What was the Coeur d’Alene football team’s response to losing a heartbreaker in the final seconds a week ago?
Six touchdowns and a 45-0 lead at halftime on Friday.
Coach Shawn Amos’ Vikings flushed a difficult loss by handling Capital Christian of Sacramento, California, 45-7 in a nonleague game.
So much for a possible hangover. CdA fell 28-25 last week at 2016 4A state champion Camas, giving up all of a 25-14 lead in the final two minutes. It didn’t help that the Vikings picked up 230 yards in penalties to the Papermakers’ 30 and failed to recover an onside kick that would have clinched a road win.
“Pretty impressive,” Amos said. “They played a heckuva game both sides of the ball. It was a tough loss in Camas and they bounced back. That’s the sign of a good football team.”
The Viks (4-2) limited the Cougars (3-2) to one yard in the first half. CdA’s offense, meanwhile, piled up 383 yards – 325 by senior quarterback Colson Yankoff.
Yankoff threw four touchdown passes and ran for another. He didn’t play in the second half. He completed 13 of 24 attempts for 212 yards and rushed for 113 on six carries.
Backup running back Shilo Morgan caught two touchdown passes and rushed for another. He had 95 yards on 16 carries and three receptions for 62 yards.
Morgan sensed his team would rebound Friday.
“I thought it (the loss) made us tougher as a team,” Morgan said. “We should have won but the past is in the past. We came together and got it done today.”
Coeur d’Alene started fast, opening a 23-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, while the Cougars finished with minus-11 yards.
The Viks kept their offensive tempo going in the second period.
Case in point came on CdA’s final possession before intermission.
The Viks took over at their 32 with 52 seconds remaining. Yankoff completed passes of 17 and 11 yards, then got loose for 15 on a scamper before hitting Morgan – who had released from the backfield – on a 25-yard TD pass.
Morgan shook loose from a couple of defenders and got most of the yards on his own before scoring with five seconds showing on the clock.
If Amos had a knock, it was with his special teams.
“We have some serious work to do in our special teams,” he said. “We can’t give up blocked punts and botched field goals. Things like that we’ve got to fix because it’s going to matter.”
Coeur d’Alene opens 5A Inland Empire League play next week with a home game against defending champ Lewiston.
“We learned a lot and we know what we need to do for league,” Amos said. “Three-game league schedule you better win all your games … you lose one and it could end up in a tie. You’ve got to win every league game.”
Tight end Cole Ramseyer, who recently gave Boise State an oral commit, sat out with a high ankle sprain.
“We’ve only played 15 snaps with all of our best guys,” Amos said. “So hopefully we’ll be able to get all of our guys on the field (next week).”
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