Sports Overtime: Playoff picture sharpens for local football teams

With two weeks to go in all but the 3A SRV regular season, the playoff picture has started to clear for Treasure Valley prep football teams.

5A: At 7-0 in SIC play, Capital clinched a playoff berth Thursday night, and has Centennial and Eagle standing between them and the top seed.

Friday Night:

Meridian 47, Vallivue 43
Mountain View 28, Eagle 21
Rocky Mountain 61, Centennial 14
Timberline 21, Boise 14

Rocky Mountain, Mountain View and Eagle also clinched playoff berths Friday night.

Five teams will represent the 5A SIC in the state playoffs - and Timberline controls its own destiny for the final playoff spot. Meridian, Borah and Centennial remain mathematically alive for the playoffs, but Timberline owns the tiebreaker over Meridian and Centennial if the teams were to end up tied in the standings.


Bishop Kelly kept an opponent out of the end zone for the second straight week, and the undefeated Knights clinched a playoff berth 28-0 over Middleton.

BK 28, Middleton 0
Skyview 28, Nampa 0
Kuna 31, Caldwell 14
Emmett 38, Columbia 14

Still in contention for three playoff spots: Skyview (5-1), Kuna (5-2), Emmett (4-3), Nampa (3-3) and Columbia (2-4). Caldwell, Middleton and Mountain Home have been eliminated.

3A Snake Rriver Valley:

Homedale defeated Gooding 27-14 in a possible playoff preview. The Trojans all but locked-up the conference title a week ago with a win over Fruitland.

Friday, the Grizzlies clinched the second of three playoff spots with a 31-14 win over Weiser. Parma earned its first win of the conference season by beating Payette 35-15. The 1-2 Panthers host 1-2 Weiser October 25 in a game to decide which team gets the last of three playoff spots in the 3A SRV.

2A Western Idaho Conference:

Melba earned a 42-12 win on the road at New Plymouth, knocking the Pilgrims out of a tie for first place - although both teams clinched playoff spots. Undefeated Cole Valley clinched its playoff spot with a fourth conference win, and Nampa Christian beat Marsing for a first WIC win this year. Four teams will represent the WIC at the state tournament this year - all six teams remain in the playoff hunt, but only Cole Valley, Melba and New Plymouth have clinched.

Cole Valley 55, McCall-Donnelly 6
Melba 42, New Plymouth 12
Nampa Christian 49, Marsing 28

Idaho City moved to 2-0 with a win over Greenleaf, and Notus beat Rimrock to tie the Raiders at 1-1 in the conference standings. The four-team conference has two playoff berths into first-round matchups against teams from eastern Idaho.

Idaho City 52, Greenleaf 0
Notus 20, Rimrock 0

Next Friday, Idaho City can clinch the top spot with a win over Rimrock, and Notus could earn the second berth by beating Greenleaf. If Rimrock and Notus both win, the three teams would be tied at 2-1 and would be forced into a Kansas-City playoff to determine the two playoff teams. Greenleaf has been eliminated from playoff contention.


Salmon River took a commanding lead over the rest of the conference with a 56-8 thumping of Garden Valley Friday. Garden Valley's loss combined with Council's win moved the Lumberjacks into second place in the two-berth, seven team conference.

Council and Tri-Valley play one more game in conference than any other teams, and it's unclear how the extra game would play into the standings.

State-wide scores from the Associated Press:
Bear Lake 45, American Falls 0

Bishop Kelly 28, Middleton 0

Bonners Ferry 20, Priest River 13

Burley def. Wood River, forfeit

Calvary Chapel Christian 58, Clark County 12

Castleford 58, Richfield 30

Century 31, Bonneville 7

Clearwater Valley 56, Lapwai 40

Coeur d'Alene 54, Skyline 14

Coeur d'Alene JV 49, St. Maries 46

Cole Valley 55, McCall-Donnelly 6

Council 78, Wilder 28

Deary 58, Kendrick 8

Declo def. Glenns Ferry, forfeit

Emmett 38, Columbia 14

Filer 21, Valley 17

Firth 45, N. Fremont 6

Fruitland 31, Weiser 14

Hagerman 61, Shoshone 12

Homedale 27, Gooding 14

Idaho City 52, Greenleaf 0

Idaho Falls 28, Hillcrest 22, OT

Jerome 45, Minico 33

Kimberly 6, Buhl 0, OT

Kootenai 48, Mullan 0

Kuna 31, Caldwell 14

Lake City 33, Chiawana, Wash. 26

Lakeland 34, Timberlake 6

Lighthouse Christian 50, Carey 0

Madison 28, Blackfoot 20

Melba 42, New Plymouth 12

Meridian 47, Vallivue 43

Mountain View 28, Eagle 21

Murtaugh 28, Grace 20

N. Gem 56, Mackay 32

Nampa Christian 49, Marsing 28

Notus 20, Rimrock 0

Parma 35, Payette 14

Pocatello 20, Preston 13

Prairie 62, Lakeside 12

Raft River 36, Butte County 20

Richland, Wash. 42, Post Falls 13

Riverside, Wash. 42, Kellogg 14

Rocky Mountain 61, Centennial 14

Salmon 55, Ririe 20

Salmon River 56, Garden Valley 8

Sandpoint 14, Moscow 7

Shelley 49, South Fremont 0

Skyview 28, Nampa 0

Snake River 21, Marsh Valley 14

Soda Springs 20, Malad 13

Sugar-Salem 24, Teton 20

Timberline 21, Boise 14

Troy 48, Potlatch 0

Twin Falls 32, Canyon Ridge 19

Wallace 52, Clark Fork 6

Wendell 38, Oakley 0