TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT The quarterfinal round of state football is this week and some teams have to travel hundreds of miles.
Carey finally gets to take part in the state playoffs, since Camas had to forfeit last week. The Panthers will host Mackay at home, starting at six. Carey is enjoying a 21-game win streak that started in August 2017. Mackay beat Murtaugh in the first round, sweeping the Red Devils this season. This game starts at 6 p.m.
Gooding travels to Homedale for the biggest test of the year. The Trojans have yet to lose and scoring at will, while the defense has given up a total of 79 points in nine games. Gooding has eight wins on the year, in their two losses they were held to under 30 points. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.
Kimberly hosts Fruitland in what could be a fun game. The Grizzlies knocked off Kellogg Saturday in the first round by the final of 63–7. The reigning state champion has three losses this season, one of those was to Declo, who handed the Bulldogs their lone defeat of the year. Both teams defeated Gooding. Kimberly has amassed a 9–1 record and enjoying a seven game win streak. The game starts at 7 p.m.
In 8-man football, Raft River has a long ways to travel. Prairie hosts the Trojans that night at the Kibbie Dome. Raft River got past Oakley Friday in a nail-biter of the game, solidifying a second seed to the state tournament. Of course, that's an eight hour drive. And Prairie's lone loss of the season was to a team Raft River beat, Valley. This starts at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. MT).
Oakley only has to travel half that far and maybe got the better end of the draw. They play an Idaho City team who has only played 1A DI teams within its conference and the other three opponents were 1A D-II schools. Meanwhile, the Hornets have been grinding it out against the state's best, all while battling injuries along the way. Kick-off is 7 p.m.
Lighthouse hosts Dietrich that night in a match-up of conference foes. The Lions have only lost one game this season, they're staying healthy and ready for a Dietrich team who snuck by North Gem. Of course in their previous meeting, Lighthouse shut out the Blue Devils, 36–0. The game starts at 7 p.m.
No. 1 ranked Declo welcomes in Saint Maries from northern Idaho. The Hornets have some beef with Saint Maries. In 2016, the Lumberjacks produced an undefeated record and won the 2A state title, beating Declo in the championship game. Catch the previous two state champions go to battle at Holt Arena in Pocatello at 1:30 p.m.
And Valley, who's coming off a conference title, welcomes in Clearwater Valley. The Rams compete in the same conference as Prairie and Lapwai, in case were you unfamiliar with them. The Vikings are big, strong and ready to showcase why they're ranked second in the state. This game commences at 1 p.m.