A couple interesting story lines will take center stage Friday when Central Valley visits Coeur d’Alene in a nonleague football game.
For CV, it’s the debut of coach Ryan Butner. Former coach Rick Giampietri, who is now the Bears’ defensive coordinator, left a full cupboard for Butner.
For CdA, it’s the anticipation of how much improvement it will make after a respectable showing in a 55-36 loss at northern California power Folsom.
Butner has watched video of CdA’s opener. He was impressed with the Vikings.
“I thought they showed a lot of heart coming back,” Butner said. “They pulled within (12 points) with about four minutes left. It shows a lot of heart and pride in that program, especially after a long road trip.”
Butner is excited to put his handprints on his program. Eight starters are back on a defense that created 27 turnovers.
“In 20 defensive plays in our jamboree, the defense had five turnovers,” Butner said. “I’m hoping we can continue what we did last year. And once our offense clicks, we’ll be able to move the ball pretty efficiently. We’re still getting all of our guys on the same page.”
The Vikings took buses to Folsom and flew back Sunday, arriving home at 6 after a four-hour layover in Seattle.
“We took advantage of that time and watched film and had meetings in corners of the airport,” CdA coach Shawn Amos said.
Amos was encouraged even though his team lost.
“The biggest thing we learned is this is a tough group of kids,” Amos said. “They didn’t panic. They played their butts off. They stayed together. It was all the good things you’d want. If we continue to grow as a team we’re going to be pretty good.”
CdA and CV are familiar with each other. They’ve played each other the last eight summers in Border League camp and the last two years in nonleague games.
The Viks rallied from a 30-16 deficit to score the final three touchdowns for an entertaining 37-30 win at CV last year.
“They’re going to be good,” Amos said of CV.
Amos anticipates a good response Friday from his team.
“I’m very curious,” Amos said. “I want to see us translate what we learned from the first game into the second game. It’s great to learn stuff but only if you correct it.”
In other openers for Greater Spokane League teams, Mead takes on Post Falls (1-0) at Eastern Washington University; Lewis and Clark travels to Lake City (0-1); University goes to Sandpoint (0-1); Gonzaga Prep visits Eastside Catholic in Sammamish; North Central is at East Valley; and Shadle Park goes to West Valley.
In a doubleheader at Albi Stadium, Deer Park takes on Rogers and Peninsula goes against Mt. Spokane.
The G-Prep/Eastside Catholic could be a dandy. It pits the reigning State 4A champ against the two time 3A state champ. EC graduated 16 starters including three-year starting quarterback Harley Kirsch.
On Saturday, Mountain View of Vancouver meets Ferris at Albi Stadium.
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