High School Football

1A Division I WIC football preview

HORSESHOE BEND MUSTANGS

Horseshoe Bend will lean on seniors Colter Elliott (RB/DB) and Dace Huston (OL/DL). Elliott was a first-team all-conference pick on both sides of the ball, and the 6-foot, 190-pound Huston was a first-teamer on defense. The Mustangs expect to have a strong backfield with the return of quarterback Gavin Miller and running back Dalton Lowe. Craig Elliott takes over as head coach and said development on the line will be key to Horseshoe Bend’s success. “We expect to be improving each week and be playing our best football at the end of the season,” Elliott said.

 

Date

Opponent

Time

Sept. 2

at Tri-Valley

7 p.m.

Sept. 9

Garden Valley

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

at North Gem

4 p.m.

Sept. 30

Wilder*

7 p.m.

Oct. 7

Rimrock*

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

at Notus*

7 p.m.

Oct. 21

at Idaho City*

7 p.m.

 

IDAHO CITY WILDCATS

Idaho City graduated eight seniors from last year’s team, which lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Raft River. Jake Standerwick (FB/LB) and Wyatt Turner (C/DE) are the lone returners, and coach Jason Roeber expects big things from Standerwick on both sides of the ball. “His hard work and grit will help lead us this season,” Roeber said. The remaining starting positions will be filled by a lot of new faces, Roeber said. He also said “team cohesiveness” will be a strength.

 

Date

Opponent

Time

Sept. 2

at Garden Valley

4 p.m.

Sept. 9

at Tri-Valley

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

Cascade

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

Council

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Butte County

7 p.m.

Oct. 7

at Wilder*

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

Rimrock*

7 p.m.

Oct. 21

Horseshoe Bend*

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

at Notus*

7 p.m.

 

NOTUS PIRATES

The defending regular-season champion is poised for another strong season, as Notus has seven starters back on offense, including conference offensive player of the year Brandon Patrick, a senior running back who rushed for more than 1,200 yards and led the team in tackles a year ago. All eight starters on defense return, and coach Sam Crockett expects his team to be “bigger, stronger and more experienced.” Notus won the program’s first playoff game since 2002 last season, and the Pirates have even bigger expectations this year.

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 26

at Garden Valley

4 p.m.

Sept. 2

at Wallowa (Ore.)

7 p.m.

Sept. 9

Cascade

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

Tri-Valley

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Rimrock*

7 p.m.

Oct. 7

at Council

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

Horseshoe Bend*

7 p.m.

Oct. 21

at Wilder*

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

Idaho City*

7 p.m.

 

RIMROCK RAIDERS

After co-oping with Greenleaf last season, Rimrock is up to 18 players and will field its own team in 2016. Todd Jensen, a four-time state champion in girls basketball, takes over as head coach, and he inherits two returners in Lewis Rhoton (OL/DL) and Rigo Lino (RB/DE). Jensen said players have improved their commitment to the weight room and welcomed his new system with excitement. Jensen cites aggressiveness and speed as strengths on defense, but he says the team must become better blockers and tacklers.

 

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 26

McDermitt, Nev. (JV)

7 p.m.

Sept. 2

Camas County

7 p.m.

Sept. 9

at Castleford

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

at Rockland

2 p.m.

Sept. 23

at Cascade

3:30 p.m.

Sept. 30

Notus*

7 p.m.

Oct. 7

at Horseshoe Bend*

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

at Idaho City*

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

Wilder*

7 p.m.

 

WILDER WILDCATS

Wilder moves up from 1A Division II, where the Wildcats compiled a 4-4 record in 2015 and went 9-2 with a state runner-up finish in 2014. Senior Caulen Michael will lead the Wildcats on both sides of the ball for the second year in a row. The first-team all-conference pick has career totals of 2,065 yards rushing, 1,756 yards receiving and 968 yards passing. He will play QB, WR and LB this season. Michael is one of seven starters back on offense and six on defense. “Experience will be high with this group, along with talented underclassmen expected to contribute,” coach Kyle DalSoglio said.

 

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 26

at Cascade

3:30 p.m.

Sept. 2

Lighthouse Christian

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

Salmon River

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

Tri-Valley

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Horseshoe Bend*

7 p.m.

Oct. 7

Idaho City*

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

at Garden Valley

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 21

Notus*

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

at Rimrock*

7 p.m.

 

COACHES’ POLL

Team (1st-place votes)

Pts

1. Wilder (3)

23

2. Notus (2)

21

3. Horseshoe Bend

15

4. Idaho City

10

5. Rimrock

6

OUR PICKS

1. Notus

2. Wilder

3. Horseshoe Bend

4. Idaho City

5. Rimrock

2015 STANDINGS

Conf

Overall

W

L

W

L

Notus

3

0

6

4

Horseshoe Bend

2

1

3

6

Idaho City

1

2

3

5

Greenleaf

0

3

0

6

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