Category Archives: 5A Football Colorado

#B18horns are heating up!! ūüĒ•

are heating up!! ūüĒ•¬†seems to be the mantra in #FOCO and in Denver, Colorado at JK Mullen. On June 13, 2017 The Mustangs saw its first commitment in A’Jon Vivens:

On July 21, 2017 the second Mullen Mustang and 11th Colorado athlete decided to join his teammate Vivens.

It appears the Rams of Fort Collins have struck Gold in Mullen. This will be the second year @CoachBobo_CSU @CoachMEnglish have secured talents from the Navy and Gold. The class of 2017 featured Christian Cumber, Marcus McElroy Jr. and Tanner Clem. On August 5th many will enter the new stadium in Fort Collins and will see the locker rooms with some local talents names and one thing for sure is the Mullen Mustangs will be represented.

It will be interesting to see if the Rams continue to recruit Colorado as there are some top tier players still undecided. One thing for sure is Colorado does not lack depth in 2019 and we are keeping a close eye on that group as they fast track the upcoming recruiting cycle. An early signing period of December 20-22, 2017 has propelled the efforts of the class of 2019. Most recently the #GWL (#GonzoWatchList) QB Ty Evans committed to Arkansas.

For more in depth coverage of local talents please follow @303Gonzo #GWL ( #GonzoWatchList )

Click here to see LOCAL ATHLETES COMMITTED 07/15/2017

Flo makes it 11 Colorado athletes committed to play next level.

Max Borghi lights a firecracker

We have often talked to RB  of Pomona HS and one thing soon became very apparent, the correct fit. The verbal commit for CU Boulder has made a decision to go out of state.

#JoinTheHunt is his new motto as Borghi will be a Washington State University football player. Just check out this video:

Will you early and roll or wait until August
Early enroll
Look for a December 20, 2017 signing day and January enrollment for the talented athlete.

5A Preseason Football Rankings 2017

2017 5A Preseason Football Rankings 

2017 @303Gonzo 6/12/2017

The summer sessions began May 30, 2017 as many high school (HS) teams got in the required days before attending and competing in college team camps. Fort Collins and Pueblo seemed to be the early winners. However, UNC in Greeley will host a camp in later June while CSU-Pueblo will continue more weekly camps until July 22. Regardless this is the time many HS coaching staffs get to know new players and evaluate those in the program since freshmen year. For some teams they have 11 weeks to get the sand out as zero week happens on August 24-26, 2017. Week 1 will begin on a Thursday August 31 and complete on September 2nd, 2017. 

As teams try to get better for 2017 the fact is RPI had a major impact on the 2016 playoff selection, a year many want to forget but will have to deal with again in 2017. The 2 year cycle called “Water Fall” was more like a mudslide that allowed sub .500 teams entrance into the 16 team format down from 32 in previous seasons. Many administrators thought eliminating 2 dominating conferences would make 5A more competitive. Unfortunately all it did was create more confusion, travel and lower attendance than ever before. In addition to more Blowouts in what is termed “Mercy Rule” games has athletes rethinking playing the sport in 2017. The fact remains certain programs are allowed to finesse the rules in their attendance area and the association turns the other cheek and wipes their hands of the imbalances. Hopefully in July when the new administration takes over they can make positive impacts or form an immediate committee so neighborhood teams can compete in 2018 when the new 2 year cycle begins. 6A and geography should be a high priority and a possible “Private School” conference so it allows public schools that follow the rules to compete.

As the summer weights and daily speed camps attempt to get teams better, one thing for sure is this season will be more competitive but most likely the same final 8 playoff teams will be in the mix come week 11 of the 2017 season. Many of these teams took their lumps by playing younger players early as Freshmen or Sophomores and now they will have double digit reps and Varsity game time under their helmets. More programs are realizing playing the BEST 11 is more important than playing graduating Seniors as a reward for 4 years of service. The sport of football participation is dwindling but the talent is getting better and is most notable on NLI SigningDay. 2018 has some talent but the best class is the 2019 graduates who truly love the sport of football.

  1. The most noticeable change will be moving off the number 1 and 2 teams from the past 2 seasons of Valor and Pomona. Both quality programs that seems to have the process down and will compete in 2017 but others in 5A have grown organically and have developed players at a younger age to compete in 2017 and 2018.

So here is the 2017 @303Gonzo 6/12/2017 5A Colorado Football 5A Pre season Top 10*

  1. Grandview
  2. Pomona
  3. HR
  4. Columbine
  5. Valor
  6. CC
  7. Mullen
  8. Legend /RJ/Eaglecrest/Doherty/Fairview (TIE)

Grandview was my last season favorite to go 10-0 and came close. A loss to rival Eaglecrest after an out of state contest was the only blemish on the season until a loaded Valor team beat GV in the playoffs. Grandview has a great attendance area and a solid competitive balance with feeder youth teams that want to be Wolves. The defense is solid and as they retool on offense with a new QB and RB they will be the team to beat in 2017.

Pomona is not second fiddle but to replace some seriously talented 2017 graduates is tough but they are a work in progress. The Panthers will rely on a Senior QB that has a group of talent at WR but their key is when or if their stud RB will return. It is always hard to loose a playmaker and contributor but the community will rally and these tough dudes will compete in a very aggressive schedule that kicks off in zero week versus JK Mullen.

