Timberline at Nampa
After back-to-back 5A SIC Pod A losses, Nampa’s playoff hopes are on the ropes. Timberline is coming off its first loss after a program-record 5-0 start. Timberline beat Nampa 49-7 last fall.
Eagle at Vallivue
Eagle owns a share of first place in the 5A SIC Pod B with unbeaten Mountain View, and the Mustangs have won two straight behind running back Bucky Schrader’s nine touchdowns. A win would provide a huge boost for Vallivue’s playoff chances.
Mountain View at Boise
(Dona Larsen Park)
Mountain View is the only team in the 5A SIC with a perfect record, and the Mavericks’ school-record 6-0 start is fueled by an offense that averages 56 points a game. Boise won two of its first three games, but the Braves have since lost three in a row.
Capital at Centennial
Centennial ended its 14-game losing streak and kept its hat in the ring for its first playoff berth since 2010 by knocking off Nampa 27-7. Capital had a streak of its own end last week, losing to a Boise School District opponent for the first time since 2003.
Mountain Home at Skyview
One-win Skyview is in the midst of its worst season since 2007 when it finished 0-9 the year after a third high school (Columbia) opened in the Nampa School District. Mountain Home’s plight is worse — the Tigers are averaging 155.7 yards per game and have lost 13 in a row.
Middleton at Caldwell
Middleton remains in the driver’s seat of the 4A SIC with a 2-0 conference record after an 0-2 start. Caldwell is searching for its first conference win. Middleton hasn’t lost to the Cougars since 2004.
Bishop Kelly at Kuna
The Kuna rebuilding project took a giant leap last week as the Kavemen topped Skyview for the first time since 2008. Kuna can make another statement as it hosts Bishop Kelly, the defending state champ and a team it hasn’t beaten since 2007.
Payette at Parma
This game could have playoff implications, as the top five teams in the 3A SRV earn postseason berths. Last year, this game determined which team took fourth (Payette) and which was fifth (Parma).
Fruitland at Weiser
Fruitland is coming off its first loss and hopes to take it out on one-win Weiser. Fruitland hasn’t lost to Weiser since 2005.
Homedale at Emmett
A week after playing in an unbeaten showdown for a share of first place, Homedale hits the road for another high-stakes game at Emmett. Both teams have perfect records, and are ranked No. 2 (Emmett) and No. 3 (Homedale) in the state media poll. Emmett, the reigning 3A SRV regular-season champ, beat Homedale twice last season.
Nampa Christian at New Plymouth
As it did last year, this game could decide the 2A Western Idaho Conference regular-season championship. New Plymouth won 27-20 in 2014, and the past two times these teams have played, the game has been decided by a touchdown or less. The Pilgrims have won three straight meetings.
Cole Valley Christian
Cole Valley Christian was shut out for the first time this season in a loss last week to Melba. McCall-Donnelly has fallen to 0-2 in 2A WIC play after taking on conference leaders New Plymouth and Nampa Christian in back-to-back games, getting outscored 85-22.
Melba at Marsing
Melba knocked off Cole Valley Christian last week to move out of a tie for last in the 2A WIC, and the Mustangs could move into a share of second with the Nampa Christian-New Plymouth loser by beating Marsing. Marsing is trying to dig out of a 13-game losing streak, but the Huskies’ most recent win came against Melba (41-30 on Oct. 25, 2013).
Idaho City at Greenleaf
Idaho City’s push for playoff seeding took a hit after a 44-28 loss to Notus last week, while Greenleaf — which has co-oped with Rimrock this season — has been held to a single touchdown in three of its four losses. Greenleaf last beat Idaho City 40-36 in 2012.
Garden Valley at Tri-Valley
Tri-Valley’s 4-0 start is the program’s best in more than a decade, and the Titans could move into a share of the conference lead with Salmon River by beating winless Garden Valley. Garden Valley and Tri-Valley have met during the regular season the past five seasons, with Garden Valley winning all five games.
Horseshoe Bend at Salmon River
A week after taking over sole possession of first place in the 1A Division II District Three standings with a 28-22 win over Council, Salmon River takes on Horseshoe Bend in a nonconference matchup. The two teams have only played twice since 2009, with Salmon River winning both by a combined score of 114-20.
Capsules by Rachel Roberts and Michael Lycklama