Varsity Extra athletes of the week (Nov. 4-9)

Since football was the only sport going on last week, I decided to pick a player from all seven of the District Three teams that won quarterfinal games last week.

Nominations can be emailed by Monday morning to for performances based on the previous week.


Tyler Call, Capital: The Eagles defeated Idaho Falls 70-40 at Dona Larsen Park in Boise. Call, a senior defensive lineman, led Capital’s defense with 12 tackles, including four for loss, and three sacks. Capital travels to Coeur d’Alene for a state semifinal matchup on Friday.

Tristan Strickland, Rocky Mountain: The Grizzlies beat Eagle 36-21 to complete a season sweep of the Mustangs. Strickland, a junior defensive back, helped the Grizzlies limit the Mustangs to just 62 passing yards with four tackles, including one for loss. Coach Scott Criner said Strickland’s “tackles were all key stops and he defended three passes at crucial times.”

Cole Oliver, Bishop Kelly: The Knights advanced to the 4A state semifinals with a 42-6 win over conference foe Kuna. Oliver, an inside linebacker and team captain, led the Knights with 11 tackles, including one for loss. He has 92 tackles this season.

Jaxon Pryor, Skyview: The Hawks secured a 34-23 road win against Lakeland in the 4A state quarterfinals. Pryor, a senior running back, rushed 22 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns. With the win, Skyview earned the right to host Jerome on Friday in the semifinals.

Jerred Seamons, Fruitland: The Grizzlies earned a big win on the road, defeating Timberlake 35-21 in Spirit Lake for a spot in the 3A state semifinals. Seamons completed 7-of-16 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.

Josh Tolmie, Homedale: The Trojans dominated in their first state quarterfinal game at the 3A level, rolling Bonners Ferry 67-0. Tolmie, a sophomore running back, ran for 141 yards and five of Homedale’s 10 touchdowns. Tolmie’s three touchdowns in the third quarter wiped out any hope of a Bonners Ferry comeback.

Leighton Vander Esch, Salmon River: The senior quarterback continued to torment his opponents, leading the Savages to a 56-6 win over Kootenai on the road. Vander Esch completed 16-of-24 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 85 yards and four more scores. Vander Esch added 13 tackles and an interception on defense.

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