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Chadd Cripe and Michael Lycklama: Prep football roundup: Treasure Valley's 4A teams thrive as 5A programs falter

Idaho Statesman logo Idaho Statesman 11/10/2019 By Chadd Cripe and Michael Lycklama, The Idaho Statesman

Kuna High quarterback Sean Austin scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 23 seconds left Friday night to lead the Kavemen into their first 4A football state semifinals.

Kuna held off Vallivue 21-18 and improved to 11-0.

Austin threw two touchdown passes to build a 14-6 advantage in the third quarter. Vallivue star quarterback Lan Larison answered with touchdown runs of 18 and 37 yards, but the Falcons failed on both two-point tries — plays that proved pivotal.

After Austin’s TD, Vallivue (8-3) extended its drive on a fourth-and-3 run by Larison. But he was unable to complete a couple of throws on the next set of downs, and the Falcons tried a quarterback draw on fourth-and-14 that didn’t work.

Kuna limited the electric Larison to 197 yards of offense (137 rushing) and 6-for-18 passing.

Austin was 19-for-28 for 157 yards for Kuna, which also got 151 combined rushing yards from Ty Cobb and Jon Edwards. Cobb added 10 tackles and an interception.

Kuna will face Southern Idaho Conference rival Middleton in the semifinals next week.

Middleton 45, Jerome 16

The Vikings blew open the game with four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to set up a date with Kuna in the semifinals.

Trenton Johansen racked up 334 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on 33 touches to lead Middleton (8-3). Dallas Hagler threw for 218 yards.

Johansen scored on a 58-yard run, a 45-yard reception and a 2-yard run.

Nampa 35, Bishop Kelly 28

Nampa quarterback Donavon Estrada accounted for all five touchdowns as the Bulldogs overcame a 14-0 deficit to reach the 4A semifinals for the second straight year. Nampa (8-3) hosts Blackfoot at 6 p.m. next Friday.

Estrada was 7-for-10 for 186 yards and three touchdowns and added 17 carries for 106 yards and two more scores. Jace Mann was his favorite target with six catches for 155 yards and two TDs.

Beau Nelson rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns for BK (7-3), which didn’t allow Nampa to score until midway through the second quarter. The Bulldogs scored three straight times for a 21-14 lead, and also led 28-21. After BK tied it, Estrada tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Mann with 5:44 left for the 35-28 edge.

The Knights had a chance to tie or win in the closing seconds but couldn’t complete a pair of throws from the Bulldogs’ 13-yard line. The final pass was broken up by good coverage in the end zone.

Highland 27, Borah 21

The Rams (8-3) kicked two fourth-quarter field goals to break a tie and advanced to the semifinals for the 21st time in 25 years. Highland travels to face Coeur d’Alene for a spot in the finals.

Highland won by slowing down Borah star quarterback Austin Bolt, who was held to 52 rushing yards on 18 carries. Bolt also threw for 136 yards and a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass. The Rams outrushed the Lions (7-3) 198-75.

Coeur d’Alene 31, Mountain View 21

The Mavericks (8-3) recovered a fumble on the Vikings’ 33-yard line with 4:05 left, trailing by three points. They just missed a touchdown pass on the first play after the turnover — the ball grazed the receiver’s fingertips — then got stuffed on a fourth-and-2 option play.

Mountain View forced Coeur d’Alene (8-2) into third-and-3 with 1:43 left but couldn’t get the stop. Instead, Coeur d’Alene broke a 67-yard touchdown run to clinch the win.

Gus Elwell scored on a 6-yard fumble return for Mountain View and K.J. Lynch made seven catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Coeur d’Alene’s Gunner Giulio rushed 13 times for 132 yards, including the game-clinching TD.

Coeur d’Alene hosts Highland in the 5A semifinals.

Rigby 56, Eagle 28

The Trojans and Mustangs remained tied at 14 after the first quarter. But Rigby (8-1) ran away from there to roll into a 5A state semifinal next week at Rocky Mountain.

Rigby racked up 527 yards of offense, including 368 on the ground. Senior running back Brigham Youngstrom ran for 171 yards and two TDs, and senior quarterback Keegan Thompson ran for 132 yards and three TDs. Thompson also completed 10-of-16 passes for 158 yards and a TD.

The loss ends Eagle’s season at 7-4. Sophomore quarterback Mason McHugh threw for 232 yards and four TDs, but Rigby intercepted three passes.

Homedale 35, Fruitland 7

Homedale quarterback Daniel Uranga threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans advanced to the 3A semifinals. They’ll meet the winner of Saturday’s Timberlake-Weiser game.

Nelson Lomeli made eight catches for 213 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans (10-0), including a 92-yarder. Zack Ziegler rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown for the Grizzlies (5-6).

McCall-Donnelly 48, Declo 7

Quarterback Peter Knudson generated 285 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 completions as the Vandals advanced to the 2A semifinals with a perfect record.

DJ Green was the top receiver with five catches for 150 yards and two scores. Beau Carr added 70 yards and a touchdown on the ground. And the defense limited Declo to 79 yards.

The second-seeded Vandals (10-0) will host third-seeded North Fremont (10-0) next week in the semifinals.

Melba 36, Bear Lake 20

Easton Bunnell rushed for 258 yards and four touchdowns and Scotty Martinez contributed 106 yards and a TD for Melba (8-2).

The Mustangs ran for 433 yards and advance to face top-seeded West Side (9-1) in the 2A semifinals.

North Fremont 44, New Plymouth 19

The Pilgrims (5-5) jumped out to a 19-7 lead 10 seconds into the second quarter. But the undefeated Huskies (10-0) answered with 37 unanswered points to roll into the 2A semifinals.

New Plymouth had no answer for the North Fremont’s dominant ground game. The Huskies ran for 426 yards, including 224 yards and six TDs from Riggen Cordingley.

Quarterback Kobe Roberts led New Plymouth with 202 yards and a TD through the air. He also ran 169 rushing and two scores.

West Side 43, Cole Valley Christian 22

The Chargers (5-5) fell in a 2A state quarterfinal in Dayton. No stats were provided.

Garden Valley 41, Horseshoe Bend 28

Garden Valley (7-3) avenged a regular-season loss to Horseshoe Bend to advance and plays Carey in the 1A Division II semifinals. Austin Fry had 154 rushing yards, 111 receiving yards, two interceptions and a touchdown for Horseshoe Bend (7-2).

Oakley 52, Idaho City 18

The Wildcats (7-3) fell in the 1A Division I quarterfinals. Oakley will play Prairie in the semifinals. No stats were provided.


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