2017 PREP FOOTBALL
The St. Maries football team had a special group of seniors last year.
Northeast 2B may not have produced a state football champion last fall, but its depth was evident.
Garfield-Palouse has had the horses to push for a Southeast 1B title in recent years, but 8-man powers Liberty Christian and Sunnyside Christian had the faster steeds. When Liberty Christian left the league in 2016, Sunnyside Christian ran the table before advancing to the state semifinals.
As long as they remain healthy, the Republic Tigers expect to be at the top of the standings this season.
Odessa has piqued some interest in the Northeast 1B South league with a few position moves this year that will help fill some spots left vacant by eight starters who graduated last year.
Jared Young has learned a few things about the White Pine League and his team.
Deary and Kendrick have owned the football only White Star League the first two years of its existence.
A youthful Freeman defense put the Northeast A League on notice in 2016. The Scotties posted four shutouts and yielded just six points a game in the regular season.
Coeur d’Alene is the clear-cut favorite in the 5A Inland Empire League. After that, it’s anybody’s guess.
Second-year Sandpoint head coach George Yarno Jr. has been molded by first-rate football minds.
Connor Whitney might just be the ultimate team player. His favorite football moment at West Valley has nothing to do with his own exploits on the field, which are considerable enough to earn him a scholarship offer from Idaho.
The Timberlake football team may field its youngest team ever under coach Roy Albertson.
Does Dave McKenna’s Gonzaga Prep Bulldogs have the makings of the team that went 14-0 and captured the State 4A championship two years ago? Time will tell.
Ever since the 3A classification came into existence, Mt. Spokane has been at the top or near the top in Greater Spokane League football. Expect more of the same this fall.
CdA senior quarterback Colson Yankoff is the complete package on the football field, and he just might be more impressive away from it.
The Spokesman-Review selects the five best quarterbacks to play at Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area high schools.