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An Eagle has landed 3.6 miles away from his original roost

On December 21, 2017 an unidentified text came in that Rod Sherman was out as the Valor Christian football coach.  Of course that peaked our interests and some digging was done to find out the morning of December 22 that the coaching staff was brought together to confirm Sherman was out as the Eagles head coach after five seasons. Recently Valor named Ed McCaffrey their head coach. Ed becomes 1 of the 8  new leaders in 5A that will have new HCs come August.

Fast forward a few weeks and the plethora of open football coaching jobs in Colorado and Rod Sherman on the sidelines, it was.an opportunity worth inquiring about. So after a couple initial meetings and an application Rod became a leading candidate in neighboring Centennial, CO. After a football committee  was assembled and the process took its course on Friday February 16, 2018 in a players only meeting, Rod Sherman was officially announced to become the new face of the Arapahoe Warriors. Sherman will not have to travel far as his new school is only 3.6 miles North from the Eagles nest of Highlands Ranch and Valor. So Sherman flew North for the winter and will be preparing for spring and summer OTAs in preparation for the fall sport of football and soaring South in the standings.

Sherman said, "he wanted to pursue other opportunities," last December.


Now many in the community are hoping Rod can develop the LPS student-athletes and the Arapahoe football program. Arapahoe High School is a public high school Established in 1964 and the biggest of the 3 with over 2200 students. The school is known for its affiliation with the Arapaho tribe of Wind RiverWyoming.

Sherman will take over for Mike Campbell who resigned after 22 years and 15 years as a head coach to take the Englewood HS job in the 2A classification.

A parents meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 20th but the community is buzzing to learn about their next leader.

Rod Sherman came to Colorado in 2007 from Orange Lutheran in California where he was the athletic director (AD) to become Valor’s AD until 2014. In 2013, Sherman took over as head coach after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator that helped the Eagles win four straight state titles from 2009-12. Sherman was the 2nd HC in Valors history after Brent Vieselmeyer whom amassed a 55-11-0 from 2008-2012 and moved on to another out of state coaching position. Sherman went 57-11 and won three Class 5A state championships in 5 years.

In the past 15 years the Football program went 90-68 under Cambell and has been non relevant the past decade while the suburban sprawl continues in each direction. Most noticeably the Heritage Eagles have been a school of choice for many student athletes as of late as their program has blossomed.  Ironically  the 2012 Valor Christian football team blasted Arapahoe 49-18 under Brent Vieselmeyer in his last season as head coach and winning state 9-0 over Cherokee Trail.

Year Coach Name Record
2017 M. Campbell 3-7
2016 M. Campbell 5-5
2015 M. Campbell 10-1
2014 M. Campbell 4-6
2013 M. Campbell 6-4
2012 M. Campbell 10-2
2011 M. Campbell 5-5
2010 M. Campbell 8-4
2009 M. Campbell 3-7
2008 M. Campbell 3-7
2007 M. Campbell 4-6
2006 M. Campbell 5-6
2005 M. Campbell 8-3
2004 M. Campbell 10-2
2003 M. Campbell 6-3
90- 68

So after over two decades the Warriors opposition may not see that well known counter play or tight end to the boundary that was made so famous over the years. As you peek at the roster the Warriors have 47 players listed on both HUDL and MaxPreps that are scheduled to return in 2018. The bright spot seems to be the 8-3 JV team from last season as the Freshmen suffered an 0-10 season and the Varsity settled for 3-7 in 2017.

2018 will be a fresh start with a fresh coach and a new set of values. Only time will tell as high school football is 27 weeks away from game number one. The Warriors will play in Metro East newly aligned 6 team conference in 2018-19.

METRO EAST
Cherokee Trail
Cherry Creek
Eaglecrest
Grandview
Overland
Arapahoe

Unless something changes here are the teams stated to play in an 11 week football season with one bye week during the regular season. Also new for this season will be a 24 team format for the post season play, up from 16 the past two seasons and 32 teams prior to the 2 year waterfall system that featured RPI. Official practice begins August 6, 2018.

