THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 2009, 12:20 P.M.

Panhandle picks

Click below to see Greg Lee's picks for North Idaho football games.


Anytime you stay above water in this very unscientific game of picking high school football games you've been successful. I was 7-4 last week, improving to 22-9 overall (.710).

Sandpoint at Post Falls: The Bulldogs fell at home in a hard-fought game against Coeur d'Alene. The challenge is just as difficult if not more so for Sandpoint this week. The key here will be which team shuts down the other team's running game. PF 24, Sandpoint 13.

Gonzaga Prep at Lake City: The last LC team to start a season 0-3 was the Timberwolves' second year, 1995. The T-Wolves are looking at being 0-4 after Friday. A bye served LC well and the T-Wolves will show improvement this week. The problem is they're facing a running back - Bishop Sankey - that has rushed for 212, 222 and 219 his first three games and is on pace to break all sorts of Greater Spokane League records. G-Prep 27, LC 14.

Coeur d'Alene at Centennial: The Patriots are a perennial power in the Boise area and play particularly tough defense, especially at home. So in a defensive slugfest - Centennial 14, CdA 10.

Lakeland at Freeman: The Hawks need a win, especially with the calendar turning to October next week. Lakeland 27, Freeman 6.

Sunnyside (Wash.) at Lewiston: Really? Really? Lewiston 30, Sunnyside 7.

Timberlake at Priest River: Even though this is an Intermountain League opener, it essentially will decide the conference title. The Spartans are solid. The Tigers proved they can play a little too with a big win at Lakeland. Timberlake's misdirection Wing T-style running attack will prevail here. TL 21, PR 14.

Orofino at Kellogg: The Maniacs, the defending IML champs, have the playmakers. Orofino 28, Kellogg 14.

Bonners Ferry at St. Maries: The Badgers get a big road win. BF 28, SM 20.

Lakeside (WA) at Moscow: The Bears bounce back after losing to Clarkston. Moscow 24, Lakeside 14.

Kootenai at Clark Fork: The No. 1-ranked Warriors keep rolling along. Kootenai 50, Clark Fork 6.

Wallace at Mullan: The Miners stay in the hunt for the league title. Wallace 40, Mullan 26.

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