GRIDIRON GUESSES: When the smoke cleared ...

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Well, we were 6 of 8 on our high school football picks last week.

As in, Jason Elliott and I picked eight games, and six were played.

Two were not due to air quality concerns — Central Valley at Lake City, a nonleague game which will not be made up, and Timberline of Weippe at Kootenai, a North Star League clash in which they will try to reschedule.

Both Jason and I went 4-2 on our high school picks, and I picked up a game on him overall by going 2-1 on the college picks to his 1-2. For the season, Jason is 19-8 overall, and I am 18-9.

We won’t bother picking Sunday’s 49ers-Seahawks game, though the early line is Seattle, 9-3 — reflecting how many points each team scored last week.

Actually, it’ll be a lot worse.


Moses Lake (1-1) at Coeur d’Alene (2-1)

Friday, 7 p.m.

NELKE: Moses Lake has been a pretty competitive foe for the Vikings through the years. But Coeur d’Alene’s offense will again be too much.

Coeur d’Alene, 49-20

ELLIOTT: Coeur d’Alene has a lot of different options to get the offense flowing.

Coeur d’Alene, 56-28

Cheney (0-2) at Post Falls (3-0)

Friday, 7 p.m.

NELKE: A letdown would be natural for Post Falls, but playing at home should keep those thoughts to a minimum.

Post Falls, 42-12

ELLIOTT: Good teams defend their home turf. Post Falls is a good team right now.

Post Falls, 48-14

Rogers (0-1) at Lakeland (1-2)

Friday, 7 p.m.

NELKE: Lakeland beat Rogers last year in its first trip to Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. Rogers’ game last week was canceled due to poor air quality. Lakeland is coming off a big win over East Valley last week.

Lakeland, 38-12

ELLIOTT: Lakeland gets its first home win of 2017.

Lakeland, 35-17

Priest River (2-1) at St. Maries (1-2)

Friday, 7 p.m.

NELKE: St. Maries is looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses.

Priest River, 22-18

ELLIOTT: St. Maries gets back on track after a tough one at the Kibbie Dome last Friday.

St. Maries, 24-20

Lakeside (1-1) at Garfield-Palouse (1-0)

Friday, 7 p.m.

NELKE: Gar-Pal also lost a game last week to poor air quality. In the opener, the Vikings beat Troy, which played fifth-ranked (1A Division I) Lapwai tough the following week.

Gar-Pal, 36-18

ELLIOTT: The last time I witnessed a Garfield-Palouse game — in high school, mind you — my alma mater Wallace won on a game-winning field goal. They’re not kicking field goals anymore.

Gar-Pal, 44-30

Mullan (0-1) at Kootenai (1-0)

Friday, 7 p.m.

NELKE: Last year, the teams played a 6-man game because Mullan had a shortage of players. This year’s game might look like one. Kootenai hasn’t played for three weeks, Mullan for two.

Kootenai, 54-22

ELLIOTT: Watching that 6-man game last year was a lot of fun. Kootenai has more experienced players.

Kootenai, 48-30

Hillcrest (3-0) at Lake City (0-2)

Saturday, noon

NELKE: Last year, Lake City traveled to eastern Idaho and recorded one of its three victories on a Saturday afternoon in mid-September. This year, the Knights will try to return the favor.

Hillcrest, 37-21

ELLIOTT: The Timberwolves haven’t played in two weeks and will be hungry.

Lake City, 28-20


New Mexico (1-1) at Boise State (1-1)

Thursday, 5 p.m.

NELKE: No matter who the quarterback is, the Broncos should bounce back in a big way after coughing up a 21-point lead and losing at WSU in three overtimes.

BSU, 42-7

ELLIOTT: Boise State needs this one if they want to lay claim to one of those New Year’s bowl games.

Boise State, 35-10

Idaho (1-1) at Western Michigan (0-2)

Saturday, 4 p.m.

NELKE: After watching the Vandals get drubbed by UNLV last week, maybe Howard was better than we thought. Meanwhile, Western Michigan was respectable in losses at USC (49-31) and Michigan State (28-14).

Western Michigan, 42-28

ELLIOTT: The Vandals play well ... but ...

Western Michigan, 38-21

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

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

NELKE: The only thing that could keep the score down on this one is WSU having a letdown from last week’s emotional win over Boise State. Coug fans can stay in the stands and celebrate this one.

WSU, 49-14

ELLIOTT: Jake Luton, an Idaho transfer, returns to the Palouse ... and leaves with a loss.

WSU, 45-21

Eastern Washington (0-2) at Fordham (1-1)

Saturday, 10 a.m.

NELKE: After getting thumped twice, you would think the Eags should be able to rebound this week — albeit some 3,000 miles from home. If not ...

EWU, 28-21

ELLIOTT: Eastern Washington gets its first win of the season.

EWU, 35-24

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