Week 7 Idaho high school football preview: Top games to watch, players to see, score predictions

Here is an inside look at the top high school football games across the state of Idaho during the seventh full weekend of 2021:

NO. 8 CAPITAL EAGLES (5-1) at NO. 2 MOUNTAIN VIEW MAVERICKS (6-0)

7 p.m. (MST) Friday at Mountain View High School, Meridian

Game nugget: The winner controls its own destiny in the 5A SIC River Division.

About the Eagles: The last time the Eagles played against a ranked opponent, they laid an egg – a 35-0 loss to Meridian. It was their first time being shut out since 2008. So, Capital should be highly motivated in this one, especially since Mountain View was the team that ended its season a year ago. Efficient QBMax Clark is 5A’s leading passer (1,846 yards, 21 TDs), and DE Kody Walk leads the league in sacks (11).

About the Mavericks: Mountain View can officially punch its ticket to the 5A SIC title game with a victory. The Mavericks have wins over three ranked teams. They’re also one of only two 5A teams to have a top-three scoring offense (39.8 points per game) and defense (11.3). Mountain View will look to keep that up with RB Quintez Evans (668 yards, nine TDs) on offense, and LB Brayden Garrison (league-leading 68 tackles) on defense.

SBLive Idaho pick: Mountain View, 42-24.

NO. 2 EMMETT HUSKIES (5-1) at NO. 6 MIDDLETON VIKINGS (4-2)

7 p.m. (MST) Friday at Middleton High School

Game nugget: Middleton’s last league title came as co-champions in 2014. The Huskies’ only title came last fall.

About the Huskies: Since a surprising loss to 3A’s Weiser more than a month ago, the Huskies have rattled off four consecutive 4A Southern Idaho Conference wins by double digits, including one over then-No. 1 Bishop Kelly. And another one here will all but assure them back-to-back league titles. But Emmett hasn’t won at Middleton in 15 years – and QB Caden Young (1,643 total yards, 23 TDs) very well could lead the cause to break that streak.

About the Vikings: Middleton is 0-2 against ranked opponents this season. Will the third time be the charm? With a win, the Vikings can get themselves back into the title picture. History is on their side, too. Emmett hasn’t beaten the Vikings in consecutive years in 14 years – and won just five times against them since 2007. Middleton has the classification’s leading passer in QB Ky McClure (1,821 passing yards) , who will look for WRs Owen Graviet and Tyler Medaris. 

SBLive Idaho pick: Middleton, 35-31.

5A NO. 9 IDAHO FALLS TIGERS (5-1) vs. 4A NO. 8 SKYLINE GRIZZLIES (3-3)

7 p.m. (MST) Friday at Ravsten Stadium, Idaho Falls

Game nugget: It’s the 57th annual “Emotion Bowl.”

About the Tigers: Idaho Falls lost some of its luster last week after a 42-19 loss to No. 1 Rigby. So, the Tigers are looking to prove that they’re still for real – and what better way than registering a victory over their biggest rival. But Idaho Falls has lost the past seven meetings by an average of almost 30 points.  QB Skylar Olsen and RB Kyan Jesperson will look to change all of that.

About the Grizzlies: It was an odd start (1-3) to the season for the reigning 4A champions, but they have regrouped over the last month by outscoring Bonneville and Madison, 71-14. However, the Grizzlies can make a real statement in a series they’ve owned (34-22). QB Lachlan Haacke (1,355 passing yards, 16 TDs) and WRs Kenyon Sadiq (591 yards, seven TDs) and Caden Taggert (459 yards, six TDs, 6) make it go.

SBLive Idaho pick: Skyline, 38-28.

NO. 7 NAMPA CHRISTIAN TROJANS (5-1) at NO. 4 DECLO HORNETS (5-1)

7 p.m. (MST) Friday at Declo High School.

Game nugget: The Hornets have won the past three meetings by a combined score of 147-63.

About the Trojans: It’s the best start for the Trojans in a decade. But none of those victories are against teams with a winning record. And the only winning team they did face (Fruitland) – they lost, 47-18. Nampa Christian can show it is legit with a win over one of the premier teams in Class 2A. QB Cheney London (1,154 passing yards, 16 TDs) and RB Dane Bradshaw (831 yards, 11 TDs) are a pretty good tandem.

About the Hornets: Declo is the most decorated 2A program in Idaho over the past decade, winning four state titles. And the Hornets are contention for yet another one. Their resume includes wins over a pair of 3A programs, including No. 8 Kimberly, and they’ve blitzed 2A foes by an average of 29.5 points per game. Senior RBs Derek Matthews (784 yards, 13 TDs) and Keegan Ramsey (646 yards, six TDs) are hard to stop.

SBLive Idaho pick: Declo, 48-22.

LAPWAI WILDCATS (4-1) at NO. 3 PRAIRIE PIRATES (5-0)

7 p.m. (MST) Friday at Prairie High School, Cottonwood

Game nugget: Prairie has won the past four meetings by an average of 53.2 points.

About the Wildcats: Lapwai has rattled off four consecutive wins, all by double figures, since a season-opening 54-34 loss to No. 2 Oakley (which still remains the Hornets’ toughest test to date). But this has been the game the Wildcats have circled on their schedule. They’ve been completely dominated the last few years, but a win here all but assures them a Whitepine League title. Dual-threat QB Titus Yearout is a driving force.

About the Pirates: Prairie hasn’t even been remotely challenged this year. It is beating opponents by an average of 38.4 points per game. And if recent history is an indicator, this one should not be all that close, either. Since 2006, the Pirates have won 14 of the last 15 meetings by at least 16 points. Running back Brody Hasselstrom (881 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns) is having another all-state level season.

SBLive Idaho pick: Prairie, 55-38.

(Featured file photo by Loren Orr Photography)

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