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Week 13 games all on Saturday

Home Teams in  BOLD

All games on Saturday



#2 West Grand (12-0) at #1 Sedgwick County (11-0) 1pm @ Julesburg HS


 #4 Strasburg (11-1) at #3 Centauri (12-0) Sat 1pm


#4 La Junta (11-1) at  #3 Bayfield (12-0) Sat 2pm


#8 Longmont (9-3) #5 Erie (10-2) Sat 1pm

#6 Palisade (10-2) at #2 Palmer Ridge (12-0) Sat 1pm


#4 Pueblo West (11-1) at #1 Pine Creek (11-1) Sat 1pm

#15 Broomfield (8-4) at #6 Pueblo South (11-1) Sat 1pm


#3 Columbine (11-1 at #2 Eaglecrest (12-0) Sat NOON Legacy Stadium at Cherokee Trail High School

#4 Pomona (10-2) at #8 Grandview (10-2)  Sat 5pm Legacy Stadium at Cherokee Trail High School







Under further review

Many student athletes are looking forward to 9 days of vacation once the last class Friday school bell rings for the Thanksgiving holiday. Several teams will be looking to advance their season one more week with a host of games on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately there are numerous head coaches scheduled to have their season reviewed on this Friday November 17, 2017. Speculation is some might be exit interviews while others will suggest current staff members to interview for the gig of HC.  The fact remains we will see new coaches in 5A and 4A entering the 2018 season.

The reason some coaches will move on is simple, they are NOT winning or building the future. The desire for younger and newer blood has been the mantra in recent hires by high schools. The biggest participation sport and revenue generator is football that is on the decline. While a new 2 year cycle is on the horizon the fact is many head coaches did not plan for the future success. So coaches will be asked some of these questions:

Did you or your staff attend any of the playoff or championship little league games in our attendance area over the past 3-4 weeks? If so how many will project to our HS? If NO why not?

How are we going to ensure 3 levels of football over the next 2-3 years? Also do we have enough players to field 3 levels in 2018?

What off season programs or sports are you suggesting to your players and how are you tracking them?

Have you identified teams you would like to play in 2018 once the 2 year cycle is released?

Have you inventoried all the football equipment namely uniform tops and bottoms and prepared helmets and shoulder pads for reconditioning services?

Have you made plans to travel during zero week?

Have you or a staff member cleaned up the database for HUDL and MaxPreps so it is ready for 2018?

Have you made plans to notify parents of players for May 1, 2018 when current 8th graders have the ability to work out with their attendance area school?

Have you planned the summer season that starts on or after May 29, 2018 that may include a college camp?

A long laundry list that is a must if an HC is planning to retain his current position or hand it off to his successor. Currently inside information suggests up to 8 changes will be made, no official announcements have been made as banquets are scheduled to take place over the next 3 weeks. Thus preserving announcements and disruptions to the Seniors trying to prepare for finals and next level opportunities.

As of Midnight November 16, 2017 THREE Head Coaching jobs have been publicly posted with more to follow. The official end to the football season is December 2nd, 2017. Many team banquets are scheduled to be completed by the second week of December as well as head coaching reviews. Meanwhile sometime in 2018 the 2 year cycle will be announced so stay glued to @303Gonzo

Key dates to remember in 2018
 May 1st Access to 8th graders, class of 2022
 May 29th first available day to hold a summer camp.
 August 13th first official day of practice

Taking care of business on Friday Night

The final week of football is happening in 6-Man football, Championship Saturday in Joes, Colorado. Just head East on I-70 and BOOM, there it is!

One team will be holding up the trophy and celebrating a season of success.
Meanwhile, Friday nights and football are limited this week to 4 games all starting at 7pm. In 4A the Rampart Rams 9-2 vs Pine Creek Eagles 10-1 @District 20 Stadium. In 5A  Grandview Wolves 9-2 vs  Valor Christian Eagles 11-0 @ Valor Stadium,  Regis Jesuit Raiders 10-1 vs Columbine Rebels 10-1@ Jeffco Stadium and Fairview Knights 10-1 vs Pomona Panthers 9-2 @ NAAC.

