GRIDIRON GUESSES: Three more border battles, and some regional ones on slate

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The Greater Spokane League got the better of its North Idaho counterparts on the football field this week.

The GSL won three of the six games against North Idaho schools in what could be called the GSL/North Idaho Challenge.

Or the I-90/U.S. 95/Highway 41/State Route 27 Mixer.

Or maybe the Let’s Play Each Other So Neither Of Us Has To Make An Insanely Long Road Trip Challenge.

Anyway, Coeur d’Alene lost at Gonzaga Prep, Post Falls fell to Mead and Lewiston was beaten at home by Shadle Park in one of the earliest homecoming games in memory.

On the bright side, Lake City beat Lewis & Clark, Sandpoint won at University, and Lakeland rolled past Rogers at home.

This week, there’s three more GSL/North Idaho matchups — Mead at Coeur d’Alene, Ferris at Lake City and Post Falls at University.

Last week, both of us missed on the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls matchups, with Mark gaining a game with Lakeside’s win over Clark Fork.

Neither missed on the college games, going 4-0.

The standings — as of now — Jason 9-3 in high school and 8-0 in college (17-3 overall) and Mark 9-3 in high school and 7-1 in college (16-4 overall).


All games Friday at 7 p.m.

Mead (1-0) at Coeur d’Alene (1-1)

NELKE: Mead threw the ball well against Post Falls last week, and actually did the same against Coeur d’Alene last year in the Vikings’ victory at Roos Field in Cheney. If Coeur d’Alene doesn’t help by committing a bunch of turnovers like it did last week at Gonzaga Prep ...

Coeur d’Alene, 38-35

ELLIOTT: If Coeur d’Alene struggles to keep the ball again this week, Mead will take advantage.

Mead, 34-30

Ferris (1-0) at Lake City (1-1)

NELKE: Lake City hasn’t been above .500 in a season since 2014. The Timberwolves should really be 2-0, but Lake City fans don’t need to be reminded of that. Ferris romped 40-7 at Moses Lake last week, as Brent Jones scored three touchdowns and Jovan Ruffin ran for two more.

Lake City, 36-32

ELLIOTT: Moses Lake has been a pretty good team for years. But is Lake City good again?

Ferris, 21-19

Post Falls (1-1) at University (0-1)

NELKE: Two weeks ago, Post Falls handled Sandpoint, which handled University last week. Which means ...

Post Falls, 38-13

ELLIOTT: Post Falls, and that tempo, is too much for University this week.

Post Falls, 45-17

Lakeland (1-1) at East Valley (0-1)

NELKE: The Hawks have scored 81 points in their two games this season. East Valley lost 35-7 to Deer Park last week.

Lakeland, 40-7

ELLIOTT: The 4A Inland Empire League might prove to be one of the better leagues in the area this fall.

Lakeland, 38-10

Moscow (1-1) at Timberlake (1-0)

NELKE: 4A Moscow owns a win over an Idaho 2A team (Grangeville) and a loss to a Washington 2A team (Clarkston), though 2A in Washington is roughly equivalent to 3A in Idaho, which is Timberlake’s classification.

Timberlake, 42-28

ELLIOTT: Moscow gets its first loss to a 3A school. Timberlake is on a mission.

Timberlake, 35-20

Deer Park (1-0) at St. Maries (2-0)

NELKE: St. Maries has given up two points in two games this season. The Stags figure to provide a bigger offensive challenge.

St. Maries, 24-21

ELLIOTT: The Lumberjacks broke out their version of the turnover chain last season. To win this week, they’ll need to do it again Friday.

St. Maries, 28-20


Washington State (2-0) at Houston (1-1)

Friday, 6:15 p.m.

NELKE: Technically the game is at NRG Stadium in Houston, where the Texans play, and not at Houston’s on-campus stadium. Wherever they play, this will be the Cougars’ ... er, WSU’s first test of the season, and these Cougs should be able to outscore the other Cougs.

WSU, 49-35

ELLIOTT: Houston’s loss came against Oklahoma on a Sunday night in Norman. Eventually, a Pac-12 team is going to win a game like this.

WSU, 38-35

Idaho (1-1) at Wyoming (2-0)

Saturday, 2 p.m.

NELKE: The natives were getting a little restless waiting for the Vandals to put away Central Washington last week — though the Wildcats are a pretty good NCAA Division II team. Wyoming figures to be better than that.

Wyoming, 31-21

ELLIOTT: Good regional matchup, but a bad day for the Vandals.

Wyoming, 45-17

Portland State (1-1) at Boise State (2-0)

Saturday, 7:15 p.m.

NELKE: Friday night home games, late Saturday night home games ... Boise State fans seem to grumble a lot about when their team plays. Just be thankful your team is good.

Boise State, 45-10

ELLIOTT: Remember when Portland State went into Pullman and beat the Cougars ... Boise State shouldn’t forget it.

Boise State 28-24

Eastern Washington (1-1) at Jacksonville State (1-1)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

NELKE: Jacksonville State University, located in Jacksonville, Ala., is not to be confused with Jacksonville University, located in Jacksonville, Fla. — one school produced Artis Gilmore, the other didn’t. The other school, however, is pretty good at football, and like the Eags, are ranked in the FCS polls (17th and 16th, compared to Eastern’s rankings of 4th and 5th). This will be EWU’s first game against a team its own size.

EWU, 31-24

ELLIOTT: Eastern looked as if it figured some things out last week.

EWU, 38-20

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