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Idaho High School Football Playoffs: Quarterfinals Recap
Some exciting finishes and major upsets altered the football landscape
Published: 11/6/2022 7:43:48 AM
Brandon Baney
Managing Editor/Broadcaster



Rocky Mountain 22, Post Falls 0

After a scoreless first quarter, the Grizzlies (10-1) notched a safety when Gage Tanner tackled Post Falls running back Jake Bustamante in the end zone.  After the free kick, Rocky Mountain marched down the field and scored on a one-yard run by Art Williams to extend the lead to 10-0.  The score remained that way until the fourth quarter, when the Grizzlies finally found breathing room on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Tegan Sweaney to CJ Jacobsen, and another Williams touchdown run.  Williams rushed for 143 yards and two scores in the win.  Tevin Burns rushed for 78 yards for Post Falls (7-3).

Rigby 37, Eagle 6

The Trojans (9-2) advanced to the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year with a road win at Eagle (6-4). Player of the Game Luke Flowers completed 17-of-25 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns.  Three of the four TDs went to Brady Packer, while Kade Steffler caught the fourth.  Eagle was led by Ian Duarte, who caught six passes for 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Meridian 18, Middleton 6

On a windy night, the Warriors (10-0) stuck to the ground game, piling up 209 rushing yards in the win.  Luke St. Mitchell rushed for 44 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Rylie Byington and Marco Del Rio added 85 and 64 yards rushing, respectively.  Middleton (7-4) scored on a nine-yard pass from Dekker Hagler to Sawyer Heck.

Mountain View 30, Highland 24

Tied at 24-24 late in the fourth quarter, Mountain View (7-4) forced a turnover on defense when Wyatt Farnsworth collected an interception off of a tipped pass.  Two plays later, running back Valentin Gomez-Ricks scored the game winning touchdown on a 35-yard run to give the Mavericks the 30-24 lead with just 28 seconds remaining.  The touchdown alone would have earned Gomez-Ricks Player of the Game honors, but he also rushed for 168 yards in the win.  Dawson Wahl threw for 152 yards and three touchdowns for Mountain View, as well.  Highland (6-4) was led by quarterback Drew Hymas.  Hymas threw for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and added 107 yards and a score on the ground.


Bishop Kelly 28, Pocatello 7

After suffering a 28-17 loss to Pocatello in the 2021 quarterfinal round, Bishop Kelly (11-0) exacted revenge on Friday.  Peter Minnaert rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns for the Knights, as Bishop Kelly rushed for 360 yards as a team.  Pocatello (5-5) scored on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Hunter May to Garret Keller.

Minico 28, Blackfoot 13

The Spartans (10-1) built up a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs from Carson Wayment and Jafeth Bendele.  Blackfoot (6-5) answered, as Jaxon Grimmett found JaVonte King for a touchdown and Kort Capson scored on a short run to bring the Broncos to within one at 14-13.  The Minico defense held strong from there, though, pitching a shutout the rest of the way.  Bendele found the end zone twice in the win, and was named Player of the Game.

Skyline 43, Twin Falls 21

Skyline (8-3) exploded offensively, earning another playoff game inside Holt Arena for next week's semifinals.  Lachlan Haacke completed 12-of-17 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns for Skyline.  Caden Taggart caught six passes for 98 yards and two scores.  Twin Falls (8-3) was led by James Noorlander, who rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns.  Brandon Miller also caught six passes for 116 yards and a score.

Sandpoint 48, Shelley 14

For the second year in a row, Sandpoint (6-3) hosted Shelley (5-6) in the quarterfinal round.  And for the second consecutive year, the Bulldogs emerged victorious. Player of the Game Parker Pettit passed for 140 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 128 yards and a score.  Joseph Hughes added 64 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, as Sandpoint rushed for 364 yards as a team.