Keion Cross has been a major contributor to his Rams team this season in addition to offensive threats Jared Behm and Jackson Beale. The defense for Rampart will have to come up big as Pine Creek has an edge of being deep into the playoffs for several years. The Eagles are young with a host of sophomores but will rely on the trio of  speedster receiver Wyatt Wieland, QB JC Coulter and RB David More III. The schools are separated by a few miles and should be treated like a rivalry game that will be closer in score and drama as the night unfolds. After all it is win or go home and the Eagles may already be looking past Fridays contest.

The Wolves travel to the Eagles in what is earmarked as a win by the Eagles because of the 66-35 waxing last year. Grandview has some big dudes upfront on offense and will rely on Wyoming verbal WR Gunner Gentry, JuliusCarter II and RB #8 Jordan Billingsley to kick start the offense. Meanwhile the seasoned defense will try to contain the dueling QBs Blake Stenstrom, a CU commitment and Luke McCaffrey as well as workhorse athlete Josiah Davis. VC is accustom to putting up 42 points a contest and run the clock as they are averaging 37 points on the season. However, the Wolves are coming in hungry and the forecast is low temperatures in the 40’s and rain so this should be a battle on the ground and in the trenches. We are not expecting basketball on Friday night but a good old fashion football contest. Both teams are well coached and have depth as the team’s successes is with players able to fill in when injuries have occurred and have game experience. The coin flip and special teams will determine the outcome and the printing presses might be halted as many have given the State Title to Valor since August. Grandview controls its own destiny.
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Raiders and Rebels both have one loss on the season and Regis squeaked one out last week versus Mullen to avenge their only season loss. Meanwhile Columbine lost to 4A playoff team Chatfield and is on a mission. The Rebels are on a mission and are big upfront with lots of weapons that includes #10 Logan Dearment a do everything athlete. The Rebels have a potent offense that can strike at anytime and are playing at home so the fan base might give them the advantage on a potential rainy night. On the flip side RJ heads into the contest with a banged up offensive line and a few starters out for the season. So they will have to distribute the ball accordingly and rely on the legs of talented RB and special teams returner #21 Kiahn Martinez. On defense #15 Jake Heimlicher will have to be a wrecking machine  with LB#54 Ben Hecht spying the middle in addition to ball hawk Patrick Roe in the secondary. Both teams will have to step up as it is the playoffs and mistake free football will be the keys to success.

Two time runner up Pomona got their starting QB back in #2 Ryan Marquez who has playoff experience and his long time teammate #21 Max Borghi is healthy. While the Panthers have steam rolled into the playoffs the oversight has been the amount of playing time the JV players have received in addition to slot receiver Billy Pospisil who is arguably the best receiver in 5A. On defense #33 Kyle Moretti is a tackling machine and he relies on shutdown DB Santos Maguina and a host of other hard nosed ball players that will be household names in time. Conversely Fairview comes into the contest with multiple receiving threats to complement high flying QB #10 Aidan Atkinson and powerhouse RB #5 Mariano Kemp. The defense is stout with big time tacklers Jeffrey Erickson and  Ethan Villarreal. The kicking game is top notch as the Knights have arguably the best kicker in #28 Tevye SchuettPelz-Rohl whom has one walk off Field Goal that was Money in clutch time!

Trust “The Process” only valid if you put forth the efforts!

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2016 Brackets

No 6A Football=busted dreams

The Golden goose has been cooked! Nearly 2 years ago the football committee had an opportunity to fix the imbalance of powers and failed miserably. Thus the disparity we are seeing in 5A has complicated all 7 classifications. The groupings often termed “waterfall” is the product of bad decision making and improper forward thinking. So the indecorous has resulted in absurd travel, exhausting travel and depleted football budgets that have fans wondering how can it be fixed in the next 2 year cycle.

For many you may recall when 6A was a part of Colorado High School Football for 4 years, 1990-1993. Here is a flashback of whom won it all back in the day.

The glaring thing is 3 of 4 teams are still dominating the current highest classification of 5A.
1993 6A Overland beat Northglenn 44-13
1992 6A Boulder  beat Pomona 10-9
1991 6A Cherry Creek beat Arapahoe 14-0
1990 6A Cherry Creek beat Montbello 14-0Yes 6A had been part of the Colorado landscape but the time to return has been lost. The combination of low participation and inability to field 3 levels of football teams in addition to stubborn decision makers 2 years ago has forced the paradigm of predictability. In 5A football the same 6 teams are competing in round 2 and round one is almost as bad as the 32 team format of years past. RPI has been a joke as has been the dash for cash as gate revenue determines matchups and playoff home teams. The FUN of football has been exhausted because of scores that have jokingly been termed, “Basketball on turf.”

