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Until Bishop Kelly’s state title last season, No 4A team had won three straight state championships since the classification began in 1984.
Until Bishop Kelly’s state title last season, No 4A team had won three straight state championships since the classification began in 1984. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Season-long links to save

▪ Week-by-week prep football schedule. (Click here for the printable version.)

▪ 4A SIC preview and fans’ guide.

▪ What’s new in SIC football.

Other league previews

▪ 5A SIC preview and fans’ guide.

▪ 4A SIC preview and fans’ guide.

▪ 3A Snake River Valley Conference preview.

▪ 2A Western Idaho Conference preview.

▪ 1A Division II Long Pin preview.

▪ 1A Division I WIC preview.

Fourth straight title? Bishop Kelly not looking ahead

The Knights have a chance to make history this fall if they win their fourth consecutive 4A state championship. The Knights will have to start over at several positions around the field, most notably on the offensive line.

The Knights have a chance to make history this fall if they win their fourth consecutive 4A state championship. But Bishop Kelly coach Tim Brennan and linebacker Ben Hruby said they're not thinking about that as they prepare for the 2016 season.

Caldwell rebuilding after losing 31 seniors to graduation

After graduating 31 seniors last season, the Cougars start the year with four defensive returners starting and not a single offensive starter back in camp.

The Caldwell High football team lost 31 seniors from last season's squad. But Cougars coach Zach McGee said while the team is inexperienced, it's hungry to show what it can do.

Emmett returns to 4A looking for more history

The Huskies’ trip to 3A lasted only two years, but it was successful (19-3 overall). Emmett returns to a league and classification it occupied for 16 years and never made the playoffs in.

The Emmett High football team went undefeated last fall to win the 3A state championship. But the Huskies return to the 4A classification this fall, a level they competed in for 16 years without making the playoffs.

Middleton expects experience to pay off

The Vikings finished third in the 4A Southern Idaho Conference in 2015 with a relatively inexperienced lineup. With nine starters back on offense and eight on defense, coach Bill Brock says the Vikings are well ahead of where they were at this time last year.

Seniors DJ Hagler, Chase Downs, Jaden Coombs and Reece Robinett discuss the Middleton football team's upcoming season.

Mountain Home football trying to end losing streak

The Tigers struggled last season, going 0-9 to stretch their losing streak to 16 games and their record the past five years to 2-43. But the Tigers are miles ahead of where they were last year, coach Jim Clark said.

The Mountain Home football team went 0-9 in 2015, stretching its losing streak to 16 games. But Tigers coach Jim Clark said the program has come a long way in his second year at the helm.

Ridgevue excited for first season

The new high school in Nampa has 21 seniors joining the program, including some of Vallivue’s top players. The Warhawks will bring a fast-paced, no-huddle attack.

Tour the new facilities at Ridgevue High in the Vallivue School District as Warhawks coach Tom DeWitz describes the challenges of founding a new program at a new school.

Receivers, O-line lead way for Skyview

After a fourth-place finish in the 4A SIC last season, Skyview snuck into the state playoffs for the sixth year in a row via an at-large berth. Seven linemen who started at least one game in 2015 return, giving the Hawks’ offense the backbone it needs to take advantage of a solid batch of receivers.

Skyview's Kyle Pierce, DeMonte Horton, Fili Church and Owen Rockwood discuss improvements ahead of the 2016 season.

Vallivue ready for return to 4A

Coach Layne Coffin isn’t wasting time worrying about the players he lost to Ridgevue, which opens this fall. Instead, he’s concentrating on a group of 17 returning lettermen who he says have displayed strong team chemistry and character over the summer.

Returners Jerred Monnier, Jensen McNabb and Gabe Childs discuss Vallivue's return to the 4A classification.

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