Mountain View at Centennial
Mountain View has averaged 51.3 points in its first three games, resulting in the Mavericks’ first 3-0 start since 2008. Centennial got two defensive touchdowns from linebacker Kenton Bartlett last week, but the Patriots still suffered their 12th consecutive loss.
Canyon Ridge at Columbia
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Columbia’s defense had its best game of 2014 against Canyon Ridge (2-1), allowing a season-low 29 points in a loss. The Wildcats have yet to get in the win column this season and can use this game as their final tuneup before conference play begins next week.
Eagle at Rocky Mountain
These teams feature powerful senior running backs, as Eagle leans on Bucky Schrader and Rocky Mountain on Jake Roper. Last year’s meeting was a high-scoring affair, with Eagle winning 65-35. Since Rocky opened in 2008, Eagle is 6-4 against the Grizzlies.
Meridian at Kuna
This is the last nonconference game of the regular season for both of these one-win teams. Kuna knocked off 5A Vallivue last week and aims to beat Meridian for the second year in a row.
Vallivue at Nampa
A single touchdown was the difference for both of these teams last week, as Nampa won on QB Kooper Wilcox’s second-quarter score. Vallivue fell to Kuna on a 20-yard TD pass midway through the fourth quarter. Vallivue has won two straight against the Bulldogs.
Caldwell at Payette
One of Caldwell’s two wins last season came against Payette, and the Cougars already have a victory over another 3A SRV team this season (Weiser). The Pirates have scored just eight points while giving up 96 in two losses.
Mountain Home at Jerome
Mountain Home has scored a single touchdown in each of its first three losses, falling to 2-19 since 2013. One-win Jerome beat Mountain Home 42-14 last season.
Weiser at Ontario, Ore.
Although Weiser enters this game allowing an average of 49.5 points in two losses, the Wolverines could get back on track against Ontario. Weiser has won back-to-back games against Ontario, including a 14-0 shutout last season.
Wood River at Fruitland
Unbeaten 3A Fruitland, which is ranked No. 3 in the state media poll, takes on one of the top 4A teams in the state. Wood River is 2-1 and ranked No. 4. The Wolverines’ only loss is to second-ranked Twin Falls (4A).
Homedale at Marsing
Homedale has manhandled its first two opponents, including a 40-7 win over Vale, Ore., last week in which the Trojans limited Vale to 100 yards of total offense while racking up 368 yards.
Nyssa, Ore., at Cole Valley
Christian (Meridian High)
Nysaa takes aim at a second straight 2A Western Idaho Conference team after knocking off New Plymouth 14-0 last week. Cole Valley is 1-1 with a 21-12 victory against Salmon.
McCall-Donnelly had a week off to prepare for Grangeville, whose only win came against Marsing, another 2A WIC team. The Vandals are 0-2, but both losses came by a single touchdown.
Idaho City at Cascade
After getting blown out in its first two games, Idaho City found its offensive rhythm in a 52-14 win over Garden Valley last week. Cascade allowed 80 points in a loss at Clearwater Valley.
at Garden Valley
One of these winless teams will move into the win column. Horseshoe Bend, which won last year’s game 60-14, has allowed an average of 51 points per game and Garden Valley 58.7.
Tri-Valley at Greenleaf
Tri-Valley is off to its best start since 2011, and the Titans’ two wins match their previous win total from the past two seasons combined. Greenleaf, which formed a co-op with Rimrock, fell 68-6 to Camas County in its season opener last week.
Wallowa, Ore., at Notus
This is a late addition to Notus’ schedule to replace the game the Pirates didn’t play against the co-op between Greenleaf and Rimrock. Wallowa is 1-1 and coming off a 38-22 loss to Adrian, Ore.
Wilder at Salmon River
Salmon River will be out for revenge after a 58-28 loss to Wilder cost the Savages a playoff spot last season. This is the conference opener for both teams, which are 1-1.
Council at Prairie
After dominating its first three opponents by a combined score of 167-38, Council gets its first test. Prairie is the defending 1A Division I state champion and has won 14 straight games. Prairie won last year’s meeting 60-8.
Bishop Kelly at Borah (DLP)
Both of these teams suffered their first loss of the season last week as BK lost 27-14 to Timberline, and Borah fell 45-44 in overtime to Boise. Bishop Kelly dominated last year’s game 35-7.
By Rachel Roberts