Friday’s High School Football Previews: Oct. 11

rroberts@idahostatesman.comOctober 11, 2013 

Boise at Capital (DLP)

Capital’s defense has limited its first six opponents to a conference-best average of 276 yards per game, and has been particularly stingy against the pass, which Boise favors. Boise averages 21.2 points per game and is coming off its first win of the season.

Borah at Vallivue

After three consecutive losses, Borah has dropped out of playoff contention (the top five teams advance to state). To keep their fading playoff hopes alive, the Lions must rally against Vallivue, which has yet to post a conference win.

Mountain View at Centennial

Mountain View’s comeback bid against Rocky Mountain last week fell short in the final seconds, dropping the Mavericks into fourth in the 5A SIC. Centennial is tied for sixth, but ranks better than Mountain View defensively, allowing averages of 343 yards and 28.9 points per game.

Eagle at Rocky Mountain

This is a big game for unbeaten Eagle, whose first five opponents are a combined 6-20. A victory sets up Eagle for a showdown with fellow unbeaten Capital on Oct. 31, but a loss would drop the Mustangs into third. These teams have the top two offenses in the 5A SIC. Rocky averages 49.7 points and 545 yards, and Eagle 44 points and 543 yards per game.

Bishop Kelly at Mountain Home

This could end up being a lopsided contest between teams on opposite ends of the standings. BK is unbeaten behind a stout defense that has limited opponents to 13.4 points and 223 yards per game. Mountain Home averages a league-low 13.3 points per game.

Skyview at Caldwell

Skyview’s offense has dismantled opponents in four straight wins, racking up an average of 439 yards and 41.6 points per game. Caldwell has lost two games in a row to fall to seventh in the standings.

Emmett at Kuna

This game will likely determine the 4A SIC’s third and final berth in the playoffs. Emmett and Kuna are tied for third and each have losses to BK and Skyview. Emmett has the league’s top defense, and Kuna has the No. 2 offense.

Nampa at Middleton

Nampa is coming off back-to-back wins for the first time since 2011, and hopes to add another one against winless Middleton. The Vikings have been shut out their past two games.

Homedale at Fruitland

This game could end up determining the conference champion, as both teams enter with perfect league records. Fruitland has won at least a share of the conference title seven years in a row. Homedale is trying to win its first title since 2003.

Weiser at Payette

These teams have each won one game, and could use this matchup to gain momentum in the conference race. The winner will take over third in the league.

Cole Valley at Nampa Christian

Cole Valley remains on pace to win its first regular-season 2A WIC title, and is the only unbeaten left in the classification. Nampa Christian has lost four straight.

Marsing at New Plymouth

Marsing’s lone loss is to Cole Valley, and a win against New Plymouth would move the Huskies into second. New Plymouth has won three straight.

Melba at McCall-Donnelly

Melba’s three-game win streak — its first since 2008 — ended last week vs. Cole Valley. McCall-Donnelly has been limited to a TD or less in its past four losses.

Rimrock at Greenleaf

This is the conference opener for both teams, who are a combined 1-7. Rimrock won last year’s game 28-14.

Notus at Idaho City

Notus is the only team in its league with a winning record, but Idaho City’s average of 32.4 points per game keeps pace with Notus’ average of 34 points.

Cascade at Tri-Valley

The winner of this game moves out of a tie for last in the conference standings.

Salmon River at Council

This game could end up determining the regular-season champ. Salmon River is unbeaten and Council’s lone loss is to top-ranked Troy, a 1A Division I school.

Garden Valley at Wilder

With two wins each in league play, the loser takes a huge playoff hit. Only the top two teams in District Three advance to state.

Horseshoe Bend at Lighthouse Christian

Horseshoe Bend aims for the upset against Lighthouse, which is unbeaten and ranks second in the state media poll.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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