High School Footbal Previews: Friday, Sept. 20

rroberts@idahostatesman.comSeptember 20, 2013 

Borah at Mountain View

This game should factor into playoff seeding in November, making it a must-win for both teams. Borah enters unbeaten with victories over winless Meridian and Boise, and won last year’s matchup 35-21. Mountain View, led by versatile senior running back Josh Buss, is eager to avenge that loss.

Timberline at Capital (DLP)

Turnovers and penalties hurt Timberline in its loss to Mountain View, but the Wolves remain a threat should they fire on all cylinders. Capital has rattled off three straight wins behind a diverse and talented offense.

Centennial at Vallivue

One team will win its first 5A SIC game of the season. Vallivue hasn’t had an easy start, as the Falcons’ first two league games have been against Rocky Mountain and Capital — two preseason favorites. Centennial has been in contention in losses to Timberline and Eagle, but has yet to put together a complete game.

Eagle at Meridian

Meridian has allowed a league-worst 101 points in its first two games and now faces an Eagle squad that averages the second-most points per game in the 5A SIC. That doesn’t mean the winless Warriors don’t have a chance. Eagle has been hampered by more than 200 yards in penalties its first two games.

Emmett at Bishop Kelly

Emmett enters this game under the same circumstances as last year — on a 3-0 win streak — but hopes for a different result. Bishop Kelly defeated Emmett 35-6 last season on its way to a state playoff appearance, while Emmett won two games the rest of the way to fall out of playoff contention. Defense has been key to Emmett’s unbeaten start. The Huskies have given up seven points.

Caldwell at Columbia

Columbia is one of three unbeaten teams in the 4A SIC after sneaking out of Mountain Home with a 38-35 win last week. Caldwell has only one complete game under its belt after last week’s matchup with Middleton was postponed at the end of the third quarter due to lightning.

Kuna at Middleton

Kuna hopes to regain its confidence after falling apart in the second half of a loss to Skyview last week. Middleton — which won last year’s meeting 30-28 — needs to shake an uncharacteristically slow start that includes losses to Fruitland and Columbia.

Mountain Home at Skyview

Mountain Home has been painfully close to wins in its first three games, losing by a touchdown or less. But the Tigers’ winless streak dating to 2010 isn’t likely to end against Skyview. The Hawks have a bevy of offensive weapons and a defense that is coming off six sacks against Kuna.

Baker City (Ore.) at Fruitland

Unbeaten Fruitland looks to earn its third straight win over an Oregon school this season after wins against Ontario and La Grande. Baker hasn’t had trouble with 3A SRV teams, beating Weiser and Payette.

Parma at New Plymouth

Parma earned its first win of the season by beating Nampa Christian 35-3 last week. New Plymouth aims to pick up its first win before it begins conference play next week.

Nyssa (Ore.) at Payette

Payette has lost two games in a row since starting with a victory against New Plymouth. Nyssa is unbeaten in three games, including a 21-3 rout of New Plymouth last week.

Oakley at Marsing

Marsing is one of only three unbeaten teams remaining in 2A. Oakley is off to a 1-2 start, including a 31-13 loss to Cole Valley to start the season.

Glenns Ferry at Melba

Glenns Ferry has taken a beating against 2A WIC teams, losing its first three games by a combined score of 127-18. Melba, which had a bye to prepare for the Pilots, hopes to continue that streak.

McCall-Donnelly at Grangeville

McCall-Donnelly heads to hostile territory after ending Grangeville’s unbeaten streak with a 24-22 win last season. There doesn’t appear to be as much at stake this time. McCall is winless and Grangeville is 1-2.

Sho-Ban at Rimrock

One of these winless teams is about to get a boost. This is the first game for Sho-Ban since a 60-0 loss at Richfield on Aug. 30. Rimrock has lost three in a row by a combined score of 148-30.

Powder Valley (Ore.) at Notus

These nonconference teams play for the second straight season. Notus looks to win two in a row following last year’s 34-30 road victory. Powder Valley is 1-1.

Cascade at Wilder

Wilder suffered its first loss when Horseshoe Bend scored on a late touchdown. Cascade kicked off the season with a 46-0 loss to defending state champion Salmon River.

Council at Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend (3-0) is off to its best start since 2011, when it won its first six games and advanced to the state playoffs. Council had a week off to prepare for this conference showdown.

Garden Valley at Tri-Valley

Garden Valley remains unbeaten alongside 1A Division II district title contenders Salmon River and Horseshoe Bend. Tri-Valley has made huge strides since last season’s 68-20 loss to the Wolverines, including earning its first victory since 2011.

Colton (Wash.) at Salmon River

This is the fifth year in a row these teams play, and the series is tied 2-2. Salmon River won last year’s game 44-26 and went on to win a state championship. Both teams are unbeaten this year.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422; Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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