Every time an Emmett High football player enters the school’s weight room, he’s reminded of last year’s disappointment.
The sign isn’t particularly large or flashy, but its message cuts deep, displaying the score from Emmett’s 13-12 loss to Fruitland in the 2014 3A state semifinals.
And then a simple question: “This is who we are?”
Since the beginning of the 2015 season, the Huskies have been doing their best to answer that question with an emphatic “no.”
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“They look at that banner every day,” Emmett coach Mike Schroeder said. “It definitely fuels their fire.”
On Friday night, Emmett pressed forward with its sixth consecutive victory and took over sole possession of first place in the 3A Snake River Valley with a 64-14 rout of Homedale.
In a matchup of unbeatens, the Huskies (6-0, 3-0) looked to be on a level all their own.
“We played with a lot of purpose,” Schroeder said. “I haven’t seen us play that well in a while. In parts we’ve played that well, but collectively for the whole game we did a really good job.”
Emmett racked up 647 yards of total offense against the Trojans, paced by 6-foot-4, 185-pound senior quarterback Saige Wilkerson, who completed 12-of-18 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns and also added one score on the ground.
Three of those TD passes were caught by junior receiver Luc Overton, who finished with 154 receiving yards on just four catches.
“Our line really stepped it up,” Wilkerson said. “Homedale has a seven-man front, and we only have five linemen blocking. They really stepped it up and just gave me time to throw.”
Leading the Huskies’ charge on the ground was senior running back Mason Farnsworth. The 5-9, 190-pounder passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season with his 198 rushing yards and two touchdowns against the Trojans (5-1, 2-1). Eight other Huskies had carries, and six different players reached the end zone, amassing 364 yards on the ground.
“We had a lot of preparation that brought us the win,” Farnsworth said. “We’re a really close team and we know when to dig deep and put it on them, and now we’re just looking next week for Fruitland. We’re going to prepare and get it done.”
While Emmett’s big plays on offense — which featured six touchdown plays of 30 yards or more — garnered much of the attention, the Huskies’ defense put the brakes on a Homedale offense that came in averaging 47.4 points per game.
“We weren’t expected to win this game,” said sophomore DB/WR D.J. Crump. “But we came out, we played as a unit, and we really balled out in the first quarter and set the tone.”