Highlands Ranch located blocks away from Valor has all the keys to compete this season and may be built for a next season title run but could shock us all in 5A. The 2018 graduates are the building blocks but one of the HR defensive players suffered a recent injury and HR will have to juggle the roster by zero week against Smoky Hill. HR has one of the best 2019 graduate classes and has depth to compete. Expect this Falcons team to put up some points as their coaches are dialed in and ready to compete after taking their lumps for 3 years. Last game that haunts the team and staff is a playoff match up versus Columbine in a controversial last second drive that denied progress for the offense and potential playoff win for HR.

Columbine is a perennial contender and has a head coach that was expected to retire after 2016. However after 2 consecutive successful freshmen squads the Rebels are building success once again. CHS also suffers from multiple schools in the attendance area that includes a couple private schools that often snag players. If this was Texas or Oklahoma and large enrollments like CCHS then Columbine would be in State title games every year. Look for them to replace a talented graduate QB with a youngster and continue to develop some big bubbas upfront and on the edge. Columbine will compete again as they have fire in their bellies and an investment that will provide a reward that may be down the road as this season is a rebuild based on talented and developing youth.

Valor is probably the casual fans number one. However, the question remains on defense and the front 5 graduating. The Eagles have a great process in place and do spend heavily on coaches to develop players. The question remains have they hit a barrier as the numbers in little league are dwindling and some top talents were not lured away from home attendance area public schools. Valor will still compete but have to replace an offensive center and hope the linemen stay healthy and focussed. Make note their line coach moved over to Rock Canyon and the one year he was not on staff VC lost to CCHS. Coincidence ? Either way the depth is not as strong in years past and if basketball on turf happens a few hungry area teams may best them on Friday nights. Remember VC was 1-3 and had GAC been healthy it could have easily been 0-4. At the end of the day games 1-5 seem like preseason games for the Eagles and the last 5 matter the most. VC will continue to develop a talented 2019 class and a few youngsters while hoping the 2018 guys can instill team success they have learned over the past 3 that includes 2 rings. Both Legend and Highlands Ranch are in conference games and both reaching for the brass ring. Based on the format a 5-0 conference team gets an automatic playoff berth so keep an eye on games week 6 and 8. Valor does a great job developing athletes but CC almost beat them in the playoffs with a motley crew.

Cherry Creek has the largest attendance area and often garners some all star little leaguers each year statewide. There has been a lot of hype in recent years and well father time may have caught up. Meanwhile they will be big upfront and shear numbers will help at depth as there will be some holes to replace. Skill seems to be the strength but them are young. Varsity reps from 2019 players is the teams biggest difference maker with a couple of 2018 graduates. Playing in a lay up conference does not help them down the playoff stretch but the first half of the season will determine how healthy the program will be down the stretch.

Mullen is interesting as they return 8 guys on each side of the ball and need to replace skill. Once again a 2019 athlete will be at QB with some talented 2018 dudes upfront and catching balls. This is a team that may shock everyone and almost parallel HR. So it will be interesting to see how the Mustangs compete in arguably the toughest conference that includes Columbine and Fairview. Mullen has bitten the bullet for 5 straight years playing and developing athletes so it will be no shocker to see who surprises us on Friday nights. This may be the most complete team outside Grandview.

Team 8-12 have some talents and a majority will rely on the play of the QBs. All play in tough conferences and are made up of local area talents. However, the injury bug and depth have not proven well in spring or early summer sessions. Legend seems to be the most improved out of this group but will have to knock off VC to be considered a contender. RJ has some adjusting to do as the graduates on defense made the team so valuable last season. I would expect 2-way play and a lot of running as RJ has some stallions in the back field. Meanwhile Eaglecrest enjoyed success last season but lacks depth as does Fairview and Doherty is the wild card as the Springs team always is competitive.

All in all 5A is anyones games this season but the RPI will dictate playoff berths. The seedings will be based on revenues not match ups as waterfall continues to weaken the gate monies.

As always I am sure some people will disagree and some may agree. So feel free to comment or respond. Remember this a project of passion and FREE content. I know others troll the twitter account @303Gonzo for their paid subscriptions and articles. However many hours traveling to fields, watching film and talking to athletes went into evaluating and ranking.

See you on the fields.

Game on 5A Colorado matchups

Rankings, wild card points, RPI will not matter this weekend as it is win or go home in the final 16. However these teams got in and now all is in the rearview mirror and time to move forward. For the most part the home teams (in Bold) are the odds on favorites to win. But statistics and win/loss records mean absolutely zero the next 4 weeks. It is the coaches and athletes doing what they can to prepare and pursue to become state champions. As always you can bookmark and view all the classification brackets here In 5A Colorado these are the matchups.
Mascot photo for Pomona high school.Pomona (9-1) versusMascot photo for Bear Creek high school.
Bear Creek
  • North Area Athletic Complex Friday 11/11/16 @7:00p

    Pomona is favored to meet Columbine in round two. Bear Creek would have to be a cinderella team to move forward. BC has an uphill battle as they sneaked its way into the playoffs due to a heavy regular season strength of schedule.

