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Emmett, Homedale, Nampa Christian football advance to semis; Friday’s football roundup

Eagle’s Gunnar Bradshaw gets around the tackle of Highland’s Gavin Mark during their 5A quarterfinal game at Holt Arena in Pocatello on Friday night.
Eagle’s Gunnar Bradshaw gets around the tackle of Highland’s Gavin Mark during their 5A quarterfinal game at Holt Arena in Pocatello on Friday night. Idaho State Journal

HIGHLAND 29, EAGLE 27

Highland blocked an Eagle field goal attempt with two minutes to go and held on for a victory in the 5A quarterfinals at Holt Arena in Pocatello. Devan Bridgewater was 18-of-33 for 279 yards and three touchdowns for the Mustangs (7-4), who never regained the lead after scoring the first TD of the game. Kade Eborall added 124 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches, while Nathan Buich racked up 101 total yards and a touchdown. Highland quarterback Payton McCarthy was 22-of-34 for 293 yards and three touchdowns, plus a rushing TD for the Rams (9-1).

SANDPOINT 34, KUNA 13

Kuna’s postseason run came to an end. Orrin Cleere ran for a TD and Jake Johnson caught a TD pass from Ben Ruwe, both in the fourth quarter. Sandpoint led 27-0 before the Kavemen scored.

EMMETT 55, SHELLEY 14

Lucas Overton scored three touchdowns on 86 receiving yards, and the Huskies (9-0) rolled into the 3A semifinals with a win over Shelley (6-4). Mason Farnsworth rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Saige Wilkerson was 9-of-15 for 175 yards and four touchdowns. Wilkerson added a score on the ground.

HOMEDALE 28, PARMA 0

Lawsen Matteson was 21-of-31 for 196 yards and three touchdowns as Homedale eliminated Parma. Josh Tolmie rushed for 139 yards, and Connor Carter had 101 receiving yards and TD.

NAMPA CHRISTIAN 23, NORTH FREMONT 22

Parker Johnson booted the go-ahead, 32-yard field with five minutes left, and Nick Tuttle iced the victory when he intercepted a Huskie pass with 2:11 remaining, lifting the Trojans to the semis for the first time since 2008, where they will face Grangeville. QB Steve Tiersma completed 15-of-28 passes for 250 yards and three TDs, and he added 63 rushing yards as the Trojans’ leading rusher. Andrew Anderson caught seven passes for 137 yards and TD as Nampa Christian’s leading receiver.

GRANGEVILLE 41, MELBA 6

Grangeville held Melba to 218 yards of offense, including 33 on the ground, to end the Mustangs’ season at the Kibbie Dome. Grangeville racked up 442 yards of offense, led by QB Layton Harris, who completed 12-of-19 passes for 182 yards and three TDs.

DEARY 36, COUNCIL 28

Deary’s Jalen Kirk ran for three touchdowns, lifting the No. 1-ranked and undefeated Mustangs to their first playoff win since 2008. Brett Rosengrant threw four TDs for Council, whose season came to an end at 7-3.

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