Oct 8 2013, 12:00 PM
Greg: Alright, let’s do this!
Sam: Feel free to fire away with your questions or opinions on all things high school football.
gslcrazy (guest): Do you think Shadle would like another crack at Ferris? Seems like Ferris got them pretty early, but would it be a different outcome now?
Greg: Absolutely. I was out talking with the Shadle receivers Monday for a feature story and that was the gist. They certainly respect and praised Ferris for the win, but would love another shot.
Sam: Greg and I were just asking each other that same question.Absolutely, Shadle would love to have another shot at Ferris. The Highlanders have looked much better since that 33-14 loss. Who would win the next time around? I still say Ferris, but it would probably be a much closer game.
Sparky (guest): Will Rogers will a football game this year?
Guest351 (guest): Team with the best chance to make a run in the playoffs from the GSL? (4A or 3A)
Greg: Rogers’ best shot at a win will come in Week 10 during crossover games.
Sam: As far as who has the best chance to make a run in the playoffs in the GSL, I like Ferris’s chances in 4A. They have the most complete team in the conference. They can run the football (300+ yds rushing in each of last 3 games).Christian Olson can throw the football. And they have an outstanding secondary.
Greg: I agree with Sam about a Ferris/Shadle rematch. It would be a closer game but the Saxons would win.
Greg: Ferris has best chance in 4A, no doubt, and I could see Shadle Park going as deep as the semifinals. Of course, before that Shadle would have to probably beat a very stout and talented Kamiakin team.
Sam: For 3A, I would have to go with Shadle Park. The way Brett Rypien is playing right now, they have a fighter’s chance with just about any team in the state.Bellevue may be another beast entirely, but I never count a team that can throw the ball.
Greg: Keep those questions coming.
Greg: OK Sam, I had my mid-semester thoughts on the GSL in the newspaper on Sunday. Your thoughts?
Sam: I think we see eye-to-eye pretty much across the board, Greg. I think the big surprise this year has been the play of Central Valley. The coaches (and us included) really were high on the Bears this year. Bill Ames, our color analyst for SWX broadcasts, always eyeballs the teams as they get on the field. He looks at numbers, and he looks at size. He told me before the CV-Ferris game that CV could be in trouble. They’re very light on numbers, and not especially big. That’s been the difference.
Guest630 (guest): Sam… I’m interested to know your thoughts on Columbia/Inchelium’s chances to make a deep playoff run. I know they got beat two weeks ago but even you have to admit they had great effort on Friday
Greg: The Columbia-Inchelium/Selkirk game will likely decide the league title and top seed to postseason. Historically, the 1B teams from this region have fared well in the playoffs
Guest58 (guest): So why do you think the biggest school in the GSL can’t put numbers on the field. Since they not only play 8 both ways, they also have 3 freshman that play a bunch of time
Greg: Good question. Central Valley has a couple of classes that are thin in numbers and ability. That happens. Yes I know CV has the most enrollment, but the fact the Bears are playing freshmen speaks to the lack of numbers above.
Sparky (guest): Can any of the 4A teams make a deep run into the playoffs and can Greg see anything with the light reflecting off Sam’s dome?
Greg: Yes, the reflection can block my vision! I’ve seen two-time 4A state champ Skyline play so I can see, with authority, that Ferris can make a deep playoff run. Skyline is very good, but not scary good like the last couple of years. The best 4A team in the state, bar none, is Camas near Vancouver
Sam: First off, nothing beats 8-man football on a Friday afternoon. We love covering those games at Columbia/Inchelium, Wellpinit, etc. Historically, the local teams tend to do very well in state. I think if C/I can close out strong (tough contest vs. Selkirk, for example) to end the regular season, they could make a run to the 1B quarters or beyond. The next few weeks, we’ll have a much better idea.
Guest351 (guest): If you had to win one big game with a GSL quarterback from the last five years, is Rypien your guy? Or do you have another guy you would trust with the ball?
Greg: You can’t dismiss the talent or the stats of arguably the best QB in GSL history (Brett Rypien), but I’d go to war with Ben Goodwin who led Ferris to its state title
Greg: In terms of playing to his full potential within a system, Ben Goodwin (Ferris) graded at the top of his class
Sam: Yes, absolutely. If it were right now. He has the experience and the skill. But there are some other great qb’s from the last few years. Goodwin from Ferris (before his elbow injury) is on the list. Halliday for that matter. I would rank it like this: 1. Goodwin, 2. Halliday, 3. Rypien. But remember, Brett’s a junior… I would be surprised if he wasn’t #1 by the end of this season or at the beginning of next year.
Albifan (guest): Don’t you think Rypien is getting a little too much hype? Isn’t it just the system? Seems like he gets a pass on name alone.