6A will not happen but should as history shows these 6 teams should compete in a home and away series and beat up on one another to come up with a true champion. Thus RPI will not matter and playing the little sisters of the poor to ramp up scores and statistics will not occur. The records being broken are an absolute laughing-stock! Any true fan does not look to a website or predict outcomes of games because of statistics. Its an utter joke when kids are demanding more playing time to increase their stats while underclassmen stand on the sidelines gaining no playing time. Many will say it is because of the pressures of recruiting or some other nonsense. What is lost is the fun of the game and a brotherhood. All for one and one for all has become the ME, ME, ME as we see on social media daily. So the 6A opportunity has been lost for quite sometime. The only hope will be a competitive balance in the next 2 year cycle. Currently the only shot of winning a 5A state title will be attending one of the 4 schools that will be playing on Thanksgiving weekend.

Trust “The Process” only valid if you put forth the efforts!

As always we will see you on the fields as we know football! We are your source for content 24/7 and 365 about Colorado High School Football. YES it remains @303Gonzo of Please give us a follow on social media and stop by and say hello to talk football once a week at a location near you as we present a player of the week LIVE after a game via twitter and periscope. Look for #WingstopWednesday on twitter @303Gonzo 

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2016 Brackets

All @303Gonzo 5A•4A•3A #copreps

The season ended for a majority of the teams at the statewide higher classifications during the first weekend of November and week 10. So including zero week some teams have been playing competitive football for 11 weeks. The fortunate 16 at each classification are playing in week 12 overall and game 11. Over the course of the summer and during summer 7 on 7 @303Gonzo saw some area talents air it out. Conversely the big men competed in Hog wars. Football is not about a few weeks for @303Gonzo rather 24/7 and 365 days which includes  season wrap up with signing day.
Over the years we have published some top player lists in addition to #TheGonzoWatchList (GWL) which has been lots of FUN! This is NOT a list about whom will be #D1 players but more about players that made their team better on any given Friday night, well game day as their were plenty of Thursday and Saturday games. So each day we will continue to populate a few game changers until the list is complete. Feel free to DM, text or email your film or thoughts.
Freshmen of the Year:

Jake Rubley Highlands Ranch High School Highlands Ranch, CO 6’3″ 190 lbs Freshman Graduates in 2021

Brayden Wood Fairview High School Boulder, CO 6’3″ 230 lbs Freshman Graduates in 2021

Player of the Year:
3A Noah Roper – Jr Erie

4A Jeremy Hollingsworth – Jr Skyline (Longmont)

5A Aidan Atkinson – So Fairview (Boulder)

Offense 1st Team:

Logan Dearment – Jr Columbine (Littleton) 5’9″165 lbs Junior Graduates in 2019

WR-Slot Billy Pospisil – Jr Pomona (Arvada) 5’10”190 lbs Junior Graduates in 2019
Tristan Smith – Sr Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch) 5’11”170 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018
Jaion Colbert – Sr Overland (Aurora) 5’9″196 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018
Joseph (jt) erickson – Sr Poudre (Fort Collins)  6’0″210 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018
Mariano Kemp – Sr Fairview (Boulder) 5’10”230 lbsSenior Graduates in 2018

Zach Cozzolino – Sr Pueblo South (Pueblo)
Jeremy Hollingsworth – Jr Skyline (Longmont)
Ben Frenette – Sr Chatfield (Littleton)
Braeden Graham – Sr Fruita Monument (Fruita)
Kyle West – Jr Skyline (Longmont)

QB Ty Evans – Jr Palmer Ridge (Monument) 6’3″190 lbs Junior Graduates in 2019
Anthony Roberson ii – So Palmer Ridge (Monument) 5’10”170 lbs Sophomore Graduates in 2020

Tanner Vines – Jr Rifle
Nathan Mackey – Sr Mead (Longmont)

Offense 2nd Team:

