Friday’s high school football previews: Oct. 4

October 4, 2013 

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN AT MOUNTAIN VIEW This is a pivotal matchup for both teams, which are tied for third in the 5A SIC standings with 3-1 records. Capital is the only team to beat either school, topping Rocky Mountain last week 42-26 and Mountain View 55-31 on Sept. 6. Mountain View’s offense runs behind senior running back Josh Buss and quarterback Kai Turner, above. Rocky Mountain has taken a relatively balanced approach, passing for 1,180 yards and rushing for 1,665.

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Boise at Centennial

Boise made strides last week by pushing three-win Mountain View in the fourth quarter thanks in part to more than 60 passing plays from senior QB Tyler Cox, who finished with 389 yards and three TDs. Centennial is finding its groove with two consecutive wins after an 0-2 start. The Patriots held Meridian to 32 yards in the second half of last week’s 35-14 victory.

Capital at Meridian

Capital looks to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 2010. The Eagles have a variety of offensive weapons, from top receivers Tarik Littlejohn and Marcell King Jr. to running back Tomas Idoeta and dual-threat QB Conner Poulson. Meridian is mired in a six-game winless streak dating to last season.

Vallivue at Timberline (DLP)

Timberline has emerged as a potential postseason contender, checking off wins against Borah and Centennial despite losing Washington commit Don Hill to a season-ending injury. Vallivue has dropped four straight games since opening the season with a win over Nampa.

Caldwell at Bishop Kelly

Since a season-opening win against Skyview that was decided by four points, Bishop Kelly has won its past three games by two touchdowns or more. The Knights join Rigby as the only 4A teams in the state without a loss. Caldwell hasn’t had much luck against BK since dropping down to the 4A SIC in 2011. Since then, Caldwell has been outscored by the Knights 92-24.

Kuna at Columbia

This game could factor into playoff seeding down the road, and is sure to deal one of them a heavy blow in the 4A SIC standings. Kuna fell at home to league-leader BK last week, while Columbia lost its second game in a row after a 3-0 start. Kuna won last year’s game 34-33.

Payette at Fruitland

Fruitland has outscored its first five opponents 202-50, including a 40-0 rout of Parma last week. That isn’t good news for Payette, which hasn’t won a game since its opener Aug. 30. Fruitland — one of three unbeaten 3A teams in the state — beat Payette a 61-7 last season.

Parma at Homedale

Homedale is in position to have one of its best finishes in the 3A SRV after knocking off perennial contender Weiser last week, but the Trojans can’t overlook Parma. The Panthers have dropped two games in a row and four of their past five.

Weiser at La Grande, Ore.

It has been an off season for Weiser, with one win through four games. But things could be looking up for the Wolverines. La Grande is winless through four games.

McCall-Donnelly at Marsing

Marsing suffered its first loss last week at the hands of unbeaten Cole Valley and hopes to get back on track at home. Winless McCall-Donnelly has been outscored 89-12 the past three games.

New Plymouth at Nampa Christian

New Plymouth has won two games in a row since starting the season 0-2, and the Pilgrims shut out McCall-Donnelly last week for their first 2A WIC win of the season. Nampa Christian lost its conference opener to Melba last week and has one win in four tries. New Plymouth won last year’s game 44-16.

Notus at Cascade

Both teams are looking to build confidence in this nonconference matchup after suffering big losses last week. Cascade last registered a victory in October 2012.

Rockland at Rimrock

Rimrock has been roughed up in its nonconference schedule, but could be on the verge of breaking through against Rockland. The Bulldogs play in the division below Rimrock and have yet to win a game.

Greenleaf at Dietrich

Greenleaf hasn’t played since Sept. 19, giving the Grizzlies time to prepare for unbeaten Dietrich. The Blue Devils average 47.2 points a game.

Idaho City at Council

Idaho City broke through for its first win last week, but may have its hands full in this nonconference matchup. One-loss Council is averaging 33.5 points a game.

Salmon River at Horseshoe Bend

Salmon River, which has limited four of its first five opponents to a TD or less, won last year’s game 46-0. This year’s matchup should be more competitive, as the Mustangs only have one loss.

Wilder at Tri-Valley

Wilder’s conference record is deceiving because both losses are against top teams. Tri-Valley has lost three in a row and is winless against conference opponents.

SATURDAY’S GAMEMelba at Cole Valley (Meridian High)

Cole Valley is one of two unbeaten teams left in 2A after holding off Marsing 13-9 last week. The Chargers don’t have time to catch their breath as they take on Melba, which shares first place in the 2A WIC.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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