High School Football

1A Division II Long Pin football preview

CASCADE RAMBLERS

Wins have been hard to come by since the Ramblers made their last playoff appearance in 2009, but coach Adam Mapp is hopeful his squad will make strides in his third season at the helm. Quarterback Bailey Horton and two-way starters Chris Giacomazzi (RB/LB), Jake Spencer (WR/CB), Hunter Moosman (OL/DL) and Josh Higgins (OL/LB) provide experience. “Our attitude has improved from last season to this season,” Mapp said. “There is a sense of hard work and family that has taken some time to cultivate.” Cascade will again rely on its speed to compete in games where they are out-sized.

 

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 26

Wilder

3:30 p.m.

Sept. 9

at Notus

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

at Idaho City

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

Rimrock

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 7

Garden Valley*

3 p.m.

Oct. 14

Tri-Valley*

3 p.m.

Oct. 21

at Council*

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

at Salmon River*

7 p.m.

 

COUNCIL LUMBERJACKS

Reigning conference defensive player of the year JT Mahon (6-foot-1, 210) could have a big year on both sides of the ball. The All-Idaho second team linebacker missed a portion of last season but still had 653 rushing yards, 499 receiving yards and 18 total TDs. “We should have a strong run game to start out with and a passing game led by a QB (Brett Rosengrant) who manages the game well,” coach Dan Shumway said. Council’s potential is high, but a lack of depth could derail their expectations.

 

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 26

at Lapwai

8 p.m.

Sept. 9

at Powder Valley (Ore.)

8 p.m.

Sept. 16

Prairie

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

at Idaho City

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Tri-Valley*

7 p.m.

Oct. 7

Notus

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

at Salmon River*

7 p.m.

Oct. 21

Cascade*

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

Garden Valley*

7 p.m.

 

GARDEN VALLEY WOLVERINES

A winless campaign in 2015 hasn’t squashed Garden Valley’s enthusiasm, and the Wolverines hope last year’s experience leads to improvement this season. “When your team was as young as our team was last season, time makes a big difference,” coach Jason Yearsley said. “To have guys who are so excited even though we had a rough year last year tells me we will improve.” Darell Peppers (QB/DL), Gage Peterson (RB/LB) and Luke Ptomey (OL/DL) return as starters, and Yearsley said California transplant Trystan Knox (WR/LB) will have an immediate impact.

 

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 26

Notus

4 p.m.

Sept. 2

Idaho City

4 p.m.

Sept. 9

at Horseshoe Bend

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

at Glenns Ferry

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

Salmon River*

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 7

at Cascade*

3 p.m.

Oct. 14

Wilder

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 21

Tri-Valley*

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 28

at Council*

7 p.m.

 

SALMON RIVER SAVAGES

The defending 1A Division II state champions return at least half their starters on both sides of the ball, but the Savages were not picked to repeat as conference champs. Senior Gabe Gonzalez, an All-Idaho first-team selection on the defensive line, will spearhead Salmon River’s repeat bid, also starting at fullback. Tucker Boyd will start at QB for the second year in a row, and he will benefit from the return of receiver Canyon Harper and O-linemen Peyton Baugh and Joe Fredrickson. Coach Charlie Shepherd cites a lack of size as Salmon River’s biggest weakness.

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 26

at Kamiah

7 p.m.

Sept. 2

at Colton (Wash.)

4 p.m.

Sept. 9

Prairie

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

at Wilder

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

Lapwai

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Garden Valley*

3:30 p.m.

Oct. 7

at Tri-Valley*

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

Council*

7 p.m.

Oct. 28

Cascade*

7 p.m.

 

TRI-VALLEY TITANS

Tri-Valley finished third in the conference standings last season, one spot shy of the playoffs. But with the majority of their starters back, the Titans received the nod as preseason favorites in a coaches’ poll. The Titans will rely on their size and experience in the trenches, clearing the way for senior running back Blake Vogel. Sophomore Jaden Mink starts at quarterback for the second year in a row.

Date

Opponent

Time

Sept. 2

Horseshoe Bend

7 p.m.

Sept. 9

Idaho City

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

at Notus

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

at Wilder

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

Council*

7 p.m.

Oct. 7

Salmon River*

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

at Cascade*

3 p.m.

Oct. 21

at Garden Valley*

3:30 p.m.

 

COACHES’ POLL

Team (1st-place votes)

Pts

1. Tri-Valley (3)

21

2. Salmon River

19

3. Council (2)

18

4. Cascade

9

5. Garden Valley

8

OUR PICKS

1. Salmon River

2. Tri-Valley

3. Council

4. Cascade

5. Garden Valley

2015 STANDINGS

Conf

Overall

W

L

W

L

Salmon River

5

0

10

1

Council

4

1

7

3

Tri-Valley

3

2

6

2

Wilder

2

3

4

4

Cascade

1

4

1

7

Garden Valley

0

5

0

9

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