For two quarters on Friday, defending 5A state football champion Lake City had its hands full with rival Coeur d’Alene High.
In the end, though, the top-ranked Timberwolves had too much offense and defense for the visiting Vikings. Lake City scored two touchdowns in the third quarter as the T-Wolves pulled away, 39-13, in the Inland Empire League 5A opener for both teams.
The first thing LC coach Van Troxel did afterward was talk about the Vikings’ effort, not his team’s performance.
“First of all, you have to give Coeur d’Alene a ton of credit,” Troxel said. “Not everybody was believing me when I was trying to say that they’re a good football team. And early they didn’t make any mistakes and we did. It just took us a little longer to get things squared away and get going.”
It was an example of how a rivalry can often level a playing field – even if one team is clearly superior.
“That’s the advantage of having 28 seniors and 20 senior starters,” Troxel said. “They came out in the second half and took care of business. These (rivalry) games are emotional.”
LC used a 32-yard interception return by Gabe Brunner and a safety to open a 9-0 lead. CdA then scored early in the second period on Bubba Goodwin’s 1-yard run. LC led 16-7 at the half.