SBLive Power 10 Idaho high school football rankings, Week 8: Big game of the week is East – No. 1 Rigby welcoming No. 5 Highland

Each week, SBLive Idaho will update its all-classification top-10 high school football rankings.

Here is the Week 8 list, compiled by SBLive Idaho correspondent Brandon Walton:

1. RIGBY (7-0)

Last week: Defeated Blackfoot, 24-13.

This week: Hosts No. 5 Highland on Friday night. 

It wasn’t pretty with two turnovers and three key players going down with injury, including preseason all-state linebacker Logan Fredericksen, but the Trojans still found a way to grind out another win, thanks to three Tiger Adolpho touchdowns.

2. MOUNTAIN VIEW (7-0)

Last week: Defeated Capital, 24-6. 

This week: Travels to Kuna on Friday night.

The Mavericks officially punched a ticket to their first ever 5A Southern Idaho Conference game by wrapping up the River Division title – with Quintez Evans racking up 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

3. ROCKY MOUNTAIN (6-1)

Last week: Defeated Timberline, 30-16.

This week: Hosts No. 7 Meridian on Friday night.

After being on upset alert for much of the first half, the Grizzlies scored 21 unanswered points and shut out the Wolves in the second half for their 10th consecutive win against them, paced by Tegan Sweaney’s three touchdowns.

4. COUER D’ALENE (5-1)

Last week: Defeated Lake City, 38-0.

This week: Hosts Post Falls on Friday night.

The Vikings opened up Inland Empire League play with a bang, notching their sixth win in a row over the Trojans as Brayden Bengston threw for 224 yards and three scores.

5. HIGHLAND (6-1)

Last week: Bye.

This week: Travels to No. 1 Rigby on Friday night. 

After a much-needed bye week following seven consecutive games, the Rams return to the gridiron in arguably the most anticipated game of the week in a showdown with the Trojans for the 5A High Country title.

6. EAGLE (5-2)

Last week: Defeated Skyview, 51-14.

This week: Hosts Centennial on Friday night. 

Remember when the Mustangs lost back-to-back games and were on the brink of a losing record? Yeah, neither does this proud team. Jack Benseon threw for 265 yards in last week’s win.

7. MERIDIAN (5-2)

Last week: Defeated Boise, 48-7.

This week: Travels to No. 3 Rocky Mountain on Friday night.

Kross Antonnacchi rumbled for 164 yards and two scores, but the real story may be Malakai Martinez seems to finally be at full strength, throwing for three touchdowns in his first full game since August.

8. HOMEDALE (7-0)

Last week: Defeated Payette, 48-0.

This week: Hosts Weiser on Friday night.

The top team in 3A posted back-to-back shutouts in holding the Pirates to just 119 yards of total offense while Hayden Kincheloe rumbled for 343 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

9. MINICO (7-0)

Last week: Defeated Jerome, 30-7.

This week: Hosts Wood River on Friday night.

The Trojans haven’t been 8-0 in a decade, they look to be in a pretty good position to do just that by playing against an undermanned team with just 16 varsity players.

10. WEST SIDE (6-0)

Last week: Bye.

This week: Travels to Aberdeen on Friday night.

The Pirates return from the off week and are ready to clinch their fourth consecutive 2A South East Idaho Conference title, while also extending the state’s longest winning streak to 28 games.

(Featured file photo by Loren Orr Photography)

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