Wind Henderson – Jr Mullen (Denver) 6’0″150 lbs Junior Graduates in 2019

Zach Leal – Sr Poudre (Fort Collins) Poudre High School Fort CollinsCO 5’9″165 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018

Ryan Lynch – Sr Legacy (Broomfield) 6’2″165 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018

Max Borghi – Sr Pomona (Arvada) 5’10”175 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018

Dominic Bettini – Jr Highlands Ranch 5’9″170 lbs Junior Graduates in 2019
Pierre Taylor 6’0″175 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018

Defense 1st Team:

Trevor Szilagyi Valor Christian High School Highlands Ranch CO 6’4″265 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018
Jake Heimlicher Regis Jesuit High School Aurora CO 6’4″215 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018
Aidan Ikaika keanaaina Mullen High School Denver CO 6’3″283 lbs Sophomore Graduates in 2020

Victor Garnes – Sr Eaglecrest (Centennial) 5’10”180 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018

Patrick Roe – Sr Regis Jesuit (Aurora) 5’10”155 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018

Defense 2nd Team:

Special Teams1st  Team:
Kiahn Martinez – Jr Regis Jesuit (Aurora) 5’9″175 lbs Junior Graduates in 2019
Calvin Pope – Sr Hinkley (Aurora) 5’8″165 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018

Casey Knutsen – Jr Fossil Ridge (Fort Collins) 5’11”170 lbs Junior Graduates in 2019
Tevye SchuettPelz-Rohl – Sr Fairview (Boulder) 5’10”180 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018



Issac Power – Sr Ponderosa (Parker) 6’2″185 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018

Evan Price – Sr Evergreen

Special Teams 2nd Team:
Theryne Sandoval – Jimenez – Sr Eaglecrest (Centennial) 6’0″185 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018

Nathaniel Rapue – Sr Arapahoe (Centennial) 6’0″185 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018


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Note: This is about whom performed well at the high school level over the course of 11 weeks or 10 games, NOT who is projected to play next level or has offers. Also it is NOT based on Hype just flat out performances on the field weekly.

Cash vs Matchups

The RPI has been somewhat confusing to most as everyone has realized the football committee does what it wants to make a bigger pile of cash at the playoff gates. Tickets are being sold at $8 a person and none of the schools benefit from this revenue. Meanwhile NO over the air Television because those rights were sold to an internet streaming TV person that has a relationship with one of the staff members. Travel once again will be a primary focus as a few teams got hosed again for more favorable gate revenue in the metro area. Below are all classifications brackets. Also a few comments about RPI versus seedings. Cash versus Matchups is why you see RPI numbers disregarded so the gate money rises to favor better match ups while some teams endure stiffer competition with out regard to travel or natural rival games.
(16) Chaparral (7-3)
vs. (1) Valor Christian (10-0), Friday, 7 pm., Valor Christian RPI #1 vs. #14 Chaparral got hosed as FFC & Poudre played VC in conference play. Doherty really should have had this spot.
(9) Lakewood (8-2)
vs. (8) Grandview (8-2), Saturday, High Noon, Legacy Stadium
RPI #9 vs. #7 Lakewood dodged a bullet as they should have played Cherry Creek.
(13) Poudre (6-4)
vs. (4) Pomona (8-2), Friday, 7 pm., NAAC RPI #15 vs #4 and again Mullen or Arvada West should have been the matchup but Mullen got bent by having to rematch in the opposite bracket.
(12) Arvada West (7-3)
vs. (5) Fairview (9-1), Friday, 7 pm., Recht Field RPI #5 vs #12 More of a regional game but AW benefits from not playing Pomona and FV an uncanny Ralston Valley.
(14) Highlands Ranch (6-4)
vs. (3) Columbine (9-1), Friday, 7 pm., Jefferson County Stadium UH, boring! Rematch of last season where a healthy HR almost beat Columbine. RPI #11 vs #3. HR would have matched up better with GV as both teams are banged up heading into Fridays game. Columbine should have had Chaparral.
(11) Mullen (5-5)
vs. (6) Regis Jesuit (9-1), Friday, 7 pm., Lou Kellogg Stadium
What happened to NO regular season match ups in round 1? Probably the only game that might sell out but the RPI #13 vs #6 is more about revenge for RJ as they blew a 39-14 lead in the 4th quarter and a 13 point lead with 1:02 on the clock to loose 40-39, OUCH! RJs only lose on the season; Double OUCH!

