Powerful individual performances were the order of the night Friday in North Idaho.
Lake City’s Scott Bushnell pounded for 245 yards and four touchdowns, including runs of 67 and 69 yards as the Timberwolves all but locked up a State A-1 Division II playoff berth by thumping Post Falls 26-7 at Post Falls.
The T-Wolves improved their record to 6-1 with a 2-1 record in the Inland Empire league.
Defending state champ Lewiston (5-1-1, 2-1) stayed in the hunt with a lopsided 40-6 triumph over visiting Coeur d’Alene.
Meanwhile, at St. Maries, Lakeland’s Hawks unleashed their most aggressive passing attack in years while rallying to defeat St. Maries 43-22.
The Intermountain League victory propelled the Hawks into the State A-2 playoffs.
Quarterback Kurt Reese completed 17 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns, and the Hawks scored a third TD through the air. Receiver Dan Ross scored three touchdowns, one on a 92-yard kickoff return. Ross also contributed a 70-yard run while rushing three times for 106 yards.
Lakeland raised its record to 5-1-1 and its Intermountain League log to 4-0 by overcoming a 16-0 deficit and scoring three TDs in the third quarter.
The host Lumberjacks (5-2, 1-2) need to defeat Moscow to remain in the playoff picture.
Bushnell’s heroics and improved Lake City defensive play took the luster off homecoming for a crowd of 1,500 at Trojan Field in Post Falls.
Bushnell, already the league’s leading rusher, carried the ball 32 times. His other touchdowns came on an 11-yard run and an 8-yard pass from Chad Troxel.
The Timberwolves broke the game open with two touchdowns in the space of six minutes midway through the second half.
St. Maries scored on its first two possessions to build up hopes of an upset in its IML matchup with Lakeland.
Fullback Justin Hall finished off a 47-yard drive with a 2-yard run and scored a two-point conversion on the first. The Lumberjacks scored again on a 4-yard pass from Skyler Willard to Caleb Krebs.
However, after Krebs scored, Ross brought the kickoff all the way back for the first Lakeland touchdowns and he galloped 42 yards on an inside reverse to put the Hawks back in the game 51 seconds left before halftime.
St. Maries scored in the third quarter when Willard connected with Krebs for a 50-yard play. However, Lakeland scored on its next two possessions. Ross scored the first on a 51-yard screen pass play.
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