The forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of rain or snow Friday night. That has Coeur d’Alene football coach Shawn Amos smiling.
Coeur d’Alene (7-3) plays host to third-ranked Eagle (9-1) in a State 5A semifinal Friday at 7.
Eagle features arguably the best quarterback in the state in University of Nevada-bound Taylor Kelly.
“Last week we were hoping for a fast track (against Lake City), and this week we’d be plenty happy if it’s muddy,” Amos said.
CdA’s field is in poor shape because there’s been rain a couple of times since the Vikings played at home.
“The rainstorms have destroyed our field – more so than any other year that I remember,” Amos said.
Slick conditions could slow down the speedy Mustangs.
“They haven’t played on anything but (artificial) turf this year,” Amos said.
A CdA win would have to be classified an upset. Post Falls lost to Eagle 35-21 in mid-September in a game that wasn’t as close as the two-touchdown margin.
“Eagle’s very talented,” Post Falls coach Jeff Hinz said. “Coeur d’Alene’s starting to play well. Things are turning toward the positive at the right time.”
Eagle has won nine in a row after losing on a last-second field goal to Centennial (16-14) in a season opener. The Vikings lost 41-13 at Centennial.
Kelly has passed for 2,160 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 826 yards and six TDs. In the Mustangs’ playoff-opening win over Rocky Mountain (35-17) last week, Kelly had TD runs for 74 and 51 yards.
“He’s definitely one of those guys where you hope to contain him,” Amos said. “He’s going to make some plays. You just hope those plays aren’t backbreakers. He’s the real deal.”
Amos knows his team will give its best effort.
“We’re playing the type of football we thought we should have always been playing,” Amos said.
4A: Speaking of field conditions, Barlow Stadium in Sandpoint has a 20-yard stretch between the 40s that Bulldogs coach Mike Mitchell said is nothing but mud.
Sandpoint (8-2) plays host to defending state champ and No. 1-ranked Hillcrest (9-1) of Idaho Falls in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Poor field conditions probably won’t hinder Hillcrest much, though. The Knights’ feature a Wing T-style offense. They’ve attempted just 15 passes in 10 games.
“They have what we call a PAT offense,” Mitchell said. “It looks like they’re lining up to kick a PAT (point after touchdown). They have two tight ends, two wingbacks and a fullback right up behind the quarterback. Their two wingbacks carried the ball 56 of 58 plays last week.”
Sandpoint has averaged more than 300 yards rushing the last four games.
“Last week we played as well as we could play offensively,” Mitchell said of his team’s 30-0 win. “Defensively, we held Middleton to 23 yards rushing.”
1A Division I: Wallace (6-3) will take on defending state champ and No. 1-ranked Prairie (10-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.
Wallace held off Potlatch 52-44 in an opener last Saturday. Prairie humbled Potlatch 59-8 earlier this year.
1A Division II: Top-ranked Kootenai (10-0) hits the road to face Salmon River (6-3) at noon Saturday.
Kootenai will seek to advance to the state final for a second straight year.