As of Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Coming off blowout wins — Kamiah having whipped Genesee 46-10 and Prairie having dispatched Lapwai 62-12 last Friday night, Oct. 5 — the Whitepine League’s last two unbeaten teams will meet this Friday night, Oct. 12, in Cottonwood.
Both teams lost their season openers to non-league opponents, and both teams have since won five in a row.
With the Kubs having yet to play Lapwai — and now to face the defending state champions — Kamiah’s remaining schedule appears slightly stronger than Prairie’s.
Having played the stronger schedule so far, the Pirates have posted wider margins of victory while allowing far fewer points per game.
The Kubs have outscored their opponents 256-120, and have already been involved in three different games decided by two touchdowns or less.
Given what Prairie has done to every team except top-ranked Valley, Kamiah could treat a close score as a moral victory.
The Pirates have outscored their opposition 396-84 and have beaten every league foe by at least 56 points.
Against Lapwai, Prairie logged 488 yards of total offense — 9.4 yards per play. Defensively, the Pirates counted six sacks of Payton Sobatta — one of the WPL’s prime quarterbacks. Prairie limited Lapwai’s big-play offense to 233 yards, practically none of which resulted from runs.
With the return of Titus Oatman from injury, Kamiah’s offense has shown increasing explosiveness in recent weeks. Oatman ran for 208 yards against Genesee, the Lewiston Tribune reported last week.
Meanwhile, Prairie and Kamiah both have games remaining against upstart Clearwater Valley, which has established a 3-1 league record having lost only to Lapwai so far.
CV beat Potlatch 50-18 last Friday night, mainly on the strength of Lane Schilling.
Next, CV (5-1, 3-1 WPL) visits Troy for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night, Oct. 12. Prairie (5-1, 4-0 WPL) and Kamiah (5-1, 4-0 WPL) are set to kick off at 7 p.m. that night in Cottonwood.