Scoreboard Shockers

25 09 2010

I’ll leave it up to you to call them upsets, but either way, there were some definite shockers on the scoreboard last night.  While the team on the winning end may not have been the biggest surprise, the margin of victory was.  One thing that’s for sure, teams seem to be hitting their stride of offense.

Top Performers

  • Tyler McNannay, Colfax: 219 total yards, 2 TD vs Liberty
  • Cody Charley, Clearwater Valley: 17 car, 214 yds, 4 td vs Lapwai
  • Marshall Williams, Troy: 18 car, 174 yds, 5 td vs Potlatch
  • Kendrick Defense: Limited Genesee to just 147 total yards and shut them out in the second half.
  • Tyler Langerveld, Pullman: 13-29, 236 yds, 3 td vs Deer Park
  • Justin Parkins, Moscow: 18 car, 203 yds, 2 td vs Priest River
  • Brady Arnone, Clarkston: 22-32, 275 yds, 3 td vs Cheney
  • Jack Nygaard, Kamiah: 21 car, 143 yds, 2 td (Gamewinning 84-yard TD pass) vs Grangeville

Idaho 5A
Hermiston 14 at Lewiston 34 – Final

Idaho 4A
Moscow 26 at Priest River 7 – Final

Washington 2A
Cheney 7 at Clarkston 21 – Final
Pullman 19 at Deer Park 21 – Final

Idaho 2A
Kamiah 14 at Grangeville 21 – Final
Orofino 14 at St. Maries 48 – Final

Washington 2B
Colfax 56 at Liberty 14 – Final
Asotin at White Swan – Saturday, 1 PM

Idaho 1A – Whitepine League
Lewis County 50 at Deary 42 – Final (2 OT)
Genesee 16 at Kendrick 36 – Final
Potlatch 22 at Troy 66 – Final
Lapwai 6 at Clearwater Valley 52 – Final

Washington 1B
Pomeroy 24 at Colton 30 – Final (OT)

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Trust In Tust’s Prep Picks

24 09 2010

Week 4

Record
Last Week: 9-1  Overall: 9-1

In the first every edition of “Trust In Tust’s Prep Picks,” I did well.  My overall record was 9-1, as the only game I missed was Kendrick-Clearwater Valley.  I said the Rams were going to defend their home turf with a 33-26 win.  The Tigers counter with a 32-16 victory.

Other than that, I gave Colton (58 prediction points/26 actually points), Clarkston (34/18), Moscow (28/7) and Lewis County’s (24/0) offenses to much credit, and Colfax (48/62) and Kamiah’s (34/48) not enough.

As for what I believe is in store this week…

5A IEL
Hermiston (2-1) at Lewiston (2-1, 0-0) – 7 PM
         For the fifth straight season, Lewiston and Hermiston will meet up in a non-league affair.  Two-years ago, the Bengals won a shootout 55-45, while last season the Bulldogs took a defensive battle 22-15.
         I expect this to be a little more like the 2008 edition.  Lewiston quarterback Beau Kerns – who’s only 5’9″ – has a big arm, and it appears head coach Emmett Dougherty has more than enough reliable guys to hand the ball off to.  Senior runningback Tyler Broemeling rushed for 154-yards last week against Pullman, while senior fullback Ryan Humphrey added two touchdowns on the ground as well.
         Hermiston signal-caller Tim Rude is dangerous (11 touchdowns in 3 games), but it seems like Lewiston’s defense is much improved from a year-ago, and is capable of containing a quality passing game (see Clarkston game).
Prediction: Hermiston 28 – Lewiston 35

4 IEL
Moscow (2-2, 0-0) at Priest River (1-2) – 7 PM
          Last week’s game against Clarkston was a tough one for Moscow.  After putting up 85 points in the previous two games (both wins), the Bears offense struggled mightly without senior quarterback Jake Helbling undercenter due to a hand injury.  Head coach John Sheaff’s new no-huddle offense became one dimensional.  Unable to pass the ball, the Bantams focused on senior runningback Justin Parkins and held him under 100-yards for the first time this season.
          The good news, this week they face a team that isn’t nearly as talented as Clarkston.  Expect Parkins to bounce back with over 200 yards rushing (that’s right!) as the Bears will assert their will on a smaller Priest River team.
          Also, Helbling – the reigning IEL Defensive Player of the Year – is still available on defensive, which has been a strong point of Moscow this Fall.  I’ll do the math for you:  Parkins + A Stout Defense = Blow Out
Prediction: Moscow 42 – Priest River 6

