MOUNTAIN VIEW AT MERIDIAN
The rivalry between these West Ada schools has been lopsided in recent years.
Mountain View (5-1, 2-0 5A SIC Pod A) has won eight in a row dating to 2008. Meridian (3-3, 2-0) last beat Mountain View in 2007 on its way to a 12-0 and state championship season.
The Warriors haven’t scored more than a TD against the Mavericks since 2012, but the chance to knock the two-time state runner-ups out of the driver’s seat in the 5A SIC Pod A standings should provide motivation.
Since a three-point, season-opening loss to top-ranked Eagle, Mountain View has won five straight while averaging 43 points per game.
KUNA AT ROCKY MTN.
Defending state champion Rocky Mountain is making a habit of close games, and last week’s 19-15 win over Borah is no exception.
The Grizzlies could be in for another close contest against Kuna in the first meeting between the programs.
Rocky Mountain (5-1, 2-0 5A SIC Pod B) trails pod leader Eagle by half a game, and newcomer Kuna (3-3, 1-1) remains in the playoff hunt with three regular-season games left.
Kuna will lean on a defense that allows 18.5 points per game and ranks fifth in the conference. Rocky counters with 5A SIC rushing leader Carter Kuehl (1,075 yards, 10 TDs) and its 29.0-points-per-game average.
EMMETT AT VALLIVUE
Vallivue averages a conference-leading 393.8 yards per game, with 270.2 of those on the ground.
If 2015 3A state champion Emmett wants to reignite its season after losses to Bishop Kelly and Skyview, it will need to hold Vallivue senior running back Jerred Monnier in check. Monnier leads the 4A SIC with 1,207 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 8.0 yards per carry.
Emmett has the highest scoring offense in the league at 38.0 points, but the Huskies rank fifth defensively at 20.2 points.
WEISER AT FRUITLAND
For many years, this matchup determined the 3A Snake River Valley regular-season champion. While Fruitland has maintained that consistency, Weiser suffered three straight losing seasons.
The Wolverines (3-3, 2-0) now find themselves in championship contention for the first time since 2012 thanks to conference wins over Homedale and Parma.
Friday’s winner takes over sole possession of first place in the 3A SRV. The Grizzlies (4-2, 2-0) have the upper hand with 12 straight wins over the Wolverines beginning in 2006.
MCCALL-DONNELLY AT NEW PLYMOUTH
While coaches predicted New Plymouth would contend for the 2A Western Idaho Conference’s regular-season title, McCall-Donnelly has defied expectations.
The Pilgrims (3-2, 2-0) were tabbed the favorites in the Idaho Statesman’s preseason coaches’ poll, while the Vandals (5-0, 2-0) were picked to finish fifth in the six-team conference.
McCall-Donnelly moved into fifth in the state media poll this week after a 26-0 shutout of Nampa Christian. The Vandals lead the 2A WIC defensively at 8.2 points per game.
New Plymouth has the league’s top offense, averaging 40.8 points.
FRIDAY’S OTHER GAMES
Nampa at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Timberline at Borah, 7 p.m.
Caldwell at Mountain Home, 7 p.m.
Ridgevue at Bishop Kelly, 7 p.m.
Parma at Payette, 7 p.m.
Melba at Nampa Christian, 7 p.m.
Cole Valley Christian at Marsing, 7 p.m.
Idaho City at Wilder, 7 p.m.
Notus at Council, 7 p.m.
Rimrock at Horseshoe Bend, 7 p.m.
Garden Valley at Cascade, 3 p.m.
Salmon River at Tri-Valley, 7 p.m.
Notus at Council, 7 p.m.