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Tue., Sept. 6, 2011, 8:55 a.m.

Prep football this week

Did Week 1 offer any surprises to you?

It did to me. Click the tab below to read more.

Defending 4A state champ Ferris isn't going to hand over its crown to just anyone without a tussle.

The Saxons were mighty impressive in their decisive win over University. They played well defensively and used a run-oriented offense to flatten the Titans in the second half. Teams will try to force Ferris to throw more in coming weeks, but I suspect the Saxons will mix in a little more pass to counter what teams might try to do. They just didn't have to pass against U-Hi.

Quarterback Ben Goodwin, who blew out his elbow this summer, ran the ball effectively out of the shot gun and the double-wing sets.

Mead, without doubt, has the most speed I've seen since the Saxons of a year ago - perhaps more speed.

Then I saw Central Valley pull away from Mt. Spokane in the second half. The Bears will be a big factor in the chase for the three 4A playoff berths.

Sounds like Gonzaga Prep has gone back to the golden days of the option and sprinted past Shadle Park in the second half.

Week 2 features an especially intriguing game. Mead visits Central Valley. The winner will emerge as a contender for the league title with Ferris.

Over in Idaho, Coeur d'Alene shot nearly all of its toes off Saturday but had no difficulty topping Moses Lake at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The Vikings (2-0) will be at home Saturday to take on Skyview of Vancouver (not Nampa, as we printed this weekend). Skyview handed CdA its lone loss last year.

Anyway, there are some of my thoughts. What are yours?

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Greg Lee
Greg Lee joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a prep reporter covering Eastern Washington and North Idaho schools.

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