2A GNL

Pullman (1-2, 0-0) at Deer Park (3-0, 0-0) – 7 PM
          These two teams have seemingly swapped places in the Great Northern League.  Deer Park used to be a constant sellar dwellar, as Pullman dominanted the league over a majority of the last decade.
         While I wouldn’t bet on the Greyhounds staying down for long, they are clearly in rebuilding mode.  They’ve only scored two touchdowns in the last 10 quarters, and their defense isn’t what it once was.
        As for Deer Park, they’ve notched back-to-back 7-win seasons, and appear to be figuring it out again this Fall.  Even though their non-league schedule was somewhat weak, their defense has allowed an average of only 6 points a game.
        The Greyhounds will get better over the course of the season, I just don’t see them taking that big leap on the road this week.
Prediction:  Pullman 7 – Deer Park 28

Cheney (2-1, 0-0) at Clarkston (2-1, 0-0)– 7 PM
          Clarkston is (or should be) uber-talented on offense.  So far, it doesn’t seems like they’ve been able to really figure it out.  Quarterback Brady Arnone and runningback Colby Hansen (Yes.  He has 7 touchdowns in the last two games.  But this kid has done it himself and could be real special with any help from his line.) are both D-1 talents, but haven’t been able to live up to their full-potential due to an offensive line that has been suspect.  Arnone has had it a little more rough than Hansen, as he just hasn’t had the time to throw.
        If one thing is certain, Cheney always features one of the most athletics teams in the GNL.  Expect them to pressure Arnone constantly, but for him to make enough play to get the job done.
        Also, unlike last year, head coach Dave Curtis has a defense he can lean on while the Bantams get everything figured out on offense.  Sophomore Colby Ruark in starting to emerge as a standout safety, while first-year player Nathan Whittaker seems to be getting the hang of playing corner.  Linebacker Ethan Fox will anchor the middle of the defense, as ends Colton and Cody Chase should be able to pressure the Blackhawks quarterback.
        It won’t look as pretty as it could, but…
Prediction: Cheney 19 – Clarkston 26

2B Southeast
Asotin (2-1, 1-0) at White Swan (1-2) – 7 PM
        Two years ago, Asotin squared off with White Swan in the second round of the 2B playoffs.  Then-Panther senior runningback D.J. Darnall had a huge night, as head coach Sal Lopez directed his team to a 41-20 victory.  The Cougars were just a minor bump in the road as Asotin eventually ended up playing for the 2B state championship.
        However, the two teams we see go at it this Friday night will be mere skeletons of the ones from 2008.  White Swan has only scored two touchdowns in three games this season, and Asotin doesn’t seems to be as talented (or better yet, as deep) on either side of the ball as in years past.
        At the same time, the Panthers still have enough guys to get it done.  Sprinkling in a little of quarterback Ben Servatius’ strong arm to go with their traditional smash-mouth style of football, and…
Prediction: Asotin 33 – White Swan 19

2B Northeast
Colfax (2-0, 1-0) at Liberty (2-0, 1-0) – 7 PM
         
This will be a common theme for my predictions.  Colfax is so talented this season, they don’t even need me to make a case as to why they will win on a weekly basis. 
Prediction: Colfax 58 – Liberty 14

2A CIL
Kamiah (2-1, 1-0) at Grangeville (4-0, 0-0) –7 PM
        Clearly, Kamiah and Grangeville are the priemere teams in the Central Idaho League this season.  Despite it being only week four, a Kamiah win would put them in the drivers seat in terms of winning a league title.  After blowing out Orofino 48-0 last week, they would make the turn of the league schedule as the only unbeaten team AND get to host the Bulldogs when the two meet up again (presumably for the league championship) next month.
        While Kub fans have to like the sound of that, the Bulldogs have been nothing short of dominant so far this Fall, outscoring the opposition 164-47.  Junior Justin Robie had a breakout performance with over 200-yards against Lewiston’s JV team last week, as Pomeroy-transfer Ryan Koberstein and senior running back Joe Anderson will just be too much.
        This classic rivalry will be a fun one, but Grangeville will get bragging rights.
Prediction: Kamiah 26 – Grangeville 38

Orofino (1-3, 0-1) at St. Maries (1-3) – 7 PM
             Orofino gets the winable game the sorely need.  A 48-0 loss to division-foe Kamiah probably did nothing to help the confidence of a young-Maniac squad.  Expect them to get a little pep in their step back this time around…
Prediction: Orofino 27 – St. Maries 21

