MOUNTAIN VIEW AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN
Mountain View and Rocky Mountain split their meetings last season, but it was the Grizzlies who won when it counted most, toppling the Mavericks 41-22 in the 5A state championship game Nov. 21 at Albertsons Stadium.
Rocky Mountain (3-0) enters on a 13-game winning streak dating to last year’s 44-20 loss at Mountain View. The Grizzlies have won their first three games this season by a combined 11 points.
Mountain View lost its season opener by three points to Pod B favorite Eagle, but has since scored a combined 76 points in wins over Hunter (Utah) and Centennial while allowing 20 points.
BISHOP KELLY AT VALLIVUE
Bishop Kelly and Vallivue join Emmett as the only unbeaten teams in the 4A Southern Idaho Conference.
At least one of them will be knocked out of a share of first place after Friday night when the three-time defending state champion Knights (3-0) travel to Vallivue (3-0), which joined the classification this season after 10 years in the 5A SIC.
BK has beaten Vallivue the past two seasons and enters with three easy wins in which the Knights have averaged 38 points and allowed just 4.7, including back-to-back shutouts.
The Falcons are averaging 36 points per game but have given up 16.3 per contest in wins over Twin Falls, Nampa and Skyview.
199 The number of career wins Middleton coach Bill Brock has heading into the Vikings’ game Friday at Caldwell. He was previously a head coach at Glenns Ferry from 1987-99.
MOUNTAIN HOME AT RIDGEVUE
One of these winless teams will find relief and simultaneously move out of last place in the 4A SIC.
Ridgevue (0-3) is searching for the first victory in program history, and Mountain Home (0-3) looks to end a winless streak of 19 games.
The Tigers are coming off a 52-0 home loss to Bishop Kelly, while Ridgevue posted a season-best 21 points in a loss last week against Caldwell after being held to a single touchdown in each of its first two outings.
GRANGEVILLE AT MCCALL-DONNELLY
McCall-Donnelly’s best start since 2012 gets put to the test against the defending 2A state champion.
The Vandals (2-0) have lost four straight against Grangeville (1-3), including twice last season by a combined score of 96-29.
McCall started the 2012 season 3-0.
SALMON RIVER AT WILDER
Top-ranked and defending 1A Division II state champion Salmon River (3-0) plays its third road game of the season, taking on Wilder (2-0), which is ranked No. 4 in the latest 1A Division I state media poll.
Salmon River won last year’s game 50-26 and enters on a 12-game winning streak.
Wilder hasn’t had any trouble against 1A Division II opponents this season, averaging 48 points per game against Cascade and Lighthouse Christian.