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HS football: Previews and predictions for Week 6 of the high school football slate

September 29, 2018
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Century’s Hudson Williams (right) and Cole McKinlay (left) celebrate Williams’ touchdown in a game Sept. 14 at Holt Arena against Preston.

Highland at Thunder Ridge, 7 p.m.

Highland’s 23-game 5A District 5-6 winning streak is on the line Friday at Thunder Ridge as the fresh-faced Titans will be welcomed to the conference by the Rams. Highland’s 13-game overall winning streak was snapped after the Rams lost last Friday at Coeur d’Alene, while Thunder Ridge (0-5) remained winless following a home loss to Kuna.

Thunder Ridge has been outscored 232-16 this season, and no opponent has tallied fewer than 40 points against the Titans. Don’t expect that to change Friday as the No. 3 Rams (4-1) are averaging 32.2 points per game this season.

Highland 49, Thunder Ridge 7

Twin Falls at Century, 7 p.m., Holt Arena

Century and Twin Falls meet Friday at Holt Arena for a 4A District 4-5 matchup that will not count toward either sides’ conference mark as the teams are in different conference pods. Century (4-1, 3-0 4A District 4-5 East Pod) hasn’t lost since Week 1’s uneven matchup against Orem (Utah). The Diamondbacks’ offense has deep-threat receiver Drew Gunter (18 catches for 412 yards and three TDs) and chain-moving receiver Hudson William (20-301-5).

Twin Falls (4-1, 2-0 4A District 4-5 West Pod) has already matched its win total from a season ago. The team leans on running back Jarod Perry, who has rushed for 100 yards or more three times this season, according to stats from magicvalley.com. Fifth-ranked Century has allowed two 100-plus yard rushers this season.

Century 31, Twin Falls 20

Pocatello at Canyon Ridge, 7 p.m.

Pocatello looks to snap its three-game skid Friday as the team travels to play Canyon Ridge. The Indians (1-4, 0-1 4A District 4-5 East Pod) have fallen on hard times as injuries and losses have piled up. Starting quarterback Kobee Gunter left last Friday’s loss to Shelley with an injury, and his status is unknown for Friday. In Gunter’s absence, Sheldon Romriell completed 8 of 15 passes for 109 yards.

Canyon Ridge (0-5, 0-1 4A District 4-5 West Pod) is on a six-game losing streak that dates to last season. Pocatello hasn’t lost four games in a row since the 2013 season.

Pocatello 21, Canyon Ridge 13

Idaho Falls at Blackfoot, 7 p.m.

Blackfoot has faced two perennial contenders in the last two weeks. The Broncos lost to two-time defending 4A state champion Skyline in Week 4 and fell to 5A’s Madison last Friday. The Broncos (2-3, 1-0 4A District 6) led 14-6 in the second quarter against the No. 1 Grizzlies and led 10-7 in the second quarter against Madison.

Idaho Falls started the season with a win over 5A Lewiston, but has come back to earth as the team has lost three of its last four games. The Tigers (2-3, 0-2 4A District 6) are experienced and talented, but that hasn’t translated to the win column, yet.

Idaho Falls 28, Blackfoot 24

Minico at Preston, 7 p.m.

Preston’s toughest test of the season comes Friday against Minico at home. The Indians are averaging 217.4 yards per game, led by Scott Dunn’s 48.8 yards receiving per game. Preston (2-3, 0-1 4A District 4-5 East Pod) has accumulated more than 200 yards of offense three times this season, and the team will need to find offensive success to keep up with high-scoring Minico (5-0 1-0 4A District 4-5 East Pod), which is averaging 48.4 points per game.

Minico 45, Preston 13

Bonneville at Shelley, 7 p.m.

Shelley’s three-game losing streak ended last Friday with a win over Pocatello. The Russets have relied on quarterback Jake Wray and all-around player Brandon McBride to guide the offense, while all-state defensive back Wyatt Remington has paced the defense.

Shelley (2-3, 0-1 4A District 6) notches a key conference victory Friday against the Bees (3-2, 0-1 4A District 6).

Shelley 28, Bonneville 21

South Fremont at Marsh Valley, 7 p.m.

Marsh Valley faces another test Friday against South Fremont at home. Marsh Valley running back Payton Campbell has rushed 73 times for 718 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, including 206 yards rushing and five rushing scores in a home win last Friday against Bear Lake. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles (3-2) are allowing 6.8 yards per pass and 1.9 yards per rush.

South Fremont brings in a high-flying offense that is tallying 328.6 yards per game, including 225.8 yards on the ground. The Cougars (4-1) have finished each game this season with 4.1 yards per carry or better while tallying 6.2 yards per pass.

Marsh Valley 27, South Fremont 13

American Falls at Battle Mountain (NV), 7 p.m.

American Falls faces run-first Battle Mountain (Nevada) on Friday. The Longhorns (4-1) are averaging 8 yards per carry and 151 yards rushing per game this season. Four different Battle Mountain players have rushed at least 10 times, led by Cody Ostler’s 33 carries for 548 yards and three touchdowns. The run game sets up scoring plays through the air as Battle Mountain has nine passing scores this season.

American Falls (1-3) is showing improving under first-year coach Cory Hollingsworth.

Battle Mountain 21, American Falls 14

Teton at Snake River, 7 p.m.

Snake River looks for its first win of the season Friday against Teton. The Panthers have been outscored 176-36 and will need big games from ball carriers Gunnar Ramsdell and Treyton Young to earn their first win of the season.

Teton (2-3) hasn’t beaten Snake River since 2013.

Snake River 21, Teton 20

Bear Lake at Soda Springs, 7 p.m.

Soda Springs’ first win of the season under first-year coach Colter Evans came last Friday at Malad. The Cardinals (1-3, 1-0 2A District 5) rallied from a 30-8 deficit in the third quarter to snap their seven-game losing streak that dated back to last season.

Bear Lake (1-4, 0-1 2A District 5) hasn’t won since opening the season with a victory over Rich (Utah). The Bears returned two starters from last season’s team and are adapting to being an inexperienced squad.

Soda Springs 26, Bear Lake 20

Malad at West Side, 7 p.m.

West Side brings an imposing rushing attack and a smothering defense into Friday’s game against Malad. The second-ranked Pirates (5-0, 1-0 2A District 5) will continue their unbeaten season against the Dragons (1-4, 0-1 2A District 5), who beat Wendell in Week 3 to snap a 24-game losing streak that spanned over three years.

West Side 42, Malad 7

Salmon at Firth, 7 p.m.

Salmon hasn’t scored a touchdown since opening the season with a win over Anaconda (Montana). The Savages (1-3, 0-1 2A District 6) will score points this week, but Firth (2-2, 1-0 2A District 6) will deploy its weapons to handle Salmon.

Firth 24, Salmon 6

Castleford at Rockland, 4:30 p.m.

Pratt Matthews has been a bright spot for Rockland this season, catching 32 passes for 535 yards and eight touchdowns. Braden Permann has also been solid under center for the Bulldogs, who have the weapons to take advantage of a Castleford team that is allowing 48.2 points per game.

Rockland 32, Castleford 24

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