Greg: No and I’ll follow that up with NO! Rypien isn’t getting too much hype. He’s the real deal. Check back next spring when he announces his oral commitment and discloses the full list of which schools offered
Guest58 (guest): Albifan is jealous….the kid can play no question about it the name means nothing
Sam: Alan Stanfield (Shadle head coach) does a great job of making sure it’s not all about his quarterback. Greg is doing a great feature on the Highlander wide receivers this week, for example. It goes beyond the system. Brett Rypien is a once-in-a-decade type of QB… you just don’t see that sort of football IQ, demeanor, arm strength, etc every day.
HillyardRocks (guest): After reading the stories in the paper about Rogers, I really feel for these players. Do you think this coach can ever get a winner in Hillyard?
Sam: We just got a PM about Lakeside football and we were hoping you could re-send it. It inexplicably disappeared from our screen. Sorry!
Greg: You can’t judge success or the impact a coach makes on athletes on wins and losses. If I had a boy in high school I’d love for him to be coached by Matt Miethe. Now, stay tuned at Rogers. The Pirates have a promising sophomore class.Miethe is trying to keep that class together and not throw them all to the dogs right now. There’s hope in Hillyard
Sam: Great question, HillyardRocks. I’d love to tell you that the wins will start coming for Rogers, but as long as the Pirates play against the likes of Ferris,Mead, Gonzaga Prep, Mt. Spokane, etc, those wins are going to be hard to come by.But if you ask Matt Miethe (Rogers head coach), this isn’t about wins and losses. It’s about turning these kids into quality young men. They are learning life lessons here.I’ll tell you, I learned a lot playing for a 2-win baseball team my senior season.
Greg: Keep questions coming. Even if they stack up we’ll get to them.
Albifan (guest): Not jealous, just think so many kids work so hard and this kid gets all the headlines. Does he have an offensive line? I think so.
Guest58 (guest): Who are the best college prospects out of this years senior class?
Greg: Ferris running back Cole Karstetter, Mead lineman Jonah Jordan (verbal to EWU), Central Valley lineman J.D. Boden, CV tight end Beau Byus, Shadle receiver Nick Kiourkas …
Guest351 (guest): If Brett Rypien is as good as you say (which I agree) why do you put a kid ahead of him in a big game that doesn’t even play college football?
Greg: Taking a team to a state title, as Ben Goodwin did at Ferris, ranks in my mind above a player who has yet to win a first-round postseason game. Stay tuned. Brett Rypien isn’t done.
Sam: Just got a private message: “if lakeside beats freeman where does that put lakeside?” At the top of the league standings, for one! If Lakeside beats Freeman, that would put them in the 1A chase as far as Eastern WA goes. I tell you what, Lakeside has an outstanding receiver in Coleton Collins.
OldschoolGSL (guest): Can’t believe the defenses in the GSL. Do you guys think the offenses are that good or is it just really bad defense?
Sam: I’d like to add Coleton Collins (WR, Lakeside) to the list of college prospects this year. He could be a D-I wide receiver.
Greg: Oldschool, good question. The offenses are very good and the defenses aren’t as good. So it’s a combination. I haven’t seen a defense as good as the Ferris defense on the 2010 title team
Sam: I think what you’re seeing now in HS football is what we’re seeing in the NFL and in college. It’s not so much a product of bad defenses, but great spread offenses with rules that are in favor of the offense. This too shall pass. Echoing what Greg said, there aren’t any stellar defenses this year, but don’t forget that 10-0 Battle of the Bell a couple weeks ago. Don’t stick a fork on those defenses just quite yet!
OldschoolGSL (guest): Has Rypien even faced much in the way of blitzes? Haven’t been able to see too many games, but can the kid read fast and deliver if he is pressured?
Greg: Rypien has one of the quickest deliveries I’ve seen. And the shot gun affords him extra time. This year, he has a very capable offensive line. Ferris blitzed a little, but no other team has threatened him.
Greg: Has anybody out there seen Coeur d’Alene or Lake City play? Your thoughts?
Guest930 (guest): Bonners Ferry handed it to Reardan last week… what stood out to you about their 20-0 win?
Sam: When you talk about the ability to handle the blitz, you really need two things: 1. a quick release. 2. read the blitz. Rypien does both of those quite well.I’ve seen him identify blitzers pre-play, and throw right at the blitz. A defense would be best served mixing in the blitz and trying to disguise it… and limit big plays. If you blitz too much against any QB who can handle pressure, you are going to surrender some big touchdown plays.
Guest537 (guest): What’s with those power rankings? LRS No. 1? Really? No offense to the little schools, but seems odd to see LRS and Freeman getting more votes than GSL or even GNL teams.
