Mountain View senior running back TreyTon Bell hauled in another award Thursday — the 2015-16 Gatorade Idaho Football Player of the Year.
Gatorade hands out the award annually to the top football player in the state regardless of classification. Bell is the first Mountain View football player to earn the honor in school history.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior ran for 1,804 yards and 26 touchdowns on 206 carries this fall, averaging 8.8 yards per carry to lead the Mavericks to the 5A state championship. He also caught 21 passes for 412 yards and four TDs and earned the 5A SIC Player of the Year award.
“He’s dynamite in a small package,” Capital coach Todd Simis said. “Every time he touched the ball against us I was holding my breath, worried about a long score.”
Bell holds a 3.93 GPA and, as an Eagle Scout, he’s volunteered for local retirement homes and youth sports programs. In addition to athletics, Gatorade’s award includes “high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.”
Bell, who is now eligible for the national Gatorade award, has not chosen where he will attend college.
Recent Idaho winners include: Highland’s Tristen Hoge (2014-15, ‘13-’14), Fruitland’s Joe Martarano (‘12-’13), Coeur d’Alene’s Chad Chalich (‘11-’12), Bishop Kelly’s Cody McCarthy (‘10-’11), Eagle’s Taylor Kelly (‘09-’10), Highland’s Taysom Hill (‘08-’09) and Lake City’s Byron Hout (‘07-’08).