Here's the last intallment of the season.
Click below to see Greg Lee's football picks for the first round of the Idaho state playoffs.
I went 6-1 last week, missing on the Post Falls/Coeur d’Alene game. That puts my final regular-season record at a respectable 68-22 (.756).
There was a snafu last week on the ‘Mike & Greg’ video produced at KHQ’s studios. We never got an explanation in what happened. Anyway, after bumbling along most of the season I finished strong, reaching the .500 mark at 27-27. Hats off to Mike Vlahovich. He finished 34-20 overall.
This will be the final Panhandle Picks of the season. I always do the first week of the state playoffs and offer my prediction on which teams will capture state championships.
So here we go:
State champ: Capital
4A: Middleton (7-2) at Sandpoint (7-2)
The Bulldogs have the talent and passion to go deep in the playoffs. This is the second matchup this year between these teams. Sandpoint defeated visiting Middleton 36-14 in mid September. Playoff games are generally more tightly contested. So this will be closer. But the Bulldogs will advance. Sandpoint 28, Middleton 14.
State champ: Sandpoint
3A: Payette (7-2) at Timberlake (8-1)
If the Snake River Valley League was as competitive as the scores indicate, Timberlake could have difficulty here. While I’ll admit that the SRVL was competitive, I question the quality. I know this: Timberlake is good – and this could be the best of recent Timberlake teams. Timberlake 27, Payette 20.
State champ: Shelley
1A Division I: Potlatch (8-1) at Wallace (6-3)
The Loggers’ lone loss was to No. 1-ranked, undefeated and defending state champ Prairie. They’ve had just two wins the past two seasons, but coach Pat Amos (oldest brother of CdA coach Shawn Amos) has his team believing. Potlatch 44, Wallace 18.
State champ: Prairie
1A Division II: Mullan (3-6) at Kootenai (9-0)
The top-ranked Warriors keep rolling along. Kootenai 52, Mullan 18.
State champ: Carey