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Previewing the Top 15 high school football teams in Idaho: No. 7 Mountain View Mavericks

It was the Mavericks - not reigning state champion Rocky Mountain - who were selected by coaches as the preseason 5A SIC favorite.
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SBLive Idaho is previewing the Top 15 high school football teams in the state ahead of the 2021 seasonHere’s an inside look at the Mountain View Mavericks of the 5A Southern Idaho Conference – No. 7 in our countdown.

2020 IN REVIEW

5-4 (fourth place in 5A Southern Idaho Conference West Division); lost in 5A semifinals.

COACH’S RESUME

  • Judd Benedick, 15th season
  • Overall record: 107-41
  • Assistants: Brian Compton, JT Taylor, Scott Whiles, Adam Sisson, Roman Keefe, Josh Buss, Andrew Bothke, Jamie Blandford

RETURNING STARTERS

11 total on offense and defense.

SEASON OUTLOOK

Few programs have displayed the level consistency that Mountain View has.

The Mavericks have advanced to seven semifinals, three championship games and have won a 5A title since 2014. Not even the worst start in program history (0-3) last season prevented them from making a deep postseason run.

It’s probably why coaches in the 5A SIC almost unanimously picked Mountain View as the preseason favorite, even over reigning state champion Rocky Mountain, which has won the league three years running now.

Longtime Mavericks' coach Judd Benedick wasn’t one of them, though.

"I’d rather we just hide in the brush and work our butts off and then see how it unfolds," Benedick said. "Honestly, we haven’t done anything to earn it yet. So until we play some games and beat some people that I think are really quality, then we’ll have a different conversation."

Benedick should like his chances of doing just that with a fairly loaded roster, especially on the defensive side of the ball with seven returners.

It all starts with senior linebacker Brayden Garrison. He was the team’s leading tackler, a preseason all-state selection and an all-5A SIC first-team pick last year. He’ll be joined by fellow all-league linebackerMason Chiles, a junior.

However, the strength of the defense is going to lie in the trenches.

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Mountain View has practically its entire defensive line back with seniors Jackson Beck, Tyler Halford and Garrett McKenna. Beck was an all-conference player last season, and McKenna is a top-20 Idaho 2022 recruit, according to 247Sports.com.

Not to get lost in the fold is the secondary. Senior Aiden Whipple was an All-League player a year ago and fellow senior Rylan Elliott also returns.

Offensively, the Mavericks did lost 5A SIC offensive player of the year Kayden Chan, but return a host of accomplished skill-position, notably all-league tight end Mason Ashby, wide receivers Dominic Sotomayor and Makaii Pattwell (brother of state title-game hero Keenan Pattwell) and new workhorse running back Quintez Evans, who replaces Leyton Smithson (moved back to Washington).

And junior Dawson Wahl looks to be the next in a long line of college-bound quarterbacks at Mountain View. He replaced graduated Jake Farris (University of Idaho signee) to lead the Mavericks to a first-round playoff win last fall.

"Now we’ve got this new group, a new team and the expectations are there again," Benedick said. "It’s been a while since we got back there. So I think guys are hungry to be back in the mix and just have a shot."

2021 SCHEDULE

Aug. 27 vs. Meridian

Sept. 3 at Rocky Mountain

Sept. 10 at Borah

Sept. 17 vs. Eagle

Sept. 24 vs. Owyhee

Oct. 1 at Centennial

Oct. 8 vs. Capital

Oct. 15 at Kuna

(Featured photo by Loren Orr)