High School Football

Mountain View High running back TreyTon Bell tough to tame

Mountain View record-setting running back TreyTon Bell hopes to play at the next level. He has received interest from Idaho State, Montana and Portland State, he said.
Mountain View record-setting running back TreyTon Bell hopes to play at the next level. He has received interest from Idaho State, Montana and Portland State, he said. for the Idaho Statesman

Ten games into an undefeated season, there’s no hiding TreyTon Bell.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound wide receiver-turned-running back has been the primary focus of every opponent the Mountain View High football team has taken on this season, and yet no one has found a way to stop him.

Bell was a standout at receiver last season as the Mavericks advanced to their first state championship game in program history, earning first-team all-conference recognition in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference and second team All-Idaho.

He’s taken on an even bigger role as a senior.

“The idea is to get him to touch the ball as many times as possible,” Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said. “The only way you can ensure that is if he’s a running back.”

9.3 Yards per carry (school record)

10 Straight games rushing for 100 yards or more (school record)

23 Rushing touchdowns this season (school record)

5 Rushing touchdowns in a single game (school record)

28 Touchdowns scored this season (school record)

While Bell primarily lines up in the backfield, offensive coordinator Brian Compton has come up with creative ways to take advantage of Bell’s athleticism. He leads the Mavericks with 2,374 all-purpose yards, including 1,586 yards on the ground.

“We like to split him out and throw him the football, too,” Compton said. “He has to be very smart for us to be able to move him around. People have to pay attention to where he’s at. Sometimes he’s out there to catch balls. Sometimes he’s in the backfield to run the ball, and sometimes he’s out wide because we are getting one of our other guys the ball.”

Keeping track of Bell is further complicated by Mountain View’s no-huddle offense, which is averaging 67.6 plays a game.

“Trey is lightning in a bottle. You can’t capture him,” Capital coach Todd Simis said. “He is one of a small handful of players we have coached against in our tenure at Capital that stops your breath each time he touches the ball. You can’t relax until he is on the ground.”

Bell also does his fair share of damage on special teams, returning a 70-yard punt for a TD against Meridian.

What I do is because of them. I just run, that’s all I do. They’re the ones that make the play. All my success comes from them.

TreyTon Bell talking about his offensive line

Bell is at his most dangerous in the open field.

“Even when you watch film, you’re like, ‘Hey, this guy’s fast,’ ” Benedick said. “But in person? That move that he makes is way different than on film. I think guys think, ‘Yeah, he’s fast.’ But in real life, he’s really fast.”

Added Compton: “You just know with Trey that anytime he has the ball in space, there’s a chance he could take it to the end zone. He’s just extremely explosive, and he’s got great strength for his body size.”

Bell says he grew up being overlooked or underestimated because of his size. He’s made opponents pay for that mistake.

Bell runs behind offensive linemen Brett Carter, Nick Erland, Cole Manship, Chandler Bengochea and Carter Ballenger

“I’ve always been undersized, and I get overlooked by a lot of people,” Bell said.

“Since I’ve been little, I’ve known that I’m going to be overlooked because of my size. But it’s just been my goal to prove people wrong and work harder than everybody else, because that’s what’s going to set me apart from everybody else.”

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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