jeff Lindsley
Years as Head Coach: 7th Season
Previous Experience: 2 years Grad Assistant at Boise State
Record Last Year: 9-3
State Titles: 2011, 2015
Key Players lost from last year:
QB Layton Harris
WR/DB Austin Parks
RB Jake Kaschmitter
RB/LB Jack Lawrence
OL Jakob Layman
Photo By: Jason Duchow
Written by: Will Hoenike
Grangeville head coach Jeff Lindsley notes he has six returning starters returning on both offense and defense this season.
It’s the ones he has to replace that won’t soon be forgotten in the central Idaho town.
The Bulldogs won the 2A state championship in 2015 and this year’s version of the team must replace first-team All-Staters Jake Kaschmitter (RB), Austin Parks (WR, along with second-team DB), and Cole Lindsley (LB) along with second-team All-Staters Layton Harris (QB) and Jakob Layman (OL). That’s a whole lot of experience and production.
You know what that means? A lot of opportunity for a lot of kids.
“(We are) a young group (that) needs to mature before we play our conference games,” Lindsley said.
Senior Luke Stokes figures to play a role for the Bulldogs this season along with sophomore Booker Bush. The pair saw key minutes during Grangeville’s run to the state championship last season and, with the likes of Kaschmitter, Harris and Parks gone on offense, their roles stand to increase.
Seniors TJ Wiltse, Tristan Roberts, John Asker and Bobby Remington should see time along the offensive and defensive fronts along with sophomore Parker Walters.
Oh, and there’s another Kaschmitter (Noah) on the roster as well, bidding for an expanded role this season.
Grangeville’s potent ground attack led an offense that produced 447 points last season – over 37 points per game. Replacing that production will be paramount to Grangeville’s success this season.
The Bulldogs open with a tough non-conference slate that features 4A Moscow and then two home games against foes from Washington. By the time Grangeville loads the bus for McCall-Donnelly on September 16, Lindsley and his staff hope players have begun to grow into their roles.
The conference games Lindsley alluded to are Grangeville’s final two games of the season. The Bulldogs host St. Maries before traveling to Orofino to conclude the schedule. Dating back to 2012, when the Central Idaho League took its current, three-team form, Grangeville has won seven of eight league games by a combined score of 310-66.
It’s historically been the Bulldogs’ league. There’s no rule that says Grangeville can’t win the CIL again and represent the conference in the 2A state playoffs. If the school wants to defend its state title, which would be Grangeville’s third state title since 2011, the young Bulldogs will have to execute well, play consistent and continue to improve from the first whistle of August to the final horn of the final game.