They were one week removed from their first win.

And minutes away from their second.

But for St. Maries’ football team a late surge to get into the playoffs fell short Oct. 29.

Grangeville scored with less than 60 seconds to play, breaking a 14-14 tie and ending the Lumberjacks’ season on a 14-21 loss.

“I just feel bad for the kids,” Coach Craig Tefft said. “What a heart breaker. I’m really proud of them for how hard they played, their effort and resiliency. We didn’t get a full season for the second year in a row, and for the second time never really got a chance to reach our full potential.”

St. Maries’ loss to Grangeville comes one week after defeating an Orofino team that played seven games in 2021. The Bulldogs played eight games, and will play a ninth Saturday at top-ranked West Side.

“We had some blunders on kick and punt returns,” Coach Tefft said. “When you count it up, two of their three touchdowns were on short fields, so apart from the special teams which really cost us, the kids played solid.”

Sean Elliott and Trey Gibson each finished with one rushing touchdown on the evening, Trey racking up 73 yards on the ground.

St. Maries closes its season on a 1-5, 1-1 CIL record.

St. Maries 14, Grangeville 21

SM 0 7 7 0 14

GHS 0 7 7 7 21

Passing: Elliott – 6/17, 73 yds., 2 INT

Rushing: Gibson – 22 carries, 73 yds., 1 TD; Larson – 8 carries, 31 yds.; Elliott – 5 carries, -13 yds., 1 TD

Receiving: Gentry – 3 rec., 27 yds.; Wicks – 1 rec., 19 yds.

Defense: Sibert – 5 tkl.; Wicks – 4 tkl.; Larson – 3 tkl., 1 TFL; Banderob – 3 tkl.; Gibson – 2 tkl.; Gentry – 1 tkl.; Rouse – 1 tkl.; Renner – 1 tkl.

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