Eagle 35, Highland 20
After falling to Highland in the playoffs the past two seasons, Eagle got revenge with the help of quarterback Devan Bridgewater. The junior completed 19-of-29 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown, but it was his three rushing TDs in the fourth quarter that sealed the win.
Meridian 32, Skyview 29
Meridian led 20-0 after the first quarter, but Skyview crept back into contention with three straight TDs spanning the second and third quarters. Harris Villanueava caught a 6-yard TD pass from Wyatt Storer with 55 seconds remaining to pull Skyview within 32-29, but Meridian recovered the onside kick to preserve the win. Quarterback Nate Weddle led Meridian with 261 passing yards and 3 TDs, while Samaje Woodall added 75 yards on the ground and another score.
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Vallivue 40, Nampa 7
Jerred Monnier and Landon Cain each scored two rushing touchdowns as Vallivue shut out Nampa through three quarters. Monnier finished with 159 yards and Cain 51 on six carries. Jake Smith accounted for Nampa’s only TD on a 5-yard run at the start of the fourth quarter.
Centennial 35, Caldwell 8
Centennial improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2009 with a rout of 4A Caldwell. Victor Ngalamulume ran for two touchdowns, and QB Dayne Koch added 108 passing yards and two total scores. Tevin Sio scored the Cougars’ lone touchdown on a 5-yard run in the third quarter.
Emmett 56, Boise 21
Emmett raced out to a 35-7 half time lead and coasted to a dominating win over Boise. Running back DJ Crump led the way, racking up 143 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. Quarterback Dane Buck led the attack through the air, throwing all three of his touchdowns in the first half. Lucas Overton was his favorite target, hauling in eight receptions, two for scores. Quarterback Will McMullin paced Boise with three TD passes, two to Ramon Booker.
Middleton 15, Kuna 8
Jaden Coombs scored on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the Vikings ahead for the win. DJ Hagler led Middleton with 144 yards on 26 carries. Dustin Taylor had 87 yards on 21 carries, while Danny Rogers was 6-of-13 for 113 yards for Kuna.
Homedale 55, Melba 6
Quarterback Jake Deal passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more in a rout of Melba.
New Plymouth 61, Payette 6
New Plymouth earned its first win of the season and totaled 453 yards against the 3A Pirates. Senior QB Riley Harris was 7-for-8 for 139 yards and three TDs, and sophomore running back Seth Mowder contributed 139 yards and two TDs. Cornerback Garrett Powell grabbed two of the Pilgrims’ three picks.
Gooding 47, Nampa Christian 7
Tyler Visser was 16-of-29 for 135 yards and six TDs in a win over the visiting Trojans. Devon Gomez rushed for 79 yards on 12 carries for Nampa Christian.
Wilder 42, Lighthouse Chr. 22
Caulen Michael carried Wilder to a win over Lighthouse in a rematch of the 2014 state championship game. Michael passed for 143 yards, rushed for 99 and contributed five total TDs. Ezequiel Vargas connected on two of those touchdown passes and finished with 56 receiving yards.
Horseshoe Bend 47, Tri-Valley 24
Horseshoe Bend won its nonconference season opener on the road.
Salmon River 56, Colton (Wash.) 18
Colton couldn’t contain sophomore running back Canyon Harper, as he rushed for 281 yards and five touchdowns, helping defending state champion Salmon River improve to 2-0. Senior safety Clayton Shepherd led the Savages’ defensive effort with an interception.