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Idaho High School Football Playoffs: First Round Recap
Published: 10/28/2022 11:28:46 AM
Brandon Baney
Managing Editor/Broadcaster



Rocky Mountain 51, Kuna 10

Rocky Mountain (9-1) set the tone early, as Parker Weatherly returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown just 42 seconds into the contest.  Art Williams rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries, and earned Player of the Game honors.  Tegan Sweaney completed 9-of-13 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns, as well.  Kuna (5-5) quarterback Cole Luekenga scored on a one-yard run.

Rigby 49, Owyhee 14

The defending 5A champs from Rigby (8-2) started fast in a runaway win over an Owhyee program making its first postseason appearance in school history.  Luke Flowers threw for 312 yards and five touchdowns, as Player of the Game Kade Steffler hauled n two scoring receptions.  Coen Peck, Brady Packer and Brevin Larsen also caught TDs for Rigby, while Flowers and Lucas Mikkola scored on the ground.  Kade Martin threw two touchdowns (one to Carson Hamilton, one to Gage Haws) for Owyhee (5-5).

Middleton 14, Lewiston 7

The Bengals struck first when Jackson Lathen scored on a 40-yard run.  Middleton tied things up just before halftime when Dekker Hagler found Cole Holman for a 23-yard score.  The game remained that way until Hagler scored on a three-yard run with just 6:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.  Lewiston had a couple of chances to respond, but ultimately Drew Hottinger's desperation heave to Austin Lawrence fell incomplete as time expired.  Holman rushed for 93 yards in the win for Middleton (7-3).  Drew Hottinger threw for 166 yards and rushed for 24 for Lewiston (7-3).

Mountain View 44, Nampa 0

After Nampa defeated the Mavericks 23-14 in the regular season, Mountain View (6-4) exacted revenge in a first round playoff game Friday night. Player of the Game Dawson Wahl led the way, completing 16-of-20 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown, while adding 57 yards and two TDs on the ground.  Nampa (7-3) was led by Daniel Carrillo's 116 yards rushing.


Bishop Kelly 70, Canyon Ridge 0

The top-seeded Knights (10-0) had no problems with Canyon Ridge (5-4) in their playoff opener.  Peter Minnaert returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, and finished the night with 52 yards rushing and a touchdown.  Dean Tipton-Wade added 82 yards on the ground with a touchdown, and Noah Bornes also returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown.

Pocatello 20, Lakeland 14

Turnovers plagued both teams in this first round contest, as only three points were scored in the entire second half.  Lakeland (7-3) built up a 14-3 lead in the first half thanks to touchdown runs from Caysen Loutzenhiser and John Cornish.  But just before halftime, Ryken EchoHawk scored on a seven-yard run to bring the Thunder (5-4) to within 14-10.  On Pocatello's extra point try, Lakeland was flagged for running into the kicker, and with the ensuing kickoff pushed up to the Hawks' 45-yard-line, the Thunder went for an onside kick and recovered.  In the blink of an eye, Hunter May found Krue Hales for a 25-yard touchdown, and Pocatello led at halftime 17-14.  Lakeland wouldn't score again, as the Hawks fumbled three times in the second half, including one fumble at Pocatello's two-yard line.  Hales was named Player of the Game for his touchdown reception, as well as a fumble recovery in the second half.

Minico 20, Vallivue 14 (OT)

A wild, back-and-forth affair nearly went to the Falcons, who were aiming to upset Minico for the second year in a row.  Minico (9-1) struck first on a 47-yard touchdown run from Player of the Game Jafeth Bendele.  Vallivue (5-5) answered with a 45-yard TD run from Koa Maio and a one-yard QB sneak from Isaac Moore, and the Falcons led 14-7 at halftime.  Minico tied things at 14-all with five minutes to play in the third, as Carson Wayment found JT Garza for a 65-yard touchdown.  The game headed to overtime from there, as both defenses stopped promising drives with takeaways in the fourth quarter.  In overtime, Bendele scored on a four-yard jaunt, while Vallivue's fourth down pass from Moore fell incomplete.  

Blackfoot 35, Hillcrest 17

Blackfoot (6-4) held a slim 7-3 midway after one quarter over Hillcrest.  Then, in a three minute span, this happened:

Jaxon Grimmett hit JaVonte King for a seven-yard touchdown
Tradyn Henderson forced a fumble while sacking Hillcrest quarterback Peyton King and Steven Sanders recovered that fumble
Grimmett scored on a nine-yard run
Blackfoot recovered an onside kick
And Grimmett hit King for a 10-yard TD

In the blink of an eye, it was 28-3 Blackfoot.  Grimmett finished the game with 286 yards passing and four touchdowns.  King caught seven balls for 106 yards and three scores.  Hillcrest (5-5) was paced by King's 110 yards and touchdown passing.