Mascot photo for Highlands Ranch high school.Highlands Ranch (7-3, 4-0 Home) versus 
Columbine (Mascot photo for Columbine high school.8-2)
  • Shea Stadium Friday 11/11/16 @

Columbine is favored to meet Pomona in round two. The Falcons are at home and will build on this playoff game. HR faced and lost to Valor in league play. They are young and hungry and may surprise the Rebels if Columbine is looking ahead to Pomona and avenge last years one point loss to advance to State and face Valor, the defending champions.
Mascot photo for Regis Jesuit high school.Mascot photo for Fairview high school.Regis Jesuit (9-1) versus
Fairview (8-2)
  • Regis Jesuit Friday ¬†@ 7:00p
Regis only lost to JK Mullen 17-0 in Non conference play and Fairview had a massive 23-0 halftime lead in conference play to the Mustangs only to loose 37-30. So this might be a game of interest. Two teams that have a lot to prove and have similar offenses. The Raiders have a stellar defense but the Knights have a potent offense. This could be a basketball score shootout.
Mascot photo for Eaglecrest high school.Eaglecrest(10-0) versus Mascot photo for Chaparral high school.
Chaparral (7-3)
  • Legacy Stadium Friday 11/11/16 @ 7:00p

Eaglecrest is the 10-0 team no one gave respect to during the 2016 season even after a 36-29 victory over Grandview. Also they were the bubble team in last years playoff due to a few forfeits by HRHS that catapulted another team in what they thought was their spot. However, all they do is win so perhaps they can continue to do so in the next 4 weeks. Chaparral has been that team that has been sporadic and needs to put 4 quarters of football together to compete. Moments of brilliance all season but a reality check in conference play versus Pomona may have them digging in deep to win one week at a time.

One of the above 8 teams will face one of the below 8 for state in December at Mile High Stadium.

  • ¬†@ Valor Friday 11/11/16 @ 7:00p

Valor is the heavy favorite to repeat as state champions as they arguably played the best Non Conference schedule that included 2 out of state teams. It provided them with the #1 RPI but they take on a hungry CT that surprised the Eagles in the 2012 state game. CT almost won in 2012 despite a few controversial referee calls. Final was 9-0 Valor.

Mascot photo for Grandview high school.Grandview (9-1)Mascot photo for Legacy high school.
  • ¬†Stutler Bowl Friday 11/11/16 @ 7:30p

A great match up as Grandview was shocked by Eaglecrest and suffered its only loss of the season 36-29. The Wolves have depth and were our preseason favorite. But a Valor 3 seed and not Regis makes it tough looking forward to round 2. Also note the game is at the Stutler Bowl and not Legacy, interesting! Legacy received a lot of attention after the bus crash when returning from an out of state contest. Legacy had a solid season. However, if you look to the Regis game they ran out of gas in the second half. So 4 quarters is a must for both teams as round 2 is going to test both squads.

Mascot photo for Cherry Creek high school.Cherry Creek (7-3) Ralston Valley (6-4)Mascot photo for Ralston Valley high school.
  • ¬†@ Stutler Bowl Friday 11/11/16 @ 4:00p

A lot of questions here as both squads had unique schedules and some say not battle tested. Its a Centennial versus Jeffco match up so we shall see. The Bruins lost to Valor 42-26 and Regis 19-7 and RV to Pomona 28-7 and Eaglecrest 38-21 so past performances say it will be a long path to State. Then again it is the playoffs and time to step up so anything is possible if you believe.

Mascot photo for Mullen high school.Mullen Mustangs (8-2)Mascot photo for Fountain-Fort Carson high school. Fountain-Fort Carson (3-7)
  • Game Details @ MullenFriday 11/11/16 @ 7:00p

The team everyone has been talking about for a few years is Mullen. Several Seniors that helped rebuild a depleted program 5 years ago. Many athletes played as freshmen and several as sophomores so this team has leadership and experience. FFC has a former college coach and sneaked into the playoffs this year via RPI. FFC has a lot to prove as they suffered a recent loss to Valor 45-0 and earlier to Pomona 42-0. The Mustangs only lost in state to Pomona in a tight game 28-21 and  49-33 to out of state Orange Lutheran nationally ranked 139th. Mullen arguably had the toughest in-state schedule as no one wanted to play them. Now teams will be forced to in the playoffs. The Mustangs have had some injuries that hampered them all season so look for them to play some younger talents Friday. Note 4 year starting QB Jovan Tafoya will play in his first playoff game. Tafoya was injured last year but remains a leader of the team in addition to his astronomical GPA and AP class schedule.

Game on and Best Wishes to playoff teams!

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Luke McCaffrey gains 1st offer in State

lgr39cld_200x200The Fourth McCaffrey, Luke has gained some notoriety as the Brother of Stanford RB Christian and Michigan QB commit Dylan as well as Duke graduate Max. However, today the 2019 QB and DB Luke McCaffrey joined teammate Josiah Davis of Valor as the lone Colorado high school of two talented class of 2019 Colorado players to be offered by the PAC-12 Colorado Buffaloes. Luke is a sophomore at Valor in a chase for another State Title with two games left in the regular season. When asked about the CU offer¬†McCaffrey said, “Its exciting and I was caught a little by surprise. I had been up there a couple times and talked to the coaches. So after receiving a call from Coach¬†Darrin Chiaverini, I called him back to hear the news of the offer to CU. It would be pretty cool to play up there!”

