Capital at Vallivue
Vallivue had a rough outing last week in a 52-8 home loss to Rocky Mountain, and it might not get any easier this week. Capital is averaging 45 points per game in wins over Post Falls and Mountain View, and the Eagles have won every meeting since Vallivue joined the 5A SIC in 2006, including last years 49-14 victory.
Centennial at Eagle
After a slow first half last week, Eagle established its ground game to pull away for a 48-24 victory against Boise. Centennial also took a while to find its feet, trailing by as much as 30-6 in a loss to Timberline. A solid start could be the key to victory in this matchup.
Middleton at Caldwell
This is a pivotal game in terms of confidence, as both of these teams are still searching for their first victory of 2013. Both also are coming off one-point losses, as Middleton lost 35-34 to Columbia and Caldwell fell 22-21 to Homedale. The Cougars had a bye last week.
Columbia at Mountain Home
Columbia added fuel to its fire with last weeks win over Middleton, and looks to start the season 4-0 for just the second time in school history. Mountain Home has made strides in its first two games and appears on the verge of breaking through for a victory for the first time since 2010.
Nampa at Emmett
Nampa has lost six straight games dating back to October of 2012, while Emmett is off to a 2-0 start after escaping Mountain Home with a 6-0 win last week. This could end up being another tight contest, as Emmett won last years meeting 12-7.
Skyview at Kuna
Kuna put up big numbers in last weeks 49-14 rout of Nampa, with running back Spencer Trautman rushing for 238 yards and four touchdowns to go with QB Ben Ruwes 216 yards and two more TDs. The Kavemen likely wont have it nearly as easy this week against a Skyview team coming off a 14-10 loss to preseason favorite Bishop Kelly.
Vale, Ore., at Homedale
Homedale is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2011 and faces a team it beat 32-18 last season for one of its two victories. Vale should put up more of a fight this season, however, as it enters with wins over Ontario, Ore., and Parma.
Nampa Christian at Parma
Nampa Christian takes on a 3A SRV school for the second straight week, but hopes to fare better than it did in a 40-7 loss to Homedale. Parma is 0-2 and has lost four straight games dating back to the 2012 season.
Weiser at Ontario, Ore.
Before last seasons 19-10 loss, Weiser had won two straight against Ontario. Weiser enters this game the same way it did last year with an 0-2 record. Ontario is also winless in 2013 with losses to Vale, Ore., and Fruitland.
Payette at Baker City, Ore.
Payette has played Baker City three times since 2007, winning once and losing twice, including last years 56-14 home loss. Baker picked up its first win last week against Weiser.
Fruitland at La Grande, Ore.
Unbeaten Fruitland has had La Grandes number in recent years, winning four times dating back to 2007. La Grande, which is 0-1, last beat the Grizzlies in 2006.
Valley at Cole Valley (Rocky Mountain High)
Cole Valley has outscored its first two opponents 79-19 and looks to improve to 3-0 for the first time since it moved up to the 2A classification in 2006. Valley, which lost 10-8 to the Chargers last season, is coming off a 53-6 loss to Gooding.
Marsing at Glenns Ferry
Marsing had a bye week to prepare for Glenns Ferry, which is bad news for the Pilots. Glenns Ferry has been outscored 87-6 in losses to 2A WIC schools Nampa Christian and Cole Valley. Marsing was the 2A WIC preseason favorite in the Statesmans coaches poll.
Nyssa, Ore., at New Plymouth
New Plymouth had a bye week to regroup after a 53-13 season-opening loss to Payette. Nyssa is 2-0 to start the season, outscoring Oregon schools Weston-McEwen/Griswold and La Grande 92-15.
Jordan Valley, Ore., at Greenleaf
Jordan Valley has won this matchup the past two years, including a 46-0 shutout last year. Greenleaf is coming off a 48-12 loss to Horseshoe Bend, while Jordan Valley suffered a 14-6 loss to Pine Eagle (Ore.).
Garden Valley at Idaho City
In its first game, Garden Valley shut out Rimrock and looks to make it two straight against 1A Division I schools. Idaho City has lost back-to-back games against Horseshoe Bend and Challis by a combined 10 points.
Notus at Tri-Valley
Notus and Tri-Valley played last season for the first time since 2009, and it ended in a 46-0 rout by Notus. Tri-Valley hopes to turn the tables this season, and has reason to believe its possible. The Titans knocked off 1A Division I school Rimrock 42-18 last week to earn their first win since 2011.
Castleford at Rimrock
Rimrocks first two games have been lopsided losses in which the Raiders have given up a combined 88 points while scoring 18, but victory may be on the horizon. Castleford has scored just eight points in losses to Raft River and Hagerman.
Salmon River at Cascade
Salmon River has won seven straight games dating back to last season behind senior QB Leighton Vander Esch, who has accounted for 11 of the Savages 12 TDs this season. Cascade was supposed to kick off the season last week against Garden Valley, but that game was postponed due to road closures and will be made up at 4 p.m. Sept. 23.
Horseshoe Bend at Wilder
This is the first conference game of the season for both teams, which have each started with 2-0 records. Wilder won last years meeting 47-20, but Horseshoe Bend has vastly improved since last years two-win season.
Mountain View at Timberline (DLP)
Timberline won its season opener for the first time since 2009 when it held off Centennial 30-18 last week. Meanwhile, Mountain View experienced its first loss in a season opener since 2004 after last weeks 55-31 loss to Capital. Mountain View beat Timberline 38-13 in 2012.
Jerome at Bishop Kelly
Bishop Kelly hasnt taken it easy on Jerome the past two seasons, beating the Tigers by a combined score of 103-22. This game isnt likely to be competitive this year, either. BK was the preseason favorite in the Statesmans coaches poll, and Jerome lost 28-7 to 3A Shelley last week.
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