CAPITAL AT HIGHLAND
The two perennial 5A powerhouses meet for the first time since 2009, a 38-3 win for Capital in the state semifinals.
Capital (1-1) will try to bounce back from a 38-33 loss to Rocky Mountain. Quarterback Drew Korf racked up 242 yards and a TD through the air and added 85 yards and two TDs on the ground, giving him 621 total yards and eight TDs through two games.
Highland, which has qualified for the playoffs 21 years in a row, is 0-2 for the first time since 2010 with a tough early schedule, losing at home at Holt Arena to No. 3 Lewiston and on the road at No. 1 Eagle. It is seeking to avoid its first 0-3 start since 1969.
MERIDIAN AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN
If Rocky Mountain coach Scott Criner wasn’t already bald, his hair would be falling out in chunks after the Grizzlies’ wild first two weeks.
Rocky Mountain fell behind 23-7 in the second quarter to both Capital and Utah’s Pleasant Grove to start the season. But the Grizzlies rallied for a pair of wins, including a triple overtime victory against Pleasant Grove and a 38-33 victory against Capital sealed by defensive back Trevor Manu’s goal-line interception as time expired.
Meridian (1-1) has also seen its share of drama this year. A potential game-winning field goal against Centennial was blocked and returned for a touchdown in an opening loss. Then the Warriors hung on for a 32-29 win vs. Skyview last week.
Rocky Mountain is 6-2 against Meridian all time, winning the last four.
CENTENNIAL AT MOUNTAIN VIEW
Centennial is 2-0 for the first time since 2009. The Patriots, who went 1-17 the past two years, can prove they’re a contender with a trip to Mountain View, the two-time defending state runner-up.
The Mavericks (1-1) recovered from a season-opening loss to Eagle with a 34-20 win last week at Utah’s Hunter in Salt Lake City. Mountain View has won five straight over its district rival.
MIDDLETON AT EMMETT
Two of the top teams in the 4A classification — Emmett is ranked third in the state media poll, Middleton fourth — meet as the 4A Southern Idaho Conference kicks off league play.
Defending 3A state champ Emmett returned to the 4A level this fall and started the season with a pair of dominant wins over 5As Timberline and Boise. Middleton rallied in the fourth quarter to pull out wins over 3A Fruitland and 5A Kuna, leaving both teams 2-0.
The Huskies and Vikings have traded victories each of the past four years with the home team winning each game.
VALLIVUE AT SKYVIEW
The move to 4A has allowed Vallivue to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2010, and the Falcons open their 4A SIC schedule by facing perennial power Skyview for the first time since 2009.
Vallivue has relied on its running game to start the year, powered by Jerred Monnier and his seven rushing TDs. Meanwhile, Skyview (1-1) will look to take to the air behind sophomore quarterback Wyatt Storer, who has thrown for 474 yards and five TDs in two games.
Skyview has lost its conference opener four years in a row and last beat Vallivue in 2005.
GOODING AT FRUITLAND
The two 3A powers mount deep runs into the postseason each year but meet for the first time since 2006, a 48-20 Fruitland win in the state quarterfinals.
Long known for grinding opponents into submission with the run, Fruitland has showcased a potent aerial attack this season, especially off play action. Sophomore quarterback Cole Eiguren has thrown for 336 yards and seven TDs through two games.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have only scored one touchdown on the ground.
HOMEDALE AT VALE (ORE.)
Second-ranked Homedale has impressed through two weeks with a pair of wins over 2A Western Idaho Conference competition.
Quarterback Jake Deal is leading the way, completing 32-of-42 passes for 448 yards and four TDs while adding another three scores on the ground.
But the Trojans’ competition jumps up a couple notches with a trip to Vale, Oregon’s two-time defending 3A state champion. The two have split their last four meetings, with Homedale winning 40-7 last year.
GARDEN VALLEY AT HORSESHOE BEND
The annual “Timber Ax Classic” pits the rival lumber towns against each other with the winner taking home a double-headed axe with the scores of each game engraved on the handle.
Horseshoe Bend (1-0), which split off from Garden Valley (1-1) in 1991, has won the past three games, the last two by a combined score of 110-14.