Twin Falls (2-3) at Hillcrest (1-4)
After losing their first three games of the season — each game the Bruins were either leading or within a score in the second half — Twin Falls has gotten veritably healthy against Canyon Ridge and Burley.
5A Hillcrest is 1-4 on the season, but much like the Bruins, own a misleading record, with two losses of a touchdown or less, and a two touchdown loss to Blackfoot. Much like the Bruins difficult schedule over the first three weeks, two of Hillcrest’s losses have come against top three teams in the media poll (4A Skyline and 5A Madison).
The Knights have won five and six games in the last two years respectively, having beaten the Bruins the last two seasons.
Despite the Knights record, a win in Idaho Falls would be impressive indeed, and with the Bruins getting closer and closer to full-game consistency, there’s a decent chance of that elusive road victory against a strong 5A foe.
Twin Falls 28, Hillcrest 24
Canyon Ridge (2-3) at Minico (2-4)
The Riverhawks have had a tough go of it since winning the first two games of the season. A loss against Shelley can be easily excused, but dropping conference home games against the Bruins and Tigers, a game in which the Tigers seemingly had the stylistic advantage as a running team in the rain, will make the road to the playoffs a tough one to hoe.
The Spartans are still a tough team to read, with an impressive win against Century, a dominating performance at home against Burley mixed in with a goose egg at home against Rigby and a close loss to Bonneville.
If anything, the young Spartans get the nod because of home field advantage, but it won;t be clear how much separates the clubs until Friday night.
Minico 36, Canyon Ridge 24
Jerome (2-3) at Sugar-Salem (4-0)
Much like the Bruins, the Tigers are better than their 2-3 record, with heartbreaking losses to Wood River, Idaho Falls and Gooding, and two impressive wins the last two weeks.
Sugar-Salem, undefeated and highly ranked in both the coach and media poll, have seemingly only been challenged by Declo to start the season.
With uncle Mo along for the ride up to Sugar City, the Tigers are a sneaky upset pick in a game the Diggers may just overlook.
Jerome 28, Sugar-Salem 21
Burley (0-5) at Wood River (4-1)
Point differential regression finally caught up to the Wolverines last week, as they fell to a strong Kimberly team 25-24 after four games in the fourth quarter to start the season.
Wood River won’t have that problem Friday.
Wood River 49, Burley 6
American Falls (3-2) at Declo (3-2)
American Falls is far from the pushover they’ve been the last few years, with three straight wins, including one against Filer.
But this is Declo.... at home, a place where prior to a tight defeat against Sugar-Salem to start the season, the Hornets haven’t lost since 2011.
Declo 47, American Falls 21
Kimberly (4-0) at Gooding (2-3)
Two great teams. A Kimberly squad dying to finally take down the long-time juggernaut, and a Gooding team that not only will be trying to fend off the Bulldogs from taking the SCIC, but to get back in the win column.
This has all the makings of an epic, and Friday is the night Kimberly has been waiting years for.
Kimberly 45, Gooding 42 (OT)
Buhl (2-2) at Filer (3-1)
It’s an old-school rivalry/grudge-match between neighboring towns, both of which are finally back on the football map in the SCIC under first year head coaches.
While the Indians have historically dominated, there’s every reason to think the two upstart programs are close to even. Filer, however, will be playing in front of what is likely to be one of the best Wildcats regular season home crowds in many moons.
Filer 27, Buhl 14
Castleford (1-4) at Camas County (1-3)
Camas County 31, Castleford 12
Dietrich (4-0) at Lighthouse Christian (2-3)
Dietrich 56, Lighthouse Christian 18
Glenns Ferry (3-1) at Challis (3-2)
Glenns Ferry 48, Challis 36
Shoshone (2-2) at Grace (3-2)
Grace 36, Shoshone 28
Oakley (3-1) at Murtaugh (0-4)
Oakley 56, Murtaugh 0
Hagerman (1-4) at Valley (4-0)
Valley 63, Hagerman 13