Colville should be the favorite in the Northeast A race

CHS practice
Chris Cowbrough
Special to the S-E

Plenty of offensive
firepower on hand

With a veteran cast coming off a 7-4 campaign in 2016 that included yet another State 1A playoff appearance, Colville High should certainly be one of the favorites—if not the favorite—to win yet an­other Northeast A League football championship this fall.
What could be a high-pow­ered CHS offense will open the 2017 season on the road Fri­day night at Lakeland. The Hawks fell to defending state champion Skyview last Friday in their season opener.
The Indians edged the Hawks of Rathdrum, Idaho 7-6 in the CHS season opener last season.
Game time Friday at LHS is 7 p.m.

Tough opener

Lakeland got off to a slow start last fall before rebound­ing to win the 4A Inland Em­pire League and making the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The Hawks finished 5-5 and lost in the first round of the Idaho 4A playoffs 35-14 to Blackfoot.
“Lakeland is always a tough test for us,” CHS head coach Randy Cornwell said. “And they always have a game un­der their belts by the time they play us.”

The nod there has to go to the 2017 Indians’ athleticism. This looks to be one of Corn­well’s most athletic groups.
“This is a very athletic group of kids with a good work ethic…they are a mentally tough group,” Cornwell noted. “I like this group a lot. They do everything we as coaches ask of them.
“They are a talented, blue-collar group.”
There don’t appear to be a whole lot of weaknesses with this group. But as is usually the case with a smaller school, depth is an issue.

Read more in this week's Statesman Examiner (8-30-17)