In some ways, Friday will start out like any other game day for members of the Bishop Kelly High varsity football team.
They will wake up in their own beds and meet for a team breakfast at Eddies before school.
After Mass at the BK chapel, players will attend their first period class, but the rest of their day wont be filled with books and lectures.
The Knights will load a bus and depart Boise by 10:30 a.m. to make the approximately four-hour trip to Pocatello, where they will play Century (7-3) in the 4A state semifinals at 8:30 p.m. at Holt Arena.
Although Bishop Kelly (10-0) is unbeaten and owns the top ranking in the state media poll, the predetermined state pairings call for the team at the top of the bracket to host, no matter the records.
The only exception is when teams from the same district are paired together in the semifinals. In that case, the team with the higher seed hosts.
Bishop Kelly coach Tim Brennan said he knew well before the season started that this semifinal road trip was on the horizon should the Knights end up with the top seed from District Three.
We really havent worried about it or thought about it much. It is a matter of fact, Brennan said. Whether its the right thing, it doesnt matter.
Brennan prepared his team for the environment at Holt Arena by securing two practices at Boise States Caven-Williams indoor facility this week.
The Knights have played all but one game on grass this season, and none indoors.
I dont know how much (playing on the road) will really impact our team, Bishop Kelly senior linebacker Cole Oliver said. I feel like we have a really good focus and no matter what arena were in or what kind of turf or field were playing on, well be able to get our game plan done and do what we need to do.
Brennan has provided each of his players with a nearly hour-by-hour itinerary for Friday, which should help the Knights maintain their focus throughout the day.
Were all going to want to play right away, but weve still got a long wait, a long bus ride, Bishop Kelly tight end/defensive end Spencer King said. Its going to be a fun day. Its going to be exciting, traveling down there as a team.
Brennan said the Knights have not played at Holt Arena since 2005, and that was for the state championship, which they won 31-29 over Pocatello.
Its a feat Bishop Kelly would like to see repeated against Century.
Every time we step on that field, we play as hard as we can. We know that each and every one of us expects the most out of each other, BK senior running back Matt Mello said. We expect to go to the state championship, and hopefully we can get it done by starting out with Century Friday night.
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