Opening week my rankings were:
A little bias for obvious reasons but if I was not, they would be in the 2nd spot. They did not lose much from last year but they did gain tuns of experience. I am excited to see what Kyle Ostermiller will do this season after being a Varsity RB since his freshman year. Also one of the biggest O-Lines that I have ever seen at Sugar this year to run behind. I see too much talent and size in this team to drop out of the top five talk for a while.
They lost only 2 key players from last year, a hard nosed RB and a Boise State commit TE/DL. They are bringing in tuns of experience and depth. This stacked with Fruitland losing so much of their squad, I believe its Homedales year in the West and will be a big contender in the post season.
Despite losing most of their O-Line to graduation, I believe their speed and athleticism will make up for their inexperience in the trenches. I counted these guys out last year thinking they would have an off year and they finished with a solid 7-3 record. I think, for now (Until Gooding impresses me more) that they will at least be District 4 champs and depending on how well their O-Line catches up in experience, could also make a deep run in the playoffs.
I know that they lost alot and have a smaller senior class then ever this year, but being two time defending state champions and being in every state title game except one for like 10 years still carries alot of weight. They are obviously well coached and have a program built on making men out of boys very quickly. They may not be a team that reaches the championship this year, but I expect that every team who plays them will have the biggest fight of the week on their hands.
These guys I have to admit are on my S list. They have produced some great teams over the past couple of years but last year, barely beating Kellogg in the post season, lost alot of points to me. I know they were down 1 or 2 of their key players but for a team to almost give up to a District 1/2 team like that was ridiculous. Until I see more out of these guys, they will be no more than #5 in my book. They have alot of depth coming into the season which will probably help them have a good year. I hope to see it.
6) Marsh Valley
These guys transformed from a pushover team to a team not to be messed with under their new head coach. I remember a few years back when someone would break away on these guys on a long run and the three closest players to the tackle would just give up and let the kid score. This has passed. Nothing comes out of Marsh now except hard nosed, smash mouth football. I thought last year was MV's year for a District 5 title and it was cut short by an injured Snake River getting healthy in time for league play. Im going to bet again that MV will be this years District 5 champs and see a good run into the playoffs.
7) South Fremont
These guys show up every year and play solid football. They are well coached and can control their cool in the most chaotic situations, like a game winning field goal that was clearly good called no good by a blind referee. These guys like all other District 6 teams are comeback kings and when you have them on the fence, be ready for them to fight right back into the mix. These guys may fall from the top teams in the state but I believe they will rally to be in everyone's discussion come playoffs.
I have no idea how these guys play at the 3A level every year. I feel like most of their recorded students only live there during the 2 moths of the counts. But ever year these guys field a tough group. I will be bold enough to say that the toughest football players in all of Idaho are produced at Teton High School.
I will never forget 3 years ago when these guys were 1-1 in league playing Sugar 2-0 in league. If they won, they would have been league champs over Sugar both being 2-1 and in the playoffs with the automatic bid. They lost with by a late comeback by Sugar and ended up in a three way tie with Shelley and South Fremont for 2nd in Conference. All 3 teams met on the following Monday for a 3 team overtime game rotation. The 2nd and 3rd teams would go on to the playoffs and the 4th was out. They all tied again after each beating each other in the same way they did during the season. The second round however, Teton fell short and took 4th and was eliminated from a playoff spot. It was crazy to me that not 3 or 4 days earlier that they had almost won the league and playoff spot and to turn and miss it completely.
I dont know much about them honestly, but what I have heard is that this is their year to challenge Homedale and Fruitland for a District 3 Title.
10) Snake River
I feel like this year, like most other years will be a rebuilding year for Snake. Snake has a good coaching staff in place that I have personally seen in Denver at a coaches clinic this year. If the coaches are traveling that far to get better I can only imagine that their team will get better from that drive and determination set forth by their coaches. I like what i have heard from the coaches at AF and MV. I have heard that until they dethrone Snake as the reigning champs, they will have to play up to Snakes level of play. As everyone has seen, Snakes level of play is very high.