MERIDIAN Twelve-hundred pounds.
Thats the combined weight of Rocky Mountain Highs five offensive linemen, and one of the big reasons the Grizzlies are off to a 4-0 start.
Jacob Dalmas, Andrew Belnap, Isaac Reyna, Eli McCullough and James Tucker dominated the line of scrimmage, leading Rocky Mountain to a 47-17 victory against Boise on Friday night at Brighton Stadium.
With the help of his powerful line, junior quarterback Riley Bradshaw completed 14-of-21 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, and scrambled for another 98 yards and two TDs on the ground.
They give me a lot of confidence, Bradshaw said. The ability to step in and make all my throws is big. I dont think I got sacked at all today. They definitely played a great game.
The victory keeps Rocky Mountain in a tie for first with fellow unbeaten Eagle in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference, while Boise falls to 2-2.
Tonight I thought the kids came out and had more composure and kind of had that edge about them, Rocky Mountain coach Jason Warr said. They just finished drives. I was really pleased.
Bradshaw mastered the art of the option read in the first half. With the Boise defense zeroed in on Rockys backs, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound QB twice ran in untouched from 12 yards out for touchdowns.
Highlighted by a 54-yard run behind Boise State commit and left tackle Eli McCullough, Bradshaw was able to lead the Rocky Mountain offense to touchdowns on four of its five possessions in the first half.
Running backs Dakota Weindel and Jason Crimmins each added TD runs, and by the time the first 24 minutes were drained from the clock, the Grizzlies held a comfortable 34-7 lead.
We want to be balanced on offense, and having those different weapons is a big thing Warr said.
Adding to Rockys success is a defense that entered Fridays game limiting opponents to a league-best 18.7 points per game.
The Grizzlies harassed Boises offense, forcing two fumbles and an interception.
Coaches really emphasize finishing. Its our main goal in practices, said Rocky junior linebacker Jake Knight, who picked off a Boise pass midway through the second quarter. Thats what the coaches tell us to do, so we do it.
NOTE: Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd was on hand at halftime to help dedicate the opening of Rocky Mountains new concession, bathroom and ticketing building at Brighton Stadium. Rocky Athletic Director Troy Rice said donations from members of the community helped fund the project.