The non-league schedule is as follows:

Adams City,
Castle View (8-31) who has a new HC
Heritage, 4A Rival Game for the Milk Jug & neighborhood school pride
Rock Canyon,
Douglas County

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Castleview names a new HC

The 5A landscape is becoming a little more clear today as Castleview has named Todd Casebier as their new head coach for the southern Denver metro suburb called Castle Rock. Casebier leaves a very talented Fruita Monument team that went 22-12-0 in the past 3 seasons. Casebier had been at Montrose for 10 seasons, going 86-30 prior to Fruita Monument. Before coaching at Montrose, Casebier had  success at his alma mater, class of 1985, Palisade  from 1998-2004. He was also an assistant at Durango from 1990-97.

If you have watched Casebier and his teams his DNA is to run the ball! So 5A fans expect to see success now as the football committee of  2 parents, 3 athletes and the district AD, school AD and athletic secretary picked a winner. Casebier has had a lot of past success and he wanted the challenge to prove it in 5A once again. Fruita was a casualty of waterfall the past 2 seasons but 3 years ago  Casebier went 5-6 in year one with Fruita in the 5A Continental North that consisted of Regis, Mountain Vista, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon and Thunder Ridge. A few common opponents you say, well look at the schedule.

The Sabercats will be playing in the conference currently named METRO SOUTH that features conference games against geographical teams Valor Christian, Mountain Vista, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon and Thunder Ridge. 2 of those teams also have a new HC in both VC and HRHS. In addition neighboring Douglas County a whopping 3.6 miles will continue the rivalry match up that shakes up the town of Castle Rock for a week to be the King of the Castle on September 14th. Meanwhile Legend is another neighboring battle that has little league ties as does Arapahoe from youth days. AHS will also feature a new HC but Fossil Ridge in Northern Colorado will be a long stretch reminiscent of waterfall the past 2 seasons but the longest distance will be week 3 and Wasatch out of Utah that also is in the 5A classification in Utah.

If you are unaware of the Castleview Sabercats shame on you but that is why you rely on @303Gonzo
The 2018 team features
-17 returning starters from 2017
-8 of which will be 3rd year starters
-3 returning starters with all conference honors from 2017
So the path to success started early and is the main reason a new coach in Casebier can have immediate success. While many teams play Seniors it is obvious that football is a game of repetitiveness and gaining playing time early does really helps long term. Having 8 third year starters is a big deal! Look for the Sabercats to scratch out some early wins because their starters have been on the field and won’t be green. Also as the season goes on the Sabercats will know how to finish games as their schedule ramps up weekly to face better competition and game 6 against powerhouse Valor who many say has an easy chance to win a title in 2018.

So now that a new head coach in Casebier has been named and a team meeting to introduce the new chief, it is time for the off season OTAs and a new direction as a new leader will have everyone excited and readying for official August 6th practices.

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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5A no way

The sport of football is an easy game of 11 versus 11 on any given day. However, you need direction in most situations otherwise it is considered pick up ball. Well this week in 5A we were hoping to tell you whom landed some open positions and BOOM, another 5A coach stepped down in Rod Dobbs of Chaparral. Thus paving the way for 8 new head coaches in 5A  that will adorn the fields in August for opening weekend or the 23-25th.

Here is a recap of 5A movement of coaches resigning, retiring or moving on:

  Arapahoe 5A   Mike Campbell
  Castle View 5A   Dustin Pfeiffer  http://www.cofridaynightlights.com/?p=3093
  Chaparral 5A   Rod Dobbs
  Eaglecrest 5A   Mike Schmitt  Dustin Delaney
 Highlands Ranch 5A   David May     (interim)  John Trahan
  JK Mullen 5A   Tom Thenell
  Smoky Hill 5A   John Trahan
  Valor Christian 5A   Rod Sherman  Ed McCaffrey

Upon further review one would say, really? Yes 5 of the vacancies are teams that have had success and been to the playoffs. The one common factor in 5A is enrollment is above 1825 students. Many will argue enrollment is a false barometer. The challenge has become retaining athletes from club sports and in football from a handful of teams actively persuading families to attend their schools. For sure this week and by months end 3 of the 5 open spots will be filled and we will start March with a clean slate looking forward to OTAs and the summer grind for an opening weekend just 27 weeks from tom tomorrow.

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Valor adds another McCaffrey in Eddie the Eagle ?

Eddie the Eagle ?

Yes, The Eagle has landed in Highlands Ranch as Valor Christian names former NFL player Ed McCaffrey to its roster, officially at 10:36 am via a broadcast email to Athletes, parents and media.

