ROCKY MTN. 51, PLEASANT GROVE 50
Carter Kuehl racked up 264 yards and five TDs on the ground for Rocky Mountain. But the junior saved the best for last as the defending 5A state champ opted to go for the two-point conversion at the end of triple overtime, and Kuehl cut back to the left to set off a field-storming at Pocatello’s Holt Arena.
Rocky Mountain (1-0) had three touchdowns called back due to penalties and trailed throughout. It didn’t take its first lead until Kuehl’s 7-yard TD run with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter.
CENTENNIAL 13, MERIDIAN 6
Meridian lined up for a 25-yard, game-winning field goal with 13 seconds left. But the Patriots blocked the kick and returned it for a touchdown as the clock expired, beating its district rival for the first time since 2013.
CALDWELL 8, NAMPA 0
Senior Cameron Manker returned an interception 60 yards in the fourth quarter to break a defensive stalemate and earn Caldwell the win in its 111th meeting with rival Nampa.
EMMETT 48, TIMBERLINE 14
DJ Crump ran for 106 yards and three TDs on 10 carries, and Michael Walker and Taylor Fletcher each returned an interception for a touchdown to lead Emmett to a blowout win over a 5A program in the Huskies’ return to the 4A classification. Quarterback Dane Buck completed 9-of-12 passes for 164 yards and a TD.
BISHOP KELLY 35, KUNA 14
Luke Burley returned the opening kickoff for a TD as the Knights ran out to a 35-point lead for their 10th straight win over rival Kuna.
BOISE 50, RIDGEVUE 8
The Braves’ offense erupted to win Boise’s third straight season opener and spoil Ridgevue’s debut.
VALLIVUE 41, TWIN FALLS 32
Senior Jerred Monnier ran for five TDs, including a pair of 60-yarders, as Vallivue scored 27 straight points to erase a 20-7, second-quarter deficit.
CANYON RIDGE 32, COLUMBIA 21
The Wildcats scored their most points since 2013 but ran out of gas to stretch their losing streak to 25 games.
MIDDLETON 32, FRUITLAND 21
Middleton’s defense pitched a second-half shutout, and DJ Hagler ran for 110 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter TDs to lead the comeback. Jayden Coombs added 48 yards and two rushing TDs for the Vikings.
JEROME 26, MOUNTAIN HOME 14
Senior quarterback Michael Campbell ran for a 10-yard score, hit Walker Harris for a 60-yard TD pass and racked up 186 yards of offense. But it wasn’t enough to overcome an early 12-0 deficit, sending the Tigers to their 17th straight loss.
HOMEDALE 34, NEW PLYMOUTH 28
Jake Deal completed 18-of-22 passes for 245 yards and two TDs as the Trojans held off a late New Plymouth rally. Wyatt Wolfe caught five passes for 120 yards and a TD. New Plymouth’s Riley Harris threw for 199 yards and added 93 yards and two scores on the ground.
COLE VALLEY CHRISTIAN 42, PAYETTE 6
Senior Josh Mick turned eight carries into 147 yards and three TDs, and freshman Obi Gee added 161 yards and two TDs as the Chargers beat Payette for the first time in program history.
PARMA 55, MARSING 8
Panthers quarterback Payton Pinz ran for 187 yards and four TDs, and he added two touchdown passes to send Marsing to its 17th straight loss.
WEISER 20, BUHL 13
The Wolverines’ defense pitched a second-half shutout to allow Weiser to rally for the win.
MELBA 58, WENDELL 0
The Mustangs broke out to a 50-0 halftime lead and racked up 386 yards rushing, averaging 10.7 yards a carry.
MCCALL-DONNELLY 18, OROFINO 15
The Vandals edged Orofino on the road to win their first season opener since 2012.
WILDER 54, CASCADE 8
Senior Caulen Michael racked up 345 all-purpose yards (179 rushing, 118 passing and 48 receiving) and added three touchdowns for to extend the Wildcats’ winning streak over Cascade to eight games. Freshman Norman Gonzalez added four catches for 125 yards and two TDs.
SALMON RIVER 40, KAMIAH 14
Defending state champ Salmon River rolled in the first game of its title defense.