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 PostFalls’ 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.
(3-3, 0-1) at PostFalls (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. PostFalls 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.
at Lakeland (2-5): For the Hawks to win,
they must contain Bears running back Jayson Washington and quarterback Jake Helbling. No
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.
(1-5) and LakeCity (1-5): There may not be
better 1-5 teams in the state than this pairing. LakeCity 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.
(5-1) at ShadlePark (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, ShadlePark 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 PriestRiver (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