The list of area high school football teams still playing is getting slimmer.
We’ll continue picking games as long as we have a handful of teams alive.
KHQ/SWX sports director Sam Adams and yours truly both went 5-1 last week. That means Adams didn’t pick up any ground.
I’m within three-hundredths of a point of picking games at a .700 rate.
In Idaho, Coeur d’Alene is playing in the State 5A championship game for a fourth straight year, and the Vikings are within reach of a third state title in that span. In Washington, I see at least four area teams advancing to the semifinals.
Last week: Adams 5-1 (44-22 overall), Lee 5-1 (46-20)
Shadle Park vs. Kamiakin
(Saturday, Lampson Stadium, 2)
Lee: Shadle 34-24. If there’s a team capable of blowing out the other it’s Shadle. Adams: Shadle 35-17. Is a win against Kamiakin an upset? I don’t think so.
CdA vs. Highland (Pocatello)
(Friday, Kibbie Dome, 7)
Lee: CdA 27-24. The Vikings have much motivation. They want to win for their coach, their injured leader (Gunnar Amos) and gain a measure of revenge from their earlier loss at Highland.
Adams: CdA 24-17. The Viks won’t storm out to a big lead like they did last time, but their defense is going to come through this time.
LRS vs. Colfax
(Friday, Cheney, 7)
Lee: LRS 40-7. Lind-Ritzville/Sprague is at 22 straight wins. This is a mismatch.
Adams: LRS 44-21. LRS has busted everyone this year, and its red-hot play should continue.
Reardan vs. Adna
(Saturday, Centralia, 1)
Lee: Reardan 21-20. The Indians’ defense must be the difference.
Adams: Adna 34-21. Unless Reardan can play a clean game – which is becoming harder and harder to do as the weather changes – I see Adna prevailing.
Touchet vs. Wilbur-Creston
(Saturday, West Valley, 4)
Lee: W-C 49-45. I’m going with the underdog pick, the Wildcats.
Adams: Touchet 22-20. Touchet limited Colton to a mind-boggling 14 points back in October. This time of year I’ll take the defensive-minded team.
Freeman vs. Royal
(Saturday, Moses Lake, 1)
Lee: Freeman 27-20. A win would be a big breakthrough for a league that’s not looked at as tough. Freeman will get that statement victory.
Adams: Freeman 28-24. I’m giving Freeman at least one more week.