Idaho 1A Div. I and II Preseason Football Top 5 Rankings: Raft River, Dietrich start 2021 as 8-man favorites

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

Here are SBLiveā€™s Class 1A Division I and II preseason Top 5 high school football rankings for 2021. The rankings were compiled by SBLive Idaho correspondent Brandon Walton.

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CLASS 1A TOP 5 (Div. 1)

1. RAFT RIVER

2020 record: 9-2

Reigning state runner-up lost 2,000-yard rusher Ethan Bernard, but has all-state RB Thaine Loughmiller to lead backfield.

2. OAKLEY

2020 record: 11-1

Defending state champion has to replace nine all-state seniors, but roster still formidable, led by blue-chip LB Dace Jones.

3. PRAIRIE

2020 record: 7-1

This hard-luck team easily could have won it all, and might have classification’s top two-way player in RB/LB Brody Hasselstrom.

4. LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN

2020 record: 7-3

For the most part, the Lions move up to D2 in 2020 was a success, reaching the semifinals. WR/DB Clay Silva is a two-way terror.

5. NOTUS

2020 record: 7-1

What a rebound for the Pirates, who shed three consecutive losing seasons by winning 1A WIC title and going to quarterfinals.

CLASS 1A TOP 5 (Div. 2)

1. DIETRICH

2020 record: 11-0

After the Blue Devils won their first state title in 68 years, now can they defend? They have two all-state WRs in Jett Shaw and Cody Power.

2. CAREY

2020 record: 8-1

It probably did not set well this offseason losing big lead in state title game to Dietrich, but key pieces return, led by RB/LB Conner Simpson.

3. MULLAN

2020 record: 8-2

This co-op team with St. Regis (Mont.) lost to Dietrich in the state semifinals. Defense still good with LD Luke Trogden and LB Adam Ball..

4. KENDRICK

2020 record: 6-2

One day, the Tigers are bound to get back over the hump. They’ve lost in the final four the past three years, but QB Ty Keopp is back.

5. WATERSPRINGS

2020 record: 5-3

Fresh off their first playoff win since 2017, the Warriors feature one of the top all-phases players at this level in QB/DB/P Jrew Plocher.

(Featured photo courtesy of Rhodee Bedke/Raft River athletics)

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