Coeur d’Alene football coach Shawn Amos was relieved his team pulled out a 29-27 victory at Central Valley on Friday.
His relief, though, was nothing like what he felt earlier in the morning.
Amos was driving back from Pocatello after watching Idaho State University defeat Western Oregon 37-6 in a season opener. His son, Gunnar, is a backup quarterback at ISU.
“I almost died,” Amos said.
He was driving alone in his mother-in-law’s car and planned to stop and sleep a few hours in Dillon, Montana, where a nephew coaches at Western Montana.
As Amos neared Dillon, the front driver’s side wheel flew off. Amos said he was driving about 85 mph.
“It was just me thank God (in the car),” Amos said. “I just got lucky. I mean really. Just blessed. I saw sparks flying and I never did find my wheel. I don’t know how far it went.”
He managed to get the car stopped without further problems. He wasn’t injured.
“My nephew came and I got to bed about 2 and got up at 6,” Amos said.
Amos got home at 12:30, six and a half hours before the game at CV.
“That was quite the adventure,” Amos said. “It was pretty scary.”
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