Skyline 42, Bonneville 0

After falling to Bonneville 16-13 in the regular season, the Grizzlies (7-3) made sure a similar outcome wasn't in the cards in this first round playoff rematch.  Skyline led 35-0 at halftime, as Bonneville (3-7) had a tough time getting anything going.  Lachlan Haacke was 11-of-12 passing for 158 yards and four touchdowns, added 76 yards rushing, and was named Player of the Game.  Kenyon Sadiq hauled in five passes for 96 yards and three scores, and Abrahn Silverio found the end zone twice on the ground as well.  The Bees were led by Landon Taft, who rushed for 38 yards.

Twin Falls 47, Burley 35

Twin Falls (8-2) claimed victory over Burley (6-4) for the second time this year on the strength of its ground game.  The Bruins rushed for 346 yards as a team, headlined by Player of the Game James Noorlander, who rushed for 212 yards and five touchdowns.  Wyatt Solosabal added 118 yards and a score, while Austin Crum was 9-of-15 passing for 126 yards and a touchdown to Carter Orr.  Burley running back Ramsey Trevino found the end zone five times for the Bobcats.

Sandpoint 63, Skyview 35

The Bulldogs blew past Skyview in a first round playoff game Friday night.  Sandpoint (5-3) sizzled behind Player of the Game Max Frank, who rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries.  Frank added two receptions for 63 yards and a fifth score.  Joseph Hughes rushed for 109 yards and a score, while quarterback Parker Pettit added 91 yards rushing.  In all, the Bulldogs piled up 465 yards on the ground.  Skyview (2-8) quarterback Max Cutforth passed for 409 yards and four touchdowns.

Shelley 37, Emmett 13

Shelley (5-5) built up a 24-0 lead at halftime on the strength of its run game and ball control offense.  Quarterback Nate Nelson scored on three short sneak plays, and also threw a touchdown pass to Michael Clegg.  His efforts earned him Player of the Game honors.  Ryker Clinger also scored a touchdown run for the Russets.  Emmett (7-3) scored on a Ry Fullerton touchdown run and a Dakota Perry to Stevie Howe touchdown pass.


Bonners Ferry 21, Wood River 7

The Badgers (9-0) earned their first postseason win since 2003 thanks to Player of the Game Cleo Henslee, who rushed for all three Bonners Ferry touchdowns in the win.  Wood River (3-7) scored on a touchdown run from Caleb Hotherm.  The Wolverines nearly made a game of it, trailing 14-7 late in the game.  Wood River was driving for a possible game-tying touchdown, but Sawyer Grafft threw an interception to Tully Reinhardt with 2:20 to play.  From there, Henslee scored his third touchdown to put the game out of reach.

Buhl 12, McCall-Donnelly 6

Buhl (9-1) scored on its opening drive when Austin Fransen found Conner Sullivan for a five-yard touchdown.  The Indians extended the lead just before halftime when Jayce Bower found the end zone from three yards out.  From there, the Buhl defense held firm.  McCall-Donnelly (4-4) scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Maddox Arnold to TJ Leonard.

Fruitland 27, Snake River 14

The Grizzlies (5-5) earned the road win over Snake River with a strong defensive effort, highlighted by Lane Roberts' 80-yard interception return for a touchdown that ended any hopes of a Snake River comeback.  The Panthers had successfully recovered an onside kick prior to the pick six, but Roberts' defensive score slammed the door shut.  Roberts added a pair of rushing touchdowns on offense, and earned Player of the Game honors.  The Panthers (6-3) were led by quarterback Danny Wray, who threw a pair of touchdown passes.

Weiser 34, Timberlake 27

The Wolverines (9-1) traded blows early in the game, built up a small cushion in the second and third quarters, then withstood a furious Timberlake rally to earn the win.  Trailing 34-21, the Tigers (4-4) scored on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Cole Meidinger to RajaNee Olivieri with just 2:15 to play.  But Timberlake's onside kick attempt was recovered by Weiser, and the Wolverines ran out the clock from there. Player of the Game Michael Youngberg caught four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns from two different passers (Andrew Enders and Kolin Cook).

Teton 56, Marsh Valley 13

After a narrow 41-40 win over Marsh Valley on September 2nd, Teton (7-2) made sure that the rematch was decided early.  Jack Nelson was 14-of-20 passing for 295 yards and four touchdowns in the win, and added 73 yards rushing on just six carries.  Ashton Gunther caught four passes for 128 yards and two scores, as well.  Marsh Valley (3-6) was led by quarterback Bradley Belnap, who rushed for a 25-yard touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Alex Vaughan.

South Fremont 48, Kimberly 14

South Fremont (7-3) earned the home playoff win behind Player of the Game Bryce Johnson, who ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw a TD to Kolby Clark.  Hadley Hill ran for two touchdowns, Hunter Hobbs rushed for a score, and Preston Stoddard returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, as well.  Kimberly (7-3) quarterback Kade Larson threw touchdown passes to Mason Jensen and Connor Laughlin.


