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Coeur d’Alene tames Lions in state opener

Coeur d’Alene coach Shawn Amos likes his football team. He’d like them even more if they’d cut down on their penalties and put together a complete game.

The Vikings thumped another overmatched opponent, dismantling the visiting Borah Lions 54-13 on Friday.

Third-ranked Coeur d’Alene (6-3) will visit top-ranked Eagle (9-0) on Friday in the 5A State quarterfinals. Borah finished 5-5.

The Vikings moved the ball all night, methodically and with a handful of big plays. Their defense smothered Borah’s ground game, intercepted three passes and even contributed a touchdown to the team’s third consecutive blowout victory.

“It’s like a broken record for me, though. We could be so good, we just continue to be our own worst enemy,” Amos said. “It scares us as coaches. If we have that many penalties against Eagle we will not play beyond Eagle. Eagle’s too good.”

Amos knows that the Vikings are good, too. They put up big yards and points and their defense has been solid the last three weeks. But they do get in their own way at times.

Coeur d’Alene racked up 96 penalty yards, and that doesn’t count offsetting penalties that erased a 35-yard touchdown late in the first half. The Vikings surpassed 100 penalty yards in each of the previous two games against Lake City and Post Falls.

“That’s the thing, we have not played close to our best game,” Amos said. “People are probably going to read the paper and go, ‘Dang, when is he going to be happy?’ Not until we play better.”

The Vikings were sharp early. They scored three touchdowns in the first 7 minutes to take control. They had 302 first-half yards and scored four touchdowns against a Borah defense that yielded just 17.7 points per game during the regular season.

Cole Ramseyer’s 14-yard touchdown reception capped a 65-yard opening drive.

Borah’s rough start continued when a penalty wiped out a nice kick return to the 45. The Lions lined up at their 11-yard line and the snap sailed past sophomore quarterback Jake Standlee. Linebacker Ethan Lillis recovered the ball in the end zone.

The Lions responded with a touchdown drive, but it only took Coeur d’Alene three plays to match the score. Quarterback Cole Yankoff hit Kyler Prendergast in stride on a 56-yard scoring play.

Prendergast zipped 62 yards down the sideline on a screen pass to extend the Vikings’ lead to 26-7.

“I thought (a defender) was going to get me out (of bounds on the screen), but he just gave me a little boost instead,” said Prendergast, adding that his first touchdown “was our fake screen pass and they bit on it.”

Ramseyer just reached across the goal line on a 10-yard scoring play to give CdA a 34-13 halftime edge.

Coeur d’Alene limited the run-oriented Lions to 38 yards rushing. The Vikings’ ground attack was fairly quiet until Yankoff ripped off a 43-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

“We did a great job on the run,” Amos said. “If it wasn’t for the pass interferences we would have done a pretty good job against the pass.”

Yankoff passed for 297 yards and added 89 yards rushing. Ramseyer had six receptions for 64 yards.