When we mentioned teammate Josiah Davis, McCaffrey said he had not spoken with him yet but, “He is my friend and teammate and it would be cool to continue playing with him at CU.” In case you missed it¬†Davis switched jersey numbers this season from #25 to #7
2wqnrprt_400x400and was the MVP of the Valor Eagles in the 5A Colorado State Title Win in 2015.

Davis rushed 14 for 84 yards and 2 TDs in a come from behind victory over the Pomona Panthers 29-26. Please see the (Box Score)

A very talented athlete and multi dimensional on the field. Just watch the film and see for yourself. For now CU ranks on the Top of young Luke McCaffreys list but he would like to see a few area players join him as well as a couple other of his current mates. A few schools of interest are Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Washington but Colorado was his first offer. ¬†Luke is listed as 6’2″ and 180 lbs. A few others athletes listed in the 2019 class are shown in this chart.screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-7-53-43-pm
Currently Valor has two regular season games before the playoffs. When asked about the RPI Luke just said, “We have the same philosophy each week. It’s the same preparation to get our jobs done. It’s about us doing what we can do well. We have a lot of guys on our roster that contribute to our teams goals.” Luke also excels on the Basketball court and plays lacrosse. We asked if he would give those up down the road. Luke said’ “My brothers and parents preach to play as long as you want and have fun doing it. It’s good to do what you like because one day you will miss it and not have the opportunity to do it over.” For now the focus is the games week by week but Luke did say, “It would be nice to play and take a crack at JK Mullen or Pomona as both were rough games. Valor will be ready next time if we have another go around.” As for today Luke is feeling blessed and excited and he stated it a few times. “I am blessed to be recognized by CU. The Buffaloes are on the rise and getting good recruits. Coach¬†Chiaverini is on the upswing and so are the Buffs.
JoeDavisCloseupWe mentioned several players choose to play out of state. However, Luke mentioned some names on the above list to keep an eye on and was genuinely excited to be the first McCaffrey playing in this time zone. Christian plays on the West coast and Michigan QB commit Dylan in the Central while Duke graduate Max played in the Eastern time zone. So Buffaloes fans get ready for The Fourth McCaffrey, Luke to stay and play in the Rocky Mountain time zone and in the city of Boulder. As the Buffs continue to win we can anticipate seeing more locals choose a winning culture that they are accustom to obtaining week in and week out. Good stuff out of Highland Ranch today and hopefully a few more down the road.

Two fingers, peace out!

5A RPI Corrected after Week 7

5A RPI Corrected #19 & #29 after Week 7
Most teams have completed 7 games and NO More.
Note: Smoky Hill only has 9 games; 5 Conference and 4 Non Conference

Rank Team RPI Record WP OWP OOWP
1 Regis Jesuit 0.683 6-1-0 0.857 0.643 0.590
2 Valor Christian 0.661 4-3-0 0.537 0.786 0.537
3 Grandview 0.634 6-1-0 0.857 0.548 0.585
4 Mullen 0.634 5-2-0 0.714 0.610 0.602
5 Cherry Creek 0.623 4-3-0 0.571 0.708 0.505
6 Columbine 0.622 5-2-0 0.696 0.643 0.507
7 Pomona 0.621 6-1-0 0.857 0.521 0.584
8 Chaparral 0.616 5-2-0 0.714 0.595 0.559
9 Highlands Ranch 0.610 5-2-0 0.714 0.571 0.585
10 Legacy 0.605 5-2-0 0.714 0.619 0.470
11 Ralston Valley 0.603 4-3-0 0.571 0.667 0.507
12 Eaglecrest 0.596 7-0-0 1.000 0.381 0.620
13 Fairview 0.561 6-1-0 0.857 0.402 0.585
14 Fountain-Fort Carson 0.543 2-5-0 0.286 0.694 0.496
15 Mountain Vista 0.533 4-3-0 0.571 0.500 0.559
16 ThunderRidge 0.532 3-4-0 0.429 0.629 0.441
17 Legend 0.531 4-3-0 0.571 0.498 0.558
18 Poudre 0.528 5-2-0 0.714 0.429 0.541
19 Fossil Ridge 0.520 5-2-0 0.714 0.405 0.555
20 Cherokee Trail 0.517 3-4-0 0.429 0.595 0.448
21 Doherty 0.515 6-1-0 0.857 0.286 0.633
22 Arapahoe 0.505 3-4-0 0.429 0.571 0.448
23 Bear Creek 0.493 2-5-0 0.286 0.592 0.503
24 Lakewood 0.488 4-3-0 0.571 0.423 0.537
25 Horizon 0.488 5-2-0 0.714 0.375 0.489
26 Douglas County 0.487 3-4-0 0.429 0.524 0.472
27 Arvada West 0.485 5-2-0 0.714 0.333 0.559
28 Rangeview 0.476 2-5-0 0.286 0.595 0.426
29 Prairie View 0.470 2-5-0 0.286 0.571 0.452
30 Westminster 0.469 1-6-0 0.143 0.643 0.446
31 Castle View 0.463 3-4-0 0.429 0.429 0.564
32 Rocky Mountain 0.453 0-7-0 0.000 0.687 0.437
33 Smoky Hill 0.438 0-6-0 0.000 0.694 0.361
34 Aurora Central 0.430 5-2-0 0.714 0.238 0.531
35 Boulder 0.419 0-7-0 0.000 0.619 0.438
36 Mountain Range 0.412 2-5-0 0.286 0.476 0.409
37 Rock Canyon 0.395 2-5-0 0.286 0.381 0.534
38 Denver East 0.380 3-4-0 0.429 0.300 0.492
39 Northglenn 0.346 2-5-0 0.286 0.331 0.437
40 Overland 0.346 1-6-0 0.143 0.357 0.525
41 Hinkley 0.325 0-7-0 0.000 0.452 0.395
42 Far Northeast Warriors 0.319 2-5-0 0.248 0.310 0.409

