High School Football

High school football state championship previews (Nov. 21, 2015)

Junior running back Luke Burley (20) has helped Bishop Kelly gain 3,262 yards on the ground this season.
Junior running back Luke Burley (20) has helped Bishop Kelly gain 3,262 yards on the ground this season. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

4A

BISHOP KELLY VS. SANDPOINT

Bishop Kelly is seeking to become the first 5A or 4A team to win three straight titles with its trip to the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.

Bishop Kelly has won seven in a row after starting 2-2 with losses to 5A playoffs teams. Sandpoint has won seven straight after starting 1-3 against teams with a combined record of 22-9. Both are built around powerful offensive lines and running games.

“It’s their bigs vs. our bigs,” Bishop Kelly linebacker Jon Baumgardner said, “and I’d take our bigs every day.”

Bishop Kelly is devoted to the ground game, averaging 296.5 rushing yards per game and 6.1 yards per carry. Both Luke Burley (901 yards, 13 TDs) and Ivan Torrez (857 yards, 11 TDs) could break the 1,000-yard mark with big games.

Sandpoint started the year in a double-wing set. It switched to an I-formation but still runs many of the same plays and has proven dangerous in play action. QB Davan Norris has thrown for 2,411 yards and 25 TDs, and Wyatt Cox has 55 catches for 1,091 yards and 14 TDs.

“They run the football very well, throw play action and try to beat you deep,” Bishop Kelly coach Tim Brennan said. “We’ve got to be very disciplined and not give up big plays.”

Bishop Kelly is 3-0 vs. Sandpoint, winning 28-24 in the 2006 quarterfinals, 21-20 in the 2005 semifinals and 49-48 (OT) in the 2001 quarterfinals.

3A

EMMETT VS. GOODING

Emmett is looking to win its first state title at Holt Arena in Pocatello.

The Huskies have dominated opponents all season — save for a two-point victory over 4A Middleton — and has the state’s top 3A scoring offense at 51.3 points per game. Senior running back Mason Farnsworth (1,416 yards, 22 TDs) is the heart of the offense. But Emmett has proved dangerous through the air as Saige Wilkerson has completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,672 yards and 21 TDs with three interceptions.

Gooding has nine underclassmen starting on offense. Senior QB Wyatt Williams has 4,100 total yards and 49 total TDs, including 2,827 yards and 38 TDs through the air.

2A

GRANGEVILLE VS. ABERDEEN

Undefeated Aberdeen returns to the final for the second year in a row, looking for the first title in school history.

The classification’s No. 1 defense (9.7 points allowed per game) has carried the Tigers all year. Senior Hilario Carrillo (114 tackles) leads the defense and serves as the top weapon on offense (1,015 rushing yards, 12 TDs).

Grangeville returns to the final for the first time since 2011, when it won its only title. Quarterback Layton Harris threw for 265 yards and five TDs to lead the Bulldogs past Nampa Christian in the semifinals last week.

1A DIVISION I

VALLEY VS. PRAIRIE

This is a rematch of last year’s championship, which Prairie won 72-18. Neither team has lost since (Prairie has won 23 straight).

Reigning 1A All-Idaho Player of the Year Jake Bruner continues to lead a Prairie offense that averages 59.8 points per game. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound quarterback has thrown for 2,643 yards and 29 TDs, and he’s added 919 yards and 20 TDs on the ground.

Valley features its own dynamic quarterback in Ben Taylor, who leads an offense that averages 64.9 points per game and hung 104 points on Lapwai in the semifinals. Taylor has thrown for 2,556 yards and 47 TDs.

1A DIVISION II

SALMON RIVER VS. DEARY

Salmon River is in line for its third eight-man title in four years, but the Savages have to go through undefeated Deary.

Led by senior running back Devin Buys with 1,287 yards, Salmon River has been dominant on the ground, but junior quarterback Tucker Boyd is effective when the Savages turn to the air.

Senior RB Tyler Anderson has carried Deary, rushing for 1,431 yards and 22 TDs while adding 354 receiving yards and six more scores.

“Both teams control the tempo of the game, and both are known for sustaining long drives,” Salmon River coach Charlie Shepherd said. “If you get behind, it’s going to be very tough playing catch-up.”

By Michael Lycklama and Rachel Roberts

New blood in finals

Bishop Kelly and Salmon River are the only championship leaders in the IHSAA era, which began in 1978, looking to win titles Saturday.

School

Titles

Highland

10

Snake River

10

Homedale

8

Mackay

8

Madison

7

Bishop Kelly

6

Shelley

6

Carey

5

Coeur d’Alene

5

Pocatello

5

Salmon River

5

West Side

5

STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GLANCE

CLASS 5A

QUARTERFINALS

Rocky Mountain 65, Lewiston 20

Highland 29, Eagle 27

Madison 22, Coeur d’Alene 12

Mountain View 42, Capital 14

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

QUARTERFINALS

Century 42, Twin Falls 35 (OT)

Bishop Kelly 28, Middleton 21

Sandpoint 34, Kuna 13

Rigby 43, Blackfoot 13

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

QUARTERFINALS

Emmett 55, Shelley 14

Sugar-Salem 28, Fruitland 26

Gooding 34, South Fremont 33

Homedale 28, Parma 0

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

QUARTERFINALS

Nampa Christian 23, North Fremont 22

Grangeville 41, Melba 6

Declo 34, West Jefferson 28 (OT)

Aberdeen 17, St. Maries 0

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

QUARTERFINALS

Raft River 36, Notus 8

Prairie 42, Oakley 22

Lapwai 44, Glenns Ferry 25

Valley 48, Kamiah 36

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

QUARTERFINALS

Carey 26, North Gem 8

Deary 36, Council 28

Salmon River 48, Kendrick 20

Lighthouse Christian 34, Clark County 32

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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