Declo 52, Filer 44
DECLO — The Hornets held off the Wildcats for a nonconference win in both teams' season opener.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but the teams agreed to move it up a day since the Declo football team plays its state semifinal game Saturday at 11 a.m. at Holt Arena in Pocatello.
Friday's game was tied 8-8 after one quarter, and Declo led the rest of the way — 21-18 at halftime and 35-29 through three quarters.
“We ask a lot of the girls, and they did what we asked," said Declo coach Justin Silcock. "We were happy with how they performed.”
Maddie Ramsey scored 23 points, and Brooke Olsen added 11 for Declo, which will host Raft River on Tuesday.
Filer will play at Nampa Christian on Friday.
Kimberly 50, Burley 41
BURLEY — The Bulldogs beat the Bobcats to begin their season. No other details were available.
Kimberly will host Canyon Ridge on Saturday, and Burley will play at Mountain Home on Tuesday.
Lighthouse Christian 48, Watersprings 22
IDAHO FALLS — The Lions opened their season with a blowout win. No other details were available.
Lighthouse Christian will host Hagerman on Thursday.
Carey 80, Kendrick 36
MOSCOW — In a battle between the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked 1A Division II teams in the state, No. 1 dominated.
The scored was tied 0-0 for the first 25 seconds of the game. The Panthers scored in the 26th, and they led the rest of the way in Friday night's state semifinal game that nearly ended at midnight local time at the Kibbie Dome. The defending state champions are one win away from repeating.
"It was quite an experience to play a game that late in the evening. We didn’t quite know what to expect," Carey head coach Lane Kirkland wrote in an email on Saturday. "It showed a great deal of maturity to respond to that adversity alone, let alone being on the road and playing an undefeated team."
Carey (11-0) led 22-0 through one quarter, 58-14 at halftime and 64-22 through three quarters. The 80 points against the Tigers (9-1) are the most the Panthers have scored in a game this season.
"Our kids were extremely focused and played and near perfect game in the first half," Kirkland wrote. "Our boys became additionally motivated when they read a sign across the field at the beginning of the game that said, 'Tell your girlfriends you’ll be free next Friday night.'"
Carey sophomore quarterback Hunter Smith only needed eight completions on nine attempts to finish with 244 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for two scores. Junior Brigham Parke caught four passes for 142 yards and a touchdown, while senior Porter Larna caught one pass for a 55-yard touchdown and senior Carson Simpson made two receptions for 39 yards.
On the ground, senior Porter Mecham rushed 16 times for 173 yards and four scores, Simpson had nine carries for 84 yards and two TDs and sophomore Dallin Parke had 78 yards and a TD on eight rushes.
Defensively for the Panthers, Smith had eight total tackles and an interception, Larna had eight tackles and two sacks, Dallin Parke had five tackles and a sack and senior Max Dilworth recorded three tackles and an interception.
"Every single kid contributed in a huge way on both sides of the ball," Kirkland wrote. "It was really satisfying to see a diversified offensive attack from so many individuals. Kendrick just didn’t know where the ball was coming from next, nor who was getting it."
Carey will await the winner of Saturday's semifinal game between Lighthouse Christian and Salmon River.