5A Football may be over after this weekend in Colorado!

5A Colorado Football may be over after this weekend!img_0634

This is how the weekend will unfold in all 7 5A conferences:

Arvada West (5-1), 18th Mt.Wilson The Arvada West Wildcats football team has an away conference game at rival school Ralston Valley (3-3), 13th on Friday, October 14 @ 7:30p. Probable winner may face Eaglecrest for the conference title if the Raptors are still undefeated in week 9 or 10. 10/27 7:00p at Ralston Valley (Arvada, CO) at NACC. 11/3 7:00p Arvada West (Arvada, CO) at Legacy Stadium

Poudre won Thursday (5-2), 19th and Lakewood (4-2), 22nd Both of Mt. Lincoln has to win out in order to improve its RPI. Legend (Lost Thursday), Lakewood, Valor and Highlands Ranch all in the same position as a loss probably means an end to their season. Valor most likely in the mix with one loss but two might leave them on the outside looking in.

Fossil Ridge (4-2), 20th and Horizon (4-2), 32nd Both of Mt.Elbert has to win out in order to improve its RPI. Fossil Ridge lost to CC (3-3), 7th and is in a conundrum. Root for CC to increase (OWP) and sneak in or have CC loose two remaining games for a shot at the conference title. Meanwhile Horizon has to win out to go 5-0 and be the conference title.

Doherty (5-1), 27th Mt.Massive Has a home conference game vs. Arapahoe (3-3), 25th on Saturday, October 15 @ 1p. The winner most likely will face Grandview for the conference title.

Chaparral Wolverines (4-2), 8th and Mountain Vista (4-2), 19th both of Mt. Evans play on Saturday, October 15 @ 1p. The winner most likely will face Pomona, who won Thursday now (6-1) for the conference title.

Mt. Cameron is arguably the toughest conference in all of 5A football. It is conceivably 3 of these teams could earn a playoff berth based on RPI. However TR may have to win out to earn a berth. ThunderRidge (3-3), 14th has a home conference game vs. Fairview (5-1), 12th on Friday, October 14 @ 7p. Fairview is in a must win after loosing to Columbine and controls their own destiny. Mullen (4-2), 9th hosts Columbine (5-1), 5th on Friday, October 14 @ 7p.

Mt. Antero features Regis Jesuit (5-1), #1 in RPI and faces Douglas County (Castle Rock, CO) (3-3), 33rd on Friday Friday, October 14. DC is in a must win as is Westminster (1-5) 21st that will most likely have to win the conference to be a playoff team.

The coaches poll will be interesting down the stretch but may have little to offer. I bet most Athletic Directors, school principals and head coaches should have taken the realignment more serious.fullsizerender The document that turned sports upside down can be viewed on this link. A five hour meeting may have killed participation in sports over the next few years. No athlete wants to be humiliated weekly for no gain. The one sided scores and lengthy travel in addition to games played during the week will contribute to the demise of participation. Many athletes participate 6 days a week so with no chance of winning a conference or State title apathy will continue to decrease participation in athletics in all sports. Also we will continue to see serious athletes and families turn to club sports or out of state options. The perceived value is the competition is better elsewhere. In some states that is true. What is lost in all of this is High School sports are supposed to be FUN and you play for your community and neighborhood. Unfortunately the committee forgot the core values of sports and it became about generating revenues. Ticket prices and travel times have increased while the number of football teams vying for a shot at a 5A State Title have decreased from 32 to 16 teams. Meanwhile all the gate monies go to the organization not the teams. Also aligning with a (PPV) Pay per View media outlet that should be FREE shows more greed and not about the families unable to attend games that want to support their family members. So RPI has failed the majority!

Time to rethink and undo the wrong! This season may be lost but think about the future. RPI and coaches will not cultivate and develop athletes if there is not opportunity because of the way the system set them up for failure. DO THE RIGHT THING; REPEAL the current formula and REWARD teams for a job well done by winning, not some arbitrary algorithm that is not publicly shared.

Best wishes athletes and coaches. Don’t quit rather go compete and prove them wrong. Players play games and on any given day the collective group known as a team can upset the favorite. Just think of David and Goliath.

2 Fingers, Peace out!


5A Coaches Poll Released Oct.10:

1 Pomona Won Thursday 55-0 vs Hinkley
2 Mullen
3 Columbine
4 Eaglecrest
5 Grandview
6 Regis Jesuit
7 Valor Christian
8 Cherry Creek
9 Fairview
10 Doherty
11 Chaparral
12 Highlands Ranch
13 Fossil Ridge
14 Mountain Vista
15 Legacy

NO 16 so its all about 15 of the 42 teams I guess!

