BY KYLE FRANKO
Three games, six teams, a trio of states and lots of football – it’s the 5th Annual Rocky Mountain Rumble High School Football Extravaganza, Saturday, at Holt Arena.
The Rocky Mountain Sports Foundation, formed in 2008, created the event with the aim of luring football teams from neighboring states.
“It’s a great opportunity for our community, the city of Pocatello, Idaho State University and the local establishments just (to) showcase everything here in Pocatello,” said volunteer Mike Brady.
The games start at 1:00 p.m. with the Shelley Russets (1-0) facing off against the Sequim Wolves (0-0) from Washington state.
Shelley — ranked No. 2 in the 3A state poll and coming off a 42-24 win over Idaho Falls — is participating in its second Rocky Mountain Rumble. In 2010, the Russets lost to the Aspen Skiers 22-19.
Then at 4:00 p.m., the Pocatello Indians (0-1) play the Lehi Pioneers (0-2) from Utah.
The Indians are playing in the Rumble for a third time, losing in 2009 and winning in 2011. Last week, Pocatello narrowly lost to Madison by four.
Finally, the Highland Rams (1-0) play the Orem Tigers (0-2), also from Utah.
Highland is the only team that has competed in every one of the Rumbles — going 3-1 in that span.
Ranked No. 2 in the state, the Rams opened the season last Friday, in Holt Arena, beating Century 35-7.
For all six teams Saturday, the Rumble represents a chance for each to measure their program to competition from outside the area.
“It’s a good situation for the local athletes to see what other states have as far as football, and how they compare to them,” Brady said “You always wonder how good Idaho football is.”
Chad’s Rentals sponsors the Rocky Mountain Rumble. Owners Marty and Cindy Hoge donate a $1,000 scholarship to each game’s appointed MVP, along with a plaque immediately following the team award.
The event kicks off at Mama Inez tonight at 7 p.m. with a social where all coaches, parents and fans are invited.
Tickets will be sold on both the North and South side ticket offices at Holt Arena, and admits spectators to all three games.
“It’s just a fun day,” Brady said. “The bottom line is for the kids to have a great time, and for those kids coming from neighboring states to have a great time as well.”