The overworked and underappreciated preps writer got off to a good start against the debonair and charming TV anchor, but as we all know these things can turn on a dime.
Thanks to Mead and Deer Park for giving me a two-win advantage as we head into Week 2.
Although this week I’m picking from a point of discomfort and reduced capacity – physical and mental.
A bulging disc in my neck has decided to flame up and pinched nerves are causing tremendous pain through my shoulder and down my elbow into my fingertips, making it difficult to type.
The steroids, muscle relaxers and pain meds are making it difficult to think – even more than normal. I hope there’s no drug testing in Pick-6.
As always, these predictions are for recreational purposes only. Please don’t bet on high school football.
Coeur d’Alene (2-0) vs. Mead (1-0) Friday at 6 p.m. at Roos Field
Nichols: The Vikings handled Gonzaga Prep in the Bullpups’ opener last week, and the final could have been worse if CdA could have held on the ball. Kale Edwards isn’t Colson Yankoff, but he’s pretty darn good in his own right, running for 181 yards with two TDs and passing for 166 and a score. Mead beat up on Post Falls as Ryan Chan ran for a pair of scores and the Panthers’ defense scored twice on interception returns. Mead had six players factor on five offensive touchdowns. I can’t begin to tell you the amount of grief I took picking against my wife’s alma mater last week. Never again. CdA 36-30.
Adams: The Vikings overcame three turnovers, leaning on a stout, swarming defense, and a dual-threat quarterback in Edwards to pick up the victory over G-Prep that wasn’t as close as the score. Although points will still be there for the taking, Coeur d’Alene will have to contend with a Mead offense that can score in a hurry. CdA 33-28.
University (1-0) at Post Falls (1-1), 7 p.m.
Nichols: U-Hi had no problem putting points up against Idaho 4A Sandpoint last week in a 52-7 win, as Kye Duplessis had seven catches for 195 yards. The Titans will move up a classification this week to take on 5A Post Falls, which bested Sandpoint 34-7 a week earlier. Trojans QB Derek Pearse has thrown for five touchdowns in two games. Post Falls 38-35.
Adams: The tandem of Duplessis and QB Gavin Wolcott could be one of the best in Eastern Washington this year. Post Falls had a surprisingly poor showing in a 50-21 loss to Mead, but it has the firepower to make it a battle against the Titans. University 45-28.
Davis (1-0) at Lewis and Clark (1-0), 7:30 p.m. at Albi
Nichols: The Tigers beat up on Lake City last week, scoring a touchdown in every quarter. They have 11 starters back, including six honorable mention all-league players – most notably QB Michael Flaherty and WE Xavier Guillory. Davis, which finished 1-9, 0-6 in the Big 9 last year, is rebuilding. LC 28-14.
Adams: Davis is coming to Albi riding the wave of a 30-6 win over Mt. Tahoma, but it suffered two devastating injuries to seniors Ivory Evans-Kimble and Henry Hernandez. The team still has QB Angel Amezola, and he’ll be the focal point for Lewis and Clark to try to stop. LC 24-20.
Shadle Park (0-1) at West Valley (1-0), 7 p.m.
Nichols: I covered three prep football games last weekend and WV’s Eagles were one of the most impressive teams I saw. They pushed North Central up and down the field on both sides of the ball, despite not having a size advantage. The Highlanders had trouble moving the ball against Lewiston in a 28-0 loss. West Valley 35-14.
Adams: When you hold an opponent to 13 yards of total offense, you know you’re doing something right. That’s what West Valley did in a 49-0 season-opening win over NC. So what will the Eagles do against yet another GSL 3A opponent this Friday night? WV 35-14.
Colfax (0-1) at Freeman (0-1), 7 p.m.
Nichols: Colfax lost 14-0 on the road at Wahkiakum last week. The Bulldogs have seniors at receiver but are still trying to figure out who will get the ball to them. The Scotties were beaten up on the road at Timberlake and former Rogers coach Ben Cochran hopes for better in the home debut. Freeman 20-13.
Adams: You have to love this matchup. Two proud programs with plenty of previous success, both champing at the bit to recover from season-opening losses. A pair of Jace Phelan touchdown passes in the fourth quarter helped the Scotties take some positives and good film into this Friday’s game tilt. Freeman 16-14.
Northwest Christian (1-0) at Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (1-0), 7 p.m.:
Nichols: Silas Perreiah got his campaign off to a good start, rushing for 160 yards and a TD in NWC’s opening 27-24 win over Reardan. LRS ran roughshod over Davenport last week, with Bryce Kelly generating 205 yards of offense with three touchdowns – two passes and an 82-yard scoring run. NWS 34-21.
Adams: It’s safe to say the Broncos are still having nightmares about what Crusaders running back Perreiah did to them last season – touchdown runs of 11, 20, and 25 yards – but I think that will help motivate LRS to protect its home field in 2018 after losing in overtime a year ago. LRS 21, NWC 18.