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Panhandle Picks

Click the tab below to see Greg Lee's North Idaho high school football picks this week.

I couldn’t expect two perfect weeks in a row. It was back to the usual percentage as I went 7-4. I'm 39-13 overall (.750).


Lewiston at Coeur d’Alene: This is the 5A Inland Empire League opener for both teams. After what Sandpoint did to Lewiston last week – winning 36-0 at Lewiston – it’s obvious the Bengals have some problems. It’s namely in trying to defend the run. The Bulldogs ran the Bengals silly. So I expect Lewiston will get a big dose of Vikings running back Zach Keiser. Sandpoint’s ballcontrol attack kept Lewiston quarterback Justin Podrabsky off the field. Anyway, it should be a long night Friday for Lewiston. CdA 38, Lewiston 14.


Post Falls at Central Valley: Even if the Trojans were at full strength, they’d have difficulty with the Greater Spokane League-leading Bears. Considering that running back Marcus Colbert and quarterback Matt Lickfold will be held out so they’re healthy for a key league game the following week against Lewiston, Post Falls will have its hands full. CV 28, PF 7.


Lake City at Vallivue: The Falcons are 4-1 and are just two points from being undefeated. The Timberwolves are coming off a big win over Post Falls. LC will likely be flat and that will be compounded by the long trip to the Boise area. Vallivue 35, LC 13.


Raymond (Alberta) at Sandpoint: The visitors from Canada are ranked No. 1 in their province. Sandpoint is among the best 4A teams in Idaho. Sandpoint 30, Raymond 21.


Lakeland at Ontario (Ore.): The Hawks need to play with their 4A Inland Empire League against Moscow coming up next week. Ontario 27, Lakeland 13.


Bonners Ferry at Timberlake: The Badgers came up just short at Priest River, which came up way short two weeks ago against Timberlake. Begin fitting the Tigers for the Intermountain League crown. Timberlake 42, BF 7.


Priest River at Kellogg: The Spartans stay in the chase for second place. PR 27, Kellogg 13.


St. Maries at Orofino: The Maniacs stay in the chase for second place. Orofino 30, St. Maries 13.


Kootenai at Lakeside: The No. 1-ranked Warriors had to rally to beat Lakeside in the first round of league play (50-48). Kootenai shouldn’t have any difficulties this time. Kootenai 50, Lakeside 26.


Clark Fork at Mullan: The Wampus Cats showed signs of life last week in a big win over Lakeside. The Tigers stay in the chase for the second 1A Division II playoff berth. Mullan 42, CF 32.


Wallace at Garfield-Palouse: The difference here could be numbers. Wallace has more players – and most likely more athletes – than the Vikings, who recently dropped from to eight-man football. Wallace 36, Gar-Pal 26.

Greg Lee
Greg Lee joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a prep reporter covering Eastern Washington and North Idaho schools.

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