Greg: Bonners Ferry is a bigger school. The Badgers played mistake free and Reardan was coming off the loss the week before to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague
Sam: The Power Rankings, by definition, are how good are these teams relative to their classification. By no means are we saying LRS or Freeman are better than GSL or GNL teams. But what we are saying is that come playoff time, LRS and Freeman will be in the title chase.
Guest351 (guest): Ferris blitzed him and they won. Does any other team have the DB’s to cover Shadle in man to man to be able to blitz?
Greg: Mead may try to cover Shadle receivers one on one, but the Panthers would be wise not to if they’ve watched recent video. There has to be safety help on top. Mt. Spokane was exposed and never adjusted. Shadle has Mead and CV left. Don’t think those teams will try one on one coverage
Guest690 (guest): I saw Viks against Minihaha. Not a good test. Would love to see more IEL vs. GSL games. Seems like there used to be more.
Sam: You are so right about these IEL - GSL games. It’s an absolute travesty that we don’t get to see these matchups. Who wouldn’t have wanted to see the 2010 Ferris and CDA teams go head to head? It would’ve been a real barnburner. And let’s be honest… the Viks have had PLENTY of tests… they deserved a nice break vs. Minico.
Greg: Coeur d’Alene is as good if not better than the top GSL teams. I think there’s hope for GSL/IEL games in the future. There’s a prevailing feeling among GSL principals that something must be done.
Sam: In the words of that old lady from Happy Gilmore: My fingers hurt.
Greg: Here’s a tease for Oct. 25 - Coeur d’Alene at Lake City, live on SWX
valleysolow (guest): So depressed about our Valley schools. Really down, it seems.What’s going on coach G? and young coach B?
Greg: All’s not lost yet Valleysolow. CV is still in the hunt in 4A and University will meet North Central the final week to decide the third and final 3A postseason berth
Sam: I think we’re all surprised how bad it’s been this year for CV and U-High. Valleysolow, there is hope, though… CV is a notorious slow starter. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them finish strong. And, remember, University looked sluggish last season before putting together a strong finish. Coach Giampietri and Bartlett are football lifers… you won’t find better coached teams in the area.
rawkmandale: How about some observations on the GNL (2A). It looks like the two(?) places to state will be decided between Cheney, East Valley, and Pullman.Who has the upper hand? Also, can EV receivers Burland and Phelan find college homes?
Sam: Your guess is as good as mine in the GNL! What a rollercoaster ride it’s been. East Valley and Cheney are still my favorites, with the slight nod going to the Knights. EV has been hurt by injuries… but they appear to be back to 100%. This game Friday vs. the Blackhawks will be key.
Greg: I said at the start of the season that the cheney/EV game would like decide the GNL title. I still think it will. EV has a very nice end-of-season schedule.The lone road game is to WV. Burland has committed to play baseball at Gonzaga.Phelan will have opportunities to play in college
Guest407 (guest): not really a football question, but how’s this merger thing going.enjoy the website, but do you guys really like each other or is this just an act?
srchat: In truth, I hate Greg.
Greg: Complete act.
Sam: Yeah, we love talking football and high school sports. We get along great… we’re the Brady Bunch. I’m Greg Brady. Greg Lee is Marsha.
Greg: No, seriously, we have tons of respect for what each other does and the operations at both sites. Good people at SWX and good people at The S-R.
Guest351 (guest): Who’s the best, most consistently successful coach (or staff) in the area?
Greg: I could list all of the good coaching staffs and talk forever about them. I haven’t come across a bad coaching staff.
Sam: Boy, there’s a loaded question. There are so many great staffs in the area. I guess if I had to list one all-timer, I might have to go with Coach G at CV. His track record and history are phenomenal.
Guest58 (guest): Better coached teams: Ferrs, Mt Spokane, GPREP, Shadle, Rogers.The decline in the teams numbers is due the the current staff not developing players.
Guest407 (guest): What’s the toughest thing about working with a paper guy? A tv guy?
Greg: Guest58, we’ll let your comment stand by itself
Guest407 (guest): I like that question from 351. My vote is for McLaughlin at Mt.Spokane.
Sam: Toughest thing about working with a print guy? They don’t bathe. (just kidding) I’d say the biggest challenge is explaining lingo from our respective fields. So when Greg and I talk during a taped segment on TV, I kind of give him a “TV 101” primer before we start taping. It’s actually pretty fun to be taken out of our element, like I am right now doing this chat!