JK Mullen is back huh?, huh!?

JK Mullen is back huh?, huh!?imgres

DENVER РThe all to familiar 1980 Mullen graduate and Mullen alumni Tom Thenell is the head coach of the Navy and Gold and has his team primed and ready to compete for a State Title in 2016. The season began in what appeared to be a playoff format in zero week. The Mustangs took on Pomona and lost their opener at home in a thriller of a game 28-21 that was tied at 14 to begin the 4th quarter. The following week Mullen hosted 2015 defending state champion Valor Christian in week one and won large 41-10. This marked the second time in 5 years Thenell beat the 5A Eagles. In week two and game three it was Regis and the next victory of 17-0 to escape with a solid 2-1 record. This 3-game stretch against Top 5 teams would seem like the state championship playoffs in 2016. However, sadly it was not, just Tom Thenell and his competitive nature to play the best and prepare his men for battle in weeks 6-10 in the newly formed Mt.Cameron conference. In week three and game four Mullen played Westminster, last years Cinderella team that went 9-1. However, the Mustangs corralled the Wolves 41-0. This marked 10 straight quarters that the Mustangs defense gave up ZERO Points. Week four would be an out of state travel contest versus Orange Lutheran in California. The Mustangs would come away short 49-33 in a very physical game that has a few players questionable for a return to this season. So week five was a much needed BYE week to get healthy and prepare for what might be the toughest conference competition in 5A football. 1412097110_mullen_mustangsThe Mustangs were placed in the Mt.Cameron conference and the schedule for the Mustangs kicks off in week six Friday, October 7 at 7pm. The Mullen Mustangs football team will be hosting a home conference game versus Mountain Range. The next few Fridays do not get easier as The Mustangs play Columbine, Fairview, Thunder Ridge and Northglenn. Arguably the toughest season or schedule in 5A Colorado football. Mullens strength of schedule may be something that helps the team in the new RPI that was created to decide playoff teams and games. RPI is a completely separate article and will cause some controversy come November. (Columbine beat Fairview Thursday to go 1-0 in conference and 5-1 overall) Mullen hosts Columbine next Friday night October 14th.

IMG_0638As for this Friday Ironically the sophomore quarterback Dominic Depizzol who took the reigns for the Mustangs this season will be sidelined due to a similar injury to senior quarterback Jovan Tafoya. Tafoya, who last week was cleared to return from his second knee surgery will finish what he started four years ago. Tafoya is a three year starter and will return Friday for what will mark his fourth season as the face of the program.

img_0913Jovan Tafoya is a leader on the team and in the classroom. Tafoya sports a GPA well North of 4.0 and is the front runner to be Mullen High Schools Valedictorian.

Tafoya understands the academic demands of JK Mullen as well as the spiritual side. Tafoya has made an impact on the school and his team and has done his due diligence to be one of the best. I am sure he will be a finalist for the Gold Helmet award if still in existence.

As for now, high school football fans will get the best value for their dollars on Friday Nights watching The Mullen Mustangs.12791079_769607099806469_8702418086449566063_n

On numerous occasions Thenell has said, “The 2017 graduating class could go down as one of Mullen‚Äôs greatest.”

What Tommy may have forgotten is the 2018 class has some pretty good athletes and also a 2019 quarterback in Dominic¬†Depizzol who showed everyone Mullen is a legitimate contender in 2016. Hats off to the school administration, a strong alumni base and the numerous coaches that brought the community back from devastation. JK Mullen is again the institution¬†to send your sons and daughters for a Catholic faith based and college preparatory education.¬†Friday is homecoming so come early and dress warm as it’s Fall Football in Colorado.303gonzotwitterhelmet2

A look at Mullen Football under HC Tom Thenell

Tom Thenell enters Fridays contest 23-24 in his fifth season at Mullen and has turned the program around in a positive direction.

2016 Tom Thenell 3-2*
2015 Tom Thenell 7-4
2014 Tom Thenell 4-6
2013 Tom Thenell 3-7
2012 Tom Thenell 6-5**

*5 games as of October 6, 2016

**In game one beat Valor in their first 5A game on their field.

Thenell went 147-81 in 20 seasons at Bear Creek before returning to Mullen. Tom Thenell was an assistant coach in 1985 under head coach Pete Levine after attending CSU in Ft.Collins.

CLASS 5A Week 6 Match ups UPDATED Thursday results

Well if you are not aware this is when the games mean the most, league play. Seven conferences will be gift wrapped a shot at the playoffs. Yes, the 7 conference champions will be granted a Top 7 seed in November. Obviously going 5-0 is the goal and only ONE team can obtain that feat per conference. A heavy emphasis on strength of schedule in RPI. As stated before the out of state games and playing non 5A classification teams hurt the overall RPI scoring.

CLASS 5A Week 6

#1 Pomona (4-1) vs Rock Canyon (2-3) Thursday. It is up to Pomona to win out and retain the #1 spot. However, in some early RPI scoring they may actually be #2. Time will tell.