Mullen victory over Regis 2017

Friday September 8, 2017

(10) Ralston Valley (6-4)
vs. (7) Cherry Creek (8-2), Friday, 7 pm., Stutler Bowl
RPI #10 vs #8 or about the only game correct based on RPI
(15) Fountain-Fort Carson (4-6)
vs. (2) Eaglecrest (10-0), Friday, 7 pm., Legacy Stadium RPI #16 vs #2 FFC dodged Valor and has more of a shot vs EC. 7 of 10 FFC opponents are in the playoffs EC had a fairly limp schedule.
2017 CHSAA State Football Playoffs CHSAA 5A Football Playoffs
2017 CHSAA State Football Playoffs
#16 Golden
vs #1 Pine Creek 7 pm., Friday RPI #1 vs #16 looks good but Golden got waxed by Dakota Ridge 49-7 and was (4-1) compared to (3-2) in conference play so is RPI legitimate? Ask Dakota Ridge
#9 Monarch
vs #8 Rampart 1 pm., Saturday RPI #6 vs #10 Montrose should have faced Monarch and Rampart battle Pueblo South.
#13 Standley Lake
vs #4 Pueblo West 1 pm., Saturday RPI #13 vs #4 Gotta like that travel (Sarcastic)
#12 Skyline
vs #5 Chatfield 6 pm., Friday RPI #12 vs #5 Might have got this match up correct and watching Jeremy Hollingsworth vs Ben Frenette
#14 Vista Ridge
vs #3 Fruita Monument 1 pm., Saturday RPI #14 vs #3 and TRAVEL
#11 Montrose
vs #6 Pueblo South 1 pm., Saturday RPI #11 vs #7 where Rampart vs PS would have been the correct RPI match up
#10 Ponderosa
vs #7 Loveland 7 pm., Friday RPI #9 vs #8 which is a correct RPI but really 10-0 vs 9-1! Are we trying to gift wrap Pine Creek in 4A ?
#15 Broomfield
vs #2 Windsor 1 pm., Saturday RPI #2 vs #15 not bad for travel but Loveland vs Windsor is probably the thought for the gate in round 2
2017 CHSAA State Football Playoffs CHSAA 3A Football Playoffs
#Mead (10-0) 1 pm., Saturday
vs.#16 Harrison (8-2) RPI #13 vs #1 so the trend continues on RPI not the only answer for matchups as Frederick was the straight RPI
#8 Longmont (7-3)
vs. #9 Skyview (9-1) 7 pm., Friday RPI #12 vs #6 TJ was the answer but someone dodged a bullet
#4 Canon City (9-1) vs.
#13 Durango (7-3) 6 pm., Friday The RPI #13 vs #4 so it is right but a 5 hour drive is a bummer!
#5 Erie (8-2)
vs #12 Pueblo East (5-5) 7 pm., Friday RPI # 17 vs #5 another RPI flaw as conference 5-0 trumps the algorithm but if wins were 50% who looses out?
#3 Roosevelt (8-2)
vs.#4 Thomas Jefferson (8-2) 1 pm., Saturday RPI #3 vs #11 Discovery Canyon got lucky and this is a better contest as TJ has been under the radar all season.
#6 Palisade (8-2)
vs. #11 Discovery Canyon (6-4) 7 pm., Friday Grand Junction TRAVEL RPI #14 vs #7 not exactly proper
#7 Evergreen (9-1)
vs.#10 Rifle (8-2) 1 pm., Saturday RPI #10 vs #8 The I-70 3.25 travel game
#2 Palmer Ridge (10-0) vs.
#15 Berthoud (6-4) 7 pm., Friday RPI #15 vs #2 well RPI got this right. Maybe people will see PR is more of a team than just its QB that most media outlets focus on day in and day out. NOTE to media there are 11 guys on the field!
2017 CHSAA State Football Playoffs CHSAA 2A Football Playoffs

2017 CHSAA State Football Playoffs CHSAA 1A Football Playoffs

2017 CHSAA State Football Playoffs CHSAA 8-Man Football Playoffs

2017 CHSAA State Football Playoffs CHSAA 6-Man Football Playoffs

#POTG 2017 #copreps Football
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5A playoff matchups wish bracket #copreps

The RPI has been somewhat updated on Saturday late afternoon. There are errors in two games in 5A not reported that may impact the #16 and final spot. However it really should NOT matter if the football committee used the following matchups.

