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HS football: 5 stars watch list after Week 7 of the high school football season

October 10, 2018

West Side's Enoch Ward catches a pass during a game Sept. 8 2017, at Marsh Valley High

The 5 stars watch list highlights the top high school football players in the Idaho State Journal’s coverage area. As the season progresses, the list will feature players who are posting notable stat lines and performing impressively on the field. Following the seventh week of the season, the players are ranked in no order.

Payton Campbell, RB/LB, Marsh Valley

Campbell victimized Snake River last Friday, running for 227 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and accumulating six tackles and a forced fumble. The senior running back helped the Eagles beat Snake River for the first time since 2011.

Campbell rushed eight times for 159 yards and three touchdowns in the second half to secure his third consecutive game with at least 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

The senior is averaging 10.4 yards per rush and scoring a touchdown every 5.2 times he touches the ball on offense. Campbell has rushed 114 times for 1,185 yards and 20 touchdowns while catching five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 5 Marsh Valley (5-2, 1-0 3A District 5) hosts American Falls on Oct. 19.

Landon Demuzio, RB, Highland

Demuzio had his best rushing game of the season last Thursday in Highland’s win against Century. The senior rushed a season-high 20 times for a season-high 188 yards and two touchdowns. He added four catches for 44 yards.

Demuzio averaged 9.4 yards per tote and gained all but 59 of Highland’s 247 yards rushing. The running back has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games after not topping 83 yards in the first five games of the season.

In his last two games, Demuzio has 39 offensive touches for 419 yards and six touchdowns. For the season, he has 75 rushes for 664 yards and eight touchdowns and 35 catches for 389 yards and four TDs.

No. 3 Highland (6-1, 1-0 5A District 5-6) plays Friday at Holt Arena against No. 4 Madison.

Nate Manning, QB, Century

Manning continued to take care of the ball in last Thursday’s loss to Highland.

The quarterback completed 14 of 29 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard touchdown to Hudson Williams and a 19-yard score to Titan Fleischmann. Manning hasn’t thrown an interception in his last four games.

Manning has thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game this season, including three games with at least three TD tosses. Manning has thrown a touchdown pass every 9.1 attempts.

For the season, the starting quarterback has completed 110 of 173 passes for 1,480 yards, 19 touchdowns and three interceptions. Manning has 36 carries for 190 yards and five TDs.

Century (5-2, 3-0 3A District 5) plays Friday at Holt Arena against No. 5 Minico.

Kobe Tracy, QB, Highland

Tracy was on the money in Highland’s win against Century last Thursday, completing 22 of 30 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The turnovers were not Tracy’s fault as both passes were intercepted after his receivers failed to haul in the catch.

Tracy tallied 9.6 yards per attempt, including a 52-yard touchdown pass to Andrew VanSickle. The senior QB added a rushing score for his fifth game this season with at least three total TDs. Tracy has also thrown for at least 200 yards in six of seven games.

For the season, Tracy has completed 146 of 204 passes for 1,791 yards, 19 touchdowns, seven interceptions and one rushing TD.

No. 3 Highland (6-1, 1-0 5A District 5-6) plays Friday at Holt Arena against No. 4 Madison.

Matthew Klassen, QB, Aberdeen

Klassen got back on track last Friday in Aberdeen’s win against Marsing, carrying the ball six times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed 3 of 6 passes for 60 yards and one touchdown.

The quarterback tallied his first 100-yard rushing outing since accumulating 125 yards rushing Sept. 7 against North Fremont.

Klassen averaged 16.7 yards per carry to help the Tigers rush for 503 yards in the win against Marsing. For the season, the senior has 67 carries for 715 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s also 11 of 25 through the air for 177 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Aberdeen (3-3, 1-1 2A District 5) hosts Soda Springs on Friday.

In the running (season stats):

Jake Wray, QB, Shelley: 110 of 187 for 1,382 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions; 59 yards rushing and four rushing TDs

Pratt Matthews, WR, Rockland: 33 receptions for 539 yards and eight touchdowns; 3 of 5 for 117 yards; fumble return for TD

Enoch Ward, RB, West Side: 56 carries for 416 yards and seven touchdowns; 14 catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns

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