As a whole, the month of September wasn’t good for Greater Spokane League football teams.
Sure, some teams had a good start. Most didn’t, though.
Combined, GSL teams were 9-15.
What that tells us is the GSL is down overall this year. It makes sense. The senior class league wide doesn’t have the depth of college-level quality that it’s had in recent years.
At the head of the GSL is Gonzaga Prep. The Bullpups are the last undefeated team, standing at 4-0.
Even though there’s no history to compare it to, considering the new format, it’s still odd that only one team is undefeated.
What has been proven is if Coeur d’Alene and Lake City were in the GSL, they’d be at the top of the class.
And another thing is evident. The two blowouts that occurred Friday between 4A and 3A teams isn’t something we need to see from week to week. We’d be force fed those on a regular basis had the GSL decided not to change.
How good can G-Prep be?
The Bullpups should emerge as clearly the best 4A team in the league. Whether that translates into a deep playoff run remains to be seen.
The Bullpups can be beaten, though, if they don’t break out of a trend of fits and starts they established in September.
G-Prep held off Mt. Spokane 28-25 Friday. Next up is a final crossover game against Shadle Park on Friday at Albi Stadium before the Bullpups finish with four league games.
“We have to eliminate mistakes and execute better,” G-Prep coach Dave McKenna said. “It starts with me as a head coach. We’ve got to eliminate mistakes and trickle that down to our coaches. We’ll get there.”
McKenna said the mistakes are distinctly pointed out to his players when they evaluate game film.
“There are some things we do really well but we just have to continue to do that and build from that,” McKenna said. “We’ll watch film and light some fires. The first half wasn’t acceptable. They know we love them. Having said that there will be some accountability.”
Potential logjam ahead
It appears things could end up in a cluster for the second 4A postseason berth. The other five teams appear to be on the same competitive level.
Two weeks ago, Central Valley defeated Lewis and Clark, which upset Ferris, which has already beaten University. G-Prep opened league beating Mead.
Mead athletic director John Barrington, the league’s football coordinator, said potential ties were addressed when officials drew up the new format.
“We went through all the math and a lot of scenarios,” Barrington said. “We’re ready if there are ties. We have criteria that will settle it – from head to head and mini games if we need them.”
Officials altered the Thursday doubleheaders from what were originally scheduled. Ferris and Mt. Spokane now play in the 7:15 slot this week following North Central and Lewis and Clark at 4:45.
The other flip-flop was made for Oct. 23, when U-Hi and Mead will play at 7:15 after Shadle and NC kickoff at 4:45.
• Friday, in what could be the best game involving crossover matchups, G-Prep takes on Shadle at Albi in the early game at 5, followed by U-Hi facing Rogers at 7:30.