Many powerhouse teams might complain but hey they asked for it when they scheduled a heavy strength of schedule 2 years ago. However, they are the ones that tipped the scales in their favor with out regards to the neighborhood teams. Many were nieve in the algorithm era that forced lopsided conferences and weekly match ups in what has been called the waterfall. So why continue the mudslide during the post season and crush neighborhood teams dreams. While you are unable to have the gift wrapped conference title winners on one side of the bracket, the above bracket provides great competition and match ups that many high school football fans might attend rather than wait until round 2 to attend. After all many have already given the state title to Valor Christian (VC).


#1 VC vs #16 FFC or Doherty is tough but that is what happens to a team that squeezes in or did not have an aggressive strength of schedule. Plus they did not play one another in the regular season.

#8 Fairview vs #9 Lakewood is like an old Jeffco game. 2 evenly matched teams that will have to face VC in round 2.

#4 Pomona vs #13 Arvada West would sell tickets and would not bore many if in the opposite bracket to face VC.

#5 Cherry Creek vs #12 Highlands Ranch again a tough match up but with all the D1 hype on both teams why not let them battle it out and face the gauntlet should the usual suspect win their bracket.


#2 Columbine vs #15 Poudre is a little closer to home for the Fort Collins team and make sense.

#7 Regis Jesuit vs #10 Ralston Valley again makes sense because they are more evenly matched and sets up a great round 2 match up.

#3 Eaglecrest vs #14 Chaparral keeps the game close to home and would sell tickets. Round 2 makes it another appealing match up and could be what 5A needs is great match ups.

#6 Grandview vs #11 Mullen is a contest many have wanted for some time. Both programs are banged up and missing key players. Ultimately a game that would be worth the price of admission. Also round 2 could keep teams in the neighborhood.

Well that is my 2¢. Official brackets should be out Sunday November 5, 2017 around 10am as the clocks get turned back and the local NFL Broncos play at 11am MST.
Also please schedule games on Friday nights not Saturday during college football.

As always we will see you on the fields as we know football! We are your source for content 24/7 and 365 about Colorado High School Football. YES it remains @303Gonzo of Please give us a follow on social media and stop by and say hello to talk football once a week at a location near you as we present a player of the week LIVE after a game via twitter and periscope. Look for #WingstopWednesday on twitter @303Gonzo 

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2016 Brackets

Warriors wallop on Senior Day

5A football had 3 games on tap and only one that had RPI implications. However, today was about seeing the young sophomores playing varsity football for Smoky Hill and Arapahoe, a team someone had as a top 10 nearly 3 months ago in one of many media pre season polls. Obviously they missed the mark so we had to see what all the hype was about as both teams entering today had a combine 3 wins. Smoky Hill (1-8) at Arapahoe (2-7). After about an hour of pre game festivities celebrating 25 seniors the ball game kicked off at 1pm at LPS stadium in a windy contest of 65 mile an hour winds. At stake was pride in aMt. Massive conference match up and perhaps a glimpse of the future 2 years for both teams.

For nearly 2 minutes it appeared that it was going to be a tight contest as both teams were a little sluggish. However, on the first warriors possession they went with a tight end to the boundary with #8 Jake Groth for a 50 yard TD pass from #10 Kevin Lukasiewicz for a score to go up 6-0. The PAT kick failed by #2 Nate RaPue perhaps because of the wind. These would prove to be the only points needed as AHS scored 28 points in the first quarter and 7 in Q2 to lead 35-0 at halftime.

At the break we figured to see the warriors clear the benches in the second half after nearly 25 seniors saw playing time and a host of players lined up on the sidelines that are the future. That was not the case until a few minutes left in the 4th quarter when some of the talents from the JV (8-3) squad adorned the field on an 11 yard TD run and a victory formation final play to run out the clock. Meanwhile Smoky Hill played a host of youngsters and will be better as some of their players will have much needed varsity reps under their belt come next season to compete.

