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Panhandle Picks

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

I thought I had a poor week and then I realized I was 1-7 on the ‘Mike & Greg Show’.

I went 4-5 here and that makes my overall record 52-20 (.722).


Coeur d’Alene (6-1, 1-0) at Lake City (1-6, 1-0): The overall records here tell the story. The Vikings have flourished and the Timberwolves have struggled. “Coeur d’Alene is the best team in the North, period,” LC coach Van Troxel told me this week. The Viks don’t commit turnovers and five of the Timberwolves’ six losses included multiple turnovers. The only way LC has a chance is if it plays error free. The Viks have dominated teams up front. They feature a balanced offense behind running back Zach Keiser. Quarterback Ryan Dunton has as many as six targets to throw to. CdA has been a first-half team, LC has had its most troubles in the first half. CdA can capture the league title with a win. “It’s a rivalry game and it outweighs everything else,” CdA coach Shawn Amos said. “Our focus is we can lock up the league title and play our best football. These kids have come ready to work each week.” CdA 34, LC 21.


Sandpoint (5-2, 0-0) at Moscow (5-2, 1-0): This should be worth the price of admission. The scoreboard lights should get a work out. If Moscow wins, it secures the lone 4A state playoff berth. If Moscow loses, the Bears will be rooting hard for Lakeland to pull off an upset at Sandpoint next week and create a three-way tie like last year. Moscow probably has an advantage in speed, but the Bulldogs have a few more impact players. Sandpoint 27, Moscow 21.


Lakeland (2-6) at Post Falls (4-3): It doesn’t matter that this is a non-league game, this is a pride game. The Trojans need a win to clinch a winning record. That should be incentive enough. PF 31, Lakeland 13.

     Lewiston (4-3) at Capital (7-0): The Bengals will be no match for the No. 1-ranked Eagles. Capital 48, Lewiston 13.

 Orofino (4-3, 3-1) at Bonners Ferry (4-2, 2-2): The Maniacs have second secured and the Badgers can force a three-way tie for second with a win and earn a return date at Orofino in the Intermountain League’s play-in games the following week. If BF loses, it slips to fourth and goes to Timberlake next week. The Badgers are headed to Timberlake. Orofino 40, BF 21.


Kellogg (1-6, 1-3) at Timberlake (6-1, 4-0): The question here isn’t whether Timberlake wins, but by how much? The Tigers could lose interest and coast to victory. Or they might decide to tune up for the play-in games. They’ll go the tune up route. TL 42, Kellogg 6.


Priest River (5-2, 2-2) at St. Maries (0-7, 0-4): The Spartans will likely head to Orofino for a play-in game next week. If their minds are into next week, they’ll miss an opportunity to improve Friday. PR 28, St. Maries 6.


Lakeside (3-4, 3-4) at Wallace (4-3, 4-2): The Miners won in the first half of league play and can secure the 1A Division I state playoff berth with a sweep. The Knights can force a Kansas Tiebreaker with a win. Wallace should take care of business. Wallace 42, Lakeside 28.


Kootenai (7-0, 6-0) at Mullan (3-4, 2-4): The No. 1-ranked Warriors can clinch the North Star League championship and this preview of a third game between the teams in the first round of the 1A Division II playoffs. Kootenai 50, Mullan 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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