Friday’s high school football previews: Friday, Oct. 25

rroberts@idahostatesman.comOctober 25, 2013 

TIMBERLINE AT EAGLE: Heading into Friday’s games, fifth-place Timberline is two wins ahead of its next closest opponents in the standings. Only one of those teams (Meridian) has beaten the Wolves this season. A win in one of its final games or a Meridian loss will negate the possibility of Timberline losing the conference’s final postseason spot. Above, Eagle’s Nick Wheeler had 161 rushing yards on nine carries, 18 receiving yards on three catches and scored three touchdowns last Friday in the Mustangs’ 28-21 loss to Mountain View.

KATHERINE JONES — kjones@idahostatesman.com

Meridian at Boise (DLP)

Meridian could force a tie for fifth place in the standings if it wins out and Timberline loses its final two games. That inkling of hope makes this a must-win for Meridian, which has won two in a row after losing five straight to start the season. Boise QB Tyler Cox and receiver Cameron Mayne rank second in the 5A SIC in total yards at their respective positions.

Capital at Centennial

Capital, Highland and Idaho Falls are the only unbeaten teams left in the 5A classification. The Eagles have the top defense in the 5A SIC, limiting opponents to an average of 17.6 points and 286 yards per game. Centennial is in the midst of its toughest stretch of the season, coming off losses to third-place Mountain View and second-place Rocky Mountain.

Vallivue at Mountain View

Mountain View moved into third place in the 5A SIC with last week’s win against Eagle, but the Mavericks must keep winning to avoid losing their spot in the standings. Vallivue has been eliminated from postseason contention.

Columbia at Bishop Kelly

Bishop Kelly has locked up a postseason berth, but hopes to remain unbeaten and hold onto the No. 1 seed, which comes with the right to host a first-round playoff game. Columbia has been eliminated from playoff contention, but aims to end its four-game losing streak.

Caldwell at Nampa

A postseason berth is out of the question for both teams, making pride the only thing at stake. Nampa owns the fifth spot in the 4A SIC, while Caldwell is tied for last.

Mountain Home at Kuna

Kuna is assured a spot in the state playoffs for the first time since 2007. Versatile senior Spencer Trautman leads Kuna’s offense with 887 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, plus one passing TD and two receiving scores. Mountain Home turned the corner with a victory three weeks ago after back-to-back winless seasons.

Middleton at Skyview

Skyview is locked into the playoffs after rolling off six straight victories. Conference-leading QB Anthony Marin directs a Skyview offense that averages 43.1 points and 478 yards per game. One-win Middleton has been shut out twice in its past three games.

Homedale at Payette

Homedale has emerged as one of the state’s top contenders in the past few weeks thanks to wins over then unbeatens Fruitland and Gooding. The Trojans moved to second in this week’s state media poll. This is the final game of the regular season for both teams. Payette is winless in conference play.

Parma at Weiser

Only the top three teams in the 3A SRV advance to the expanded, 14-team playoffs, which makes this a big game. Parma and Weiser are tied for third in the standings. The winner is in and the loser out.

New Plymouth vs. Cole Valley (at Vallivue High)

Cole Valley can wrap up its first undefeated season in the 2A WIC with a victory over New Plymouth. The Pilgrims lost to Melba 42-12 last week, falling to third place in the standings.

Marsing at Melba

Melba is assured a postseason berth, but Marsing still has a sliver of hope on the final night of the regular season. A Marsing victory, combined with a McCall-Donnelly win over Nampa Christian, would give Marsing the tiebreaker and the fourth playoff spot.

McCall-Donnelly at Nampa Christian

Nampa Christian can grab the fourth and final state playoff berth with a victory against winless McCall-Donnelly.

Greenleaf at Notus

Notus needs a win over Greenleaf to secure a state playoff berth. If Idaho City and Notus win, Notus earns the District Three’s No. 2 seed.

Idaho City at Rimrock

If Idaho City wins, the Wildcats lock up District Three’s No. 1 seed in the state playoffs, which comes with the right to host a first-round game.

Council at Cascade

Council is in position to earn the league’s No. 2 seed at state, but can’t afford to slip up with two teams waiting in the wings with three victories each.

Horseshoe Bend at Garden Valley

Tied at 3-2 in the standings, the winner of this game assumes the No. 3 spot in league play in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Tri-Valley at Salmon River

This is the final game of the regular season for Salmon River, which is one of two unbeaten teams left in the 1A Division II classification.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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