Greg: I would say I don’t carry a brush or comb with me, but in Sam’s case I need some lotion to take the gleem off the nob! I haven’t encountered any problems. On the Pick 6 tv segment, we just try to be as spontaneous as possible. It’s getting better. If Sam would just loosen up
rawkmandale: I appreciate seeing HS games on SWX. Caught the second half of Shadle/Mt. Spokane. Wow. Any chance of games being telecast that are not at Albi?
Greg: I’m a newspaper guy. Have a face for newspapers!
Greg: The next night, SWX was at Gonzaga Prep - about 8 miles from Albi.The Oct. 25 game between CdA and Lake City will be aired
srchat: Yes, you bet, Rawkmandale. We did a broadcast in Rathdrum for Lakeland in the past, and we do games at Gonzaga Prep, CV, and University every year. I’ll let you in on a little secret (it’s not official), but we’re looking at doing the first-ever broadcast at Sandpoint later this season. I shouldn’t let the cat out of the bag, but I couldn’t keep it to myself.
sparky (guest): I sure like this Stiles kid from Mt. Spokane. Standup guy during suspension. Have either of you guys talked to him about missing the first two games?
Greg: I have. In fact, full disclosure. I had a feature on Stiles ready to go but he called me - yes called me - to tell me about his suspension two days before the story was to be published. So I’ll resurrect that story in the coming weeks.
rawkmandale: Glad to hear you guys are covering the whole regiaon. Maybe someday a game from the Apple Bowl in Wenatchee? I realize that is a long ways away, tho.
Sam: Dare to dream, Rawk! We are covering lots of games in the Columbia Basin. Those games typically air at the same time as our GSL/IEL broadcasts on Fridays, but they do replay throughout the weekend.
Sam: Great chat, so far! This has been fun.
Greg: We’re down to 10 minutes left. This has been fun. We’ll try to do a live chat in the playoffs and we’re planning a preseason boys and girls basketball chat.
Sam: http://www.swxrightnow.com/category/219690/swx-program-guide-yakimatri-cities That will help you find games being broadcast in the TC.
SWX Program Guide - Yakima/Tri-Cities - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA
rawkmandale: How do I find a schedule of broadcasts? Would love to see some Big 9 replays.
Guest58 (guest): Why no love for the job that McKenna has done at Prep. By my account they returned only 6 or 7 starters from last years team, yet they are in first place in the 4A
rawkmandale: You answered before the moderator approved my post! Quick thinking by you
Sam: Great point on McKenna. I credit him for sticking to his guns with his running scheme. G-Prep is only going to get better as the season wears on.
Greg: Gonzaga Prep will be the second 4A postseason qualifier, if not the No. 1 seed. IMO, Ferris is more built for a deep playoff run. Dave McKenna is one of my favorite coaches. He has it in perspective - it’s all about the kids.
Greg: Attention shoppers, no waiting on aisle 1
sparky (guest): Best all-time kicker in GSL? I know, nerd question.
Sam: Austin Rehkow, hands down!
Sam: Or Mike Hollis…
Greg: Sam, what about Jason Hanson?
Guest236 (guest): Have found your “surprise” re Mt Spokane this year humorous.The two classes were a combined 31-5 as fresh/jv. Seems a good pre-season question next year would be “how have they done?” Best indicator of future success…
Greg: The big question was would Stu Stiles last a whole season. I admit I underestimated Mt. Spokane big time coming into the year.
Sam: Very tough to predict how Frosh/JV teams will do when they become upperclassmen. Remember, some teams press their underclassmen into duty earlier,so their JV teams aren’t up to par, but their varsity squad benefits by getting playing time for those younger players.
rawkmandale: About coaches: East Valley was kind of crappy until Adam Fisher came along about 10 years ago - contenders since then, and a clean program
Guest58 (guest): Sam you have to get past the 67 yard FG…one kick does not make him the best he was mediocre on FG’s last year. You may want to look at Randy Jones, Jason Hansen, and Mike Hollis
Greg: Great point Guest58. EV’s success under Fisher speaks for itself
Sam: 58, let’s not forget all those touchbacks on kickoffs, or 50 yd punts!And look what he’s doing right now as a true freshman at the UofI.
Greg: Idaho thought highly of Austin Rehkow. Look what he’s doing there.Big things ahead for him.
Greg: One minute and counting
Guest58 (guest): Jason Hanson played how many years in the NFL
Sam: Time will tell what Rehkow does in college/NFL and how he stacks up against Hollis and Hansen, but his 67 yarder stands by itself.
rawkmandale: Thanks for the chat!
Guest772 (guest): you guys rock! thanks for the chat.
Sam: Thanks for the chat, guys! Remember, you can always tweet us if you’d like to keep the conversation going. Greg is @SRPreps and I’m @SWXSamAdams. Thanks everyone!