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Panhandle Picks

Here are my North Idaho football predictions.

Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts.


We’re down to three weeks left in the regular season and I’m pleased to report I’m on pace to have a stellar year. I went 9-2 last week, the big miss being Post Falls’ comeback win at Central Valley. That puts my overall mark at 48-15 for a .762 percentage. While I  can’t pick my way out of paper sack in the ‘Mike & Greg Show’ I’m more than holding my own here.


Lewiston (3-3, 0-1) at Post Falls (4-2, 0-1): Neither team can lose if it hopes to capture one of the two 5A Inland Empire League playoff berths. That element alone should provide plenty of on-field intrigue. The Trojans will be without running back Marcus Colbert (high ankle sprain) for a second straight week. Jordan Pastras filled in admirably last week, gaining 107 yards. Post Falls knows Lewiston’s weakness is run defense. Don’t be surprised if the Bengals crowd eight or nine close to the line of scrimmage and welcome the Trojans to beat them through the air. The Trojans must get pressure on University of Idaho-bound quarterback Justin Podrabsky. Sandpoint beat Lewiston 36-0 at Lewiston two weeks ago and Coeur d’Alene topped the Bengals 42-26 in a game not as close as the score would indicate. PF 28, Lewiston 13.


Moscow (4-2) at Lakeland (2-5): For the Hawks to win, they must contain Bears running back Jayson Washington and quarterback Jake Helbling. No Lakeland player could beat either Bear in a 100-yard sprint if you gave them a 5-yard head start. One of the best ways for the Hawks to do so is keep them off the field. So expect a good dose of Lakeland’s bread and butter ball-control running game. I might be all wet here, but a Lakeland win, in my mind, would be an upset. So bring it on. Lakeland 21, Moscow 20.


Meridian (1-5) and Lake City (1-5): There may not be better 1-5 teams in the state than this pairing. Lake City continues to improve and Meridian broke through for its first win last week. The Timberwolves will continue to emphasize keeping things simple and uncomplicated. LC 27, Meridian 24.


Coeur d’Alene (5-1) at Shadle Park (0-6): Ugh. Yuk. The Vikings should be ahead by four or more touchdowns by halftime, if not the end of the first quarter. This will give them an opportunity to rest their starters the final two quarters with a big showdown with the crosstown rival looming next week. CdA 48, Shadle Park 7.


St. Maries (0-6, 0-3) at Timberlake (5-1, 3-0): We can officially crown the Tigers Intermountain League champs. This will be a good time for Timberlake to develop some depth and give its backups and sophomores a chance to play. Timberlake 47, St. Maries 7.


Orofino (3-3, 2-1) at Priest River (5-1, 2-1): The Spartans will secure second place in the Intermountain League with a win. They weren’t ready for prime time when Timberlake visited town in late September. They won’t make the same mistake twice. PR 24, Orofino 14.


Kellogg (1-5, 1-2) at Bonners Ferry (3-2, 1-2): This will decide the fourth and final berth to the unofficial first round of the state playoffs. BF 30, Kellogg 20.


Lakeside (2-4, 2-4) at Mullan (3-3, 2-3): Lakeside handled Mullan 78-52 in the first round of North Star League play. Perhaps the most telling scores recently involve Clark Fork. The Wampus Cats shocked Lakeside 52-16 and Mullan beat the Wampus Cats 48-34. Mullan should prevail at home. Mullan 54, Lakeside 42.


Wallace (3-3, 3-2) at Clark Fork (1-5, 1-5): The Miners ended this early 50-0 last month. Wallace will win, but the Miners will have to play a full four quarters. Wallace 42, CF 24.

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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