Arapahoe 52, Smoky Hill 0

At LPS Stadium

Arapahoe (3-7, 2-3) Mt. Massive 28 7 10 7—52

Smoky Hill (1-9, 0-5) Mt. Massive 0 0 0 0—0

First quarter

Arapahoe —Lukasiewicz 50 yard pass to Groth (RaPue  kick failed). 10:10 Arapahoe — Thomas rip 6 TD 30 yard return 9:01 (Hollingsworth 2 point conversion) Arapahoe —9 yard pass to Myers (RaPue  kick) 2:22 Arapahoe —Phelan 9 yard TD run (RaPue  kick) :41.

Second quarter

Arapahoe —Lukasiewicz 29 yard pass to Groth (RaPue  kick). 5:53

Third quarter

Arapahoe — Rapue 41 yard FG 8:21. Arapahoe — 65 yard punt return (RaPue  kick).

Fourth quarter

Arapahoe —  Des Spencer 11 yard TD run (Rapue kick).

While the game was one sided there are a few players that we will have an eye on heading into August 2018. The next 9 months will be about getting bigger, faster and stronger but we have earmarked a half a dozen players on each team to look for in September 2018.

I Guarantee 7 Victories*in 2018!

Many of you might be thinking WTF or really!? As Saturday November 4th comes to an end there will be many teams that once again failed to make it to post season and the second guessing will haunt many for over 9 months. Yes there will be the Senior parents that chatter until graduation and many that will move onto the next sport. However, the reality is that every coaching staff should be meeting tomorrow afternoon to build on 2018. On Monday they should call an all athlete meeting to say one of two things, It is time for me to hang up the whistle or we will be getting better gentlemen by creating a zero hour or some form of OTAs in the off season. The latter is what we deem the process. The process is what needs to happen year round NOT mid August until the last week of October otherwise that is why November ends many teams seasons.

Anyway there are many great coaches rolling up the sleeves working for little or no pay and I appreciate what they do on a weekly basis. Conversely there are the shampoo coaches that apply the same concepts, wash through the season then rinse and repeat each year. These are the same ones complaining and not being proactive both during the season and waiting until August to kick start their season. So the path to success is wasted for 9 months.

Moving forward many might say guaranteeing 7 W’s is bold and I say, malarkey! The path to success starts with knowing your team, its players, its parents and the coaching staff. If all three buy into your concepts and passions to win that is a beautiful start. All three need to be on the same page because football can be a year around sport that maneuvers around school activities without giving up much but time on off days. Football should NOT be a year around sport and give way to winter and spring sports. However, the football staff needs to work and support the other teams and coaches. To guarantee 7 victories you have to make sure your ball players are working their inside game during wrestling or their vertical in basketball. Also track is great for speed and rugby for special teams and overall conditioning. So the off time can be spent influencing your roster to take a weightlifting class, pilates or yoga in the spring semester. However, the real key is preparing for 2018. The season does NOT end tonight or when you get bounced from a playoff game. For coaches it starts tonight and for players Sunday or Monday if they are serious about competing in 2018.

Therefore guaranteeing 7 W’s is an easy statement for @303Gonzo because it is not necessary to be a head coach but rather a staff member with complete control in 2018 that starts sooner than later. @303Gonzo has proven track record with turning TWO 5A  programs into playoff contenders. In addition to covering high school football via radio, podcast and blogs it goes without saying @303Gonzo knows Colorado High School football. The passion and dedication to watch live games on multiple nights, stream games and research 7 classifications with an emphasis on the big 3 of 3A, 4A and 5A to blog about it unparalleled! In addition @303Gonzo has placed numerous athletes at the next level by talking and submitting players videos to college coaches and collaborating on a December recruiting seminar. So the passion is there but the question remains is one of the handful of underperforming programs ready for @303Gonzo ?

Every month that goes by is one less win both on and off the field. Should you want consulting or a resume feel free to DM @303Gonzo or email. The time is NOW to think and begin a path to success in 2018.

Meanwhile off to the fields to cover some games and wait for the infamous RPI to update and create or crush dreams because football is NOT about winning but some arbitrary algorithm calculation.

Trust “The Process” only valid if you put forth the efforts!

