Only Four Teams are Left Standing
The 5A Bracket went as we expected. All four teams that played at home were victorious and the closest game was Mountain View at Coeur D'Alene. The Maverick defense was outstanding as usual. They shut out the powerful Viking offense in the first quarter and held them to their lowest offensive output this whole season. The bad news for Mountain View is that their offense couldn't score with Coeur D'Alene and the dream season is over for the Mavericks as they fell 27-14.
Capital left no doubt who was the more dominant team as they trounced Skyline 58-26 in a game where the final score is actually closer than what it should have been. The Eagles size advantage was noticeable and they rolled on with their 8th straight win and now will travel to Coeur D'Alene Friday night in a game that should be an instant classic.
The Meridian Warriors gave a valiant effort at Holt Arena on Friday but their Defense couldn't stop Highland QB Neil Jewel as they fell 35-26. The Rams had not been tested like this since September and Meridian's triple option attack proved to be effective, but Highland made significant plays at the right time to move on to the semifinals.
The final quarterfinal matchup was a laugher. The Eagle Mustangs responded perfectly after their first loss of the season dominating Lake City for a 58-7 win. It was significant because Eagle was able to rest most of their starters in the 2nd half to get ready for their semifinal matchup against Highland. Eagle will have home-field advantage, so expect Thunder Stadium to be rocking on Friday night.
Only one team was able to advance from District 3 in the 4A Bracket. The Middleton Vikings went up to Lakeland and took care of business winning 42-20 to advance and will now host Pocatello on Friday night as the Indians dismantled Preston. On the other side of the bracket, it was a rough one for Columbia. The Wildcats fell to Hillcrest 53-14 and their dream season is now over. The closest game of the weekend was Skyview giving #1 Blackfoot all they could handle. Eventually, Trey Pilster and the Broncos came out on top 35-25.
In the 3A bracket, Fruitland found themselves in the same scenario as Eagle. They were up 49-0 at halftime over Kellogg and were able to rest the majority of their starters to get ready for their showdown with Weiser, who beat Timberlake 34-7. That matchup will be on Saturday afternoon.
Be sure to join us at the Curb Bar and Grill today from 4-6 as we will be doing the show there for the next four Mondays.