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SBLive's 2020 all-state Idaho high school football team: Eagle QB Ben Ford is player of the year

5A State - Thunder Ridge vs Eagle - 10/30/2020

It wasn't easy, but the 2020 Idaho high school football season was completed with six state championship games late last month.

And now it is time for SBLive to release its all-state football team — spanning all classifications — including individual awards.


Player of the year: Ben Ford, QB, Eagle

A rare combination of change of pace, pure speed and strength help Ford stand out. What makes him a winner? Grit, natural leadership and a deep understanding of the game. Ford, a lifelong receiver/DB who was tapped to play quarterback as a sophomore, threw for 977 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions and ran for 1,056 yards and 12 more touchdowns on 11.5 yards per carry. In his one game playing defense, he logged nine tackles. Ford, the 5A SIC Player of the Year, led Eagle back to the 5A quarterfinals. After a nail-biting season-ending loss to Rigby, Trojans coach Armando Gonzalez called Ford "one of the best high school football players I've seen in a long time."