On most Friday nights, the quarterback who throws the winning touchdown is the first player grabbed when the camera comes around for an interview.
If the wide receiver had to lay out for a catch or wrestle his way open just as time expired, hell get in on the glory, too.
Other times, it is a fearless running back leading the way to victory, eating up yards and attention along the way.
Theyre the kind of players who gave life to the cliché that every high school quarterback ends up as the homecoming king.
The scene is similar in Idaho, where the most celebrated recruits in recent seasons have been offensive stars like quarterbacks Makena Simis (Montana) of Capital, Chad Chalich (Idaho) of Coeur dAlene, Tanner Mangum (BYU) of Eagle, Taylor Kelly (Arizona State) of Eagle and Taysom Hill (BYU) of Highland.
Some were homecoming kings, of course.
But what happens when the first three major-college commitments of the season are defensive players?
Rocky Mountain defensive back Khalil Oliver (Boise State), Borah lineman Hawkins Mann (Boise State) and Timberline end Don Hill (Washington) have an answer theyd like to share:
Since 2009, that hasnt been the case in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference.
Capital was the leagues top defensive team in 2009, allowing 11.3 points a game in the regular season. Rocky Mountain assumed the crown in 2010, averaging 12.7.
In 2011, Mountain View finished as the No. 1 defense, but lost ground at 15.6 points per game. Rocky Mountain returned to the top in 2012, but slipped even further to 19 points per game.
As offenses evolve and coaches try to squeeze in more plays, defenses have been slow to adapt.
I believe the trend is offenses are going to continue to be explosive. The more you see it at the college level, it trickles down to the high school level, Rocky Mountain coach Scott Criner said. Until the defenses at the college level learn how to stop those Johnny Manziel spread offense-type packages, I think that becomes the trend at the high school level.
Most everybody in high school is scheme-driven, so thats what makes it so those point totals change.
Oliver, Mann and Hill wont argue against the numbers, but theyd like to see defense gain ground in 2013.
I think the defenses are really stepping it up this year. I think the offenses are going to have to step up their game a lot more as far as their playcalling, Oliver said.
A lot of the teams are now starting to scheme against offenses, and were not just out there saying, Lets run cover four. Theyre actually watching film and theyre deciding, If they line up in this, this is a play they might run so lets do this coverage, lets do this blitz.
Mann believes part of the trend can be explained by defensive coaching strategies.
Its trying to apply that dont-break-just-bend philosophy, Mann said. Youve got these high-powered offenses and a ton of amazing athletes all around the SIC. ... As offenses have gotten better, defenses have had to allow a little bit more just to hold on and pull out a victory.
In a competitive league like the 5A SIC, sometimes one game or even one play can mean the difference between making the playoffs and handing in your jersey.
Thats when a good defense can make or break a season.
Obviously, defensively youve got to be able to make the stops at the right time, Borah coach Darren Corpus said. If a team is going to be successful this year, they are going to have to make some key stops. Whether its a turnover early in downs or its that big third-down play that they have to make.
But the old adage is, Defense wins championships.
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