All four football playoff teams from the Greater Spokane League can be decided Friday night when Mead travels to University.
The Titans are the team that can prevent the Panthers from becoming the league’s fourth entrant in the end-of-season tournament.
Mead defeated turnover-plagued North Central 45-10 last week. Victory over U-Hi would assure the 5-2 Panthers no worse than fourth place in league.
Winless NC, which had 16 turnovers entering the game, lost six more - four fumbles and two pass interceptions - against Mead. The Indians play Shadle Park 5:45 at Albi on Friday.
The Panthers capitalized as Chris McCullough, Keith Stamps and Kris Griffins combined for 277 ground yards. McCullough and Stamps scored two touchdowns each and Stamps kicked a field goal.
NC quarterback Nick Froscheiser passed for 226 yards, Aaron Dacy had 117 yards in receptions and Steve Cumbie rushed for 114 yards.
Before Mead goes for its ninth-straight playoff appearance and perhaps a share of second place in the GSL, Gonzaga Prep plays unbeaten Central Valley tonight, 7:30 p.m., with first place the prize.
The 6-1 Bullpups, a 35-14 winner against Rogers last week, is assured a top four finish and is seeking its 12th league title since 1976.
Mt. Spokane hosts district
The new Mt. Spokane-Mead High School is hosting its first district tournament when volleyball teams begin play tonight.
The top six finishers from the Greater Spokane League are vying for four berths to the regional tournament. From there, four out of eight teams qualify for state.
League runnerup Mead (16-2) is one of two teams already qualified for regionals.
Co-fourth place finishers Shadle Park and Rogers (12-6) meet at 6 p.m., and sixth-place Gonzaga Prep (7-11) plays Lewis and Clark at 8. The four are chasing two remaining regional spots.
Mead was third in state a year ago and Rogers was a regional qualifier. Shadle Park is making its first playoff appearance since the regional format was instituted.
Mt. Spokane will also host the Great Northern playoffs Nov. 8. Lakeside and Deer Park entered the week among four teams who could finish third or fourth in league.
Lakeside after state berth
Lakeside High, the state’s top-ranked 2A boys cross country team, races for a repeat state berth at 1:30 p.m. today at Hangman Valley Golf Course.
Mike Witt, unbeaten in league, will lead teammates Derek and Trevor Smith, Shawn Close and Perry Welch into battle against Colville and perennial state entrant Riverside, led by Bill Warner, for the lone team berth.
The girls race is up for grabs among co-champions Riverside, Colville and early favorite Newport.
The Rams are led by Nora Zaprzalka, Mikayla Gabel, Christy Mease, Kelli Keiper, Becca Hassler and Abbey Wood.
Two teams qualify for state. Allotments are based upon numbers of schools fielding teams.