High School Football

State playoffs: This week’s high school football previews

SKYVIEW AT KUNA The Kavemen host a rematch of a regular-season conference game, looking for their first postseason win since 1998 when they competed in the 3A classification. Kuna already ended one drought this fall, topping Skyview 34-14 for the first time since 2008. The Kavemen scored 26 straight points in the second half to break an 8-8 halftime tie. Skyview enters as the 4A at-large berth with its worst record since a 3-6 campaign in 2008. Kuna’s Jake Johnson, above, caught three passes for 103 yards and a TD against the Hawks this season.
SKYVIEW AT KUNA The Kavemen host a rematch of a regular-season conference game, looking for their first postseason win since 1998 when they competed in the 3A classification. Kuna already ended one drought this fall, topping Skyview 34-14 for the first time since 2008. The Kavemen scored 26 straight points in the second half to break an 8-8 halftime tie. Skyview enters as the 4A at-large berth with its worst record since a 3-6 campaign in 2008. Kuna’s Jake Johnson, above, caught three passes for 103 yards and a TD against the Hawks this season. For the Idaho Statesman

Friday’s games

Borah at Eagle

In an odd twist, Borah will try for its first playoff win since 1995 against the same coach who brought the Lions that win — Eagle’s Paul Peterson. Borah is back in the postseason after a two-year hiatus against an Eagle team that has qualified for the playoffs eight years in a row.

Skyline at Capital

Capital qualified for the playoffs for the ninth year in a row and hosts Skyline in the first round for the second straight year. The Eagles beat the Grizzlies 45-28 last fall, and also topped Skyline 58-26 in the 2011 quarterfinals. Skyline has not won a playoff game since 2000. Capital quarterback Drew Korf, who ranks second in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference with 1,935 passing yards, missed last week’s game with a concussion. He’s practiced all week and is set to return, Capital coach Todd Simis said.

Timberline at Madison

Timberline continues to take steps forward, qualifying for state for the third year in a row. But the Wolves are still searching for their first postseason win since opening in 1998. A victory Friday would tie Timberline for its best record in program history (8-2 in 2003). Timberline traveled to Rexburg last season, falling 42-20 as quarterback Konner Stoneberg accounted for five touchdowns. Stoneberg has thrown for 1,770 yards and 17 touchdowns this fall while adding 12 more TDs on the ground. Josh Crane has returned five kicks for scores.

Meridian at Lewiston

Although Meridian is on the road against the No. 2 team from northern Idaho, the Warriors are taking on a Lewiston squad that has been absent from the playoffs for seven seasons. Meridian, which has won three of its past four games, is back in the postseason for the second straight year.

Middleton at Lakeland

Middleton returns to the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years. Due to predetermined brackets, the Vikings must travel to Lakeland, which won its first game last week. Middleton’s run-first offense is averaging 223 yards per game on the ground, led by the trio of Caleb Harrel (603 yards, eight TDs), Jaden Coombs (421 yards, one TD) and DJ Hagler (383 yards, four TDs.)

Weiser at Gooding

Five of the six teams in the 3A Snake River Valley qualify for the playoffs, so Weiser advances despite a 2-6 record and losses in four of its past five games. Gooding enters as the District Four champion, averaging 43.4 points per game.

Homedale at Kimberly

Homedale, the second-place finisher in the SRV, returns to the playoffs for the third year in a row. It has reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years under two-time All-Idaho quarterback Lawsen Matteson. The Trojans, whose defense is giving up 11.8 points per game, suffered their only loss at No. 1 Emmett. Kimberly scores 40.6 points per game.

Orofino at Nampa Christian

These teams haven’t played since 2011, when Nampa Christian routed Orofino 63-8 in the first round of the playoffs. They share a common opponent this season, having each beaten McCall-Donnelly. Orofino topped the Vandals 27-21 on Aug. 28, and Nampa Christian won 45-6 on Oct. 2.

McCall-Donnelly at Grangeville

After winning two of its final three conference games, McCall-Donnelly captured the 2A Western Idaho Conference’s fourth and final playoff spot, earning the Vandals a rematch with northern Idaho No. 1 Grangeville. The Bulldogs beat McCall 48-8 on Sept. 18.

Wendell at Melba

Melba has won back-to-back games against Wendell, including a 28-22 victory to open the season. Melba is trying for its first playoff win since 2004.

Idaho City at Raft River

Idaho City is seeking its first playoff victory since 2000, when it reached the state championship game. Raft River’s only loss this season came at No. 1 Valley.

Lapwai at Horseshoe Bend

Lapwai is the No. 3 seed from northern Idaho, but the Wildcats come from the competitive White Pine League, which includes Prairie and Kamiah, who have a combined one loss. Horseshoe Bend had a hard time with the White Pine League’s No. 3 seed last season, losing to Kamiah 62-38.

Saturday’s games

Parma at Timberlake

Parma qualified for the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, but the Panthers are still looking for their first postseason win since moving up to the 3A classification in 2010 following back-to-back 2A state titles. Timberlake beat Parma 21-0 in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

Bonners Ferry at Fruitland

Despite a third-place finish in the Snake River Valley, Fruitland is gunning for its 10th straight appearance in the state championship game. Bonners Ferry qualified for the playoffs after rebounding from a 1-7 finish in 2014. These teams last played in 2010, with Fruitland winning 54-8 in the quarterfinals.

New Plymouth at St. Maries

New Plymouth should have plenty of motivation heading into this game, as the Pilgrims draw St. Maries for the second year in a row. New Plymouth hosted St. Maries last season as the 2A WIC champion, but lost to the north’s No. 3 seed 36-28. The Pilgrims can return the favor this season as the underdog.

Genesee at Notus

The postseason hasn’t been kind to District Three teams from 1A Division I, which last won a playoff game in 2007. Notus’ drought is even longer, with the Pirates’ most recent playoff win coming in 2002.

Capsules by Rachel Roberts and Michael Lycklama

Salmon River 50, Cascade 6

Canyon Harper ran for 95 yards and two TDs, and backup quarterback Devin Branstetter threw for two more TDs as Salmon River finished the regular season Thursday with a rout at Cascade.

Salmon River hosts the loser of Friday’s game between Deary and Kendrick next week in the state quarterfinals.

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