Click below to see my picks for North Idaho football games this week.
I've had better opening weeks and worse opening weeks. So I'll take the 6-3 mark and move on to this week's matchups.
Moses Lake at Coeur d'Alene: The Chiefs opened with a 42-28 win over the new school in Pasco, Chiawana. It was a respectable showing. What will be interesting to see this week is how much Coeur d'Alene improved since its 57-7 win at Lakeland two weeks ago. Did the bye help or hurt? The Vikings should serve Moses Lake a good dose of running back Zach Keiser coupled with a number of weapons at wide receiver. CdA 28, Moses Lake 14.
Post Falls at Cheney: A tip of the hat to Trojans coach Jeff Hinz after his team opened with a solid 49-20 win over Borah. The Trojans should continue to build momentum against the Blackhawks. Post Falls 35, Cheney 20.
Lake City vs. Sky View (Smithfield, Utah): The Timberwolves travel to Pocatello for the second Rocky Mountain Rumble. Lake City got its season going last year with a win in the inaugural Rumble. If LC hopes to turn things around this season it must play more than two quarters Friday. Sky View (1-2) is led by a talented quarterback who has passed for more than 4,000 yards the past two years. The game can be seen on the Altitude Network Saturday morning. Sky View 28, Lake City 21.
Lakeland at Colville: Talk about an about face. Coach Tim Kiefer's Hawks bounced back from an eye-opening loss to Coeur d'Alene by holding off Cheney 35-34 last Friday. This game will be a good measuring stick for Lakeland. Sandpoint traveled to Colville last week, and the Bulldogs prevailed 21-7. Lakeland continues its upward climb. Lakeland 28, Colville 20.
Middleton at Sandpoint: This could be a good game featuring the fourth-ranked Vikings and No. 2 Bulldogs. Sandpoint, behind running back Cody Hecker, will handle Middleton. Sandpoint 24, Middleton 14.
Pullman at Moscow: The Greyhounds have had the best of this rivalry in recent years, but the Bears should break through Friday. Moscow 27, Pullman 21.
Bonners Ferry at Kettle Falls: After opening with a tie, the Badgers will find the win column this week. BF 26, Kettle Falls 14.
Newport at Priest River: The Spartans opened with an impressive road win over Medical Lake. They will have no problem with the neighboring Grizzlies. PR 30, Newport 13.
Lewiston at Hermiston: The Bengals could have their hands full on the road, but Justin Podrabsky's arm will pull them through. Lewiston 30, Hermiston 24.
St. John-Endicott at Kootenai: The visitors should outlast the Warriors in a scoring fest. SJ-E 52, Kootenai 48.
Clark Fork at Wallace: The Miners will have no difficulty here. Wallace 42, CF 22.
Mullan at Lakeside (ID): The Knights lost a heartbreaker at Kootenai last week, but will bounce back in fine fashion. Lakeside 48, Mullan 26.