After a bye week, the Wood River Wolverines and Carey Panthers return to prep football action—Wood River hosting Kimberly on Thursday and Carey traveling south to Hagerman on Friday, Oct. 11.
Wood River’s “Senior Night” non-conference grid game against the Kimberly Bulldogs on Thursday starts at 7 p.m. at Phil Homer Field.
Both teams are coming off of wins with Wood River (1-4) beating Buhl 34-20 for Homecoming Sept. 27 in its last action and Kimberly (3-3) winning 52-30 at Filer last Friday.
Traditionally strong on the gridiron, Kimberly (21.3 ppg offense, 22.5 defense) is having a tougher time after going 26-6 in three seasons from 2016-18 including a pair of State 3A third-place playoff results.
Wood River has lost three straight to Kimberly, last winning 38-0 at Hailey in 2015. The Wolverines lost at Kimberly 50-7 on a rainy night in 2018.
Elsewhere in the 4A “Great Basin 10” Conference, the Minico Spartans (5-1, 5-0 GBC) won their fifth straight game and their 14th consecutive home victory 27-25 over Preston (4-2, 3-1 GBC) last Friday.
Minico has a challenging schedule left—Friday at Pocatello (3-3, 2-2 GBC), Oct. 18 home with Century (4-2, 3-1) and Oct. 25 at home against Twin Falls (2-4, 1-3). Jerome (4-2, 3-2) hosts Canyon Ridge (1-5, 1-4) this coming Friday.
Carey visits Hagerman
The Carey Panthers (4-1, 4-1 Sawtooth Conference) visit a Hagerman team (2-4, 2-4) that has scored a bunch of points this fall, 34.0 ppg, but has yielded way more, 51.3 ppg.
Hagerman won 52-26 at home against Hansen last week and also beat Castleford by 32 points for its two conference wins, but the Pirates also surrendered 72 points to the Camas County Mushers Sept. 27.
Biggest game of the week is Friday at Dietrich where the host Blue Devils (4-1, 3-0 home, 3-1 league) will host league-leading Lighthouse Christian of Twin Falls (5-0, 5-0 league, 50.2 offense, 10.0 defense).
Lighthouse, a 51-16 home winner over Murtaugh (2-3, 2-2) last Friday, will lock up the No. 1 Sawtooth playoff seed with a win at Dietrich.