Teams collide in opener
Two teams scored shutouts while others struggled on the field as this year's Optimist Football season began on Saturday.
Inventive Products of Mountain Home trailed by six in the fourth quarter as they fell to Howell Orthodontics, 12-20, as 12 year olds in the senior division held their season debut.
Eleven year olds in the junior division came up short as United Metals fell to West Heat Red Boise, 6-14. Meanwhile, Thrifty Auto Sales lost to South Blue Nampa, 14-22.
Sunview Dairies of Mountain Home led the 10 year olds in the sophomore division, scoring a 28-0 shutout against Marsing. Wood River held the Fighting Irish of Mountain Home scoreless in a 6-0 victory.
Mountain Home's other shutout happened in the freshman league of nine year olds as Tripl T Services dominated Valley Pump Emmett, 28-0.
Meanwhile, IWS Motor Coaches of Mountain Home lost to KB Fabrication Homedale, 0-16, in rookie league play. Saturday marked the first year that eight year olds played tackle football in that division.
Flag football action on Saturday saw Taco John's of Mountain Home go up against Fat Guys Kuna while Tech Assault Firearms faced Freedom Kuna. Officials don't track scores from these youth games.
The Optimist Football teams will take the field Friday evening as part of Mountain Home High School's first football home game of the season. The varsity game begins at 7 p.m. with the Optimist players scheduled to take the field during halftime.