LEAVENWORTH - It was a long time coming, but Grandview's football team earned the school's first-ever playoff win with a 19-10 District win at Cascade last Friday.
"We started looking back in the history books and it was the first playoff victory ever," confirmed Assistant Coach Brad Charvet.
In conditions that Head Coach Dustin Lamb called "a mudbowl," normally pass-happy Grandview resorted to a balanced air and ground game.
The mixture worked as Grandview ran the ball for 186 yards and passed for 173. "Brandon (quarterback Brandon Artz) was 12-of-14 passing," said Lamb. "His only two misses were a dropped pass and a batted down pass."
Lamb continued, "It was out of our comfort zone to run so much but the line executed really well."
For all of Grandview's offensive strategy and success, it was the Greyhound defense that held the day.
'Hound defenders made a 12-10 halftime lead stand-up, stuffing Cascade's Wing-T ground game to the tune of just 61 yards rushing.
Grandview's defense pitched a shut-out in the second half, thanks in large part to a red-zone stand early in the fourth quarter.
Cascade had moved the ball to the Greyhound-20, in striking distance of a field goal or touchdown to take the lead.
As it has all season, Grandview's defense bent but didn't break, stopping Cascade on four plays.
The ball went back to Grandview on downs and the Greyhound offense capitalized.
Driving the field with one running play after the other, Artz gave the 'Hounds breathing room with a 20-yard touchdown toss to James Vela to make it a 19-10 game with about eight minutes to play.
"It was one of those games that could have gone either way," Lamb said.
The contest went Grandview's way, giving the school its first-ever football playoff win.
"It really boosts the kids morale," said Charvet. "In the past we thought maybe we could get it done, but now we know we can get it done."
Getting it done for Grandview (3-3, 6-4) now means a home state playoff game this Saturday against Colville.
The game, tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m., figures to be an even match-up with Colville, which sports a record of 6-3.
"They run a little bit of Wing-T, but also some shotgun," Lamb said of Colville. "So that will give us a lot to prepare for."