High School Football

Emmett football ready for first state title

Emmett quarterback Saige Wilkerson avoids a sack by Sugar-Salem’s Zach Belnap in the 3A semifinals Nov. 14.
Emmett quarterback Saige Wilkerson avoids a sack by Sugar-Salem’s Zach Belnap in the 3A semifinals Nov. 14. For Idaho Sports Wire

The Emmett High football team made history last weekend, crushing Sugar-Salem 42-14 to reach the state championship for the first time.

But the No. 1-ranked Huskies (10-0) hardly celebrated the milestone. Instead, they quietly turned to the 3A state championship game, where they will face Gooding (9-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pocatello’s Holt Arena.

“It’ll be a new environment, but nothing we shouldn’t be able to handle,” Emmett senior Yancy Hyde said.

The Huskies have handled all comers this season, including a trio of 4A opponents, to produce the best season in school history. Emmett has blown out every opponent since a two-point victory over Middleton in the second week of the season, and the Huskies have the No. 1 scoring offense in 3A at 51.3 points per game.

That’s a far cry from the program Mike Schroeder took over four years ago. The rebuilding project started bearing fruit last year when Emmett dropped from the 4A classification to 3A, made the playoffs for the first time since 1997 and won its first postseason game since 1995. It went one step further this year, repeating as the 3A Snake River Valley champ and reaching the state finals.

“I inherited this group when they were in ninth grade,” Schroeder said of his seniors. “It’s been a maturation process for four years to get the program at a level of expectations that this is expected.

“We want to be a playoff team, whether we’re a 3A or a 4A school. I think those expectations have been set, and so far we’re meeting those.”

The Huskies will return to the 4A classification next season.

State Football Playoffs

CLASS 5A

SEMIFINALS

Rocky Mountain 24, Highland 7

Mountain View 23, Madison 21

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Albertsons Stadium, Boise

Rocky Mountain (10-1) vs. Mountain View (11-0), 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 4A

SEMIFINALS

Bishop Kelly 56, Century 20

Sandpoint 31, Rigby 22

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Kibbie Dome, Moscow

Bishop Kelly (9-2) vs. Sandpoint (8-3), 2 p.m. MT

CLASS 3A

SEMIFINALS

Emmett 42, Sugar-Salem 14

Gooding 43, Homedale 34

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Holt Arena, Pocatello

Gooding (9-2) vs. Emmett (10-0), 4 p.m.

CLASS 2A

SEMIFINALS

Grangeville 48, Nampa Christian 34

Aberdeen 28, Declo 7

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Kibbie Dome, Moscow

Grangeville (8-3) vs. Aberdeen (11-0), 5 p.m. MT

CLASS 1A DIVISION I

SEMIFINALS

Prairie 44, Raft River 30

Valley 104, Lapwai 48

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Holt Arena, Pocatello

Valley (11-0) vs. Prairie (11-0), 1 p.m.

CLASS 1A DIVISION II

SEMIFINALS

Deary 20, Carey 16

Salmon River 44, Lighthouse Christian 32

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Kibbie Dome, Moscow

Deary (11-0) vs. Salmon River (9-1), 8 p.m. MT

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