UPDATE: Pomona wins 44-14 (5-1) vs Rock Canyon (2-4)

#2 Mullen (3-2) vs Mountain Range Friday. Homecoming week and will we see #14 Jovan Tafoya the starter since his Freshman campaign? An injury and surgery sideline his senior season. Mustangs lost the opener to #1 Pomona and an out of state game. RPI scoring and their wins in conference will determine the Mustangs fate.

#3 Eaglecrest (5-0) vs Rocky Mountain (0-5) Thursday. Two teams on polar opposites the first half of the season. Eaglecrest has the best shot at 10-0 if they continue to play well and win out in conference games.

UPDATE: Eaglecrest wins 42-7 Eaglecrest (6-0) vs Rocky Mountain (0-6) Eaglecrest first 5A to 6-0!

#4 Columbine (4-1) vs #6 Fairview (5-0) Thursday. Both teams in the toughest 5A conference. A Fairview win could have Boulder talking 5-0. However, Columbine has been hungry since the playoff loss to Pomona. Odds are this will be a Playoff type game in week 6. #GOTW since we published the schedule in March. Columbine vs Mullen next week.

UPDATE: Columbine wins 36-15 Columbine (5-1) vs #6 Fairview (5-1) Columbine faces JK Mullen next week #GOTW

#5 Grandview (4-1) vs Boulder (0-5) Friday. Unfortunately BHS is falling on hard times and suited 29 athletes last week. Grandview on a mission and only lost to rival #3 Eaglecrest (5-0). Expect the Wolves to come out knocking the doors down each week.

#6 Fairview (5-0) vs #4 Columbine (4-1) Thursday. #GOTW Fairview spreads defenses thin and Columbine runs downhill. Its going to be a battle of defenses and tough hard nose football. The looser may not make the playoffs based on RPI and  both teams being in the toughest 5A conference. Fairview vs ThunderRidge next week.

UPDATE: Columbine wins 36-15 Columbine (5-1) vs #6 Fairview (5-1)Fairview vs ThunderRidge next week. Must wins for both teams!

#7 Regis Jesuit (4-1) vs #12 Legacy (4-1) Friday. RJ defense gave up a lot of points last week in the second half in a basketball scoring game. Legacy has their HC back and trying to prove they are a legitimate 5A contender. Should be a good one as both teams need RPI points and voter recognition.

#8 Valor Christian (2-3) vs #17 Legend (4-1) Friday. Well not the Valor team all the media hyped so they have some explaining to do Lucy! Meanwhile Legend has a new coach and players determined to knock off the champ. Anything is possible and its getting cold out so that ball bounces funny sometimes.

#9 Doherty (4-1) vs Smoky Hill (0-4) Saturday. Crazy how games at Doherty always seem to be on Saturdays. DHS lost to CC but the game was a lot closer than the score. SHHS is feeling the crunch of area schools but rebuilding. Yes 0-4 as a glitch in an out of state game did not transpire. DHS needs to compete to stay in the Top 16.

#10 Cherry Creek (2-3) vs #14 Fossil Ridge (4-1) Friday. CC lost their starting QB and the back up was in a boot. So they ran the wildcat with their RB and it allowed their #1 WR to be one on one all night last week. SO FRHS has their hands full Friday night. FR will need to bring their A Game to spoil CC homecoming.

#11 Chaparral (3-2) vs Cherokee Trail (2-3) Friday. Two teams needing the win to stay in the playoff hunt. Chap lost a double OT game to HRHS and CT lost the opener to HRHS so both have a lot to prove to be in the November hunt.

#12 Legacy (4-1) vs #7 Regis Jesuit (4-1) Friday. Legacy has a lot of emotion going into Friday. RJ may be exhausted after the barn burner last week. Both need the win to stay in the hunt.

#13 Highlands Ranch (3-2) vs Lakewood (4-1) Friday. HC Robinson faces his old team in LHS. Both need the win as Valor is in their conference.

#14 Fossil Ridge (4-1) vs #10 Cherry Creek (2-3) Friday. FR travels and well quite frankly travel teams do not do very well. FRHS is a neighborhood team with some athletes. Should be a competitive game.

#15 Aurora Central (5-0) vs Westminster (0-5) Saturday. A couple teams on the opposite side of the spectrum. Westy enjoyed success last year so maybe 2016 is ACs time.

#16 Mountain Vista (3-2) vs Hinkley (0-5) Friday. Vista putting up some Basketball scores this season. Hinkley seeking that first win. Mt. Evans seems to be Pomona in the lead but this game and Chap vs CT will be on everyones minds Friday night.

#17 Legend  (4-1) vs #8 Valor Christian (2-3) Friday EchoPark Stadium. Legend has to eat their Wheaties as the champs come to town. Its David vs Goliath.303gonzotwitterhelmet2

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Two polls that will mean something…

Two polls that will mean something, but what we are not sure. The first is a coaches poll and the second a national poll that partners with the other. Unfortunately the data input is not always accurate as volunteers contribute to scores, team statistics and schedules. The interesting part is the second poll uses a “Str.” or Strength of Schedule which is to be used in the State poll.¬†

The formula to be used in the RPI will be as follows:

RPI = (¬ľ √ó WP) + (¬Ĺ √ó OWP) + (¬ľ √ó OOWP)

As stated on the website “there is no way to ensure the accuracy of that data.” Also “It is worth noting that any RPI data published elsewhere is unofficial and should be viewed with skepticism as it may not be correct.”