West Side 61, Cole Valley Christian 14

The Pirates (8-1) piled up 463 yards of total offense in a runaway win over Cole Valley Christian (5-4).  West Side's three-headed running back monster of Parker Moser, Crew Sage and Easton Shurtliff starred once again, as all three players scored three touchdowns apiece.  Sage and Moser each caught a touchdown pass from Eli Brown, who finished 9-of-11 for 164 yards and two scores.

Aberdeen 52, St. Maries 8

Aberdeen (6-3) defended their home field on Saturday, as Player of the Game Brody Beck threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two scores. Marshall Elliott returned an interception for a score for the Aberdeen defense, as well.  St. Maries (3-6) scored on a touchdown run from Trey Gibson.

North Fremont 60, Soda Springs 30

North Fremont (7-2) was shot of a cannon to start, as Carson Packer scored on a 60-yard run on the opening play from scrimmage.  Packer ended the game with 246 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while Angel Romero added 107 yards and two scores rushing. Player of the Game Hank Richardson caught a touchdown pass, but the defensive side of the ball is where he shined.  Richardson collected five sacks and returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.  Soda Springs (3-7) was led by quarterback Trey Stephens, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth.


Carey 70, Idaho City 6

Carey (7-2) scored 70 points on just 21 offensive plays.  The Panthers rushed for 195 yards as a team, as Conner Simpson led the way with 80 yards and three touchdowns on three carries.  Colton Larna added 60 yards and a score.  Preston Wood completed 4-of-6 passes for 168 yards and four touchdowns (two to Riley Morey, one to Simpson and one to Carsn Perkes).  Morey also returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown.  Brody Backus rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown for Idaho City (3-6).

Butte County 72, Lapwai 28

Butte County (6-2) rushed for 438 yards, as their ball control offense kept an explosive Lapwai offense off the field.  Treyton Allen rushed for 157 yards and three scores, and earned Player of the Game honors.  Lapwai (5-4) was led by Terrell Ellenwood-Jones, who threw three touchdown passes for the Wildcats.

Raft River 54, Clearwater Valley 22

The Trojans (6-3), finally healthy and rested, showed why they are to be feared during the 1AD1 playoffs.  Tate Whitaker returned from injury to quarterback the Raft River offense, and finished with 178 yards passing and five touchdowns, along with 76 yards rushing.  Whitaker was named Player of the Game for his efforts.  Alex Murillo anchored the defense with ten tackles, and also caught a 40-yard touchdown and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD.  Clearwater Valley (7-3) was led by Bass Myers, who caught two touchdown passes from Louie Fabbi.

Lighthouse Christian 34, Murtaugh 26

After suffering a 28-8 defeat to Murtaugh just five days prior, the Lions of Lighthouse Christian (3-6) exacted revenge, thanks in part to six takeaways on defense and the dual-threat abilities of quarterback Case Van Leeuwen.  Van Leeuwen, filling in for injured starter Justice Schrader, threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns, including a 12-yard strike to Jack DeJong with just one-tenth of a second remaining in the first half.  Van Leeuwen also did damage with his legs, rushing for 143 yards and three scores.  Those efforts earned Van Leeuwen Player of the Game honors.  Murtaugh (5-4) was led by Eli Merrick, who rushed for 190 yards and a touchdown.


Camas County 66, Watersprings 32

The Mushers (7-2) picked up a road win on Friday afternoon in Idaho Falls. Player of the Game Troy Smith rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown, and contributed 7.5 tackles and two interceptions on defense (including one he returned for a touchdown).  Tristen Smith passed for 175 yards and three touchdowns, and Kody Smith came away with nine tackles and three interceptions for Camas County, as well.  Watersprings (4-4) was led by Jrew Plocher, who passed for 222 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 146 yards.

Castleford 56, Clark Fork 0

Castleford (8-1) earned the shutout win over Clark Fork (5-4), as Player of the Game Ethan Roland threw three touchdown passes and ran for three scores as well.

Dietrich 54, Horseshoe Bend 20

Dietrich (9-0) remained unbeaten with a home playoff win over Horseshoe Bend on Thursday night.  The Blue Devils held a slim 8-6 lead midway through the second quarter but exploded for three touchdowns right before the half to extend the halftime advantage to 30-6.  Dietrich quarterback Cody Power threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns and added 182 yards and two scores on the ground, and was named Player of the Game.  Blayne Meyer led Horseshoe Bend (5-4) with two rushing touchdowns.

Garden Valley 47, Lewis County 8

The Wolverines (8-1) earned the road win Friday night in Craigmont.  Tacoma Kelly paced Garden Valley with three touchdown runs, two touchdown passes and a touchdown reception.  Wyatt Webb scored on a touchdown run for Lewis County (6-3).

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