All three local football teams are doing well in the standings, with Ririe 3-0, Rigby 2-1, and West Jefferson 2-1.
Rigby’s football team faced the ultimate test last weekend by traveling to Seattle to face Eastside Catholic.
“They’re the number one team in Washington so we have our hands full,” said Rigby Head Coach Armando Gonzalez. “This game this week will cause us to figure out who we are what we’re about. Any mistake we make is magnified when you play a school like this.”
Rigby was originally scheduled to pay in Utah against Lone Peak, but they called in April to cancel, leaving a hole in the schedule. Through connections with the defensive coordinator, they were able to set up the game in Washington.
This opportunity allows Rigby to step up their level and compete in an entirely different atmosphere and the road trip prepares players for the process of future road games.
“It gets us out of our bubble of Rigby, Idaho,” Gonzalez said.
The Trojans have had two solid wins against Bonneville (35-8) and Shelley (36-12). In their lone loss against Coeur d’Alene (26-29), they let a 25-7 lead in the third quarter slip away.
Gonzalez has seen a lot of growth in the season so far. Losing senior Nate Franz to a broken foot has been a tough loss for the team, but seniors Jaxon Graham and Freddie Shepherd have stepped up and had solid years so far.
“This week will be a good challenge for them,” Gonzalez said,
Tanoa Togiai and Zhigy Falevai are high caliber players who are leading a strong defensive line.
“Those two have really anchored inside,” Gonzalez said. “Physically this (Eastside Catholic) is the first team that matches their size and strength.”
Rigby will play their Homecoming game Friday against Hillcrest.
In Ririe, the Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start.
“Kids are playing great and are adapting to the different defenses we have seen this year,” said Coach Jim Newton.
They have had 41 players between JV and varsity turn out for the season, with many standouts, including Trey Yearsley, running back and linebacker, Garret Jensen, defensive and offensive line, Arik Zeller, running back and defensive back, and Stockton Johnson, running back and defensive back.
Newton says the offensive line is playing strong.
Another strength of the Ririe team is having decent depth at some positions.
So what are Newton’s predictions for the season?
“No crystal ball here,” he said. “We just take each day as it come and continue to improve.”
West Jefferson also is off to a 2-1 start. They played Malad on the road last Friday and will match up against Ririe on Sept. 28. Efforts to contact the coach for more details were unsuccessful.