This is the final week of the regular season, meaning district titles and playoff spots are at stake in all classifications.
The teams in the largest classifications struggle for sowing, but things get a lot more complicated in the smaller classifications.
All of this is set against the backdrop of some serious winter weather forecast in North Idaho for Friday night.
Game of the week
Coeur d’Alene (6-0, 2-0) in Post Falls (5-2, 2-0): Both teams qualify for the 12-team postseason, as they did last year, but the District 1-2 title – and a first-round bye in the state playoffs – is at stake.
The winner gets a week off before hosting the quarter-finals. The loser will host the West Conference’s sixth-place (Boise-area) finisher.
CdA midfielder Jack Prka has made 10 touchdown passes and is running for three more in two league games and the Vikings offense looks set to hit full throttle. If the weather forces the team to use more field play, CdA has two defenders – Gunnar Giulio and Trent Elstad – who can start for anyone in the state.
Post Falls wants to tackle and finish the game as fast as anyone else in the state. The leaders of the Trojans are QB Jaxon Anderson and slotback Tommy Hauser. Sophomore running back Noah Range is a load and will be used in situations of short yards and goal lines.
Sandpoint (2-4, 1-1) in Lakeland (3-3,0-1): This is where things start to get a little confusing. If Sandpoint defeats Lakeland on the road, the Bulldogs get the district’s only guaranteed seed and the Hawks will basically be out of it. But if Lakeland wins, everything is wide open.
In 4A, 16 teams enter the tournament and there are 11 seeds guaranteed based on district completion. The 12th seed will be “extra seeds“Awarded to teams from District 1-2 or District 5 (district one seed) based on the highest MaxPreps ranking.
The remaining four seeds are “at-large” berths based on the MaxPreps rating.
Entering the game, Moscow (3-1, 1-1), Sandpoint and Lakeland are all among the top 16 in 4A.
Timberlake (3-3, 2-0) at Priest River (0-6, 0-2): If the Tigers serve on the road against the Spartans without a win, they win the district and bye to the quarter-finals.
Bonners Ferry (3-3, 1-1) at Kellogg (2-3, 1-1): Since both teams lost to Timberlake, the winner would take second place in the district. Then move up to the MaxPreps rank if team No. 2 qualifies for one of the three play-in games. Bonners Ferry enters the No. 9; Wildcat is in 14th place.
Other games: Lake City (2-6, 0-2) in Lewiston (3-5, 0-2); Orofino at St. Petersburg Maries; Lakeside (4-2, 1-0) in Wallace (2-4, 0-1); Mullan (5-1, 0-0) in Kootenai (0-3, 0-0).
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