So where are the checks and balances? If it is an excel spreadsheet any fan or bean counter should be able to audit it. Anyway here are the two polls and a combined one to show how far apart each look.


1 Pomona (15) 4-1 171 1 W

2 Columbine 3-1 139 3 W

3 Mullen (2) 3-2 135 2 L

4 Eaglecrest (1) 4-0 129 4 W

5 Grandview 3-1 102 9 W

6 Regis Jesuit 3-1 83 6 W

7 Fairview 4-0 82 8 W

8 Valor Christian 1-3 43 5 L

9 Cherry Creek 2-2 39 7 L

10 Doherty 3-1 11 – W

# School Ovr. Rating Str.

1 Pomona (Arvada) 4-1 55.2 41.4

2 Mullen (Denver) 3-2 53.1 41.7

3 Eaglecrest (Centennial) 4-0 50.0 23.3

4 Grandview (Aurora) 3-1 49.0 41.9

5 Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch) 1-3 45.0 55.0

6 Regis Jesuit (Aurora) 3-1 42.6 33.6

7 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village) 2-2 38.7 35.8

8 Columbine (Littleton) 3-1 37.3 22.5

9 ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch) 2-2 32.7 34.0

10 Ralston Valley (Arvada) 2-2 32.3 33.7

11 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch) 3-1 31.4 21.6

12 Lakewood 4-0 29.8 -1.1

13 Highlands Ranch 2-2 29.2 30.1

14 Fairview (Boulder) 4-0 28.9 4.1

15 Chaparral (Parker) 2-2 26.7 25.0

16 Fountain-Fort Carson (Fountain) 2-2 26.7 31.5

17 Doherty (Colorado Springs) 3-1 26.0 12.5

18 Legacy (Broomfield) 3-1 25.6 16.4

19 Arapahoe (Centennial) 3-2 25.5 24.6

20 Legend (Parker) 3-1 22.8 14.9

21 Fossil Ridge (Fort Collins) 3-1 21.2 9.8

22 Cherokee Trail (Aurora) 2-3 20.1 19.7

23 Bear Creek (Lakewood) 1-3 16.5 30.4

24 Horizon (Thornton) 2-2 16.4 10.4

25 Poudre (Fort Collins) 3-2 14.6 11.0

MaxPreps # School Ovr. Rating Str. +/-

1 Pomona (Arvada) 4-1 55.2 41.4 +1

2 Mullen (Denver) 3-2 53.1 41.7 -1

3 Eaglecrest (Centennial) 4-0 50.0 23.3 +1

4 Grandview (Aurora) 3-1 49.0 41.9 +1

5 Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch) 1-3 45.0 55.0 -2

6 Regis Jesuit (Aurora) 3-1 42.6 33.6 +1

7 Discovery Canyon (Colorado Springs) 4-0 42.1 13.1 +2

8 Pueblo East (Pueblo) 3-1 40.6 28.0 +2

9 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village) 2-2 38.7 35.8 -1

10 Lewis-Palmer (Monument) 4-0 38.4 16.5 +1

11 Columbine (Littleton) 3-1 37.3 22.5 +1

12 Fort Morgan 4-0 34.3 2.5 +1

13 Pine Creek (Colorado Springs) 2-2 34.0 27.3 +4

14 Denver South (Denver) 4-0 33.6 12.5 +8

15 ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch) 2-2 32.7 34.0 +20

16 Mead (Longmont) 3-1 32.3 20.8 +20

17 Ralston Valley (Arvada) 2-2 32.3 33.7 -1

18 La Junta 4-0 32.1 0.5 +6

19 Holy Family (Broomfield) 3-1 31.9 20.8 +12

20 Longmont 2-2 31.6 27.1 -14

21 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch) 3-1 31.4 21.6 +8

22 Windsor 2-2 31.2 25.0 -4

23 Palisade 4-1 30.6 16.7 +11

24 Silver Creek (Longmont) 4-0 29.9 0.9 +18

25 Lakewood 4-0 29.8 -1.1 +5

Comparing the two of Top 10:


1 Pomona (15) 4-1 171 1 W

1 Pomona (Arvada) 4-1 55.2 41.4

2 Columbine 3-1 139 3 W

2 Mullen (Denver) 3-2 53.1 41.7

3 Mullen (2) 3-2 135 2 L

3 Eaglecrest (Centennial) 4-0 50.0 23.3

4 Eaglecrest (1) 4-0 129 4 W

4 Grandview (Aurora) 3-1 49.0 41.9

5 Grandview 3-1 102 9 W

5 Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch) 1-3 45.0 55.0

6 Regis Jesuit 3-1 83 6 W

6 Regis Jesuit (Aurora) 3-1 42.6 33.6

7 Fairview 4-0 82 8 W

7 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village) 2-2 38.7 35.8

8 Valor Christian 1-3 43 5 L

8 Columbine (Littleton) 3-1 37.3 22.5

9 Cherry Creek 2-2 39 7 L

9 ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch) 2-2 32.7 34.0

10 Doherty 3-1 11 – W

10 Ralston Valley (Arvada) 2-2 32.3 33.7