As always we will see you on the fields as we know football! We are your source for content 24/7 and 365 about Colorado High School Football. YES it remains @303Gonzo of Please give us a follow on social media and stop by and say hello to talk football once a week at a location near you as we present a player of the week LIVE after a game via twitter and periscope. Look for #WingstopWednesday on twitter @303Gonzo 

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2016 Brackets

Stats overrated ?

Anyone who has played a game knows that keeping score is to track wins and losses. However, the competitive nature has us focussed on individuals rather than team success. Therefore in the modern era we rely on statistics to measure a player performance and highlights of many individuals on the team. However how credible are the self reported numbers at many high schools and little league games? Yes that is probably why most next level coaches could careless about individual statistics or awards but how well the individual performs on game videos. If statistics were audited by a third party then perhaps it would be a valid indisputable tool. Just think of the college board exams like the ACT and SAT. No one disputes these scores because they are administered and audited by the company that administers the exams. So why do we bother with Stats? It is because we always want to compare our success with others. Unfortunately at the youth and high school levels it is difficult. The difficulty is because not all athletes or teams are equal. The same could be said of college and pro sports. However at the college level these are generally the top 6% of high school athletes and the professionals are the top 1+%. These are when statistics are applicable and merit conversation. Regrettably we do not audit the lower levels because for the most part the information is considered valid as most coaches have someone on staff that inputs the data. Alas we forget about those booster clubs or volunteer parents that often take turns to track and delineate the information. So yes consistency is an issue as well as unscrupulous soles that want to pad statistics for their athlete. This has not only been an issue as of recent but has been a hot topic when reporters use online websites to write stories or select athletes for post season awards. When one or a few individuals have to cover statewide sports it becomes difficult because often they are paid by the event and not the time spent researching. Thus a self reporting site like MaxPreps that is a partner of CHSAA becomes a useful tool for many to compare or use in a byline. Often the outline is to describe the story of the event but many times media types often enhance storylines with flashy statistics. Again if you question everything are these accurate since the writer did not attend all the events or might not have even thought to track the multiple players on the field or involved in the event because it takes a lot of time. Once again there is a trust factor but would be more valuable if a third party auditor had control of the event. Currently to curb a few overzealous parents input a community writer is now having to attend events and compare notes with the statistician on hand. A safeguard that is helping to restrict fabrication for personal gain. Several years ago there was an issue when a parent would credit a player with a tackle because he bumped into the player or was on the pile. Eventually a few coaches explained the rule and the proper adjustments were made. However, retractions to stories and weekly awards were not retracted. Then there is another issue of competition. Not all teams are created equal or play like opponents.

There are multiple classifications in each sport in Colorado. Since we focus on football the fact is there are 7 classifications, (6man, 8man, 1A, 2A,3A, 4A, 5A). For the most part the competition has been measured correctly but the separation in 5A has been questioned as scores are lopsided and a handful of teams are stacked. So not all is equal and matchups are non existent for 81% of the participants. So this is a prime reason why statistics are overrated. When a top tier team has players exploding on the stat line it may be an indicator that the competition is not equal and the black and white numbers are exaggerated. Inflated numbers probably intensify why many coaches, fans, parents and players will state compare that individual to like opponents because that is more representative of comparing one athlete to another. The overall statistics do not tell the story.

The real tale of the tape is when we play tough teams or have playoff games. The longer we play the tougher the competition becomes so the statistics matter but the main goal is to win ball games. If someone has a stellar performance during post season that should merit more accolades than the soft regular season schedules. It is an honor to play in the post season but also a compliment when people notice your regular season was just a portion of the real story.

While many players have 9-10 games to tell their story, many will refer to statistics to compare athletes by position. Regrettably that is not a true barometer as many top tier athletes are pulled early in the contest to give way to another roster player. Therefore sacrificing individual awards for the benefit of the team. In some instances when teams clinch conference titles they rest their starting lineup so it is not comparing apples to apples. So the next time you see a stat line just remember Stats can be overrated unless audited or used properly to compare one to another. Not everything you see or read is what it appears to be and/or is meaningful.
As always we will see you on the fields as we know football! We are your source for content 24/7 and 365 about Colorado High School Football. YES it remains @303Gonzo of Please give us a follow on social media and stop by and say hello to talk football once a week at a location near you as we present a player of the week LIVE after a game via twitter and periscope. Look for #WingstopWednesday on twitter.