High School Football

1A Division II football preview

CASCADE RAMBLERS

Cascade hopes to make the leap back to the playoffs with six returning starters on offense, including quarterback Bailey Horton, running back Chriss Giacomazzi and a trio of receivers in Asa Speer, Tanner Hawkins and Sam Benzie, who will lead the pack of small but quick weapons. “(Benzie) is a tremendous athlete who hopes to win a state championship in the 100 and 200 (meters),” coach Adam Mapp said.

COUNCIL LUMBERJACKS

The reigning conference champs and state semifinalists return stacked for another run. Senior QB Herry Ludwig racked up 1,815 yards and 25 TDs passing a year ago on his way to second-team all-conference honors. And he brings back second-team all-conference receiver Ryan Rosengrant. The defense, which posted six shutouts, returns four starters, including lineman Jared Neal and linebacker JT Mahon. “We should be very strong up front, with some depth,” coach Dan Shumway said.

GARDEN VALLEY WOLVERINES

Despite returning one starter, coach Jason Yearsley thinks the Wolverines will be explosive through the air with the QB combo of sophomore Darrel Peppers and senior Zach Sanders teaming with junior receiver Zack Johnson. But any jump in the win-loss column will depend on a defense that gave up a conference-high 49.2 points per game. Yearsely said the team’s tackling has improved.

SALMON RIVER SAVAGES

The perennial eight-man powerhouse suffered its first losing season since 2003 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004 last season. But Salmon River brings back four offensive starters and six defensive starters. Senior running back/linebacker Devin Buys leads those returners. “He has gained in speed and experience,” coach Charlie Shepherd said. The program is looking for receivers to develop along with junior dual-threat quarterback Tucker Boyd.

TRI-VALLEY TITANS

Senior running back/linebacker Andrew Schneidewind leads the Titans as a four-year starter at the varsity level. “(He) has good speed and can run with power,” first-year coach Bob Johnson said. The team is trying to settle a quarterback battle between Hyrum Southwick and Austin Barnett. Johnson said the larger concern remains the team’s youth and inexperience, especially on a defense that brings back four starters from a unit that gave up 47.1 points per game in 2014.

WILDER WILDCATS

Wilder made a surprise run to the state finals last year, its first appearance since 1988. The Wildcats lost first-team All-Idaho quarterback AJ Castellanos (73 total TDs) to graduation. But junior and second-team All-Idaho receiver Caulen Michael (2,068 total yards and 40 total TDs) takes over under center in addition to leading the defense (148 tackles). Add in second-team all-conference members Saul Rodriguez and Oscar Puga, and coach Kyle DalSoglio said his team could have even more speed this year.

SCHEDULES

Cascade Ramblers

Date Opponent Time
Aug. 28 Notus 4 p.m.
Sept. 4 at Clearwater Valley 4 p.m.
Sept. 18 Idaho City 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Wilder* 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Garden Valley* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Tri-Valley* 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Council* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 30 Salmon River* 3 p.m.

* conference game

Last season: 2-5, 2-3 1A Division II District Three

Coach: Adam Mapp, second season (2-5 at Cascade)

Stadium: Cascade Sports Park

Council Lumberjacks

Date Opponent Time
Aug. 28 at Horseshoe Bend 7 p.m.
Sept. 4 Idaho City 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 Powder Valley, Ore. 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Prairie 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Garden Valley* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 Salmon River* 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 Wilder* 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Cascade* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 30 Tri-Valley* 6 p.m.

* conference game

Last season: 9-2, 5-0 1A Division II District Three

Coach: Dan Shumway, 15th season (98-48 at Council)

Stadium: American Legion Field

Garden Valley Wolverines

Date Opponent Time
Sept. 4 at Notus 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 at Idaho City 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 Horseshoe Bend 4 p.m.
Sept. 25 Council* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 Cascade* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 at Tri-Valley* 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Salmon River* 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 at Wilder* 7 p.m.

* conference game

Last season: 3-6, 1-4 1A Division II District Three

Coach: Jason Yearsley, fifth season (18-18 at Garden Valley)

Stadium: Garden Valley High

Salmon River Savages

Date Opponent Time
Sept. 4 Colton, Wash. 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 at Prairie 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 Wilder* 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Council* 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 Horseshoe Bend 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 Garden Valley* 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Tri-Valley* 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 at Cascade* 3 p.m.

* conference game

Last season: 3-5, 3-2 1A Division II District Three

Coach: Charlie Shepherd, 8th season (58-17 at Salmon River)

Stadium: Salmon River High, Riggins

Tri-Valley Titans

Date Opponent Time
Sept. 4 at Horseshoe Bend 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 Notus 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Rimrock 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Greenleaf 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 Wilder* 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 Garden Valley* 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 Cascade* 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Salmon River* 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 at Council* 6 p.m.

* conference game

Last season: 1-7, 0-5 1A Division II District Three

Coach: Bob Johnson, first season

Stadium: Cambridge High

Wilder Wildcats

Date Opponent Time
Sept. 4 at Lighthouse Christian 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 Joseph, Ore. 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Salmon River* 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 Cascade* 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Tri-Valley* 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Council* 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Notus 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 Garden Valley* 7 p.m.

* conference game

Last season: 9-2, 4-1 1A Division II District Three

Coach: Kyle DalSoglio, seventh season (32-18 at Wilder)

Stadium: Doug Edwards Field

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