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Coeur d’Alene’s Zach Keiser leaps through the line as his teammate Sean Duffy blocks early in Friday night’s season opener at Rathdrum. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON / The Spokesman-Review)
Coeur d’Alene’s Zach Keiser leaps through the line as his teammate Sean Duffy blocks early in Friday night’s season opener at Rathdrum. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON / The Spokesman-Review)

What can we learn from the early high school football openers in North Idaho?

A lot I think. Click the tab below to read more.

Pictured above is Coeur d'Alene running back Zach Keiser, who had his way in the Vikings' 57-7 win at Lakeland.

If Friday was an indication, Coeur d'Alene is back.

The Vikings are coming off back-to-back 3-6 seasons. They want to put those behind them as fast as they can.

CdA didn't flinch at Lakeland. The Vikings could have scored more than 70 points.

Lakeland, meanwhile, has a lot of work to do. But the Hawks have capable players. They just weren't ready for the speed they faced against CdA.

At Sandpoint, the Bulldogs came out smoking behind senior running backs Chad Hecker and Ben Fisher. Coach Mike Mitchell's crew is in for a good year.

Lake City stumbled out of the gate in every way possible. Turnovers, penalties, lack of poise, youth - you name it. But I've seen this happen before and coach Van Troxel will get this group ready come October when the games start to count.

Timberlake has all the tools to make a deep run this season. The only thing that could hold the Tigers back is injuries and lack of depth.

What are your early thoughts?

 




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