With this Friday bringing us high school football for the first time this year, we unveiled the Independent’s Grid Picks. Naturally, every Thursday I will try and explain my Grid Picks because after years of doing this i have realized several things: (1) I’m usually wrong, (2) when I’m wrong people usually remind me that I’m wrong and (3) picking a team isn’t personal! Except for maybe the EWU pick. I’ll probably be picking the Eagles in every game this year because I went to school there. #GoEags
CHEWELAH 32, BRIDGEPORT 14
A couple of things went into this choice. First Bridgeport is a little thin in experience since just one player – their lone senior – has varsity football experience. The Mustangs also didn’t have a football team this year in the Central Washington 2B League. The Cougars on the other hand looked like a real-life version of NFL Blitz at the Jamboree last Friday. Yes, they passed the ball. I remember in the annuals of Chewelah history, passing the ball is something like a President passing through town to speak, or the Chewelah Creek flooding but I mean look at this…
This is amazing for me because when I was in high school, we literally had a game where the coach called the wedge play for an entire quarter. Chewelah is going to win this because they have kids with varsity experience and a re-tooled offense that lives on big plays. Also as Statesman-Examiner publisher Chris Cowbrough brought up, Bridgeport is also the name of a nice microbrewery in Portland.
ST MARIES 32, RIVERSIDE 0
Riverside and Chewelah both won one game last year. So why am I picking the Rams to get Rick-rolled and not the Cougars? Because Riverside is playing a St Maries team that won nine games in 2015, not a 2B squad that is new to this whole football thing. St Maries must be a “fun place” though since 250 residents moved out of town between 2000 to 2010 (Hooray rural depopulation!) but they’ll get their kicks in on Friday night.
FREEMAN 22, TIMBERLAKE 20
Hey look Freeman is playing former Chewelah coach Roy Albertson’s Timberlake! I’m going to go out on a huge ledge here – HUGE – and say Timberlake runs the option a lot. Shocker, I know. Cowbrough said both teams will be down this year (both teams won six games last year), but I’ve learned something about picking against Freeman – when its a toss up, go with the Scotties. Why? Because those little Scottish dogs are awesome.
COLVILLE 45, LAKELAND 0
Considering the Indians are ranked No. 7 in the state for the 1A ranks, and Lakeland won one game last year – oh boy. This will be on the radio, so I’m sure you’ll be able to hear all the audible screams and cries for help from the Lakeland faithful by like the second quarter. Colville has lost all of three games in the past two years -so yeaaaaaahhhh.
LAKESIDE 32, BONNERS FERRY 14
Bonners Ferry? Do they not have bridges in Idaho? Anyways, Lakeside will put butter on the burns they got from getting lit up by Chewelah in the jamboree and down this Idaho team. You can tell I’m purposely leaning towards all the Washington teams because I’m pretty sure we don’t have a circulation of The Independent in Idaho.
NEWPORT 14, PRIEST RIVER 7
I believe Newport and Priest River are right across the Washington-Idaho border. This brings up all sorts of memories of the famous Washington-Idaho border clash in the pioneer days right? That had to happen at some point in history – Washington probably got mad at Idaho for like fur trapping and Idaho was getting annoyed at Starbucks popping up anywhere. I have no proof of this actually happening but I’m assuming the Washington-Idaho border clash was a thing at some point in history. Trust me.
ROGERS 32, DEER PARK 30
Ah Rogers of the Greater Spokane League. You see, Spokane and its high school football league is a bit like the movie “The Goonies.” You know the dude in the convertible that is your typical prep jerk that every teen movie has? That is basically half the teams in the GSL like Ferris and Lewis and Central Valley. THEEEEENNNN you have the other half which is basically Sean Austin with an inhaler. Rogers has been one of those “Have-nots” for a while since they draw from an economically depressed area of Spokane. They have, however, seen a resurgence and won for games last year. Deer Park, while being one of the biggest 1A schools in the state will be shorthanded against 3A Rogers and the Stags were exposed several times on the corner by both Newport and Chewelah. If their defense can’t stop the sweep, then the Pirates will be setting sail in their Joe Albi showdown. See what I did there? Yeah that’s a pirate joke!
MEDICAL LAKE 22, KELLOGG 14
These teams had three wins between the two of them last year, so DONTTTTT CAAAAARE. I’m just surprised that Kellogg has a football team since a car dealership takes up 80 percent of the town.
EWU 30, WSU 24
I know that WSU is supposed to be really good this year and EWU has a defense consisting of tissue paper, but whatever. GO EAGS!
WASHINGTON 40, RUTGERS 0
I know the Huskies had like the best defense in the world last year, but their hype machine is hilarious. They won seven games last season – just like they do every season – and the Seattle hype machine has people believing Pac-12 Championship and National Playoffs. LOL, it’s going to be fun when they win seven games again this year.