Last Friday’s second Valley football jamboree was a gathering of teams with weighty expectations.
Central Valley is favored to win the Greater Spokane League and University fields a team that shows promise.
East Valley and West Valley are among four likely contenders for the Frontier League championship.
Freeman, meanwhile, is highly ranked in the Northeast A League.
A year ago CV came within an eyelash of a state playoff before settling on a five-way tie for second place. Most of the offensive lineup is back from that team, promising explosive potential.
CV will find out quickly just how good it is when the Bears play defending champion Lewis and Clark Friday at 5:45 p.m. at Joe Albi Stadium.
University has a core of players who were much honored during a successful University of Idaho team camp and who fared well during summer seven-on-seven play.
East Valley, last year’s third-place finisher, and West Valley, which finished fourth, were potential playoff teams right up until the final whistle of the regular season. The Knights are rish in backs and ends, the Eagles bring back virtually their entire lineup from last year.
All of the Valley’s teams except CV open their season tonight at home against non-conference foes. U-Hi entertains Eisenhower of Yakima, WV plays Lewiston, EV meets Coeur d’Alene and Freeman hosts St. Maries. All four games start at 7:30 p.m.
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