Prep Pigskin Picks

17 09 2010

Week 3

5A IEL vs 2A GNL
Pullman at Lewiston – 7 PM
          Both the Greyhounds and the Bengals are coming  off two tough losses that couldn’t be more different.  Hosting rival Moscow, Pullman was blown out 35-0, as the Bengals barely lost on the road to Merdian 28-24.
          It’s clearly evident the former perennial power of the GNL is in a rebuilding year, while Lewiston on the other hand is just reloading.  Senior Bengal quarterback Beau Kerns can beat you with his arm or legs, in this case it’ll be with both…

Prediction: Pullman 7 – Lewiston 35

4 IEL vs 2A GNL
Moscow at Clarkston – 7 PM
          I believe this is the most intriguing game of the week.  Both squads are awfully talented in their respective leagues with plenty of playmakers in the backfield.  At runningback, Bantam senior Colby Hansen enters the contest fresh off a five touchdown performance, while Bear senior Justin Parkins visited the endzone three times and racked up 240 yards rushing last week against Pullman.
          At quarterback, seniors Brady Arnone and Jake Helbling square off.  While they have different styles of play (Arnone’s a passer… Helbling’s a runner), both offer plenty of poise and leadership.
          The outcome of this game should be a tell-tale sign of how each will fare in league play.  Last week, Clarkston beat Sandpoint – a member of the 4A Inland Empire League – while Moscow crushed Pullman – a member of the 2A Great Northern League.  Should the Bears knock off the Bantams, it should give them the confidence this is finally the year they get past Sandpoint and into the playoffs.  With that in mind…

Prediction: Moscow 28 – Clarkston 34

2B Southeast
Asotin at Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia – 7 PM
After suffering their worst loss since anyone can remember, look for the Panthers to flush that memory and get into the win column to kickoff league play.  Last week, Grangeville ranked up 67 points on Asotin’s defense, but knowing the mastermind that Panthers head coach Sal Lopez is, he’ll use that to fire up his troops and play much better on both sides of the ball this week.

Prediction: Asotin 38 – Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia 20

2B Northeast
Davenport at Colfax – 7 PM
Short and simple here.  Colfax is good.  No way to do they suffer a slip up here.  QB Alex Teade and RB Tyler McNannay will make it look easy…

Prediction: Davenport 18 – Colfax 48

Orofino at Kamiah – 7 PM 
Dipping back down to the 2A level, Orofino was expected to compete this season.  After dropping their first two games, the Maniacs got a much needed ego-boost by beating Kellogg 30-13 last week.
          But playing the matchup game, Orofino lost to McCall-Donnelly 16-6 in their season opener, a team the Kubs clubs 53-0 last week.  Throw in the fact the Maniacs will be without their leading rusher…

Prediction: Orofino 12 – Kamiah 34

1A Whitepine League
Kendrick at Clearwater Valley – 7 PM
Coming off a 42-6 shellacking of Lewis County, a young Tigers teeam should have plenty of confidence as they head out on the road to face Clearwater Valley.  With that in mind, after providing the upset of the week in the Whitepine last Friday, I think the Rams are going to return the favor this week.  Senior runningback Cody Charley is as quick as anyone in the Whitepine, and will lead his team to back-to-back victories at home for the first time since who-knows-when.  It’ll be close though…

Prediction: Kendrick 26 – Clearwater Valley 33

Troy at Lewis County – 3 PM
After starting the season 2-0, it appears Lewis Country got a bit ahead of themselves heading into last weeks matchup with Kendrick.  While the Eagles have more overall talent and depth than the Tigers, Kendrick provided the ‘Whitepine League shocker of the week’ with a 42-6 victory.
          Troy on the other hand has been nothing short of dominant so far.  With senior runningback Marshall Williams leading the way, head coach Rob Bafus’ crew has an unwavering demeanor no matter how much they’ve accomplished so far…

Prediction: Troy 58 – Lewis County 24

Deary at Lapwai – 7 PM
Both the Mustangs and Wildcats have had disappointing starts.  Deary was upset by Clearwater Valley 28-24 to kickoff their season, then ran into juggernaut Prairie and fell 64-22.  As for Lapwai, not much has gone right for them.  Head coach Ricky Hernandez has been battling injuries, and his plug-and-play offense has been outscored 140-24.
          While Hernandez will try to continue motivating his team to compete, that appears to be something a senior-laden Mustangs squad already understands…

Prediction: Deary 38 – Lapwai 12

Prairie at Potlatch – 7 PM
Potlatch has had an incredibly tough draw to start the season.  After receiving a bye in week one, their game against Timberline was cancelled in week two, which means they didn’t even play their first contest of the season until last Friday.  While C.J. Keasal and company showed flashes of brilliance, they still looked like a team playing in a game that counted for the first time, as Genesee beat them 36-28.
          Now they have to face Prairie, who has been nothing short of dominant so far this Fall.  The Pirates have outscored their opponents 110-42, as senior runningback Devin Schmidt has lived up to the hype with back-to-back 200-yards, 5-touchdown performances.
          Personally, I think the Loggers have a good chance to win every game from here on out… starting after this one…

Prediction: Prairie 52 – Potlatch 26

1B Northeast
Joseph (Ore.) vs Colton – 7 PM (at Kibbie Dome)
For the second straight year, Joseph and Colton will battle in the Kibbe Dome thanks to a contection the team from eastern Oregon has with Idaho head football coach Robb Akey.
          When they met last season, the Wildcats hung 89 points on the board, as senior Sam Robertson visited the endzone seven times alone.  With Robertson now gone, don’t expect Colton to touch that number, but then again, they won’t really need to…

Prediction: Joseph 26 – Colton 58