After two weeks of football three local teams remain undefeated. All three of those teams face potentially difficult test in week 3.
North Fremont @ Malad
After a dinged-up North Fremont squad had a much-need bye last week the Huskies will go on the road for the first time this season.
Running backs Deshon Wheeler and Kohl Nielson both sat out week 1 and are expected back sometime in the next couple of weeks.
“Having this week off will help us with our kids who are hurt,” said North Fremont head coach Ben Lenz after week 1. “You want to play but at the same time being healthy throughout is a key factor.”
Malad split their opening games falling to 24-6 to Lyman, Wyoming in week one and creaming North Fremont district rival Ririe 29-0 in week 2.
Malad is a bit of an unknown, after a bit of a rough season last year much of their team is new this season.
“I know they changed their offense a little bit,” Lenz said. “I don’t know a ton about them other than that they’ve gotten better than last year from what teams have told me.”
Aberdeen @ South Fremont
South Fremont has looked dominant in their first two games of the season but they won’t be the only undefeated team in Friday’s match-up with Aberdeen in St. Anthony.
2A Aberdeen beat 3A American Falls 20-8 on the road in week one then beat 2A powerhouse Declo 22-12 in week 2.
Aberdeen runs a unique double-wing offense where both backs lineup on the same side of the quarterback making it for the opposing defense to determine where they’re going with the football.
“They run a different offense than what we’ve seen before,” said South Fremont head coach Chad Hill. “They’re pretty efficient with it. We’re going to have to gameplan for their offense and get our defense ready to go — get it dialed in.”
South Fremont hasn’t played South Fremont recently but Hill has heard enough to know Aberdeen will be a challenge.
“They’ve been pretty good for the last ten years,” Hill said. “Aberdeen has a solid program. We haven’t played them so we don’t really know what to expect. We’ll have to draw up a game plan and see what we can do this week.”
Star Valley @ Sugar-Salem
Sugar only lost to one team last season on their way to the state title game and that was Star Valley who won a state championship of their own last season beating Powell 49-0.
The Diggers fell 24-7 last year in Star Valley but have won two straight in Sugar City.
“We’re just super excited for the opportunity to play them again,” said Sugar-Salem head coach Tyler Richins. “They’re a good-quality program. They have good kids. The coaches do a great job. We’re just excited for the opportunity to face off with an opponent like Star Valley.”
In a lot of ways, facing Star Valley will be like looking in a mirror for Sugar-Salem. They’re a state title program who lost several seniors to graduation and who centers their offense around running the football.
“They like to run the football,” Richins said. “So, a key for us is stopping the run. If we stop the run game I think we have a chance to win a football game.”
Madison @ Hillcrest
Madison will play Hillcrest for their first road game of the season after opening the season with a close loss before getting bludgeoned by Skyview (UT) last week.
Hillcrest looked vastly different in their first two games after beating 5A cross-town rival Idaho Falls 56-20 while tallying 454 rushing yards the Knights fell 28-14 and only rushed for 129 yards.
Madison head coach Mitch Buck believes stopping Hillcrest’s run game will be key.
“I anticipate a lot of run from them,” Buck said. “They have some nice running backs (Tre Kofe, Keegan Porter) and a nice quarterback (Demik Hatch) who runs the ball well. We just have to do a good job stopping their run.”
Discipline will be key for Madison to slow down the Knight’s run game.
“We have to keep our eyes right,” Buck said. “They run a little bit of misdirection. They pull guys. If we can get our eyes right and have confidence in that so we can play downhill. I think we’ll be alright.”