Another less-than-stellar week for the Pick 6 crew.
We were an embarrassing 3-3 each and that makes us each a pedestrian 9-9 overall.
I’m beginning to believe this could be an ugly year for our picking percentages.
And this week’s slate of games may not offer much separation. There are two things we do here: 1) We try to avoid games that could be blowouts. 2) We don’t compare picks prior to going facing off on camera.
So you’ll probably find the six pack interesting this week.
University vs. Shadle, Friday, Albi, 5
Lee: The Titans have played a tougher schedule than the Highlanders. U-Hi needs to bounce back after getting shut out last week. I see that happening. U-Hi 19-10.
Adams: Given the results of their non-conference schedules, this has the makings of a very competitive game. It’s hard to believe these teams haven’t faced each other since 2013. Obviously a ton has changed about both of these schools since then. In my opinion, this is just about as close to a coin flip as you’ll find, so I’m going to give the oh-so-slight edge to the home team. Shadle, 21-18.
Lind-Ritzville/Sprague at Colfax, Friday, 7
Lee: The mighty – in this case the Broncos – have fallen. Lind-Ritzville/Sprague has been outscored 96-42. There’s a common opponent here – Asotin. The Panthers shut out LRS 27-0 and beat Colfax 48-14. The fact that Colfax scored on Asotin tips this one to the Bulldogs. Colfax 21-7.
Adams: In years past, the Northeast 2B title has often come down to these two teams. This year, though, LRS and Colfax are looking up at Liberty and Asotin. So expect both of these teams to be playing with a chip on their shoulder. I’ve been on the Bronco bandwagon ever since I can remember, but I’m calling for a Bulldog win on the Palouse. Colfax, 22-14.
Lake City at East Valley, Friday, 7
Lee: The Timberwolves have had a yo-yo like season so far. I’m impressed that they traveled all the way to Idaho Falls on Saturday and rallied for a victory. The Knights don’t have enough weapons to counter the T-Wolves. LC, 40-16.
Adams: Any other year, this one would shape up to be a one-sided affair. But this Idaho 5A vs. Washington 2A pairing should be a good one, given that the Knights barely lost on a last-second touchdown to Shadle Park while LC is still looking for consistency after a roller-coaster start to the season. I’ve seen flashes of brilliance from LC, and if the Timberwolves can figure out a way to hang on to the football, they should be able to pull off the road win. LC, 28-21.
Deer Park at Lakeside, Friday, 7
Lee: The Stags made this pick easier for me after they handled Colville. Still, I’m flummoxed by Deer Park’s loss the week before to St. Maries, 46-0. I wish I had a bigger sample size on Lakeside. Actually for both teams for that matter. But the decisive win over Colville does it for me. DP, 36-28.
Adams: You have to give props to the Stags, who bounced back brilliantly from an embarrassing loss to St. Maries by throttling Colville. The big story in that one was Travis Lim, who rushed for a Madden-like 441 yards (OK, not even in Madden is that remotely possible). Now they travel to Nine Mile Falls for another compelling matchup against Lakeside. DP, 28-21.
Timberlake at St. Maries, Friday, 7
Lee: The Tigers are off to an 0-4 start and the Lumberjacks are 4-0 and ranked second among 2A teams in the state. St. Maries got my attention with the impressive 46-0 win at Deer Park. I know Timberlake is better than the final scores would indicate. But I’m on the Lumberjacks bandwagon until proven otherwise. St. Maries, 22-20.
Adams: With all due respect to Timberlake, I just don’t see any scenario where St. Maries loses this game. Priest River did find a way to score 18 points against these guys last week, but nobody’s come even close to containing this offense, which has scored between 39 and 52 points in each of its four games so far. St. Maries, 44-34.
Camas at Coeur d’Alene, Friday, 7
Lee: Camas may have the best nickname I’ve heard – the Papermakers, named after a paper mill. Camas has made a name for itself in recent years, and the Papermakers are ranked second among 4A teams in Washington. They’re 3-0 and outscored opponents 155-22. CdA has outscored opponents 154-70 in its three wins. The Vikings will be pushed to the brink by Camas. I have no doubt. This is a game where if the game were played in Camas I’d pick Camas. But since CdA is at home, I’m taking the Viks. CdA, 42-38.
Adams: How can I possibly pick against CdA? Since a season-opening loss in California, all the Vikings have done is average 50+ points per game. But Camas is good. Like, REALLY good. I’ve seen my fair share of high school football games in Oregon … enough to know that Central Catholic and Sherwood are both traditionally strong programs and they got absolutely boat raced by Camas. The fact that this game will be played in CdA certainly helps, but I have to give this one to Camas. If I’m wrong, I’ll gladly eat my words. Camas, 62-48.