Meridian at Centennial
Both teams opened the season with tough losses last week, with Meridian surrendering a fourth-quarter lead to Timberline and Centennial losing a fourth-quarter lead to Boise. Centennial is on a 10-game losing streak, which includes a 28-26 loss to Meridian last fall.
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Columbia at Nampa
These teams lost by a combined score of 112-21 in their season openers, and both could use a confidence boost. Nampa has won the past two meetings against Columbia, which is mired in a 16-game losing streak.
Borah at Kuna
Borah rolled to a season-opening win at Columbia behind three TDs from running back Jace Forrey — one rushing, one reception and one punt return. The Lions will look to ride him again as they try to avenge a 32-13 loss to Kuna last season that featured five Kuna sacks and the Kavemen’s first win over a 5A program since 2007.
Vallivue at Bishop Kelly
Bishop Kelly’s defense picked up where it left off last season, keeping Bishop Manogue (Nev.) out of the end zone on its way to a 28-0 win. Vallivue took down Caldwell 35-13 as quarterback Colton Yasinski accounted for 179 passing yards, 110 rushing yards and four total TDs. BK topped Vallivue 35-21 in 2014.
Middleton at Emmett
Emmett showed why it’s the second-ranked 3A team in the state when Mason Farnsworth ran for 295 yards and three TDs last week to help the Huskies beat 4A Kuna. Emmett, a former 4A school returning to the league next year, lost at Middleton 26-23 last year.
Cole Valley Christian at Declo
This is the second straight year Cole Valley opens against Declo. Declo dominated the Chargers on their home turf last year, winning 68-28. The Hornets opened their season with a 26-16 loss to Sugar-Salem.
Caldwell at Weiser
Weiser scored 33 unanswered points a year ago to edge Caldwell 33-13 in the schools’ first meeting since 2004. Caldwell’s Braden Swanson, who caught two TDs against Weiser last year, returns to help the Cougars even the score against the 3A program.
Twin Falls at Mountain Home
Mountain Home couldn’t shake its eight-game losing streak on the road last week at Canyon Ridge, but there is hope for the Tigers this week. Their only win in 2014 came against Twin Falls. Both teams posted one-win seasons last year, but Twin Falls started the season with a 38-32 win over Pocatello.
Skyview at Post Falls
Skyview rallied in the fourth quarter last year to rebound from a season-opening loss at the Rocky Mountain Rumble for a 26-20 win over Post Falls. The Hawks hope to repeat history after a 61-25 loss to Utah’s Riverton last week in a return trip to northern Idaho.
Fruitland at Ontario, Ore.
Fruitland made a statement by taking down 4A Middleton last week as the Grizzlies got out to a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter. Last year’s 3A state runner-up has faced Ontario the past four seasons, winning all four.
Melba at Homedale
Melba’s Christian Chavez sealed a season-opening 28-22 win at Wendell last week with an interception with 10 seconds left. He and the rest of the Mustangs’ secondary face an even tougher challenge with a trip to face Homedale and two-time first-team All-Idaho QB Lawsen Matteson.
Vale, Ore., at Parma
Parma matched 5A SIC squad Eagle for the most points scored by a Valley school last week when the Panthers shut out Marsing 68-0. Vale has won three straight against Parma, including last year’s 48-7 rout.
New Plymouth at Payette
New Plymouth, the defending 2A WIC champ, tries to erase the bad taste of a 54-13 loss at Gooding last week with another shot at a 3A program. Payette, which opens its season Friday, had won three in a row against New Plymouth until the Pilgrims’ 35-14 win last season.
Marsing at Grangeville
Marsing has lost nine games in a row dating the start of the 2014 season, and the Huskies’ schedule doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Grangeville. The Bulldogs were 2A state semifinal qualifiers last year and beat Marsing 41-6.
McCall-Donnelly at Asotin, Wash.
After a 27-21 loss to Orofino at home, McCall-Donnelly and new head coach Lee Leslie get another chance to end a skid that includes losses in 17 of the past 18 games. McCall has played Asotin tough, losing 9-7 last year and 14-6 two years ago.
Gooding at Nampa Christian
Gooding has a victory over a 2A Western Idaho Conference opponent this season, beating New Plymouth 54-13 in its opener. This is the first game for Nampa Christian, which was picked to finish second in the 2A WIC in the Idaho Statesman’s preseason coaches’ poll.
Tri-Valley at Horseshoe Bend
Tri-Valley starts its campaign on the road. Horseshoe Bends looks to recover from a 54-6 loss to Council on its home field a week ago against a team it beat in its last two meetings by a combined score of 102-30.
Idaho City at Council
Last year’s 1A Division I District Three champ (Idaho City) and District II champ (Council) go head-to-head as favorites to win their respective leagues again this season. Council has gotten the best of its larger foe the past two seasons.
Garden Valley at Notus
Notus returns home after a 38-6 win at Cascade that saw Eryck Petersen run for 116 yards and two TDs. The Pirates will have to keep an eye on Zack Johnson, who hauled in 12 passes for 204 yards and three TDs in a 66-24 loss to Glenns Ferry last week.
Cascade at Clearwater Valley
These teams met last fall in Cascade, with Clearwater Valley escaping with a 28-16 victory. Cascade is coming off a 38-6 loss to Notus, while this is the season opener for the Rams.
Colton, Wash., at Salmon River
Salmon River opens the year looking to bounce back from its first losing season since 2003. Colton, which beat Salmon River 36-22 last year and is 3-3 against the 8-man power in the past six meetings, provides an early barometer.
Wilder at Lighthouse Christian
In a rematch of last year’s 1A Division II state championship, Wilder will try to avenge a 40-28 loss. Lighthouse Christian won its 13th consecutive game by topping Idaho City 50-18 last week. This is Wilder’s first game.
Eagle at Capital (DLP)
Both teams have qualified for the playoffs the past seven seasons. During that span, they have played six times, with Eagle winning five. Four of those meetings have been decided by three points or less, including Eagle’s 24-23 win last fall.
Capsules by Rachel Roberts and Michael Lycklama, Idaho Statesman