Boise at Vallivue
Boise has shown a flair for the dramatic, with last-second wins over Centennial and Borah. But the Falcons have won 10-of-11 meetings against the Braves since joining the Southern Idaho Conference (5A/4A) in 1998.
Columbia at Mountain View
These 5A SIC Pod B teams finished at opposite ends of the standings last season, and they appear to be on the same trajectory this fall. Mountain View is eyeing its first 5-0 start in program history, while Columbia is seeking to snap a 19-game losing streak.
Meridian at Eagle
At 2-2, Eagle is off to its worst start since 2010. A home game against district rival Meridian, which it has beaten eight straight times, provides an opportunity to get back on track and take an early lead in 5A SIC Pod B.
Bishop Kelly at Mountain Home
Bishop Kelly’s tough nonconference schedule resulted in back-to-back losses for the first time since 2011, but the Knights have the advantage in this 4A SIC opener. BK has beaten Mountain Home six games in a row, and the Tigers are on an 11-game losing streak.
Kuna at Caldwell
Caldwell hasn’t started a season 2-2 since 2009, giving the Cougars a boost as they begin 4A SIC play with a chance to surpass their win total from each of the past two seasons. After an 0-2 start, Kuna has won two straight against 5A teams Vallivue and Meridian.
Skyview at Middleton
These teams are regulars in the postseason picture, meaning this 4A SIC opener could have playoff implications. Skyview lost three in a row to start the season, but the Hawks got back on track when senior running back Cody Ghighina returned from missing two games with a concussion. Middleton won last year’s game 47-18.
Weiser at Homedale
Homedale has put up loads of offense behind two-time, first-team All-Idaho quarterback Lawsen Matteson (790 yards and 14 TDs in three games). The defense is even more impressive, holding opponents to 39 yards a game.
Payette at Fruitland
Fruitland’s defense has yet to surrender more than 14 points during its 3-0 start, and Payette has yet to score more than 13 points during its 0-3 start. Fruitland has won seven straight against the Pirates dating back to 2009.
Emmett at Parma
Both teams are coming off a bye week, giving them plenty of time to prepare for this 3A SRV opener. Undefeated Emmett opened with three straight wins against 4A programs, while Parma’s victories came against 2A WIC schools Marsing and Nampa Christian.
Marsing at Cole Valley Christian
Marsing Superintendent Norm Stewart took over the Huskies last week after it let coach Brad Hill go Sept. 15. Stewart will lead the Huskies for the second week as they try to snap an 11-game losing streak and a four-game skid against Cole Valley Christian.
Nampa Christian at Melba
Melba has had back-to-back byes to prepare for Nampa Christian, which has beaten the Mustangs in nine of the past 10 meetings. Nampa Christian QB Steve Tiersma threw for 256 yards and three TDs last week against the Emmett JV for the Trojans’ first win.
New Plymouth at McCall-Donnelly
New Plymouth, which opens its 2A WIC title defense with a road trip to McCall, is 5-0 against the Vandals since they joined the conference in 2010. McCall has lost 19 of its past 20 games.
vs. Greenleaf (at Rimrock High)
Horseshoe Bend got off the mat with a 50-0 victory last week over Garden Valley. Rimrock hosts its only game of the year and its homecoming as part of a co-op with Greenleaf.
Notus at Idaho City
Idaho City is the defending 1A Division I District Three regular-season champ and has won back-to-back games against Notus. The Pirates have lost two in a row after starting with wins over Cascade and Garden Valley.
Council at Garden Valley
If history is any indication, winless Garden Valley could be in for a rough night in this conference opener. Following a 3-0 start, Council lost its first game of the 2014 season to 1A Division I Prairie and then rolled Garden Valley 60-0 the next week. Council started this season 3-0 and fell to Prairie 64-24 last week.
Cascade at Wilder
Wilder returns home after opening conference play with a loss at Salmon River. This is Cascade’s conference opener. Wilder won last year 74-27.
Capsules by Rachel Robertsand Michael Lycklama