Middleton High School
Conference: 4A Southern Idaho Conference
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Head Coach: Bill Brock
Years as Head Coach: 18th Season
Previous Experience: Assistant at Boise HS - 1982-1984
Assistant at Glenns Ferry HS - 1986
Head Coach at Glenns Ferry HS - 1987-1999
Record Last Year: 7-4
State Titles: None
Harland Ah You
Hayden Smith, WR/DB, 12
Mitch Beitia, QB/RB/DB, 12
Landon Ebbers, RB/DB, 12
Rhyker Sandoval, WR/DB, 12
Tyler Rupp, LB, 12
Jackson Leiby, WR/LB, 12
Sheridan White, OL/LB, 12
Neal Weber, WR/K, 11
Wil Cheney, FB/LB, 12
Eddie Scott, OL/DL, 12
Josh Mertz, OL/DL, 12
Josh Sheffeld, OL/DL, 12
Darin Post, QB/LB, 12
Returning Players with Honors:
Mitch Beitia, All-Conference DB
Neal Weber, All-Conference/All-State Kicker
Key Players lost from last year:
Jaden Coombs, RB/LB, 3 year starter
Chase Downs, WR/OLB, 3 year starter
Chase Conrad, LB, 3 year starter
DJ Hagler, RB/LB, 2 year starter
Photo By: Loren Orr - #9 Mitch Beitia
Incoming impact players:
Axel Bundy, OL/DL, 12
Carson Smith, WR/DB, 11
Gaard Memmelarr, OL/DL, 10
Jake Beitia, RB/DB, 10
Alex Wright, WR/DB, 12
Jake Tuckett, RB/DB, 11
Richard Lucarelli, FB/LB, 11
Branson Davis, WR/DB, 11
Dallian Hallam, OL/DL, 11
Jerin Thompson, OL/DL, 11
Aaron Drake, OL, 11
Ty Cantelo, WR/OLB, 11
Warren Craig, OL/LB, 11
Written by: Sven Alskog
Bill Brock has been around for a while at Middleton - 18 years to be exact - so the seasoned head coach has seen a little bit of everything when it comes to football in Idaho. This year he will have one of the toughest conferences during that time period in front of him, with quality teams coming back for Vallivue, Skyview, Bishop Kelly and Emmett to name a few in the 4A SIC.
His Vikings look to be one of those contenders as well, led by senior quarterback Mitch Beitia, running back Landon Ebbers and All-State kicker Neal Weber. That trio will pile on a lot of points for Middleton this season.
"[We have] good skilled kids and should be solid up front," said Brock.
The lines on both ends look pretty good for the Vikings, highlighted by familiar seniors Eddie Scott, Josh Mertz and Josh Sheffeld.
Defensively quality talent is back in the secondary, something which will help against some of the higher profile passing attacks in the 4A classification.
"We have some experience on the back end," said Brock. "We have to stay healthy."
Hayden Smith and Rhyker Sandoval are joined by Beitia and Ebbers in that back end of the defense.
Tyler Rupp and Sheridan White have big roles leading the linebacker core. This will be one of the key areas for Middleton to get right early in the season, as Brock has to replace a couple of three year starters in Jaden Coombs, Chase Conrad and Chase Downs.
The main key to the season though is similar to what you will hear from a lot of coaches throughout the state.
"Stay healthy and develop inexperienced players."
Middleton gets the season started on August 25 at Fruitland, the defending 3A state champions.