High School Football All-Conference Teams
Despite losing in the state championship game to Coeur D'Alene, there is no denying that the Eagle Mustangs were the best team in the 5A SIC all year long, so it shouldn't be a surprise that they had the Player of the Year and the Offensive Player of the Year.
There couldn't have been a better script written this fall for DJ Dean. The Boise State recruit was an outstanding player on both sides of the football and that prompted the coaches to vote for him as the Player of the Year. At first glance, he was a major candidate all year long, but I was afraid after his injury that he would not get the honor. Fortunately for him, the coaches took his complete body of work to give him the honor. In the no-brainer move of the year, Tanner Mangum was the Offensive Player of the Year in the 5A SIC. The quarterback, who will be headed to BYU, averaged over 300 passing yards and 3 touchdowns per game this fall.
The Borah Lions were left on the outside looking in when the playoffs came around, but they still had three players on the first team offense which I thought was very fitting. Braden Corpus and Cody McKague were a dynamite combination all year long and they both definitely deserve this honor.
When you thought of dominate defense's this fall, the first team that popped in your mind was the Mountain View Mavericks. Head Coach Judd Benedick had three players on the first team defense and although they fell to Coeur D'Alene in the 1st round of the playoffs, they held the Vikings to their lowest offensive output all season.
Lastly, congratulations to Kip Crofts for winning coach of the year. The top three teams in the SIC were supposed to make the playoffs all year long, but the Meridian Warriors were the sleeping giant that stayed true to their gameplan all season and were rewarded with a trip to the playoffs and Kip Crofts deserves a lot of the credit. Other candidates were Todd Simis, who led his team to 9 straight wins after losing their first two, and Paul Peterson who coached the top-ranked team in the SIC all season.
Now its time to move on to the hardwood for the next few months. Tune in to 630 The Fan the next two weeks for our high school basketball preview.