Here’s a preseason look at the Top 10 teams in Class 4A Idaho high school football.
CLASS 4A FOOTBALL TOP 10
Aug. 24, 2020
1. BISHOP KELLY
The Knights have tradition (six 4A titles), experience (29 seniors) and depth (145 players on roster) – and are certainly in position to rule 4A once again in 2020. QB Keegan Crouteau moves from wide receiver, and the team’s best athlete should be a zone-read monster in the run game.
Retired Stan Buck coached the Broncos to eight 4A title-game appearances – and four state titles. Ex-Idaho State assistant Jarrod Ackley takes over, and loves featuring a power rushing attack. He has a true bell-cow runner in all-state RB Teegan Thomas (1,800 yards in 2019).
Don’t sleep on the Knights and their old-school power brand of football. RB Tre Kofe (1,500 yards, 16 TDs) emerged from a three-headed attack as a sophomore, and will be featured with his vision and breakaway speed alongside QB Demik Hatch. Won 4A title in 2018.
It was a bold move for coach Bill Brock to switch from the double-wing to Air Raid offense three years ago. But now he has the type of athletes to run it with sky-scraping WRs Tyler Medaris and Cash Cowdery, two basketball standouts, and emerging sophomore QB Dekker Hagler.
If the Grizzlies find that QB Cade Marlow is a capable replacement for graduated Taylor Cruz, the Grizzlies could be a serious factor. WR Connor Maloney is a game-changer as a rusher and pass catcher, and the Skyline defense returns nine starters. Won back-to-back 4A titles (2016, 2017).
This is a group with many exciting pieces, led by twin brothers Jovan (all-purpose RB) and Jonah (CB) Sowell. Both are a handful in space. If the Diamondbacks settle their quarterback quandary (big athlete Bruin Fleischmann might fill that), they could be a contending factor.
The 4A Great Basin’s top squad might unleash arguably the top sophomore in 4A in QB Brevin Trenkle, who saw significant time running the Wing-T last season. He is also a varsity point guard in basketball. RBs Karter Zampedri and Klayton Wilson will be co-workhorses in the run game.
Welcome to coach Rich Hargitt’s world of “Surface to Air” – an offense that combines Air Raid passing with a power run game. And the Huskies might be further ahead as a rushing offense, especially behind RB Westyn Smith (1,100 yards). QB Caden Young is also a proven run threat.
It’s difficult to forecast what kind of year the Inland Empire’s best 4A team will have. The Bulldogs were a playoff team in 2019 after three consecutive losing seasons, and have two all-league defensive MVPs in the lineup in LB Tag Benefield and DB Elijah Larson. Offense needs to blossom.
The Tigers posted a playoff shocker in 2019 by upending Hillcrest – and are ready to continue that momentum. Third-year starting QB Dalan Thompson is an accurate thrower in Jerome’s spread attack, and has two experienced pass catchers in WRs Shayler Bingham and Logan Worthington.