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Rocky Mountain High wins first state football title

The Rocky Mountain football team celebrates its 41-22 win over Mountain View in the state 5A championship game Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. It was the first in program history for the Grizzlies.
The Rocky Mountain football team celebrates its 41-22 win over Mountain View in the state 5A championship game Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. It was the first in program history for the Grizzlies. For the Idaho Statesman

The Rocky Mountain High football team ran past Mountain View 41-22 on Saturday at Albertsons Stadium for the program’s first 5A state championship.

The victory avenged the Grizzlies’ only loss of the season — a 44-20 defeat at the hands of the Mavericks in early September.

Senior running back Jake Roper led the charge for the Grizzlies (11-1), rushing for 308 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries for an average of 9.6 yards per touch.

“It feels really, really, really good, and well-deserved, if I’m being honest,” Roper said. “We all knew we were ready for this game, and we’ve been waiting for it all season.”

Rocky Mountain maintained its dominance on the ground, as senior quarterback Christian Blaser attempted just five passes, completing four for 47 yards. Blaser also scored the Grizzlies’ opening touchdown on a 32-yard run with 10:02 on the clock in the first quarter and finished with 99 rushing yards.

“The difference between the first game and this game was we didn’t try to do anything tricky,” Rocky Mountain coach Scott Criner said. “We just came at them. We talked all week about just executing.”

Mountain View (11-1) was playing in its second straight 5A state title game after finishing second a year ago to Highland.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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