No Fast Eddie will not be in uniform on the field, rather leading the Navy and Light Blue on Game nights. McCaffrey whom has no high school head coaching experience will try to get the Perennial Contenders in contention for either a division crown or league championship. Valor has established itself as a  powerhouse team and were becoming a force to be reckoned with until the early playoff exit to the Grandview Wolves and a 28-16 loss. While every division has one team that is on the rise, the Eagles lost an experienced Rod Sherman that was 57-11 overall as the head coach of the program and won three state championships and were 11-1 in 2017. So Valor will have to roll up the sleeves and get to work as they are projected to play Mullen, Pomona and Cherry Creek in non conference and 2 TBD teams. The METRO SOUTH foes will be geographical opponents Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon and Castle View in the new first year 2 year cycle.

McCaffrey is just the third person to hold the position as Head Coach at Valor Christian. Ed and wife Lisa have graduated Max, Christian and Dylan from Valor but have always been fans in the stands. Ed will now be on the sidelines with his youngest and last son Luke. Luke McCaffrey is slated to be the starting QB after splitting time with now University of Colorado commitment Blake Stenstrom. Meanwhile RB teammate Joshia Davis has a verbal to the Buffaloes and is the only other projected starter as the offense will be replacing 9 starters in 2018 due to graduation in May.

So for those that said, “We need New Blood,” well you got it!

The Colorado high school season kicks off the weekend of August 23-25, 2018. Since Valor is one of a few that owns its own stadium it is conceivable Friday August 24, 2018 will unveil the new blooded head coach Ed McCaffrey, currently (0-0).

 If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

Valor Announces McCaffrey as Head Football Coach 02.05.18

Highlands Ranch*New HC & Conference

Highlands Ranch* playing up to 5A arguably has put together one of the toughest schedules in 5A. As of today Thursday January 25th the 5A landscape has been changed for the next 2 year cycle. Dates have not been published but take a look of what should be finalized soon once zero week has been clarified. August 6, 2018 will be the first day of practice statewide and August 23-25 opening week of the regular season.
Highlands Ranch* with new head coach and staff members will have arguably the toughest schedule in 5A. Six of the 10 games are with playoff teams in the 16 team format. In 2018 and 2019 24 teams will make the playoffs in 5A.
NON Conference
Week 1 Eaglecrest*
Week 2 Grandview
Week 3 Regis
Week 4 Columbine
Week 5 Pomona
Conference
Valor Christian*
Mountain Vista
ThunderRidge
Rock Canyon
Castle View*
*New Head Coaches
A bye week will occur so basically it will be an 11 week season. However, the top 8 teams will have an additional bye week as the lower 16 teams will have a playoff in week 12 or round one of the post season. The infamous RPI is still under discussion but will again rely heavily on the opponents wins. So again you have to win your own games and hope the opponents win all of their games to have a better computer model algorithm.
Therefore this is why in our way too early poll we had the rankings as follows:


Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
January 25, 2018 Football proposal vote PASSED
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

15% Unemployment in 5A #copreps

The 2018 year is upon us and in Colorado high school football the highest classification has a 15% unemployment rate at its highest classification of 5A. In case you are not familiar with the coaches carousel the following schools are with out a head coach:
Arapahoe
Campbell moving on and multiple candidates
Eaglecrest
Down to 2 coaches
Highlands Ranch
Down to 2 coaches
JK Mullen
Thenell moving on and an inside staff member may be the front runner as a national search occurs
Smoky Hill
Trying to make a splash hire but an internal coach may be the result
Valor Christian
a national search started on day 1 but a few locals could be interviewd

So 6 of the 40 proposed 2018 5A teams are without a leader heading into the MLK weekend and a few big names have surfaced in the past two weeks. While many that follow the sport know participation is down and lets face it so is the level of play. Many coaches at all levels are lucky to have two dozen players to field on game day. The days of 60-80 Freshmen to develop over time is more like 18-24 which sounds appealing but many teams are cancelling low level games at FR and JV levels. JV has been hit hard because no one takes that level very serious otherwise 2 year cycles would be based on JV records but you are lucky to see box scores on those games and accurate rosters which is flat out lazy. So unless you have the @303Gonzo mantra of success breeds success you will continue to see Shitty match ups and decreasing participation! After all who wants to play for a coaching staff that does not pay attention to details or develop their 2’s and 3’s, #8 on the chart. See the chart of what coaches should focus on:Both 19 and 20 are very challenging but number 1 is often overlooked at the lower levels. If your team does not have bonding activities throughout the year your team is in trouble. OTAs and the weight room are just a few examples on building team.  During the season it is the team meals that should be weekly and if they are not you do not have a team atmosphere. In addition the film study sessions or weight room on Saturdays should be where breakfast is served so players show up and get fed while watching film and fuel their bodies for the weight room.

