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Two showdowns highlight prep football schedule

Judging by early returns, the final score Thursday between the Coeur d’Alene and Mead football teams could resemble a basketball game.

Coeur d’Alene (1-1) takes on Mead (1-0) at Albi Stadium in the early game of a doubleheader. Kickoff is at 5.

Both teams use a fast break approach offensively – up tempo, no huddle. They want to keep defenses on their heels. Each want to run a play in 10 seconds or less after the referee signals the start of the 25-second play clock.

“We’re very similar,” CdA coach Shawn Amos said. “They’re very fast and physical and so are we. Even defensively we’re a lot alike. They’re not big but they have a lot of guys who can run and hit you.”

Mead opened with a 41-3 win over Post Falls at Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field. The game was called with more than five minutes remaining because of lightning.

At CdA, the Vikings fell behind 9-6 after a quarter before running roughshod over Central Valley 48-11.

Mead coach Benji Sonnichsen is curious to see how his team stacks up with CdA considering the Panthers open league play next week against CV.

“To play a top-ranked team early in the season gives us a good chance to know where we’re at,” Sonnichsen said. “It’s an opportunity to play probably the Idaho state champ this year. It doesn’t make or break our season. It’s a great measuring stick for us.”

In the best game on the schedule Friday, Skyline of Sammamish (0-1) visits Gonzaga Prep (0-1) in a game that features the 2015 State 4A finalists. Kickoff is at 7.

Skyline had a case of the turnovers in a 38-21 road loss to a very good Richland team last week. G-Prep also lost on the road, 21-7, at two time State 3A champ Eastside Catholic.

For G-Prep coach Dave McKenna, this week is more about his team than the opponent.

He knows his team could be 0-2 by late Friday night.

“These are games you want to win, don’t get me wrong, but these are games you want to see your team grow up,” McKenna said. “We need guys for the journey not just the battle.”

McKenna had praise and criticism for his team after the loss at Eastside Catholic.

“It was a great test for our kids,” he said. “We told them we’d face some adversity – what traveling to the No. 1 3A team in the state, getting off the bus and out of our ordinary routine. We’ve got to get a lot better. We have to improve in all aspects of the game. I’m proud of our kids for making some plays on offense but we didn’t make enough. We need to execute better.”

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