Sam Adams is back from the white sandy beaches and sun of Hawaii and finds himself in the same boat as when he left – six games behind.
Lindsay Joy and I had no differences last week. She filled in admirably, considering Sam probably would have done himself more harm had he been here!
We’ll probably carry the Pick 6 out through the Washington semifinals as we have the first two years. That means Sam has six weeks to make up ground.
The scoreboard shows Lee at 32-10 (.762) and Adams, with Lindsay’s help, at 26-16 (.619).
For the third time this season, though, we didn’t have any differences.
Lakeside at Freeman, Friday, 7
Lee: This will decide the No. 2 playoff seed and the right to host a play-in game against the league No. 3 seed. And these teams will likely see each other again in two weeks. This pits the league’s No. 1 offense (Lakeside) against the No. 2 offense (Freeman) and the league’s No. 2 defense (Freeman) against the No. 3 (Lakeside). It also features by far the best quarterback in Lakeside’s Cameron Gay and best running back in Freeman’s Jake Paukert. These teams are evenly matched. It could go to overtime like Colville and the Scotties did two weeks ago. I flipped a coin and it wedged on its side. I’m torn. Freeman 27-26.
Adams: The Scotties have already lost twice on their home field, a place they hadn’t lost since the end of the 2012 season. A blowout loss to Pullman in Week 2 and an overtime loss to Colville have taken away that air of invincibility in Freeman. The Scotties desperately need a win for playoff seeding. Meanwhile, Lakeside has absolutely steamrolled its last five opponents by a combined 256-48 after a narrow loss to Rogers. I’ve hitched my wagon to the Scotties for the better part of three seasons, and I’m going to hitch it one more time. Freeman 21-14.
Clarkston at Cheney, Friday, 7
Lee: I was surprised by East Valley’s win over the Bantams in Clarkston last week. Nothing the Knights had done to that point showed an upset was possible. So watch the Bantams rise up and win a big game on the road at Cheney on Friday. Not likely to happen because Cheney is at the top of its game right now with solid defense and more than enough offense. The Blackhawks can secure no worse than a share of the league title and the GNL’s top postseason seed. Cheney 30-21.
Adams: Running behind a bruising offensive line, Ty Graham has been a wrecking ball for the Blackhawks. By my count he has rushed for three or more touchdowns in a game three times. Cheney needs its running back more than ever with two pivotal games against Clarkston and Pullman to close out the GNL season. With a win Friday, Cheney can clinch the No. 1 postseason seed. Who better to go to when you’re at the goal line than Graham. Cheney 35-21.
Lewiston at Lake City, Friday, 7
Lee: The Timberwolves came into the season with thin depth, and injuries have besieged Lake City. Lewiston took care of matters at home last Friday against Post Falls, and the Bengals can taste a playoff berth. Quarterback Colton Richardson will be too much for Lake City to defend as the Bengals secure the league’s second playoff berth. Lewiston 42, LC 21.
Adams: It’s been a long time since the Bengals have beaten the T-Wolves. There were a couple close calls a few years ago, when Lewiston lost by two points in 2012, and by a field goal the year before. But the planets seem to finally be in alignment for a Bengal victory thanks to a resurgent program and a rash of injuries at LC. The streak stops here. Lewiston 28-20.
Mt. Spokane vs. Rogers, Friday, Albi, 5
Lee: Going into the season, I thought Rogers was going to have a chance in this game. Heck, Mt. Spokane had to replace 14 starters and Rogers was bringing back a seasoned senior class. Now the Pirates believe they can win. I understand that, but the Wildcats could be the second-best team in the GSL regardless of classification. I say “could be” because not all the 4A teams have played Mt. Spokane. The Wildcats will secure the 3A league title and Rogers must wait a week to try to earn the second postseason berth. Mt. Spokane 38-14.
Adams: The Pirates have been the feel-good story of the season. With a win this week, Rogers would equal its win total from the last four years combined. That win may have to wait in their regular-season finale, though, as the Wildcats have been on top of their game. Mt. Spokane has scored fewer than 30 points just once this season (21 in a loss to Gonzaga Prep) while holding each of their last three opponents to 14 points. With the GSL 3A title hanging in the balance, the Wildcats should seal the deal. Mt. Spokane 38-21.
Mead at University, Friday, 7
Lee: This is the most difficult game for me to pick this week. I’ve seen both teams at their best and both teams at their worst this fall. Both teams have speed on offense. Mead scored seven points against G-Prep, U-Hi scored six. Mead allowed 30 points to the Bullpups, U-Hi allowed 28. The winner stays alive for a postseason berth, the loser is most likely out. U-Hi 27-25.
Adams: The Titans have fallen on tough times, losing on a last-second field goal against Lewis and Clark one week after a one-sided loss to G-Prep. Can U-Hi bounce back this week? It has to. The Panthers have recaptured their dominant ways from the early season, pasting Ferris 45-7 last week. My gut tells me the Titans will answer the call, thanks to a steady dose of Tre’von Tuggles, who has been quiet after a 131-yard performance against Rogers earlier this month. U-Hi 24-21.
Lewis and Clark at Gonzaga Prep, Friday, 7
Lee: The Bullpups know they’re postseason bound, the Tigers are playing for their postseason lives. LC has two league losses and three most likely will keep a team out. The fewest points G-Prep has scored against a 4A GSL team is 28. LC will keep the Bullpups to a season low. But it won’t be enough. LC isn’t likely to reach double digits. G-Prep 24, LC 7.
Adams: Boy did the Bullpups pick the wrong time to take on Lewis and Clark. The Tigers have pulled it together, with a win against U-Hi extending their current streak to three. But all good things must come to an end, and I don’t foresee a G-Prep loss this Friday, or for the rest of the regular season for that matter. The Bullpups have been so impressive in every phase of the game, and that shouldn’t stop against the Tigers. G-Prep 35-17.
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