Anyway the fact remains you will see a few coaches that resigned their current post to be at another school because the grass is always greener.

While 5A remains the dominate discussed classification, any football fan must admire the lower levels. 6man to 2A whom  are used to low numbers but put in a lot of work getting guys and some gals ready year around. So when you see a coach move down in classifications do not think it is a slam dunk. Actually the guys that bump up are more successful.  Blair Hubbard moving from Faith  Lutheran to Parker Lutheran to Broomfield has been a success story. Conversely,  Lance Vieira  of  2A Bishop Machebeuf went from a 5A Regis Jesuit to 2A and a total roster of 31 players at all levels. The team was 8-1 and lost in round one of the playoffs to finish 8-2.
Heading into 2018 it is almost inevitable many programs will have to be game ready come late August for game one as well as game 10 in November. The top 8 teams in 5A, if the proposal is passed, will get a bye week. So your traditional heavy weights will gain much needed rest that will favor them in round 2 games. While Pomona, Valor and Mullen have played guys both ways in recent years look for many more to be forced as Offensive and defensive linemen are a premium and skilled players a dime a dozen. So 2018 and 2019 will be, Wheres the beef? Examine many rosters, if data has been properly input, then note there are not many players north of 200 pounds and definitely not manny over 220-230.
So it was easy to make a way too early top 5 in 5A rankings.


When you examine the rosters Columbine is loaded and has had success the past three years at the lower levels. CC is stacked with regional talents and the current freshmen and sophomores never lost a FR or JV game. Pomona just reloads and plays guys both ways and has a dedicated coaching staff and parental booster club. Eaglecrest was the runner up and needs to replace 5-6 total starters as does Highlands Ranch that have a loaded 2019 graduating class. As for the rest its all in the air but both Mullen and Valor will be strong but not dominate as they were the past 3 seasons.On the tail end Grandview and Regis will be competing for the same area talents and will be looking for a quarterback to lead them in 2018. So 5A is really a crap shoot this early as some teams are seeking coaches while others are trying to protect their middle school feeder programs as open enrollment has killed many programs.
So we have a really good insight to who will be coaching 4 of the 6 5A schools and even a few 2A. Please stay tuned January 16-19, 2018. As always we will post #BreakingNews on@303Gonzo twitter and facebook.
We we will see you on the field.
A few dates to circle on the calendar:
January 25, 2018 New 2 year cycle vote for football proposal
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 First day incoming 8th graders can participate in OTAs
May 29, 2018 is the current earliest possible official start to summer 10 day camps
August 6, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice

JK Mullen HC & Alumnus steps down

The Mustangs have separated ways as Tommy Thenell has stepped down as Head Coach of Mullen football. The announcement on Tuesday was know in certain circles but verbalized to the Mustang players in the afternoon about 3:02 pm MST.

Tom is the oldest of the Thenell men that graduated from Mullen in 1980 and always has a competitive spirit on and off the field. Thenell, a quarterback went on to play for the  Colorado State Rams in Fort Collins after being a part of  the Mustangs’ state-title teams  from 1978-79 and his brother Chuck won another in 1980. The banners fly high at Brother Bernard de la salle stadium the football home of Mullen athletics.

Mullen High School is a Catholic, Lasallian college preparatory school founded in 1931. Mullen belongs to one of the largest educational networks in the world and boasts about its five Lasallian Core Principles.

