Trust In Tust’s Prep Picks

7 10 2010

Week 6

Last Week: N/A  Overall: 16-6 (72.7%)

Three weeks ago, I started this whole Trust In Tust’s Prep Picks out it style.  I rocked a 9-1 record, and thought to myself ‘hey, this isn’t so tough.’
Then, reality struck.  The following Friday I correctly guess just seven out of 13 games, do nothing to ensure I have a career in doing this.
After taking last week off (more because I was moving than the hit my ego took), I’m back and ready to put it on the line again…

Idaho 5A – Inland Empire League
Lake City (3-2, 1-0) at #5 Lewiston (4-1, 0-0) – 7 PM
          As impressive as Lewiston has been in the preseason, all of it means nothing unless they can get it done against their 5A Inland Empire League-foes.  They will get their first chance to do that Friday night, as they welcome rival-Lake City to town.
         So far, the Timberwolves tested themselves with a daunting preseason.  Having played both Mountain View and #1 Capital, LC will be well prepared for whatever the Bengals throw at them this game.
          With that in mind, Lewiston’s offense seems to dynamic to stop right now, and their defense has been exceptional as well.
         This is going to be a good one, folks…
Prediction: Lake City 32 – Lewiston 37

Washington 2A – Great Northern League
Clarkston (4-1, 2-0) at West Valley, Spok. (1-3, 0-0) – 7 PM
         Clarkston has to figure out a way to get it’s offense going.  Coincidence or not, the only time they’ve really performed at a high level was back in week two on the road.  Playing at Sandpoint, the Bantams won 35-34, as senior RB Colby Hansen visited the endzone five times.
         While their defense has been stellar, maybe avoiding the distractions that come will playing a home (a big of a stretch, but oh well…) will help this talented unit kick it into gear.
         Either way, West Valley is nowhere near the team they were last year…
Prediction: Clarkston 24 – West Valley 12

Pullman (2-3) at Lakeland (1-5) – 7 PM
         Pullman is in the midst of doing something not many people thought probably thought possible – play ‘500’ ball.
         Granted their non-league schedule (with the exception of Lewiston) has been fairly weak, but this is a young team that seems to be getting the hang of it.
         The return of senior QB Ryan Langerveld has helped has helped, as the Hounds have averaged 28 points over their last two contests, after scoring just 33 in their first three games combined.
         Playing on the road against lowly-Lakeland, this will still be a nice win for Pullman, who is gaining momentum at the right time of the season.
Prediction: Pullman 27 – Lakeland 13

Idaho 2B – Northeast
Kamiah (4-1, 2-0) at Orofino (1-5, 0-2) – 7 PM
This is a bigger game than it seems.  A Kamiah win, and the Kubs will be place firmly in the driver’s seat at the favorites to win the Central Idaho League.  An Orofino loss, and the Maniacs will officially be eliminated from the playoffs.
         Sadly for Orofino fans, I believe this is where their run of consecutive postseason berths come to an end.  The Maniacs did everything they could last week against Grangeville, but still came up short.  They scored a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams, but in the end the Bulldogs racked up for 500 yards on the ground (506 to be exact) and ran away with in 41-36.
         While I don’t think the score will be as bad as the first time Orofino and Kamiah met (48-0, Kubs), this one won’t be close.
Prediction: Kamiah 41 – Orofino 14

Idaho 2B – Northeast
Lakeside (3-2) at Colfax (4-0) – 7 PM
         Another week, another blow out win for Colfax.  Two weeks ago, senior RB Tyler McNannay ran all over Liberty.  Last week, senior TE/LB Kellen Morgan showed off his versatility with a touchdown on offense and defense.  Does senior QB Alex Teade take his turn this week?  Yup!  He scored at least four touchdowns.
Prediction: Lakeside 18 – Colfax 47

Idaho 2B – Southeast
Tri-Cities Prep (2-2, 0-1) at Asotin (3-1, 1-0) – 7 PM
         In their first season of 11-man football, Tri-Cities Prep has seen it’s been up-and-down.  The Jaguars have scored as many as 64 points in a win over 8-man opponent Pomeroy, and as little as three against 11-man league-foe Dayton.
         If head coach Dan Whitsett can get star-wideout Troy Redmann going (25 rec, 463yds, 6 td; 50 car, 473 yds, 5 td in 3 games) then Tri-Cities has a chance.
         With that in mind, he’s really the Jags only threat, and Asotin head coach Sal Lopez will have his boys prepared to deal with him.
Prediction: Tri-Cities Prep 18 – Asotin 32

Idaho 1A – Whitepine League
Lapwai (0-5, 0-5) at #3 Prairie (4-0, 4-0) – 7 PM (*Thursday Night*)
         I not going to get cute here.  Prairie looks like they might be better than they were last season.  No they aren’t mercy-ruling opponents on a regular basis, but equally impressive has been their ability to wear down teams with their superior ground game.  Their offensive line is by far the tops in the Whitepine, and Devin Schmidt has reaped the benefits (968 yards in 4 games).
Prediction: Lapwai 6 – Prairie 52

#4 Troy (4-0, 4-0) at Deary (1-4, 1-4) – 7 PM
         My head tells me Troy needs to be careful to avoid an upset.  My heart tells me the Trojans are to talented and focused to even fathom the thought.
         Deary is coming off back-to-back heartbreaking losses, all but eliminating them from the postseason after just five games.
         Expect the senior-laden Mustangs to treat this like a playoff game, but Troy head coach Rob Bafus will have his boy equally as fired up coming off a bye.
         Trojan senior runningback Marshall Williams will have to earn it against the Mustangs stout defensive line, but expect him to approach the 200-yard mark again on the ground.
Prediction: Troy 62 – Deary 27

Genesee (2-2, 2-2) at Lewis County (2-3, 2-3) – 4 PM
         I don’t know what to make of this matchup.  Two weeks ago, I thought the balance of Prairie offensive attack was going to make them a playoff team for sure.  However, a quick Kendrick team exposed a few of their weaknesses, as the Tigers upset them 36-16.
Prediction: Genesee 24 – Lewis County 32

Potlatch (1-3, 1-3) at Clearwater Valley (3-2, 3-1) – 7 PM
         Once again, Potlatch will be playing for their playoff-lives.  Head coach Pat Amos’ Loggers can ill-afford another slip up if they want to meet their expectations and get back to the playoffs for a second straight season.
         As for Clearwater Valley, the Rams are treading in uncharted waters for the program.  Looking to get back to the postseason for the first time since the mid-1990’s, CV currently has a lock of the third and final playoff berth in the Whitepine.  A win would be huge.  A loss and the Rams might be staring a Kansas City tiebreaker in the face at the end of the season.
.  Expect Keasal to leave the late-heroics behind, and get it done a little earlier this time.
Prediction: Potlatch 40 – Clearwater Valley 26

Washington 1B – Southeast
Touchet (3-1) at Colton (2-3) – 7 PM
         Surprisingly, Colton seems to be struggling to find it on offense right now.  Last week they only scored 14 points against LaCrosse-Washtucna, and the week only managed to put 30 on the board against Pomeroy (30 is not a lot in 8-man football, folks).
         I admire head coach Clark Vining’s Wildcat program, but they struggle again this week.
Prediction: Touchet 31 – Colton 24

LaCrosse-Washtucna (2-3) at Pomeroy (2-3)
         Last week, Pomeroy huge 70 on the board.  I think the Pirates are starting to figure out this 8-man football thing…
Prediction: LaCrosse-Washtucna 32 – Pomeroy 45



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