1A Whitepine League
Lewis County (2-2, 2-2) at Deary (1-2, 1-2) – 7 PM
        Both these teams seem like absolute wildcards.  Lewis County opened their season with back-to-back wins over Clearwater Valley and Lapwai, only to be outscored 84-6 against Kendrick and Troy the last two weeks.
        Deary on the other hand started off with tough losses to the Rams and Prairie, before finally putting it all together last Friday by knocking off the Wildcats.  In that game, head coach Darrah Eggers went away from the Mustang tradition ground oriented attack, and aired it out for a change.  Senior quarterback Kevin Cannon threw for over 250-yards, while senior wideout Drew Eggers finished with 192-yards receiving.
        With that in mind, it sure seems like the Mustangs are headed in a better direction…
Prediction: Lewis County 22 – Deary 29

Lapwai
(0-4, 0-4) at Clearwater Valley (2-1, 2-1) – 7 PM
        Lapwai is a club that is reeling.  Their defense has surrender 186 points in four games, and their offense can’t find any stablity with injuries causing some shuffling.
        Clearwater Valley is a club that plays with a lot of heart.  With senior runningback Cody Charley shouldering the load, I see this one going to the Rams.
Prediction: Lapwai 18 – Clearwater Valley 32

Genesee (2-1, 2-1) at Kendrick (2-1, 2-1) – 7 PM
        
Genesee needs to be careful in this one.  Kendrick is coming off an big win over an undefeated Lewis County team, and a convince victory against Clearwater Valley on the road.  It’s still early, but a Tigers win would show the young-squad it a serious playoff contender.  In a league of experienced coaches, Kendrick’s Davey Steele is underated, and knows his X’s and O’s as well as anybody.
        But the one thing about the Bulldogs, they’ve shown they have the most balanced offensive attack in the Whitepine League.  Junior quarterback Sam Druffel and senior tight end Alan Berry are a leathal duo, and senior runningback Tyler Stout heads a rushing attack that you have to respect.
Prediction: Genesee 38 – Kendrick 24

Potlatch (0-2, 0-2) at Troy (3-0, 3-0) – 7 PM
         
It’s officially do or die week for Potlatch.  A preseason favorite to get back to the playoffs – and even contend for a league title – the Loggers can ill afford an 0-3 start.  Head coach Pat Amos’ crew has had a daunting schedule to open up the season.  After receiving back-to-back byes to open up, Potlatch had to play Genesee and Prairie in the first two games, and now must face unbeaten Troy.
         So far this season, the Trojans have yet to allow a single point, as defensive coordinator Guy Wells has his boys playing at a high level.
         On offensive, senior runningback Marshall Williams is providing one heck of an encore after being named all-state at a junior.  Williams is coming off a season-high 22 carry, 221-yards performance against Lewis County, and has scored five touchdowns in each game the Trojans have played.
         With that in mind, Troy’s schedule hasn’t been that difficult, as this will serve as their toughest test to date.  It’s a test they will pass (as rumors are Williams is a near 4.0 student)…
Prediction: Potlatch 28 – Troy 41

1B Northeast
Pomeroy (1-2, 0-0) at Colton (1-2, 0-0) – 7 PM
         
In their first season of eight-man football since 1980, Pomeroy has show the ability to put up some points.
         Colton, who’s no stranger to the game, just doesn’t seem to be clicking quite yet.  I’m taking the Pirates on the road.
Prediction: Pomeroy 42 – Colton 32





Trojans Run Away From Eagles

18 09 2010

Troy 42, Lewis County 0

NEZPERCE — Even after outscoring their opponents 98-0 through their first two games of the season, Troy head coach Rob Bafus still said his team had something to prove.

“I thought we needed to work on our ground game,” said the second-year head coach.  “To play with Genesee, Prairie (and the other teams at the top of the league), we’re going to have to be able to run the ball.”

It seems the boys passed with flying colors.  Senior running back Marshall Williams carried the rock a season-high 22 times, enroute to 221 yards rushing and five touchdowns, upping his season total to 15 in just three games.

“He had to work a little bit tonight,” said the exuberant coach.

Junior Kaden Hoskins added another 63 yards on 11 carries, as the line provide plenty of holes to for their runningbacks to roam free.

“I wanted to see what we could do and I challenged our offensive line.  We only threw the ball probably five times tonight,” added Bafus.  “They did a great job.”

The only thing that may have been more impress than that was the defense.  Troy remains the only team in the Whitepine League yet to allow a point this season, as they posted their third straight shutout.

“Our defense is just nails.  Our defensive coordinator has done an excellent job,” Bafus commented about assistant coach Guy Wells.  “He took last year off.  We couldn’t play defense last year.  He was born to coach.”

When asked what he would’ve said in the preseason if told him his team wouldn’t allow a single point over the first three games of the season: “I’ll take that and head to Vegas.  It speaks volumes to what Wells has done.”





Breathing Easy – Blowouts Aplenty

18 09 2010

With the exception of a couple games, there weren’t many close contest this week.  Asotin and Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia was the lone matchup decide by a score, as every other team that won did so by 11 points or more.  Game write-ups to come…

Top Performers

  • Marshall Williams, Troy: 22 carries, 221 yards, 5 touchdowns vs Lewis County
  • Drew Eggers: 7 receptions, 182 yards, 2 touchdowns vs Lapwai
  • Cody Heath, Kendrick: 126 yards rushing, 150 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns vs Clearwater Valley
  • Beau Schlader, Prairie: 10-13, 223 yards, 5 touchdowns vs Potlatch
  • Colby Hansen, Clarkston: 166 total yards, 2 touchdowns (42-yd rec, 44-yd run) vs Moscow
  • Clarkston Defense: Limited Moscow’s vaunted attack to just 92 total yards and not a single offensive touchdown
  • Tyler Broemeling, Lewiston: 154 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns vs Pullman

Idaho 5A/Washington 2A
Pullman 7 at Lewiston 46 – Final

Idaho 4A/Washington 2A
Moscow 7 at Clarkston 18 – Final

Idaho 2A
Orofino 0 at Kamiah 48 – Final

Washington 2B
Asotin 22 at Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia 19 – Final
Davenport 21 at Colfax 62 – Final

Idaho 1A – Whitepine League
Troy 42 at Lewis County 0 – Final
Prairie 48 at Potlatch 20 – Final
Kendrick 32 at Clearwater Valley 16 – Final
UPDATE: Deary 46 at Lapwai 38- Final

Washington 1B
Joseph (Ore.) 0 vs Colton 26 – Final (at Kibbie Dome)





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

2A CIL
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





Bulldogs Done In By Devin

4 09 2010

Prairie 46, Genesee 20

COTTONWOOD – After losing a majority of their playmakers off last year’s team that made it to the Idaho 1A state finals, the Prairie Pirates (1-0) found out that they still have plenty leftover with a 46-20 victory over the Genesee Bulldogs (1-1) Friday night.

After being overshadowed by a talented senior class last season, runningback Devin Schmidt bust onto the scene with a career night.  The senior totted the rock 26 times for 251 yards, including five scores.

His success opened the door for others to run through as well, literally.  Getting his first extended look on varsity, senior Brock Heath – who stands just 5-feet, 5-inches and weighs 125 pounds – rushed for an all-time best 100 yards on 14 carries, and scored a touchdown.  “Everyone was paying attention to Devin,” said Prairie head coach Travis Mader, “and it allowed Brock to have a big night.”

Senior quarterback Beau Schlader was also a perfect 6-for-6 passing for 180 yards, as the Pirates racked up 534 total yards compared to just 274 by Genesee.  A week after the Bulldogs rushed for almost 200 yards in a 52-8 victory over Lapwai, Prairie limited the Genesee ground game to just 54 yards on 28 carries.

This biggest stop by the reigning Whitepine League champs came in the third quarter, leading 32-20.   With Genesee trying to cut into the lead, facing a first-and-goal from the three-yardline, Prairie not only turned away the Bulldogs, but then drove the length of the field, putting the game out of reach.  “The goaline stop was huge,” said Mader.

“I’m really proud of these kids.  I think the talk around town was about how good the team was the last two years,” he added.  “They really proved something tonight.  I don’t think anybody thought we would score 46 (points) on Genesee.  This is a huge win.”

NOTES:

Prairie — The Pirates run their Whitepine League winning streak to 19-straight games… This marks the first time in almost two years Prairie failed to mercy rule an opponent.





Trojans Show No Mercy In Opener

4 09 2010

Troy 50, Kendrick 0

TROY — Coming into this fall, many coaches around the Whitepine League said the Troy Trojans (1-0) were the team to beat.  In their season opener Friday night, they showed why with a 50-0 victory over Kendrick.

Trying to set the tone early, Tigers head coach Davey Steele attempted an onside kick to open the game.  Unfortunately for him, he got the exact opposite result he was looking for.  After the Trojans recovered, senior quarterback Hayden Kanikkeberg found junior end Nate Illi for a 46-yard scoring strike on the first play from scrimmage.  “That set the tone,” said Troy head coach Rob Bafus.

Behind a balanced offensive attack, the Trojans passed for 193 yards and ran for another 191 as they inflicted the 45-point mercy rule just over three minutes into the third quarter.

Senior tailback Marshall Williams led Troy in rushing with 167 yards on 13 carries, and visited the endzone three times.  Kanikkeberg was equally effective through the air, completing 7-of-11 passes for 193 yards.  Overall, Bafus said he was happy with his team’s performance.

“We had a lot of penalties and need to tighten that up, but that’s probably just me trying to find something,” said Bafus.  “This team has the chance to be something special.”