Apparently the only way to stop the Emmett offense Friday night in Caldwell was to have Caldwell school officials call the game at halftime, citing a refusal by an Emmett parent to wear a face mask in the stands and a called-in threat made to the school. After discussions this week with the Idaho High School Activities Association and the District 3 Board of Control the decision on how to decide the results of the game were left to the two schools. Caldwell and Emmett announced Tuesday morning that rather than enforce a forfeiture against Emmett for the disturbance or resume the game at a later date from where it was disrupted - it will be considered by both schools as completed as is and stand as a 35-0 Emmett win.
Until the halftime confrontation off the field, it was all Emmett offense on the field Friday night. The Huskies ran 30 plays for 352 yards of total offense, posting 14 first downs.
Caden Young connected on six of 11 pass attempts for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scoring connections went to Caseyn Pearson for 20 and 65 yards. The third went for 27 yards over the middle to Curtis Johnson.
Jack Maxwell scored the other offensive touchdown for the Huskies with a 39 yard end-around. Westyn Smith again led the Emmett rushing attack, rolling up 115 yards on 12 plays. His only score, however, came on the opening Caldwell possession when he burst through the line to block a punt into the endzone and then covered it himself for the opening score.
Emmett now has to get ready to host one upset Middleton. This Friday’s game will be Senior Night at Huskie Field – the final home game of the regular season – with kickoff at 7 p.m.
Middleton comes into Emmett with a 3-2 season record, 1-2 in the SIC after back to back losses. The Vikings blew a solid lead Friday night at home against Bishop Kelly before falling 27-23. It’s other loss was a 20-19 decision to previously undefeated and top ranked Vallivue. Vallivue lost at Nampa, 35-28, Friday evening creating a four team log-jam at 3-1 in league play.
Four teams get automatic playoff berths out of the SIC. All currently 3-1 in league play are Vallivue, Bishop Kelly, Nampa and Emmett. Middleton is 1-2 with a canceled or postponed game against Caldwell currently missing from its schedule, so Friday could be a must win situation for the Vikings to stay in the playoff hunt.
Emmett will close the regular season at Columbia and Vallivue.
Fan attendance requirements will be determined later this week for the Middleton game as Gem County’s recent spike in positive coronavirus tests has pushed it back into the Orange alert level issued by the Southwest District Health Department.