Last year, we had an obvious hook: the local star power at quarterback. From high schools to colleges and even the Seahawks, the talent was historic. This year proved more challenging. Then, in late July, Idea Man struck: what about a movie theme? As I sketched it all out, I realized every team could be connected to an actual football flick.
There’s a eerie familiarity between two of the top teams in the Greater Spokane League. Both come off bitter losses in last year’s state tournaments. Both enter play ranked in the top-10 in the state. Both lost a ton of talent to graduation.
Central Valley has a program that most others should envy. Not many schools can replace the Greater Spokane League 4A Offensive MVP with a player the caliber of Matt Gabbert.
Shadle Park boasts 30 returning lettermen and 11 starters, including its all-league combo of senior quarterback Carson Doyle and junior wide receiver Xavier Atkins.
This has become an annual deal for Coeur d’Alene, replacing the exodus of all-league and in some cases, all-state players, from the previous season.
New Sandpoint football coach Ryan Knowles was busy after a recent practice placing decals on helmets. “I’m going to go paint the field when I’m done,” he said.
West Valley graduated 19 players off a team that posted a 22-3 record over the last two years – a ton of talent for any program.
For the better part of Randy Cornwell’s 21 years as Colville’s head football coach, the tradition-rich Indians have employed the yard-churning, clock-eating double-wing offense.
Two years removed from a state title, St. Maries and head coach Craig Tefft are looking to bounce back after a down year in 2017.
Northwest Christian has had a pretty simple recipe for success in past seasons: hand the ball to running back Silas Perreiah and watch him run.