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April 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Skyline to play Coeur d’Alene instead of Manatee of Bradenton, Fla.

After third-party funding fell through last week that would have provided airfare for Florida power Manatee of Bradenton to travel to play Skyline Sept. 15, the Spartans were left to scramble to fill the open date.

They had two options — find a way to secure funding for Manatee to make the trip as planned or schedule another opponent.

Skyline coach Mat Taylor said last week he wanted to find a way to make the Manatee game happen. He said Wednesday that, given a few more weeks, funding probably could have been found but, when another opportunity presented itself, the Spartans didn’t have time to wait.

Skyline will instead travel to Moscow, Idaho to play Coeur d’Alene at the Kibbie Dome in Week 3.

“It couldn’t have worked out better in that regard,” Taylor said. “We were on the verge of not being able to find a game. And then, to have a showcase game at the Kibbie Dome that didn’t have an opponent for Week 3, it worked out well.”

Coeur d’Alene coach Shawn Amos added, “I don’t know if it’s congratulations or condolences. We’re really excited about it. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to play another high profile team.”

In the original contract Skyline signed for the Manatee game, the Spartans had been promised in the ballpark of $20,000. Now that the program has to travel, Skyline will have to raise about $12,000 to make the trip.

Despite the financial cost, Taylor said he was thrilled to add Idaho’s Class 5A state champions — the Vikings finished the season ranked No. 16 in the USA Today Super 25 — to the Spartans’ schedule.

“We’re very happy,” Taylor said. “The situation is what it is, but you couldn’t be happier with filling it with a quality opponent. They (Coeur d’Alene) have been playing really well the past two years and in Week 1 (last season) they really took it to Skyview (Vancouver) and beat them pretty handily.”

Skyline will open the season against Bothell before traveling to play Cottonwood of Murray, Utah, Sept. 7.

Adding the game against Coeur d’Alene means the Spartans will travel for out-of-state games in back-to-back weeks.

Coeur d’Alene is also scheduled to play Mercer Island Sept. 8.

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