When I started predicting high school football games at the newspaper 20 years ago, the format we used was yours truly taking on a guest picker each week.
In a way we’ve come full circle. Beginning this week and through the playoffs it will be the Scribe against the Talking Head. That bald-headed mug attached to this feature belongs to KHQ/SWX sports director Sam Adams.
Sam and I are teammates now as part of nwprepsnow.com. Each week we’ll tape a segment that will be seen on SWX on Wednesday evenings at 10:30. A print version of our picks will be in the newspaper every Thursday.
So join us as we have a little fun.
University vs. Mead
(Tonight, Joe Albi Stadium, 7:15)
Lee: Mead 30-17. Panthers want to make early statement that they’re in hunt for league title.
Adams: Mead 21-14. Panthers prevail in defensive contest.
Lewis and Clark vs. G-Prep
(Friday, at Gonzaga Prep, 7 p.m.)
Lee: G-Prep 30-13. Both teams have plenty of skill players but the Bullpups have more.
Adams: G-Prep 28-13. Bullpups don’t rebuild they reload.
Ferris vs. Central Valley
(Friday, at Central Valley HS 7)
Lee: CV 27-20. CV was arguably the hottest team in the league at the end of the season a year ago and that momentum should carry over.
Adams: CV 31-24. Adam Chamberlain is the difference for the Bears.
Freeman vs. Colville
(Friday, at Colville HS, 7 p.m.)
Lee: Colville 34-20. The Scotties could be the best in the NEA and the Indians will be among the best in GNL.
Adams: Freeman 21-16. Scotties finally get over the hump in opener.
Sandpoint at East Valley
(Friday, at East Valley HS, 7)
Lee: EV 27-20. The Bulldogs will be much improved in second year in coach Satini Puailoa’s return but it won’t be enough Friday.
Adams: EV 24-13. J.T. Phelan and the Knights feelin’ good in Week 1.
Coeur d’Alene vs. Bothell
(Saturday, at UW in Seattle, 4)
Lee: CdA 32-20. The Viks like playing in the Emerald City Classic. They beat Moses Lake at CenturyLink field a couple of years ago.
Adams: Bothell 41-35. QB Ross Bowers leads Bothell in high-scoring shootout.