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
Previous Experience: 22 Years
Record Last Year: 11-2
State Titles: 2016
Gatlin Condie OL/DL, 12, returning All-Conference starter
Kyle Pinkston OL, 12, returning starter
Caden Hansen RB, 12, rotated as a starter had 900 yards rushing and 13 TD's
Joey Elwell TE/LB, 11, rotated as starter had 3 receiving TD's
Cade Ray DE, 12, returning starter had 46 tackles and 6 sacks last year
Kyler Chan DT, 12, rotated last year and had 32 tackles and a sack
Dylan Arrate LB, 12, started 3 games last year finished with 56 tackles
Returning Players with Honors:
Gatlin Condie, All-Conference OL
Key Players lost from last year:
Tucker Rovig, QB, First Team All-State and two year starter
Keenan Pattwell, WR, First Team All-State and three year starter who scored 6 TD’s in state title game
Carter Ballenger, OL, First Team All-State and two year starter
Daniel Boots, DL, First Team All-State and two year starter
Erik Haun, LB, First Team All-State and two year starter
Josh Elsberry, DB, First Team All-State and three year starter
Jace Richter, DB, two time First Team All-State and three year starter.
Photo By: Steve Conner - #24 Caden Hansen
Incoming impact players:
Noah Bryant, QB, 11
Dylan Martinez, LB, 11
Joey Elwell, TE/LB, 11 (increased role)
Written by: Sven Alskog
In the 5A classification throughout Idaho there are some teams you look at every year and expect to compete for a state title. The obvious teams among that group are Rocky Mountain, Highland, Eagle, Capital, Coeur d'Alene and Mountain View.
For the defending champion Mavericks in the new season, Head Coach Judd Benedick will be looking to replace an outstanding senior class that has departed. That group was highlighted by First Team All-State quarterback Tucker Rovig, one of the premier difference makers in the state the past couple of years.
While it is a tall task, junior Noah Bryant steps into Rovig's enormous shoes looking to get Mountain View heading in the right direction to begin the season and then to keep that momentum going entering the heart of conference action.
Surrounding Bryant on offense is a tough offensive line led by All-Conference honoree Gatlin Condie and fellow returning starter Kyle Pinkston.
Whenever a team has a good offensive line and a new quarterback to install in the offense, having a quality ground game is paramount. Mark that off as a big check mark for Mountain View.
The Mavericks welcome back 900 yard rusher Caden Hansen, who should benefit from an even larger workload this time around. The senior also reached the end zone on the ground 13 times in 2016.
"I think we will be able to run the ball with multiple backs and a good offensive line," said Benedick.
Normally when a coach is asked for areas from improvement from a year ago there are a stable of things that they will point to. For the Mountain View Mavericks of a season ago, their season can be summed up by a pretty simple statement from Benedick.
"It was a good year."
So rather than what to improve on, the real question for this team is how can it reload and get back to that same level of last year.
Incoming linebackers Dylan Martinez and Joey Elwell join returner Dylan Arrate to form a quality middle of the defense.
"I think we will have an aggressive, athletic linebacking core," said Benedick.
Plenty of talented departed from the defense, meaning new options need to step up and do so quick to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Cade Ray and Kyler Chan are some stalwarts of the defensive front who will provide leadership for the new look defense.
Benedick is excited to see how the unit progresses, listing it as the most exciting part of this team for him.
"Watching new faces step up and make the most of their opportunity."
If recent history is any indication, Mountain View should be able to rebound from the widespread graduation losses, something which they are not the only team in the 5A SIC having to do.
"A lot of us are 'starting over' with virtually a brand new team," said Benedick. "The team that matures the fastest and gets the most out of their young players will prevail."
The Mavericks will be tested right away to begin the season, getting things underway at Eagle on opening week.