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  Palouse Thunder (2004 - 2008; 2010)

Hell's Canyon Thunder (2009)

Years of Operation: 2004 - Present

 

Overall Record:  18-46

 

First Game: Apr 4, 2004 vs Tri Cities Rattlers

 

First Win: Apr 10, 2004 vs West Plains Cowboys

 

Final Game:

 

League Affiliation:  

Inland Northwest Football League (2004)

Evergreen Football League (2005 - 2008)

Washington Football League (2009-2010)

 

 

Team Headquarters: Lewiston, ID

Owner: Jerry Lema, Robb Dunn (2009)

 

General Manager: Jerry Lema

 

Coaches: Brian Stewart (HC -2004-05), Silas Robbins, Jerry Lema (HC 2008), Dennis Manning (HC 2006), Stan Taylor

 

Home Field(s): Kibbie Dome, Lapwai HS, Lewiston HS

Titles Won

None

 

 

 

 

Honors

 

All-League

Robb Dunn, DL (2005 EFL All-Star)

Josh Yarno, DL (2005 EFL All-Star)

Dan Wicks, LB (2005 EFL All-Star)

Lannie Pedersen, DB (2005 EFL All-Star)

Tom Schell, DB (2005 EFL All-Star)

Daryl Murphy, WR (2005 EFL All-Star)

Jerry Lema, OL (2005 EFL All-Star)

All-America

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded in early 2004 by University of Idaho student and former Southern Idaho semipro player Jerry Lema, the Palouse Thunder is the first semipro team to come out of Northern Idaho, and it is striving to become one of the top semipro teams in the region.


“We were talking about how much we missed playing down in Southern Idaho and we wondered what it takes to start up a team,” Lema said. “So I investigated it.”

After some searching, Lema got in contact with Chuck Love, the commissioner of the Inland Northwest Football League. Lema learned what it takes to start up a team and began the process of joining teams like the Walla Walla Stars, Yakima Scorpions and Moses Lake Bulls in the INWFL.

Through fliers and word-of-mouth, Lema spread the news about the Thunder. Soon, he had a roster of almost 30 players.

 

The Thunder have had a rough go since their inception, not fielding a winning season in it's history, but always seems to be one of those "hang in there" and scare you teams.

 

Renamed the "Hells Canyon Thunder" in 2009, the team struggled to a one-win season, and could not travel for their final road game when players left.

 

2010 started off with a shocking win over the WFL runners up from 2009.  High hopes were dashed the following week by Yakima and Palouse dropped to the lower tier once again, but tripled their win output from the previous year.  Numbers again became a problem and they failed to make their final road trip to Okanogan.
 

 

2004 Schedule/Results (4-5)

 

Apr 4 @ Tri Cities Rattlers 7-42
Apr 10 West Plains Cowboys 24-10
Apr 17 @ Walla Walla Stars 29-36
Apr 24 Yakima Scorpions 24-21
May 1 Moses Lake Bulls 38-10
May 8 Tri Cities Rattlers 35-48
May 15 @ West Plains Cowboys W FFT
May 22 Walla Walla Stars 31-38
May 29 @ Yakima Scorpions 8-37
June 5 Moses Lake Bulls 69-0
   
2005 Schedule/Results (3-9)  
Mar 12 @ Tri-City Knights 0-39
Mar 19 Walla Walla Stars 14-35
Apr 2 State Line Miners 35-41
Apr 9 Spokane SaberCats 37-20
Apr 16 @ Walla Walla Stars 16-65
Apr 23 Yakima Mavericks 6-35
Apr 30 @ Wenatchee Valley Rams 28-34
May 14 @ Tri-City Knights 14-35
May 21 Columbia Basin Bulls 40-15
May 28 Walla Walla Stars 14-48
June 4 @ Spokane SaberCats 34-28
June 11 @ State Line Miners 6-21
   
2006 Schedule/Results (2-8)  
Mar 11 Columbia Basin Bulls 47-6
Mar 18 Snake River Saber Cats 30-6
Apr 1 Wenatchee Valley Rams 27-53
Apr 8 @ Tri-City Knights 14-30
Apr 15 State Line Miners 12-14
Apr 22 @ Okanogan County Commandos 13-27
Apr 29 @ Spokane SaberCats 20-26
May 6 Yakima Mavericks 6-25
May 13 @ Blue Mountain Stars 0-28
May 20 Spokane SaberCats 21-32
   
2007 Schedule/Results (2-7)  
Mar 24 Tri-City Knights 7-21
Mar 31 @ State Line Miners 7-12
Apr 7 @ Yakima Mavericks 13-42
Apr 14 Okanogan County Commandos 28-25
Apr 21 @ Tri-City Knights 0-41
Apr 28 Columbia Basin Riverhawks 26-20
May 5 @ Wenatchee Valley Rams 0-24
May 12 Blue Mountain Stars 12-34
May 19 @ Spokane SaberCats 37-42
   
2008 Schedule/Results (3-6)  
Mar 15 Blue Mountain Stars 8-35
Mar 22 Spokane SaberCats 20-18
Mar 29 @ Okanogan County Commandos 7-10
Apr 12 Yakima Mavericks 7-34
Apr 19 @ Tri-City Knights 6-46
Apr 26 @ State Line Miners 20-15
May 3 Spokane SaberCats 19-13
May 10 Blue Mountain Stars 15-57
May 17 Columbia Basin Riverhawks 26-42
May 24 Eastern Oregon Timber Rattlers W FFT
   
2009 Schedule/Results (1-6)  
Apr 4 - Yakima Mavericks 0-41
Apr 11 @ North Sound Sting 19-16
Apr 25 @ Wenatchee Rams 6-27
May 2 - South Sound Shockers 6-42
May 9 @ Columbia Basin Riverhawks 2-41
May 16 - Spokane Wolfpack 0-34
May 23 @ Blue Mountain Stars L FFT
May 30 - Okanogan Commandos 0-37
   
2010 Schedule/Results (3-5)  
Mar 13 - Spokane Wolfpack 19-13
Mar 20 @ Yakima Mavericks 0-35
Mar 27 - North Sound Sting 45-7
Apr 10 - Wenatchee Rams 6-23
Apr 24 @ South Sound Shockers 8-37
May 1 - Columbia Basin Riverhawks 36-14
May 8 @ Spokane Wolfpack 0-40
May 15 - Hermiston Hurricanes 12-43
May 22 @ Okanogan Commandos

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