The football program was resurrected in 2012 when Thenell brought a few alumni back to coach the team in year one. In game one on national television the Mustangs travelled to Valor  and gave the Eagles its first ever 5A loss 14-13 in front of a sold out crowd to watch junior C. Mccaffrey (#5) McCaffey was held to 31 yards rushing and 20 yards receiving for 51 total yards on the night. The team suffered some injuries and ended up 6-5 in 2012. Meanwhile in 2013 a freshmen heavy varsity club went 3-7 that eventually netted several D1 athletes on signing day 2017. The 2014 sophomore heavy club went 4-6. Eventually the 2015 team went 7-4 by beat Rocky Mountain in the playoffs to advance and loose to Cherry Creek the following week. The  2016 team was the most successful going 9-3 but again fell in round 2 to rival Cherry Creek. This team produced many next level athletes and was led by Tanner Clem, Christian Cumber and Marcus McElroy II that are in Fort Collins as CSU Rams. The eventual final year of Thenell in 2017 would finish 5-6 and loose in round one to Rival Regis Jesuit in a rematch of arguably the best high school football game in years when RJ allowed Mullen to win 40-39 after leading 33-14. The game was 39-26 with about a minute and 2 seconds left. RJ opted to pass and it was intercepted by Mullen that led to a touchdown with a good PAT. On the ensuing kickoff the Mustangs recovered and 3 plays later put it into the end zone and brought in PAT kicker Vincenzo Saurini to seal the victory and disrupt the RJ mojo as that was the Raiders only loss in the regular season.

On early signing day December 20th, 2017 Thenell and his Mustangs coaching staff would see talents like Adrian Jackson sign with the Oregon Ducks and both A’jon Vivens and Florian Mccann iii sign with the CSU Rams.

So 2018 might be a year of change as the new 2 year cycle proposal is being voted on but currently in 5A, 6 teams will be hiring new head coaches in the near future. Mullen will be in good shape as they have a nucleus of Dominic Depizzol at QB,  Wind Henderson WR, Damien Cearns RB and arguably the BEST DT in Aidan Ikaika keanaaina along side DBs Vaughnn Stitt and Jason Franco who doubles as a WR. While it might be shaky in Mustangville it is apparent a few might want to stay in house.


Scott Bielat has been with Mullen for 4 years and knows his players. His son Jake Bielat will graduate in May to play baseball at the next level. So he might have some spare time on his hands and knows the system. Time will tell as many will have to digest the news and anticipate the powers of authority will examine their options. However, there are multiple schools seeking new coaches and Mullen is now the 6th 5A program seeking a new frontman.

Apparently hanging up the whistle and passing on the baton is the direction of many programs. Arapahoe, Eaglecrest, Highlands Ranch, Mullen, Smoky Hill and Valor are all vacant.

We we will see you on the field.
A few dates to circle on the calendar:
January 25, 2018 New 2 year cycle vote for football proposal
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 First day incoming 8th graders can participate in OTAs
May 29, 2018  is the current earliest possible official start to summer 10 day camps
August 6, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice

Gameday post season

Today January 4, 2017 will be the first of two games this week in which local talents will be honored in post season play.

The Under Armour All American game will feature Adrian Jackson of JK Mullen . The 2018 Under Armour All-American Game will be played on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 4pm MST. at CAMPING WORLD STADIUM
ORLANDO, FL

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

The two head coaches will be Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci both current NFL Analysts. The roster features The top 100 players in the nation per the Under Armour All American selection committee.

Jackson signed an NLI on December 20, 2017 with the Oregon Ducks.


Head Coach Tom Thenell celebrates the moment with his star athlete on January 3rd.

5A alum and HC moves on

The old gold and black alumni head coach Mike Campbell announced he will step down from head coaching duties today, January 2,2018 in an all players and parents email about 2:30pm MST. The Native of Hamilton, Ontario graduated from Arapahoe in 1990 and played college football at Idaho where he graduated in 1995. Campbell spent ALL his post college coaching at Arapahoe as the defensive line coach from 1996-97. The following year, 1998 as the offensive line coach and eventually the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator from 1999-2002. In 2003 Campbell became the head coach and leaves in 2017 with a 90- 68 record after walloping a sophomore heavy Smoky Hill squad 52-0 Saturday November 4, 2017 on Senior day. Cambell is scheduled to continue his duties as a PE teacher and has been a history teacher in past years.

