October 31, 2011, 12:29 pm
There is no question the Mavericks are a team that prides themselves in stellar defensive play and it showed in the second half against Eagle on Friday night. Mountain View was up 17-16 at halftime and shut out the Mustangs in the second half in route to a 37-16 victory. Daniel Lau carried the load again for Mountain View rushing for 157 yards on 29 carries. With the team's confidence at an all time high, they will be traveling up north to take on the #1 team in the state in the Coeur D'Alene Vikings. It should be a classic showdown with the top offense in the state going up against arguably the toughest defense.
As far as Eagle is concerned, this loss might turn out to be a good thing. I am sure that Paul Peterson will have an intense week of practice planned for his squad as they are just three games away from winning the state championship. One advantage for the Mustangs is by virtue of Lewiston upsetting Post Falls on Friday, there will be a three-way Kansas tiebreaker tonight between Lake City, Post Falls and Lewiston. Regardless of who survives, they will only have a few days to prepare for Tanner Mangum and the high-flying Mustang offense on top of a long road trip.
Capital took care of business against Borah in a tight contest that knocked the Lions out of the playoffs. I am curious to see how Skyline will compete against Capital because if the Eagles blow out Skyline, then there will be a huge debate whether or not five teams should have gotten in the playoffs from the SIC rather than four. Lastly, Meridian put up 69 points on Vallivue to lock up the final playoff spot. Hayden Stout led the Warriors with 285 rushing yards and he will need to have a big game on Friday when Meridian plays #2 Highland at Holt Arena.
October 27, 2011, 12:23 pm
Back in the third week of the season when these two played, Borah's Hail Mary attempt as time expired was three inches short of the goal line vaulting Meridian to a 41-36 win. Now looking back on it, both teams are tied with one game to go, and Meridian holds the tiebreaker and the Warriors have a pretty good chance of moving on to the postseason. Now its time to move on with the previews for tomorrows games.
The Mountain View Mavericks clinched a playoff spot last Friday and with that, they relieved some pressure as they travel to Thunder Stadium to take on Eagle. Eagle has wrapped up the 5A SIC and is looking to cap off an undefeated regular season. Mountain View is locked into the third seed and will most likely be traveling up to Coeur D'Alene next weekend. The only way the Mavericks take the #2 seed is if they beat Eagle and Borah defeats Capital.
Borah plays Capital at Bronco Stadium in the first game of a doubleheader tomorrow night. Capital is rolling right now and although they have clinched a playoff spot, this game is very big because if they win, they will host Skyline in a first round matchup next Friday.
Meridian's path to the postseason is very simple: win and they are in. They host a struggling Vallivue team that has not been able to stop anyone lately and expect this one to be no different as Hayden Stout and Jake Berard will be very motivated to get a win and send the Warriors to the postseason.
The final two matchups have no impact on the playoffs, but these teams are still playing for pride and momentum heading into the offseason. Centennial travels to Rocky Mountain in a matchup of two of the younger teams in the 5A SIC that will be good for the next few years. The final showdown of the regular season is Timberline against Boise in the late game at Bronco Stadium. Timberline has been plagued by injuries all year long and Boise High is trying to get their first win of the season.
Be sure to tune into the show next week for a playoff preview of all the divisions as the playoff brackets will finally be set! Enjoy the games.
October 26, 2011, 12:55 pm
If Skyview wins, then the winner of the Middleton vs. Columbia game will take the #2 seed and the easiest path to the state championship game. If Skyview gets upset, then the Middleton vs. Columbia game is for the District 3 Championship. Although the #2 seed would have to travel to Lakeland in the 1st round, they would host the semifinal game against either Pocatello or Twin Falls. The loser of the Middleton vs. Columbia game will travel to Minico or Hillcrest in the 1st round.
The 3A playoff field is set and the road to the state championship goes through Fruitland. The Grizzlies dominated Weiser over the weekend and will now host Homedale in the 1st round on Friday before hosting a team from District 1. Weiser will have to go on the road and beat the Buhl Indians who went 1-1 in conference play this season. If the Wolverines were to win, they would then have to go up North for their second round game.
We will keep you informed of all the matchups and playoff scenarios in all divisions as we count down to State Championship Weekend.
October 25, 2011, 12:22 pm
On the girls side, Rocky Mountain's senior-laden team pulled through in the clutch as it took 85 minutes before the Grizzlies struck in overtime to defeat powerhouse Boise High 1-0. It was evident, this particular squad wanted to be the first girls soccer state champion in the school's history and their names will be engraved in the record books forever at Rocky Mountain.
In the 4A, Bishop Kelly completed their second consecutive perfect 22-0 season with a victory over Blackfoot in the state championship. These two programs have combined for 9 of the last 12 state championships so it was fitting that they met to decide this years winner. After an amazing run despite losing two players and their coach, the Caldwell boys soccer team fell in the state championship to Blackfoot.
The Volleyball state brackets have now been finalized after Eagle beat Skyline in the play-in game over the weekend. Five teams from the 5A SIC will make the trip up north to Coeur D'Alene High School to try and knock off perennial favorite Post Falls. The matchups for the first round include Idaho Falls vs. Timberline, Lake City vs. Vallivue, Rocky Mountain vs. Borah and Post Falls vs. Eagle. The tournament starts on Friday.
October 24, 2011, 1:27 pm
Mountain View put some added pressure on themselves to clinch a playoff spot after losing last weekend to Rocky Mountain. They responded very well Friday with a 30-15 win over Centennial. Kai Turner did his damage through the air as he threw for two touchdown passes and Daniel Lau provided the power on the ground as he rushed for two more scores. The Mavericks clinched a spot in the postseason and it is looking like they will get the #3 seed and travel to play Coeur D'Alene in the 1st round of the 5A playoffs.
Capital rolled to their 6th straight win as they trounced Boise High 49-13. Makena Simis shined offensively for the Eagles as he had 263 total yards and 4 touchdowns. Capital has the tiebreak over Mountain View and the Eagles have all but wrapped up the #2 seed and a home playoff game. The only scenario where Capital would not get the #2 seed is if they lose to Borah AND Mountain View upsets Eagle. If the Eagles get the #2 seed they would take on Skyline.
The Borah Lions finally got back to their winning ways behind the spectacular play of QB Braden Corpus. Borah defeated Vallivue 42-20 and Corpus accounted for 342 total yards and four touchdowns. The only real drama in this weeks games is determining who gets the #4 seed in the 5A SIC and that team will travel to take on Highland. If Meridian wins against Vallivue, they are in and if they lose, Borah needs to defeat Capital to sneak into the playoffs. Plenty more high school coverage this week as the regular season winds down.