5A Quarterfinal Preview
Despite the controversy of how many teams from the SIC should have made the field, we are down to four teams in the valley squaring off against two squads from the North and two from the East.
The matchup of the night is the #1 defense in the SIC against the top offense in the state. Mountain View makes the trip up North to take on 9-0 Coeur D'Alene. Viking QB Chad Chalich has been a force all season, but before we can see him dual with Eagle QB Tanner Mangum, he has to get past the best defense he has seen all season long. The Mavericks stymied Eagle last week and are allowing less than 16 points per game. We have been debating about it on the show all week, but I think traveling a day early will help Mountain View. The question is, will it be enough?
The Meridian Warriors have been looking at this game for a long time. Kip Crofts has preached how important it was for the school to get into the playoffs and the good news is that their mission was accomplished. The bad news is they have to travel four hours to take on the 9-0 Highland Rams at 5:30 tonight. Sports 630 The Fan's Athlete of the Week, Hayden Stout has 1286 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the season and will do his part to try and keep his team in the game. The problem for Meridian is their defense who surrendered 49 last week to Vallivue. If they can come to the party, this would be the upset of the weekend.
The Eagle Mustangs suffered their first setback last week against Mountain View, but I feel the loss could be beneficial for the playoff run. The Mustangs did not lose anything as far as seeding is concerned and are still set up to play two games at Thunder Stadium and the State Championship at Bronco Stadium if they can keep winning. Tanner Mangum was honored today for being selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game so you know he will be ready to ply against a 5-4 Lake City team that put their pads away before winning a Kansas tiebreaker on Monday night. Combining the short week of preparation for Eagle as well as the long bus ride, I think Eagle runs away with this game.
The final game of the night is the Capital Eagles, who ended the regular season with a 7 game winning streak, against the Skyline Grizzlies who come in with a 5-4 record. The Grizzlies final regular season game was a loss to 4A Rigby, who hadn't won a game in 2 years. With that being said, Capitals size and rushing attack will prove to be too much for Skyline.
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