Friday’s high school football state playoff games: Nov. 8

rroberts@idahostatesman.comNovember 8, 2013 

SKYVIEW AT LAKELAN: Quarterback Anthony Marin, left, and running back Jaxon Pryor have helped Skyview average a league-leading 44.3 points and 484 yards per game on their way to a fourth consecutive 4A state playoff berth. The Hawks travel to Rathdrum to take on District One-Two champion Lakeland (5-4), which is back in the postseason after a one-year absence. Lakeland has not won a playoff game since 2007.

KATHERINE JONES — kjones@idahostatesman.com

Mountain View at Highland (Holt Arena, Pocatello)

Third-seeded Mountain View has won four straight games to advance to the playoffs after a one-year absence. The Mavericks’ reward is a quarterfinal showdown against top-ranked Highland, which is the only unbeaten team left in the 5A classification. Highland has advanced to the postseason 19 years in a row, with its most recent title coming in 2008, a run that included a 35-7 win over Mountain View in the semifinals.

Idaho Falls at Capital (Dona Larsen Park, Boise)

Jake Thornberry (420 yards), Deric Deede (444 yards) and AJ Martin (469 yards) lead Idaho Falls’ ground game, which has accounted for 25 touchdowns. The Tigers, who are averaging 516 total yards per game, last appeared in the state quarterfinals in 2009. Despite losing for the first time in nine games last week, Capital finished the regular season as the league’s top defensive team, limiting opponents to 20.7 points and 321 yards per game.

Eagle at Rocky Mountain

These 5A Southern Idaho Conference rivals have already met once this season, with Rocky Mountain winning 37-27 on Oct. 11 at Brighton Stadium. Eagle made a statement last week with its win over previously unbeaten Capital, but can the Mustangs keep up with Rocky Mountain’s league-leading offense? Adding to the drama are two coaches that know each other inside and out. Eagle coach Paul Peterson and Rocky Mountain coach Scott Criner worked together for five seasons at Eagle.

Timberline at Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene quarterback Gunnar Amos missed last week’s win over Post Falls after suffering a concussion the week before against Lake City, but will be back in the lineup against Timberline. The Vikings’ 6-3 record is deceiving, as their losses came against top-ranked Highland, Skyline (Wash.) and Bothell (Wash.), which are a combined 24-3. Two-way lineman Matt James and tight end Chase Blakley have verbally committed to Washington. [0x14]This is Timberline’s first state quarterfinal appearance since 2003.

Kuna at Bishop Kelly

Kuna is back in the state playoffs for the first time since 2007, and got a confidence boost last week with a 20-6 win over District Four champion Twin Falls, another playoff qualifier. If the Kavemen want to earn their first playoff win since 1998, they’ll have to get past a familiar foe. Bishop Kelly hasn’t lost a game this season, and has limited four of its past five opponents to a touchdown or less. The top-ranked Knights won a home game against Kuna 35-20 on Sept. 27.

Firth at Cole Valley Christian (Meridian High)

Cole Valley Christian is making its first appearance in the state quarterfinals as a 2A school. The Chargers will need their defense to be at its best against Firth, which has won four state championships and finished the 2012 season as the state runner-up. Unbeaten Cole Valley has limited its nine opponents to an average of 10.7 points per game, and has a habit of scoring in bunches. District Six champion Firth has one loss, which came against 3A playoff qualifier Sugar-Salem by two points the second week of the season.

Council at Deary (Lapwai High)

Deary has won seven games in a row since a 40-8 loss to 1A Division I playoff qualifier Genesee. The Mustangs’ offense ranks as the No. 3 team in Division II with 45.8 points per game behind unbeatens Salmon River and Lighthouse Christian. Council averages 38.2 points per game, but its losses have been equally big. Salmon River and Troy shut out Council 116-0.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Bonners Ferry at Homedale

Homedale is playing in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2003 — when the Trojans competed in the 2A classification — after a dominant win over Filer last week. Bonners Ferry hasn’t qualified for state since 2010, when the Badgers lost 54-8 at Fruitland. Homedale enters on a six-game winning streak and has shut out its past two opponents while averaging 33 points per game.

Fruitland at Timberlake

Since 2004, Timberlake’s postseason run has come to an end at the hands of a District Three team every year. The Tigers can only hope this year is a different story as they own the District One-Two title, which comes with the right to host District Three runner-up Fruitland. The Grizzlies’ lone loss this season came against conference foe Homedale, but that doesn’t appear to have altered their penchant for dominant playoff wins. Fruitland routed Buhl 42-0 last week. Timberlake fell 33-0 at home to Fruitland in last year’s semifinals.

Salmon River at Kootenai

Senior quarterback Leighton Vander Esch looks to extend Salmon River’s unbeaten streak to 16 games. The defending 1A Division II state champions are averaging 51.4 points per game and have shut out four opponents. Although Kootenai hosts this game, the Warriors will have their hands full trying to stop Vander Esch, who was an All-Idaho first-team pick last year.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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