Grangeville and Orofino Play-off Previews


For most Idaho high schools, it's play-off football time.

Orofino and Grangeville are in the hunt for state.

Starting out start with the Maniacs. Orofino will host Nampa Christian on Friday.

The Maniacs beat the Trojans earlier in the season 46-22.

That was one of three wins for Orofino.

Maniacs finished the season with a 3-5 record.

Two of those losses came from close games.

Including to Grangeville, losing by only two-points.

But the Maniacs are *ready* to put the season behind them and get ready for the state play-offs.

"Biggest thing is preparation and don't have a letdown,” Orofino head football coach Galen Kuykendall said. “Because we beat them before, we can't have a let down and take it lightly. So, we got to come ready to play."

"They've gotten better, but so have we,” Orofino junior running back Marc Taitano said. “We're just going to come to play like we have been because ever since that Grangeville half, our team just clicked and we want to keep playing like that."

Grangeville ended its season with a 6-2 record.

They started the season a little shaky, losing two out of the first three games.

However, after the start, they won five-straight.

Their last two games were close.

They beat St. Maries in double over-time by one-point.

And Orofino by two points.

The Bulldogs will host the Melba Mustangs on Friday at 7.

If Orofino and Grangeville run the table in the play-off, they'll meet each other in the state championship.

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