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'We need to make sure Borah football lives up to its name': Lions shifting gears for 2019 season

After four consecutive trips to the 5A state playoffs, the Lions are in a rebuilding year after losing nine all-conference players to graduation.

BOISE, Idaho — After four-straight 5A playoff appearances, the Borah Lions are in somewhat of a rebuilding year.

Players like quarterback Jake Standlee, wide receiver Ellis Magnuson and linebacker Jacob Batubenga and six other all-conference playmakers no longer don the green and yellow.

"It’s definitely tough for the team to lose talent like Ellis, Jake, Chase, Badabinga,” senior three-sport athlete Austin Bolt said. "But I feel like this team has more grind just to be as good as Ellis and them."

That grind includes moving Bolt from wide receiver to quarterback, a position he's never played.

“You’re the center of the offense, not a guy who just needs to make a play whenever the ball gets thrown to you,” Bolt said.

Head coach Jason Burton says though Bolt is transitioning into a completely new role, he's confident in his abilities.

“He’s truly a game-changer," Burton said. "Anytime he touches the ball, he can change the outcome of the game.”

When Bolt is needed in the backfield, senior Alec Gray will take over at quarterback.

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“It’s just one of things where we know [Austin's] going to have a lot of attention on him, and so we figure if we put him in the backfield, you can’t press him or do anything like that, so it gives us a little buffer,” Burton said. “It’s a nice package that we’ve installed in this offseason.”

Bolt and senior Joey Whiting both say they're confident in 

“He’s a really good pocket quarterback," Whiting said. "He can see plays come out.”

"Alec is a very smart quarterback," Bolt added. “He’s definitely just going to make it so I can go back to wide receiver and maybe make some plays when we need some yardage.”

While the Lions are confident they'll be able to make a fifth-consecutive playoff run, Whiting says it will be difficult.

"We need to make sure Borah football lives up to its name," Whiting said. “It’s going to be a little bit of a struggle, but I think we can do it.”

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  • Jake Standlee (QB - second team) 
  • AustIn Phomphackdy (RB - first team)
  • Ellis Manguson (flex, P - first team)
  • Jacob Batubenga (LB - first team)
  • Kyle Jones (DL - second team)
  • Logan Miller (DB - second team)
  • Kade Dilworth (TE - honorable mention)
  • Cristian Reyes (DL - honorable mention)
  • Innocent Ndayiragije (LB - honorable mention)


  • Austin Bolt (WR - first team, LB - second team)
  • Alec Gray
  • Joey Whiting


8/29 vs. Rocky Mountain - 7 p.m.

9/5 vs. Skyview - 7 p.m.

9/13 at Eagle - 7 p.m.

9/21 vs. Meridian - 11 a.m.

9/27 at Timberline - 7 p.m.

10/3 at Capital - 7 p.m.

10/11 vs. Boise - 7 p.m.

10/18 at Mountain View - 7 p.m.

10/24 vs. Centennial - 7 p.m.

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