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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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.