High School Football

Friday’s high school football previews (Oct. 23)

Mountain View at Eagle

The 5A SIC Pod B championship, and the playoff bye and quarterfinal home game it comes with, is on the line. The 5A SIC’s top two offenses will take the field with Mountain View averaging 55.4 points per game and Eagle 41. And both offenses feature their own conference offensive player of the year candidate. Eagle’s Bucky Schrader leads the league with 1,509 yards from scrimmage and 26 touchdowns. Mountain View’s TreyTon Bell is second with 1,465 yards from scrimmage and 24 TDs.

Vallivue at Meridian

The stakes couldn’t be clearer. The winner goes to the playoffs. The loser is out. The two met in the final week of the 2014 regular season last year under the same circumstances, and Meridian won 21-18.

Columbia at Boise (Dona Larsen Park)

Both teams are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. But with Boise riding a five-game losing streak and Columbia on a 23-game losing streak, both teams can end the season on a much-needed positive note. Boise routed the Wildcats 48-8 last year.

Borah at Nampa

Most of the playoff scenarios are out of the hands of Borah, which must compete for 5A’s at-large berth. But it can boost its odds with a victory over Nampa, which upset the Lions 35-12 last year on the final week of the season.

Caldwell at Mountain Home

Both squads are looking for their first conference victory and to climb out of last place. Caldwell has won four of the past five against the Tigers.

Bishop Kelly at Skyview

This last-week matchup used to decide the 4A SIC title. But Bishop Kelly has already clinched that, and Skyview is left looking to impress the computers to aid its quest for the 4A at-large berth. BK owns the conference’s top offense (35 points per game), and Skyview ranks second (32).

Kuna at Middleton

The winner claims second place in the 4A SIC and an easier path in the playoffs. The winner gets a home playoff game next week against the third-place team from eastern Idaho. The loser travels to the winner of Friday’s game between Lakeland and Moscow.

Fruitland at Parma

Tied at 2-2 in 3A Snake River Valley action, the winner will be the league’s No. 3 seed in the postseason and the loser No. 4. At stake is a first-round home playoff game.

Weiser at Emmett

Emmett is already assured its second consecutive 3A SRV championship and a first-round playoff bye no matter the outcome. Weiser beat Payette 33-6 last week for its second victory.

Homedale at Payette

Payette’s loss to Weiser last week eliminated the Pirates from the postseason. Homedale is locked into the 3A SRV’s No. 2 seed.

Cole Valley Christian at New Plymouth

Heading into this matchup, Cole Valley Christian is one spot shy of qualifying for the playoffs. New Plymouth is tied for third with McCall-Donnelly.

Melba at McCall-Donnelly

Melba enters as the No. 2 team in the 2A Western Idaho Conference, but a loss to McCall-Donnelly combined with a New Plymouth win would create a three-way tie for second place.

Marsing at Nampa Christian

Nampa Christian secured the 2A WIC regular-season title with a win last week, and the Trojans look to pad their resume vs. winless Marsing.

Wilder at Notus

Notus has already wrapped up the 1A Division I District Three regular-season title and the league’s No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Wilder won this nonconference matchup last fall 66-20.

Idaho City at Horseshoe Bend

With only four teams in the 1A Division I District Three conference and four playoff spots available, this game will only be played to determine seeding. Idaho City and Horseshoe Bend are tied for second in the standings.

Council at Cascade

Council is in the running for a playoff berth, and the Lumberjacks’ performance over the next two games will determine their fate. A win against Cascade combined with a Tri-Valley loss to Salmon River would set up a showdown Oct. 30 with Tri-Valley for second place in conference.

Tri-Valley at Salmon River

Both teams share the 1A Division II District Three lead, but the winner takes over sole possession and is in the driver’s seat for the league title heading into the final week of the regular season.

By Rachel Roberts and Michael Lycklama

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