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Prep football notebook: CdA embracing bye

Coeur d’Alene football coach Shawn Amos worked hard last winter to find a Week 6 game but came up empty.

Upon further review, Amos said the bye this week comes at the perfect time.

Although a couple of outcomes were lopsided in CdA’s favor, all of the first five games tested the Vikings in some fashion.

Now the Viks get this week to heal up from the normal wear and tear of the first month.

“We’ll get several guys back,” Amos said.

The bye also affords CdA (3-2) the chance to scout second-ranked Lewiston (5-0), which entertains the Viks a week from Friday in a big 5A inland Empire League showdown.

“We got out of our preseason what we wanted,” Amos said. “I’d like to be 5-0 coming out of preseason, but we played some really good teams. It’ll pay dividends for us down the road.”

Worth a second look

Second-ranked Camas and CdA combined for nearly 1,200 yards total offense.

How does Camas compare to Folsom, which beat the Viks 55-36 in a season opener.

“They’re in that ballpark, just like I thought,” Amos said. “They’re really good.”

Camas coach Jon Eagle was asked about his plan to defense University of Oregon commit Colson Yankoff, the Viks’ junior standout quarterback.

“I don’t think it worked whatever it was,” Eagle said. “He’s a phenomenal talent. You don’t stop a guy like that.”

Yankoff has completed 69 percent of his passes (140 of 240) for 1,649 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 460 and 10 TDs.

Around the area

After its big win the week before over Mead (38-27), Central Valley reverted back to some difficulties it had in a season-opening loss to CdA last week.

The Bears held off Mt. Spokane 14-7.

“We were a little flat coming out and unfortunately we stayed flat for most of the game, especially offensively,” CV coach Ryan Butner said. “We’ve got a lot of stuff to work on still. Right now we’re not making correct reads … just the fundamental stuff that last week (against Mead) we were doing well.”

The Mt. Spokane (1-3) and Mead (2-2) face off Friday in the annual Battle of the Bell in the second game of a doubleheader at Albi Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30.

The game usually draws the biggest crowd at Albi.

Great Northern League play begins Friday when East Valley (2-2) visits Cheney (2-2) and Clarkston (3-1) is at Pullman (3-1).

In a key Northeast A League game, Lakeside (2-2, 1-1) visits Freeman (4-0, 2-0).

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