High School Football

Mountain View, Rocky Mountain meet for 5A state football title

Mountain View hosted Rocky Mountain in a 5A Southern Idaho Conference football game on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Mountain View won 44-20.
Mountain View hosted Rocky Mountain in a 5A Southern Idaho Conference football game on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Mountain View won 44-20. for the Idaho Statesman

Just about everything went right for the Mountain View High football team when it hosted Rocky Mountain on Sept. 3.

The exact opposite could be said for the Grizzlies, who committed six turnovers and lost 44-20.

Neither coach is expecting a repeat of that Week 2 matchup when the 5A SIC rivals meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Albertsons Stadium with the 5A state championship at stake.

“We didn’t expect it to go like that last time, and we’re not expecting that again,” Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said. “We expect a very good team to show up from Rocky, and we expect a very good game.

“Everything that could have gone wrong for them last time did, and everything that could have gone right for us did. Whether you’re looking at it from our side or their side, it’s either the perfect storm or the worst storm. We just don’t see it going that way again.”

Mountain View led 37-0 at halftime, and the Grizzlies’ defense was on the field for 56 snaps in the first half.

“I believe our kids walked on the field thinking that the reputation would carry us through,” said Rocky Mountain coach Scott Criner, whose team had won five in a row over the Mavericks. “What we found out is, Mountain View can play football. If you don’t come with your ‘A’ game against a team like that, they’re going to hand it to you.”

Mountain View has continued to roll and enters Saturday’s game with a school-record 11 victories and a second straight appearance in the title game.

Rocky Mountain (10-1) recovered from its only loss with nine straight wins, earning its first berth in the state championship game after losses in the semifinals the previous two seasons.

Regardless of who wins, it will be the Treasure Valley’s first 5A state title since 2009, which also marks the last time the Valley had two teams in the championship game.

“I think our kids are excited to play the game. It’s something we talked about on the field that night,” Criner said. “If all the cards fall in the right place, we’ll see this football team again. What are you going to do?”

Mountain View has been dominant on both sides of the ball, averaging 50.7 points a game while allowing 11.8. Junior quarterback Tucker Rovig (2,134 yards, 20 TDs, 4 INTs) leads the no-huddle spread and has looked strong distributing the ball to receivers Joe Farris and Keenan Pattwell, who have combined for 1,408 yards and 10 TDs. Senior TreyTon Bell complements Rovig’s passing attack as arguably the most dynamic running back in the state. He has 1,646 rushing yards and 24 TDs, plus 408 receiving yards and four more scores.

Rocky Mountain’s offense averages 37.6 points and 395 yards per game, while the defense allows 14.5 points a game. The Grizzlies favor the run, paced by senior quarterback Christian Blaser (842 rushing yards, 10 TDs; 949 passing yards, 9 TDs) and senior running back Jake Roper (1,146 yards, 15 TDs). Roper missed three games with a knee injury, but he has been difficult to stop in the playoffs, collecting 387 yards and five touchdowns in wins over Lewiston and Highland.

“It’s going to be a blast. It will be more people than most of these kids ever play in front of in their life,” Benedick said. “It’s just going to be a special opportunity, because it’s two teams from the Valley. They all know each other, and they’re not very far apart in terms of where their houses are. It should be a really fun environment for the kids.”

Championship Saturday

Here are the state championship football games involving Treasure Valley area teams:

▪ 5A: Mountain View vs. Rocky Mountain, 12:30 p.m., Albertsons Stadium, Boise

▪ 4A: Bishop Kelly vs. Sandpoint, 2 p.m. MT, Kibbie Dome, Moscow

▪ 3A: Emmett vs. Gooding, 4 p.m., Holt Arena, Pocatello

▪ 1A DII: Salmon River vs. Deary, 8 p.m. MT, Kibbie Dome, Moscow

Mountain View vs. Rocky Mountain

▪ When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday

▪ Where: Albertsons Stadium

▪ Radio: KAWO (104.3 FM)

▪ Records: Mountain View 11-0, Rocky Mountain 10-1

▪ Series: Rocky Mountain leads 5-3 (Mountain View won 44-20 this season)

Fan Facts

  • Parking lots open at 11 a.m., and doors open at 11:30 a.m. No tailgating allowed.
  • Mountain View fans will be seated on the west side and enter through Gate A and potentially Gate B on the southwest side.
  • Rocky Mountain fans enter through Gate N on the southeast side.
  • Tickets ($7 adults, $6 students/seniors) can be purchased in advance at idhsaa.org.
  • Fans should expect long lines and increased security.

STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GLANCE

CLASS 5A

QUARTERFINALS

Rocky Mountain 65, Lewiston 20

Highland 29, Eagle 27

Madison 22, Coeur d’Alene 12

Mountain View 42, Capital 14

SEMIFINALS

Rocky Mountain 24, Highland 7

Mountain View 23, Madison 21

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Albertsons Stadium, Boise

Rocky Mountain (10-1) vs. Mountain View (11-0), 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 4A

QUARTERFINALS

Century 42, Twin Falls 35 (OT)

Bishop Kelly 28, Middleton 21

Sandpoint 34, Kuna 13

Rigby 43, Blackfoot 13

SEMIFINALS

Bishop Kelly 56, Century 20

Sandpoint 31, Rigby 22

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Kibbie Dome, Moscow

Bishop Kelly (9-2) vs. Sandpoint (8-3), 2 p.m. MT

CLASS 3A

QUARTERFINALS

Emmett 55, Shelley 14

Sugar-Salem 28, Fruitland 26

Gooding 34, South Fremont 33

Homedale 28, Parma 0

SEMIFINALS

Emmett 42, Sugar-Salem 14

Gooding 43, Homedale 34

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Holt Arena, Pocatello

Gooding (9-2) vs. Emmett (10-0), 4 p.m.

CLASS 2A

QUARTERFINALS

Nampa Christian 23, North Fremont 22

Grangeville 41, Melba 6

Declo 34, West Jefferson 28 (OT)

Aberdeen 17, St. Maries 0

SEMIFINALS

Grangeville 48, Nampa Christian 34

Aberdeen 28, Declo 7

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Kibbie Dome, Moscow

Grangeville (8-3) vs. Aberdeen (11-0), 5 p.m. MT

CLASS 1A DIVISION I

QUARTERFINALS

Raft River 36, Notus 8

Prairie 42, Oakley 22

Lapwai 44, Glenns Ferry 25

Valley 48, Kamiah 36

SEMIFINALS

Prairie 44, Raft River 30

Valley 104, Lapwai 48

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Holt Arena, Pocatello

Valley (11-0) vs. Prairie (11-0), 1 p.m.

CLASS 1A DIVISION II

QUARTERFINALS

Carey 26, North Gem 8

Deary 36, Council 28

Salmon River 48, Kendrick 20

Lighthouse Christian 34, Clark County 32

SEMIFINALS

Deary 20, Carey 16

Salmon River 44, Lighthouse Christian 32

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Kibbie Dome, Moscow

Deary (11-0) vs. Salmon River (9-1), 8 p.m. MT

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