However, the time has come for me to step aside. After 22 years I am ready for a new challenge. I do not know what that is at present time. But, I look forward to seeing what might be next. 
God Bless and Warrior Pride Forever!!!!
Mike Campbell
Physical Education Teacher
Arapahoe High School 

The Warriors enjoyed recent success in the 2015 South Metro league going undefeated during the regular 9 game season. AHS beat Bear Creek in round one of the 32 team 5A format only to see the season end versus Ralston Valley 21-3 after leading at halftime. RV lost the following week to Valor Christian that beat Pomona 29-26 in a game that Pomona had in hand until a late fumble propelled the Eagles to victory.

Back in the day, 1989 when Campbell was a senior at AHS the Warriors enjoyed an undefeated season. However, that was before the expansion of the Douglas county school district and a private school named Valor Christian moved into the now popular family area called Highlands Ranch. So moving forward the 2200 attendance area school has struggled to maintain its pipeline of athletes to the two nearby LPS high schools in Littleton and Heritage in addition to the plethora of high schools South and West of C470.

While some parents might chase the jersey or transfer after todays news it remains to be seen if an interim coach will be announced to take over a winless 2017 freshman team along with an 8-3 junior varsity squad. Note Jessie Craig, a AHS teacher is listed as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator. His son David is a sophomore QB that saw time in the final Saturday contest against Smoky Hill on November 4,2017. The Warriors pride themselves in having an in house coaching staff. However, two former Warrior graduates currently are on staff and two at nearby schools that did not qualify for the playoffs that are willing to talk to the athletic director to possibly turn around their black and old gold program.

Meanwhile 5 Arapahoe Warriors alumni have reached out to the current AHS AD and are awaiting a call back to discuss the opportunity for 2018 and have coaching staffs in place to be ready for February clinics and volunteer work outs.

The 2018 Fall football calendar shows August 13 as the first official day of practice but might advance to August 6 if a proposal is ratified January 25th. Most likely a coach will be well in place soon if not immediately. The LPS school district and athletic director was unavailable for comment. School resumes January 9, 2018.


Currently in 5A these head coaching positions are open:
Arapahoe
Eaglecrest
Highlands Ranch
Smoky Hill
Valor Christian

Jake Heimlicher of RJ commits

December 20-22, 2017 is the inaugural early signing period in which many Seniors are announcing their intents to sign with a particular school. The National Letter of Intent makes it official and many student athletes will ink pen to paper to make the transaction binding. Others will make verbal commitments and sign on February 7th, 2018 so they can visit and make sure their verbal is final.


Today Jake Heimlicher has given his verbal to PENN and will join former teammate ACE ESCOBEDO a SOPHOMORE DL 6’3″ 290 LBS from AURORA, COLO. and REGIS JESUIT alumni. In addition Heimlicher, Jake will join familiar Colorado athletes in FAIRVIEW graduate KAILASH GRAHAM-BELL a DL 6’6″ 235LBS a current SOPHOMORE from BOULDER, COLO, plus AUSTIN COOPER a DB 6’0″ 200 LBS and SOPHOMORE of CENTENNIAL, COLO. & CHERRY CREEK HS as well as COOPER GARDNER a JUNIOR from BROOMFIELD, COLO.DL 6’1″ 270 LBS played at BROOMFIELD HS.


RAY PRIORE the Head Coach has done well in Colorado!
Jake Heimlicher of Rejis Jesuit with his family members on hand made his commitment live on a local Denver TV station just before the 5pm MST hour.

In previous days Jake told @303Gonzo, "I am committing to PENN!"
When asked Will you sign an NLI on Wednesday? 
"No, in February I will sign per IVY league protocol."
Also are you going to early enroll in January?
"I will not early enroll."

Heimlicher’s worked hard in the classroom (3.5 GPA) and has offers from California, Colorado, Penn, Princeton, Brown, Hawaii, Air Force, Wyoming, Montana State and Northern Colorado. Ultimately it was PENN who will get arguably the best sack athlete the past two seasons in 5A Colorado football. Heimlicher’s 44 career sacks over three seasons for Regis varsity football ranks only second in state history behind Corte Tapia, Windsor HS who finished with 46 from 2013-16 and attends Colorado State.
Until next year best wishes to all and we will see you on the field.A few dates to circle on the calendar:

December 20-22, 2017 Early signing or NLI day
January 25, 2018 New 2 year cycle vote for football
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
August 6, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice