High School Football: Playoff Schedule Set

10 11 2010

Friday, November 12
Washington 2B – Warden (5-4) at Colfax (9-0) – 7 p.m. (Martin Stadium)
> Early synopsis: Colfax has been the top-ranked team at the 2B level all season long and with good reason.  The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 419-89, and their closest game was a 38-19 victory over playoff-bound DeSales in the season opener.  The results would be even more lopsided, but head coach Mike Morgan usually calls off his dogs early to prevent further embarrassment to their opponents.  It seems extreme, but if you have seen Colfax play this season, you know what I mean.

Saturday, November 13
Washington 1B Crossover – Colton (4-6) at Cusick (9-1) – 1 p.m. (Gonzaga Prep)

> Early synopsis: Don’t let Colton’s 4-6 mark fool you.  The Wildcats have lost three games by four points this season, as two of their three other defeats were to larger schools.  The chemistry quarterback Josh Straughan and wideout Steve Eacker have working right now will keep any opposing defensive coordinate up at night.  The two hooked up 15 times for 293 yards last week against Gar-Pal, as Eacker broke the 1B state record for receptions in a season with 107 in the process.
As for Cusick, after averaging nearly 60-points a game in the 1B Northeast League, the Panthers are coming off a 54-6 loss to Almira-Coulee-Hartline.

Washington 2A Playoffs – East Valley (5-5) at Clarkston (6-3) – 1 p.m. (Adams Field)
> Early synopsis: Coming off a bye, Clarkston figures to be heavily favored this Saturday.  Not only did East Valley play last Friday, but they had to suit up again Tuesday night against Ellensburg to decide who would get a shot at the Bantams.
Following back-to-back upset losses to West Valley and Pullman during the middle of the season, Clarkston seems to be back on track, looking to live up to the preseason hype when they were ranked number-two in the state.
With all this in mind, don’t sleep on the Knights.  Since losing their league-opener at Clarkston 21-6, East Valley has won four of five, including a 32-14 victory over Ellensburg in the first round of the playoffs earlier this week.

Idaho 1A State Semi-Final – Prairie (8-1) vs Troy (9-0) – 6 p.m. (Kibbie Dome)
> Early synopsis:  There won’t be a lack of bulletin board material for Prairie as they meet Troy for the second time this season.  Two weeks ago, the Trojans won the war of words before kickoff, then backed it up by ending the Pirates two-year reign atop the Whitepine League with a 72-26 pounding.
For the first time since 2007, Prairie will now be a significant underdog in a game, as Troy must deal with the expectations of winning.
Without question, both the Trojans head coach Rob Bafus and the Pirates head coach Travis Mader will have their teams ready to compete.  I’m looking forward to round two!!!

Teams Eliminated for Postseason:
5A – Lewiston
4A – Moscow
2A – Grangville, Kamiah, Orofino
1A – Clearwater Valley, Deary, Genesee, Kendrick, Lapwai, Lewis County, Potlatch

2A – Pullman
2B – Asotin
1B – Pomeroy


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.”

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

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.”