Sugar-Salem 48, Fruitland 21

Sugar-Salem (9-0) displayed their usual balance in a dominant quarterfinal win over Fruitland (5-6). Player of the Game Cach Harris found the end zone twice, including a 23-yard interception return for a score.  Josiah Bosco recovered two fumbles for the Diggers defense, and returned the second fumble 25 yards for a touchdown.  On offense, the Diggers rushed for 235 yards as a team.  Quarterback Danny Neal led the way, collecting 54 yards and two rushing scores.  He also threw for 104 yards and a touchdown to Zac Dougherty.  Fruitland was paced by Luke Barinaga, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third.

Teton 53, Buhl 32

Teton (8-2) flew past Buhl (9-2) in a quarterfinal battle.  Jack Nelson threw for 254 yards and five touchdowns in the win.  Ty Brown caught six passes for 128 yards and three TDs, while Thomas Heuseveldt hauled in six passes for 100 yards and two scores.  Heuseveldt also rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown.

Homedale 42, South Fremont 13

The Trojans (9-1) earned the quarterfinal win thanks to a strong defensive effort.  Homedale allowed only 13 points and 164 total yards to South Fremont (7-4), and forced three turnovers.  Trenton Fisher rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown in the win, and also returned an interception for a touchdown.  Rylan  Binford added 82 yards and three touchdowns rushing.  And Player of the Game Jaxon Dines went 15-of-20 passing for 127 yards and two scores.  South Fremont scored on a touchdown run by Hunter Hobbs and a touchdown pass from Bryce Johnson to Preston Stoddard.

Weiser 35, Bonners Ferry 25

Weiser (10-1) led early 14-0, and from there, Bonners Ferry (9-1) matched the Wolverines score-for-score, but the early two-score lead ultimately stood in a ten point win.  Andrew Enders threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and added 68 yards and a score on the ground, picking up Player of the Game honors.  Blake Rice scored on a ten-yard run with 9:02 to remaining to bring Bonners Ferry to within 28-25, but Weiser answered with a touchdown pass from Enders to Malakye Scott to put the game away.


Bear Lake 46, Kellogg 20

Bear Lake (8-1) pitched a second half shutout against the potent Kellogg (6-4) offense, earning a home win in the 2A quarterfinals.  Tayson Neal completed 11-of-18 passes for 225 yards and five touchdowns in the win.  Bryson Crane caught two touchdowns for the Bears, while Rhett Lloyd, Toby Flake and Tyler Beresford all caught TDs, as well.  Beresford added 141 yards and a score on the ground.  Kellogg was led by Riply Luna, who threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns.  Luna also ran for a score.

West Side 31, Declo 10

Treg Zaharis returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, and Declo (4-5) led 7-0.  The Hornets added a field goal, and all of a sudden, West Side (9-1) trailed 10-0.  From that point on, West Side then scored the next 31 points unanswered and won 31-10.  Parker Moser rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and was named Player of the Game.  Easton Shurtliff also found the end zone twice for the Pirates.

Firth 33, North Fremont 0

Firth (7-2) defeated their rivals from North Fremont (7-3) for the second time this year, earning a spot in the semifinals in the process.  Gage Vasquez finished 15-of-18 passing for 364 yards and three touchdowns for Firth.  He also rushed for 72 yards and two scores. Player of the Game Burton Park was Vasquez's top receiver, as Park hauled in seven passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns.  The Huskies were paced by Carson Packer and Angel Romero.  The duo combined to rush for 96 yards.

Aberdeen 34, Melba 30

Aberdeen (7-3) showcased their strong rushing abilities, controlling the pace of the game, building up a lead, and withstanding a fourth quarter rally by Melba (8-2).  Quarterback Brody Beck rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers offense, and was named Player of the Game.  Melba was led by Carlos Colunga, who rushed for three touchdowns.


Oakley 48, Lighthouse Christian 0

The Hornets (8-1) defeated league foe Lighthouse Christian (3-7) for the second time this year, pitching a shutout on defense, and featuring several playmakers on offense.  The entire offensive line for Oakley earned Player of the Game honors.  Houston Bingham ran for two touchdowns for Oakley, while Porter Pickett threw a pair of touchdown passes to Bry Severe and Ethan Toribau.  Toribau also scored on a TD run, and KeShawn Crocker returned the second half kickoff 80 yards for a score.

