TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) UPDATE:
Twin Falls 28, Pocatello 14: The Bruins defeated the Indians at Wood River High School on Saturday. The Twin Falls defense forced seven turnovers. On offense, Jared Perry recorded 60 carries for 227 yards. While the teams belong to the Great Basin Conference, they're in two different pods. This game only matters in a potential playoff scenario down the road as a tiebreaker.
Vallivue 54, Canyon Ridge 22: The Falcons defeated the Riverhawks at Mountain Home High School Saturday night. Vallivue led 28-16 at the half.
Welcome to the first week of high school football. With the poor air quality in the area, athletic directors had to evaluate the conditions come game time and some schools in Twin Falls County did not see action Friday night.
Twin Falls was all set to host Pocatello, when the air quality was monitored at 137. By game time, the air quality worsened, getting as high as 154 on the index.
After an hour an half following the scheduled kick–off time, only two officials stayed for a possible contest. Athletic director Ted Reynolds then made the announcement that the game was postponed until Saturday. Here's Reynolds now on the decision.
"To play, the number has to be under 150, that puts us in the orange. It's at the upper end of the orange. At 150, IHSAA catastrophic insurance does not cover the athletes, so we can't take those chances. That's why we couldn't play tonight. We couldn't get the number under 150," Reynolds explained.
Reynolds will check the air quality on Saturday at 3 p.m. If it's between 130 and 135, they will play the game at Bruin Stadium. If the number is higher, American Falls will host the contest. Regardless, the kick–off time remains at seven p.m.
Canyon Ridge and Vallivue were postponed as well. According to the Riverhawks athletic director, Lonnie Ahlquist, they'll determine the location by Saturday at 2 p.m.. If the air quality improves, the Riverhawks will still host the Falcons. If the air quality is poor, then the teams will play at Mountain Home High School. The kick-off time remains at 7 p.m.