Mountain View High School
Conference: 5A Southern Idaho Conference - West Division Pod A
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Head Coach: Judd Benedick
Years as Head Coach: 10th Season
Record Last Year: 11-1
State Titles: None
Tucker Rovig; Quarterback, Senior
Keenan Pattwell; Wide Receiver, Senior
Chris Evans; Wide Receiver, Senior
Robbie Chase; Wide Receiver, Senior
Carter Ballenger; Offensive line, Senior
Daniel Boots; Defensive end, Senior
Alex Hester; Defensive Tackle, Senior
Erik Haun; Linebacker, Senior
Khalid Hardy; Linebacker, Senior
Trent Rawdan; Linebacker, Senior
Bobby Habenicht; Strong safety, Senior
Jace Richter; Free safety, Senior
Josh Elsberry; Corner, Senior
Returning Players with Honors:
Tucker Rovig, Josh Elsberry and Jace Ritcher all were 1st Team All-SIC
Key Players lost from last year:
Trey Bell - 1st Team All-SIC, 5A state player of the year, Gatorade Player of the year most explosive player with the ball in his hands period;
Joe Farris – Wide receiver: 1st team All-State big play receiver;
Brett Carter - Offensive line 1st team All-State, 3 year starter;
Jared Gibson – Linebacker 1st team All-State, tremendous athlete on defense;
Kody Walker 2nd team All-State, very physical player and great leader.
Photo By: Steve Conner - #1 Tucker Rovig
Incoming impact players:
Cole Franklin; Running back, Senior
Cordell Shelton; Wide receiver, Senior
Written by: Lucas Gebhart
Two years ago, Mountain View fell 56-21 in the 5A state championship game to Highland at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.
During the off-season, the Mavs had one goal in mind. Get back to the state championship and win.
Everything was in place too. A duel threat quarterback, a stud running back, a healthy dose of big play receivers, an offensive line that could dominate the trenches and a championship-caliber defense.
This team had the motivation and the skill set to win a state championship.
Mountain View blew through the regular and postseason, marching straight towards the state championship game, outscoring opponents 558-130 along the way.
Rocky Mountain, a team the Mavs had beaten 44-20 in week 2 of the regular season, punched the Mountain View straight in the mouth and ran to their first state championship in school history. The final score looked like it was backwards. Mountain View had blown teams out all season. How did they only manage 22 points and how in the world did they give up 41?
And so began another long and grueling off-season with a goal the Mavs had not planned they would still have in mind; win the first state championship in school history with head coach Judd Benedick now in his 10th season and 1st Team All-SIC quarterback and Montana State commit Tucker Rovig now a senior.
Although the Mavs lost the 5A State Player of the Year, Trey Bell, at running back, All-State receiver Joe Farris, All-State offensive linemen Brett Carter, All-State linebacker Jared Gibson and 2nd Team All-State defensive lineman Cody Walker, Mountain View is planning to reload the roster with a new batch of motivated and talented kids, most of which will be seniors - one last chance to win the final game of the season.
Rovig will have a choice of three seniors he can throw to. Keenan Pattwell, Chris Evans and Robbie Chase will all return to the Mavs as versatile weapons of choice in Rovig’s aerial assault.
Robbie Chase returns at wide receiver, along with Chris Evans (not THAT Chris Evans) and Keenan Patwell. A deadly trio that will all be reliable targets down field. that Running back Cole Franklin will have to help fill the big shoes that Trey Bell left behind.
Defensively, Mountain View lost some key starters. It will be imperative that somebody steps up in their absence. The Mavs also return two to the defensive line; tackle Alex Hester and end Daniel Boots.
The line backing corps should be one of the best in the state, as Erik Haun, Khalid Hardy and Trent Rawdan return as both run stoppers and pass supporters.
But the Maverick secondary may not need that much support, as they return three players in that portion of the field as well.
Safeties Bobby Habenicht and Jace Richter both return while Josh Elsberry returns to corner.
If there are three things you should know about the 2016 Mountain View Mavericks there are:
1. They are loaded with talent on both sides of the football.
2. They are motivated.
3. They have plans to return to their third straight state championship game. Except this time they plan to win it.