Friday’s High School Football Previews: Oct. 18

rroberts@idahostatesman.comOctober 18, 2013 

Timberline at Boise (DLP)

Timberline needs to keep winning in order to hang on to the fifth and final state playoff spot after a loss to Meridian last week. Intra-city rivalBoise only has one win, but shouldn’t be overlooked.The Braves run a no-huddle offense that produced more than 94 plays in one game.

Centennial at Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain moved into second with last week’s win over Eagle, while simultaneously improving the Grizzlies’ conference-leading offense to 47.9 points per game. Centennial may struggle to keep pace. The Patriots average 21.5 points a game and have lost two straight.

Mountain View at Eagle

Eagle suffered its first loss last week, but doesn’t have time to lick its wounds. Mountain View owns the No. 4 spot in the conference standings, and could rise to No. 3 by knocking off the Mustangs. Eagle quarterback J.T. Williams left with an injury in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to Rocky Mountain, and his status for Friday is unknown.

Vallivue at Meridian

Tied for last, one of these teams will escape the 5A SIC basement. Meridian earned its first win of the season last week with a 14-0 shutout of Timberline, while Vallivue shocked Borah 40-14.

Bishop Kelly at Middleton

This is the second game this week for Middleton, which earned its first victory by topping Caldwell 35-26 on Monday in the completion of a game that was postponed due to lightning Sept. 13. Bishop Kelly is the lone unbeaten team in 4A and is ranked No. 1 in the state media poll.

Kuna at Caldwell

Kuna’s victory over Emmett last week put the Kavemen in the driver’s seat for their first state playoff appearance since 2007. Caldwell has lost four games in a row, including Monday to Middleton.

Emmett at Columbia

Emmett has lost three of its past four games, but hopes to get back on track this week behind 4A SIC rushing leader Wyatt Smith, who has 789 yards and nine TDs. Columbia has lost three games in a row and is coming off a bye.

Skyview at Nampa

Skyview is averaging a league-best 45.7 points a game and is coming off a season-high 66 points last week. Nampa aims to rein in the Hawks’ offense and put an end to their five-game winning streak. Skyview won last year 41-17.

Fruitland at Weiser

Fruitland’s bid for an eighth straight regular-season title took a hit with last week’s loss to Homedale. That changed the dynamic of this matchup, which has consistently determined first place. Weiser hopes to deal Fruitland another loss and vault into second in the standings.

Gooding at Homedale

Homedale took over the top spot in the 3A SRV with a win over Fruitland last week. The Trojans face an unbeaten team for the second straight week. Gooding is 6-0 and ranked second in the state media poll; Homedale is third.

Payette at Parma

Conference play has not been kind to these two teams, which are tied for last. Payette has lost five games in a row and Parma three. Parma won last year’s game 31-29.

Cole Valley at McCall-Donnelly

Despite being the only unbeaten team in 2A, Cole Valley has held steady to the No. 3 spot in the state media poll. McCall-Donnelly isn’t likely to unseat the Chargers. The Vandals are winless in six starts and have scored a combined 14 points in conference play.

Nampa Christian at Marsing

The top four teams in the 2A WIC make the expanded, 16-team state playoffs. Injury-riddled Marsing, which was selected as the preseason favorite among the league’s coaches, holds the No. 4 spot. Nampa Christian would take over fourth with a victory.

Melba at New Plymouth

New Plymouth is tied for first in the 2A WIC at 3-0, but Melba could overtake the Pilgrims with a victory. A New Plymouth win would set up a first-place showdown against Cole Valley on Oct. 25.

Greenleaf at Idaho City

Idaho City had a strong start to its conference schedule with a win last week over Notus, putting the Wildcats in a share of first place. Greenleaf lost to Rimrock 26-24 and needs a win to stay in contention for one of two state playoff berths.

Rimrock at Notus

Rimrock notched its first victory last week to open league play, and can maintain a share of first with a win over Notus.

Horseshoe Bend at Cascade

Cascade moved out of a tie for last with a victory against Tri-Valley last week. Horseshoe Bend was shut out by second-ranked Lighthouse Christian.

Wilder at Council

Council is on pace to secure the second and final playoff berth in league play, but can’t slip up with Garden Valley on its heels. Wilder has been competitive in all but one of its conference games and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Garden Valley at Salmon River

Garden Valley could force a tie at the top of the standings with an upset of unbeaten Salmon River. The top-ranked Savages haven’t been challenged since Sept. 6, limiting opponents to an average of 9.4 points per game.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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