If there was a common worry that kept 5A football coaches up at night this season, it was trying to stop TreyTon Bell.
The Mountain View High running back set seven school records his senior year, leading the Mavericks to a state runner-up finish for the second year in a row.
Bell rushed for 100 yards or more in 11-of-12 games — including 10 straight of 100 or more — and averaged 8.9 yards per carry. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder also established school records for most rushing touchdowns in a season (24), most rushing TDs in a game (five), most TDs in a game (six) and most TDs in a season (30).
Even in Mountain View’s only loss — 41-22 to Rocky Mountain in the state championship — Bell still finished with 158 rushing yards and two scores.
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“He is one of the most electric players I have ever witnessed with the ball in his hands. He is lightning in a bottle,” Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said. “He plays with passion and attitude, and although quickness is his main strength, he is a very physical runner.
“He sets the tone in practice with his effort and hard work. He’s one of the best players we have ever had at MVHS.”
Bell contends his record-setting season wouldn’t have happened without his teammates.
“I couldn’t have done any of it without them,” Bell said. “My O-linemen made me, I guess you could say. They did all the hard work, while I got all the fame.”
2,773 All-purpose yards this season for Bell
WHAT COACHES ARE SAYING
“Trey is lightning. Every touch he gets you wonder if this is the play he goes to the house. He absolutely is a difference-maker.” — Paul Peterson, Eagle
OFF THE FIELD
Bell plays midfielder for the Mavericks’ lacrosse team. As a leading scorer and team captain, Bell helped Mountain View win state titles his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Bell received a scholarship offer from Idaho State last week, and Portland State and Montana also have shown interest, he said.