Sep 22, 2018

3A Midseason Report

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Hard to believe the regular season is halfway over. Here are 5 things we've learned so far.

1. The mighty have fallen- Fruitland and Snake River have long established themselves as perrennial 3A title contenders, and have frequently met up in those games. This year, they are a combined 2-6 so far. Snake has been blownout in every game, and Fruitland has had a nightmarish 2 weeks. I have a feeling the last time Fruitland was shutout in a game, their players weren't even born. Fruitland's JV team has been blownout in every game as well, so the forseeable future does not look good for them.

2. Don't judge strength of schedule- Homedale served up a piping hot pie of crow, and they didn't bother removing the feathers and giblets. They've consistently played and blown out the Melba's and New Plymouth's of the world, but once they faced the Fruitland's, the deer in the headlights would appear. I forced myself to watch as much of the replay from last night, and frankly Homedale could have won 50-0 if they had really put their mind to it.

3. Weiser is starting to resemble their old selves- Weiser's had 6 years of fairly uninspiring football. They're off to their best start in years, and while they're not at the level of 2010 or 2011, they are a much improved team. Are they state title contenders? No, but contending for a playoff spot is very doable, and they might even advance a little. On paper, Fruitland should beat Weiser easily, but with the way Fruitland is playing, I'm not so sure. Regardless, Fruitland is in a must win situation next week.

4. Don't sleep on Marsh Valley- We knew Sugar was going to be good, but Marsh Valley is not far behind them.

5. Top 2A teams- More of a sidenote, but based on body of work this year, the top teams in 2A look to be almost, if not just as good as the top 3A teams. Declo has been knocking off 3A teams left and right, and I have to think they are licking their chops for a suddenly struggling Fruitland team in 2 weeks.

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  • @Shane Prince I have a ring of College Recruiters that are always looking for that star athlete. I send them Information on the players that I coach who have mentioned that they wish to play at the next level. In the past, I have submitted about 7 players from my team, another 3-4 from Sugar-Salem to try to help those kids out and the random one or two that follow me on twitter to help get their name out there. I don't have many connections at the moment, but they include, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado , Air Force Academy, School of Mines (Colorado), Fort Lewis (Colorado), University of Wyoming, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Idaho and Idaho State University. University of Idaho has recently changed their recruiting coordinator and my connection at Idaho State has moved on, but I am sure I could find their replacements. If you know of any excellent athletes, that would like to play at the next level, please reply with their information here. If you could include the following information, it would be greatly beneficial: Name High School High School Size (5A-1AD2) Positions Height and Weight Wingspan Vertical 40 Time Bench - Squat - Clean - Max (3 reps) Senior Year Stats (If the athlete was injured most of the year, include Junior year Stats) Also include both a teaser highlight reel and a full highlight reel. A teaser reel is what college coaches mostly watch. It is your biggest plays and also biggest side plays (Blocking as a WR or RB for key plays of others) and is no longer than about 1-2 minutes. When recruiters see what they like in the teaser reel, they will normally watch the full 4-5 min highlight reel to see the rest of your capabilities. Do not include any contact or academic information . If the recruiters like what they see, they have the means of contacting the recruits high school and coach or AD to get this information on their own. They will also get information on academics at this time from the coach or AD, so don't post the kids GPA or Test Scores. This is purely to help get more athletes noticed from the Great State of Idaho. Even if only a few players get contacted, it will have been a success. Thank you. Coach Newell
  • What high school seniors do we have this year that are planning on playing at the next level? It seems that we have a lot of kids going to smaller schools as well as some playing division 1 football every year. I would love to know who we have going where so I can continue to watch and support our Idaho boys.

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