High School Football Previews: Friday, Sept. 6

September 6, 2013 

Borah at Meridian

First-year Meridian coach Porter Lacey makes his debut against Borah, which is expected to be among the top teams in the 5A SIC based on the Statesman’s preseason coaches’ poll. Borah should have a potent attack with the return of QB Cole Skinner and leading receiver Kion Williams. Meridian plans to have a more balanced attack after running a triple option the past few seasons.

Mountain View at Capital (DLP)

It may seem strange, but this conference opener for both teams could have playoff implications. Capital and Mountain View are expected to be playoff contenders, and both return a strong core of offensive weapons. Senior QB Kai Corpus and running back Josh Buss lead Mountain View, while a bevy of standout wide receivers take the offensive reins for Capital.

Timberline at Centennial

This should be a competitive opener between teams that finished sixth (Centennial) and seventh (Timberline) in the 5A SIC standings last season. Timberline beat Centennial 35-34 last season.

Vallivue at Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain already has a 63-41 win over Lake City in the books, while Vallivue needed overtime to knock off Nampa last week. Based on the preseason coaches’ poll, this could be a lopsided matchup, but Vallivue gave Rocky Mountain trouble last season, losing 17-14.

Bishop Kelly at Skyview

The 4A SIC schedule gets started with some fireworks when the preseason favorite (Bishop Kelly) and No. 2 (Skyview) square off. Both teams advanced to the playoffs last season — falling to eventual state champion Blackfoot — and both return their quarterback.

Middleton at Columbia

Columbia and first-year coach Brandon Harris will find out if last week’s 42-22 win against Canyon Ridge was a sign of good things to come. Middleton has advanced to the state title game the past two years, but lost at 3A powerhouse Fruitland last week.

Emmett at Mountain Home

Emmett started 2013 with a 34-7 route of 3A Weiser. Mountain Home fell to Jerome 21-14 last week and hasn’t won a game since 2010.

Kuna at Nampa

Kuna came one win short of making the playoffs last season, and was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches’ poll. Nampa showed resilience last week by coming from behind to force OT against Vallivue before losing 27-21.

Fruitland at Ontario, Ore.

Fruitland showed it has no intention of dropping off with the retirement of longtime coach Bruce Schlaich. The Grizzlies held their own in a 25-18 win against Middleton. Ontario lost its opener against Vale, Ore., 29-21.

Homedale at Nampa Christian

Homedale earned a big victory last week by knocking off 4A Caldwell 22-21 with a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter. Nampa Christian was equally impressive, handing Glenns Ferry a 39-0 loss. Nampa Christian beat Homedale 26-21 last season.

Vale, Ore., at Parma

Vale edged Parma 21-20 last season and the Vikings are off to a good start with a win last week over Ontario, Ore. Parma opened 2013 with a 28-12 loss at 2A Marsing.

Melba at Payette

Melba outrushed Wendell last week, but failed to convert in a 21-10 home loss. It only gets tougher this week against a Payette team that rolled 2A New Plymouth 53-13 with the help of six touchdowns from quarterback Jonathan Herrera.

Baker City, Ore., at Weiser

Both teams are coming off tough losses last week. Baker fell 30-0 to Ridgeview (Redmond, Ore.), while Weiser lost at home against 4A Emmett 34-7.

Asotin, Wash.,at McCall-Donnelly

This is the season opener for Asotin, which lost at home last year to McCall 31-6. McCall heads into this game after losing to Orofino 44-20.

Horseshoe Bend at Greenleaf

Horseshoe Bend started the season with a strong statement, edging 1A Division I favorite Idaho City 30-28. This is the season opener for Greenleaf, which returns quarterback Jake Sams.

Challis at Idaho City

Challis received votes in this week’s media poll after topping Mackay 48-36 last week. Idaho City, still stinging from last week’s upset loss to Horseshoe Bend, will get a glimpse of its postseason potential.

Wilder at Notus

Although this is a nonconference matchup, these teams are former rivals, and both are coming off wins last week.

Rimrock at Tri-Valley

These teams lost by a combined score of 102-8 last week. Tri-Valley didn’t win a game in 2012, and Rimrock hired a coach a few weeks before the start of training camp.

Cascade at Garden Valley

Garden Valley posted a dominant 46-0 win over 1A Division I Rimrock in its opener, and looks to continue that streak in its first league game. This is Cascade’s opener.

Council at Troy (Kibbie Dome)

Council, a 1A Division II program, hopes to be a playoff contender, and got that bid off to a strong start with last week’s 56-8 rout of Tri-Valley. Troy is ranked third in the 1A Division I state media poll.

Salmon River at Prairie

Salmon River rolled Kamiah 52-6 to begin defense of its state title and hits the road for the second straight week against a 1A Division I school.

SATURDAY’S GAME Glenns Ferry at Cole Valley

At Meridian High, Cole Valley welcomes a Glenns Ferry team that struggled last week in a 39-0 loss to Nampa Christian. Meanwhile, Cole Valley beat Oakley 31-13 on the road.

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