Carey 46, Notus 16

This game was close for three quarters, but a strong finish by Carey (8-2) propelled the Panthers to the win.  Carey led by scores of 8-0 and 16-8 at the end of the first and second quarters, respectively.  After a Conner Simpson touchdown run in the third quarter put the Panthers up 24-8, Notus (7-2) once again answered, as Benny Guevara found Grayson Benitez for a five-yard touchdown, bringing the Pirates to within 24-16 with 4:03 to play in the third.  Carey pitched a shutout from there, and slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter. Player of the Game Conner Simpson rushed for 160 yards, a touchdown and four two-point conversions.  He also caught two passes for 51 yards and a score.  Notus was led by Carter Woodland, who rushed for 117 yards.

Grace 56, Raft River 26

Raft River (6-4) scored first on a touchdown pass from Tate Whitaker to Kole Spencer.  Grace (8-1) took over from there.  Dallon Draper rushed for a touchdown, caught a TD pass from Tytan Anderson and returned a fumble for a score.  Anderson scored twice on the ground, and threw a touchdown pass to Trevor Mathews.  Mathews also scored on the ground, as did William Mickelson.

Kamiah 16, Butte County 12

Butte County (6-3) struck first on a three-yard run from Brody Westergard.  Kamiah (9-1) then scored 16 unanswered points.  David Kludt threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Kaden DeGroot, then ran in the two-point conversion to put Kamiah up 8-6 at halftime.  In the third quarter, Conner Weddle ripped off an 88-yard touchdown run.  Everett Oatman ran in the conversion and the Kubs led after three, 16-6.  Butte County tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, as Treyton Allen scored on a two-yard run.  But sloppy conditions and turnovers ended the Pirates' chances at a comeback.  


Kendrick 46, Camas County 0

Kendrick (10-0) piled up 419 yards of total offense in the shutout win. Player of the Game Ty Koepp threw for 155 yards and a touchdown, while added 107 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.  Defensively, the Tigers held Camas County (7-3) to 2 yards rushing, and forced five turnovers. Jagger Hewett tallied three interceptions on his own.

Castleford 6, Council 0

In a game that featured snow, rain, wind, penalties, turnovers and generally unpleasant conditions, both teams struggled to find their footing. The lone score came early in the second quarter, as Council ( 7-3) fumbled the snap on a punt attempt, giving Castleford (9-1) possession at Council's five-yard line.  On a third-and-goal play, Ethan Roland scored on a touchdown run for the Wolves, putting Castleford ahead 6-0.  Council mounted one final drive late in the fourth quarter.  A pass from Josh Gipe to Mason Roberts, and runs by Gipe and Wyatt Vining, moved the ball to Castleford's 35-yard line with 1:48 remaining.  A roughing the passer penalty against Castleford gave Council the ball at the Wolves' 20-yard line.  After a two-yard gain on first down, the Lumberjacks threw three incomplete passes and turned the ball over on downs.  Castleford ran out the clock from there and won the game, 6-0.

Dietrich 64, Rockland 14

Dietrich (10-0) showcased their offensive abilities against Rockland (4-5).  Payten Sneddon was named Player of the Game after scoring three rushing touchdowns for the Blue Devils.  Cody Power added two rushing touchdowns, while Hayden Astle, Hudsun Lucero and Wyett Sneddon all scored on the ground as well.  Connor Perkins also returned a fumble for a touchdown.  Rockland was led by Teague Matthews, who ran for a touchdown and threw a TD to Brigham Permann.

Garden Valley 36, Mullan/St. Regis 6

Garden Valley (9-1) traveled north for the second week in a row and came away with a road win.  Mullan/St. Regis (8-3) scored first when Caleb Ball found Blake Layton for a touchdown.  But the Wolverines scored the next 36 points unanswered. Player of the Game Gavin Kelly rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown, while the Garden Valley defense forced five turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown by Tacoma Kelly.

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