Idaho 5A Preseason Football Top 10 Rankings: Look no further than defending state champion Rocky Mountain at No. 1

SBLive Idaho is previewing the top football teams and players in the state ahead of the 2021 high school football season.

Here are SBLive’s Class 5A preseason Top 10 high school football rankings for 2021. The rankings were compiled by SBLive Idaho correspondent Brandon Walton.

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CLASS 5A TOP 10

1. Rocky Mountain

2020 record: 9-0

The Grizzlies are 31-1 over the past three years, including 24-0 in 5A Southern Idaho Conference play, with three league and two state titles. Dominant.

2. Rigby

2020 record: 10-1

The Trojans’ two-year run (20-1) has been nearly as impressive, and they return four players, including QB Tiger Adolpho, with either FBS or FCS offers.

3. Coeur d’Alene

2020 record: 8-1

Kings of the north were rudely upended by Rocky Mountain in the 2020 playoffs, but have reached at least the final four in each of the past four seasons.

4. Eagle

2020 record: 6-2

Do-everything state player of the year Ben Ford is gone, but the Mustangs still have a trio of three-star recruits on the roster, most of any team in Idaho.

5. Capital

2020 record: 4-2

Sign of things to come this fall? The Eagles captured the “Famous Idaho Potato Bowl” (FIPB) 7on7 tournament this summer in Boise.

6. Highland

2020 record: 8-3

Rams have won an absurd 13 state football titles, and not missed the postseason since 1989. That said, Pocatello program getting antsy for No. 14.

7. Mountain View

2020 record: 5-4

Three years ago, this was the preseason No. 1 team in 5A. Mavericks should be trending upward, despite sudden loss of RB Leyton Smithson (transfer).

8. Meridian

2020 record: 4-3

Seems to be the consensus 5A SIC darkhorse pick. Why? John Zamberlin is a proven winner, and Malakai Martinez could be Idaho’s new top quarterback.

9. Thunder Ridge

2020 record: 5-5

Could a third High Country team be serious factors in 2021? Fourth-year program is coming off first playoff berth, and has emerging college-level talent.

10. Post Falls

2020 record: 5-4

Bad news – Inland Empire offensive MVP Tommy Hauser is gone. Good news – coach Blaine Bennett has led team to state playoffs four years in a row.

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