The last two years Rocky Mountain High School has been beaten by Highland High School in the semi playoffs. Rocky is looking to change that outcome this year.

Coach Criner has a lot of kids returning to the team. With those returners, Criner is expecting to grow as team. Rocky fans will see improvements in the passing game along with an improved defense that will take the ball away more. Criner believes Rocky can play at high level this season.

There are seven returners on offense. Zach Bennett and Zach Red are two notable returners on the offensive line hoping to make a difference this year. Jake Roper and Christan Blazer both ran for over 1500 yards last year. All the returners are stepping up this season by helping teammates in drills and becoming leaders on the field.

Summer conditioning is in full swing and Criner says this is the best shape his team has been in. When August 10th rolls around Criner thinks his team will be able to play for as long as they need to and not get tired.

The season opener is right around the corner and Criner is preparing his team the same way he does for every game, "Hone in on the details of the game, show a bunch of offenses and defenses so we are not surprised when we see it. Lastly, condition, repetitions and have the ability to understand the game at a high level."

Highland, Lake City and Coeur D Alene High School are always teams to keep an eye on when it comes to the post season according to Criner. When it comes to teams in the valley Criner says Eagle and Mountain View High School are always fun games to play because they are Rocky's biggest rivals.

Rocky Mountain has high expectations for the season this year. Make sure to keep up with the Grizzlies and the High School Game of the Week right here at 630thefan.com!