This might be the worst slate of football games this season in the Greater Spokane League.
After seemingly one to two games of magnitude weekly since the start of the season, there are some big mismatches this week.
The best of the lot – and one that carries possible postseason ramifications – is Mead (3-3) at CV (4-2) Friday. Kickoff is at 7.
Both teams must win or their postseason hopes end.
And both teams appear to be going in opposite directions. CV is doing its usual October run when the Bears continue to improve. The Panthers are in the midst of a three-game slide after showing such promise earlier in the season.
• In the doubleheader Thursday at Joe Albi Stadium, Shadle Park (5-1) meets North Central (1-5) at 4:15 followed by Rogers (0-6) against Gonzaga Prep (5-1) at 7:15.
• In the doubleheader Friday at Albi, Mt. Spokane (4-2) goes against University (1-5) at 5 followed by the South Hill rivalry matchup between Ferris (5-1) and Lewis and Clark (2-4) at 7:30.
• The Mid-Columbia Conference 4A leaders will be in Kootenai County for a pair of nonleague games Friday.
Chiawana (6-0) is at Lake City (4-2) and Richland (5-1) visits Post Falls (4-3). Both games begin at 7.
It’s a big game for Lake City considering it has a showdown next week when favored Coeur d’Alene visits.
• In a 4A Inland Empire League opener Friday, Sandpoint (2-4) visits Moscow (3-4).
• In a nonleague showdown between district rivals Friday, Timberlake (4-2) visits Lakeland (2-4).
• In Great Northern League games Friday, co-leader East Valley (4-2, 3-0) goes to West Valley (3-3, 2-1) and Deer Park (1-5, 0-2) is at Cheney (4-2, 0-2).
EV has had three straight shutouts. The last score allowed by the Knights came late in a 21-15 loss to Post Falls on Sept. 20.
First place will be on the line today when Lewis and Clark (9-1, 4-1) visits Mead (9-1, 4-1) in a Greater Spokane League matchup beginning at 4.
In a big Great Northern League showdown, Colville visits East Valley on Thursday at 7.
In a Greater Spokane League finale that should decide the boys championship, Lewis and Clark, North Central and Central Valley converge at Manito Park this afternoon. Racing begins at 4.