Grant Union def. Payette, Idaho, 30-12
PAYETTE, Idaho - The Grant Union High School football team was able to overcome 196 yards in penalties on Friday, Sept. 12, to pick up its first victory of the season, a 30-12 non-league win over Payette, Idaho.
The win was an important one and lifted the Prospectors to 1-2 on the season, heading into their first Wapiti League game against Elgin on Sept. 26.
Payette put the first touchdown on the board in the second quarter to take a 6-0 lead, but Grant Union came back behind the running of senior Cody Frazier who tied the score on a 26-yard run.
Toby Thomas kicked the extra point and the Pros were in front to stay 7-6.
Grant Union upped the score to 14-7 in the third quarter on a 2-yard Frazier TD run and a Thomas kick.
Grant Union coach Monty Nash said the officials made numerous questionable calls in the contest which led to a lot of frustration by players and coaches.
"I don't normally complain too much about the officiating, but it was particularly bad in this game," he said. Payette had 13 first downs in the game, and eight of them came on penalties. Some of the calls the officials made were correct, but we had Payette in two third-and-long situations and got called for roughing the quarterback. Both times he'd just released the ball when one of our players hit him. There was another time when we were penalized 15 yards for roughing the punter, and he didn't even go down on the play."
Fighting through the penalty frustration, Nash said the Prospectors played an outstanding second half of football.
"The kids came out to play in the second half, and we dominated the game," he said. "We held them to a minus 42 yards in rushing."
Grant Union put an additional 16 points on the board in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard Frazier run on the first play from scrimmage, a 3- yard pass from Bo Thunell to Frazier and a safety by Devin Burril.
The Prospectors rushed the ball for 252 yards and netted 26 additional yards through the air.
Frazier gained 130 yards on 17 attempts and Thomas carried the ball 15 times for 74 yards. Thunell had 43 yards on six carries.
"We hope to use this game as a building block," Nash said. "The win gave us some confidence heading into the league. We are going to take it one game at a time and our goal is to reach the playoffs once again."
Grant Union is idle this week and hosts Elgin in the first Wapiti League game of the season on Friday, Sept. 26.
Kickoff for the game against the Huskies is set for 7:30 p.m.