Sam Adams is peaking at the right time.
He had a perfect effort last week, going 6-0. The bad news is he didn’t pick up any ground. I also had a perfect week. That puts me at 36-12 (.750) and Adams at 34-14 (.708).
For a third consecutive week, we don’t have any differences in our picks. But Adams still has time to gain ground. Like last year, we’ll take this as far as we have teams alive.
The Gonzaga Prep-Ferris game is Thursday. All others are Friday.
G-Prep vs. Ferris, Albi, 7:15
Lee: If the Saxons win it will be an upset. It won’t happen though. G-Prep 30, Ferris 14.
Adams: A couple of big plays for the Bullpups should prove to be the difference. G-Prep 28, Ferris 21.
Coeur d’Alene at Meridian, 6
Lee: They could play this game in Siberia and the outcome would be the same. CdA 42, Meridian 13.
Adams: Look for the Viks to come out and smash Meridian to start the 5A playoffs. CdA 42, Meridian 14.
Post Falls at Eagle, 6
Lee: The Trojans may have spent all of their emotion last week and a long road trip will be difficult. Eagle 40, PF 21.
Adams: I’m predicting a 400-yard performance from quarterback Dalton Thompson (300 passing, 100 rushing), but it won’t be quite enough in a shootout loss at Eagle. Eagle 44, PF 38.
Lakeside (WA) at Colville, 7
Lee: Colville will secure the NEA title and Lakeside will gladly settle for the third and final playoff berth. Colville 30, Lakeside 20.
Adams: I expect Colville to close out strong against upstart Lakeside. Colville 28, Lakeside 14.
Lewis and Clark vs. Mead, Albi, 5
Lee: Mead wants to finish ranked first among GSL defenses. The Panthers are playing the team with the next-best defense. This comes down to which team has the best offensive options and that clearly belongs to the Tigers, who need a win to be eligible for the postseason. LC 21, Mead 14
Adams: I suspect the Tigers’ stout defense will put the clamps down on a Mead offense that has scored 20-plus points just twice this season. LC 21, Mead 14.
Mt. Spokane vs. Shadle, Albi, 7:30
Lee: Mt. Spokane can’t win a high-scoring game. I see the team with the best offensive player prevailing. Shadle Park 21, Mt. Spokane 14.
Adams: This would be your classic great defense vs. great offense matchup. A good defense can contain Brett Rypien for only so long. Shadle Park 35, Mt. Spokane 21.
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