BORAH AT CENTENNIAL
Pod play begins in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference with a game that could prove pivotal to postseason positioning in Pod B.
Borah (2-2) was picked to finish third and Centennial (3-1) last in the Statesman’s preseason coaches’ poll, but the Patriots have the opportunity to prove their best start since back-to-back 4-1 records in 2009 and 2010 isn’t a fluke.
After scoring a single touchdown in its first two games, Borah has recovered with a pair of wins, averaging 39.5 points per game. Sophomore Jake Standlee will direct the Lions’ offense for the second straight week after senior QB Justin Palmer sustained a broken collarbone in practice last week.
Borah has won two in a row against Centennial by a combined score of 57-17.
NAMPA AT MERIDIAN
These teams have a combined one win and seven losses, but they are in no way out of the playoff picture entering this 5A SIC Pod A opener.
Meridian (1-3), whose lone win came against 4A Skyview in Week 2, has advanced to the postseason the past two seasons as the third seed from its pod. The Warriors were picked to finish third again this season in the Statesman’s preseason coaches’ poll, with Boise and Nampa chasing close on their heels.
Nampa (0-4) is off to a rough start in 2016, getting shutout twice and scoring a single touchdown in two other losses, extending its losing streak to nine games dating back to mid-September of last year.
Surprisingly, these teams have not played since 2003, when Meridian won 52-49.
EMMETT AT BISHOP KELLY
Bishop Kelly’s win over Vallivue combined with Emmett’s loss to Skyview last week gave the Knights sole possession of first place in the 4A Southern Idaho Conference and created a six-team tie for second place in the eight-team conference.
Emmett (3-1), the defending 3A state champion, could create further conference chaos with a victory over three-time defending 4A state champion BK (4-0).
This game features the top two scoring offenses in the conference, with third-ranked Emmett averaging a league-best 37.8 points per game and No. 1 Bishop Kelly 35.8.
These teams last played in 2013, with Bishop Kelly winning 26-6 at Nick Ysursa Field.
NEW PLYMOUTH AT NAMPA CHRISTIAN
Despite averaging a league-leading 37.7 points per game, New Plymouth is off to a 1-2 start. But the Pilgrims can reignite their season with a win over Nampa Christian (2-1) in both teams’ 2A Western Idaho Conference opener.
New Plymouth was picked to win the 2A WIC in the Statesman’s preseason coaches’ poll, and Nampa Christian landed at No. 2.
Nampa Christian beat New Plymouth 35-21 on its way to the 2015 regular-season championship while ending a three-game losing streak against the Pilgrims
LAPWAI AT SALMON RIVER
Unbeaten Salmon River, the unanimous No. 1 in the latest 1A Division II state media rankings, takes on a 1A Division I program for the third straight week.
The Savages (4-0) are averaging 45 points per game and allowing 18, including wins over 2015 state runner-up Prairie and 2014 runner-up Wilder.
Fifth-ranked Lapwai (2-1) shut out its first two opponents (Council and Potlatch) before losing 36-22 to Troy last week. The Wildcats average 52 points per game.