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All games on Saturday

 

EIGHT MAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

CLASS 3A STATE SEMIFINALS

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

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

CLASS 4A STATE SEMIFINALS

#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

CLASS 5A STATE SEMIFINALS

#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!

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 www.cofridaynightlights.com 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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2017 BRACKETS

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 www.cofridaynightlights.com 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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2017 BRACKETS

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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:
Offense:

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

Defense: 
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:

Athlete
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
WR 
Tristan Smith – Sr Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch) 5’11”170 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018
RB
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
FB
Mariano Kemp – Sr Fairview (Boulder) 5’10”230 lbsSenior Graduates in 2018

4A
QB
Zach Cozzolino – Sr Pueblo South (Pueblo)
RB
Jeremy Hollingsworth – Jr Skyline (Longmont)
Ben Frenette – Sr Chatfield (Littleton)
Braeden Graham – Sr Fruita Monument (Fruita)
WR
Kyle West – Jr Skyline (Longmont)

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

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

Offense 2nd Team:

5A
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

RB
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
4A
Pierre Taylor 6’0″175 lbs Senior Graduates in 2018
3A
RB
WR

Defense 1st Team:

5A
DE/OLB
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
NG/DT
Aidan Ikaika keanaaina Mullen High School Denver CO 6’3″283 lbs Sophomore Graduates in 2020

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

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

Holder

4A

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

3A
K
Evan Price – Sr Evergreen

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

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

 

Updating Daily Please check back @303Gonzo

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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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 www.cofridaynightlights.com 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 

Bookmark the following as they automatically update when scores are updated:

2017 BRACKETS

2016 Brackets

MileHigh Prep Report Class 2A Regular Season Awards

MileHigh Prep Report Class 2A Regular Season Awards

Quick Note: If your team has not posted stats it is very hard for me to give awards to players with no stats even if your team is doing good I cannot guess stats.  All Stats pulled from Maxpreps.com

One other Note: Being a lineman in high school it also hurt me inside not giving any offensive lineman awards.  Trust me the QB, RB, and WR wouldn’t be able to do any of this without you!

Player of the Year: Hunter Killough Sr. Bayfield High School; 104 tackles, 11 TFL, 1 Sack, 5 INTs, 1 Defensive TD, 505 yards rushing, 8 TDs, 161 yards receiving, and 4 TDs

Offensive Player of the Year: Bodie Hume Sr. Sterling High School; 2060 yards passing, 26 TDs, 9 INTs, 254 yards rushing, and 1 TD, Account for 74% of Sterling total Offense

Defensive Player of the Year: Hunter Killough Sr. Bayfield High School; 104 tackles, 11 TFL, 1 Sack, 5 INTs, 1 Defensive TD

QB of the Year: RJ Peshek Sr. Aspen High School; 2242 yards passing, 28 TDs, & 6 INTs

RB of the Year: Noah Williams Sr. Basalt High School; 1232 yards rushing 25 TDs

WR of the Year: Cody Bell Sr. D’Evelyn High School; 1002 yards receiving 12 TDs

Most Tackles: Hunter Clark Jr. Salida High School; 109 total tackles

Most Sacks: Ryan Phelps Sr. Bayfield High School; 15 Sacks

Most Interceptions: Garren Lahman Sr. Academy High School; 8 Interceptions

Surprise team of the Year: Aspen High School (Last Year 2-7)

Coach of the Year: Troy Hoffman Platte Valley High School

MileHigh Prep Report Class 2A All-State

Offense 1st Team

QB RJ Peshek Sr. Aspen High School

QB Bodie Hume Sr. Sterling High School

RB Noah Williams Sr. Basalt High School

RB Seven Lindsey Sr. Kent Denver High School

Offense 2nd Team

QB/RB Trevon Wehrman Jr. Platte Valley High School

RB Reece Ullery Jr. Elizabeth High School

WR Cody Bell Sr. D’Evelyn High School

QB Cade Bethany Sr. Classical Academy

Defense 1st Team

SS Hunter Killough Sr. Bayfield High School

DE Ryan Phelps Sr. Bayfield High School

OLB Hunter Clark Jr. Salida High School

LB Jon Nuschy Jr. La Junta High School

Defense 2nd Team

FS Zane Zuhlke Jr. Resurrection Christian High School

MLB Ryan Muniz Sr. Faith Christian High School

FS Trenton Kramer Sr. Eaton High School

CB Fernando Chavez Sr. Machebeuf High School

On the Line !?

Anyone that has experienced my passion to coach knows what “On the Line” means. Yes we are running so get on the goal line and get ready for 100 yard sprints. Unfortunately this week many coaches jobs are on the line. Multiple reports suggest long time coaches either will voluntarily or be forced to hang up the whistle. Many reasons are being sited but the most common reason is, “The game has passed many and new blood is needed to revive or resurrect once dominant programs. 

Some of the obvious coaching changes will be sub .500 teams but there are reports a winning club may just want a new direction because of all the shenanigans that revolves around winning at all costs. Mischievous maneuvering has been a hot topic with many programs but there is one program that flat out challenges loopholes annually without regards to the integrity of the game or sport. Now more schools are following their direction and coaching has been more about recruiting middle school talents than coaching attendance area kids.

The balance of power has been a topic for at least a couple of decades but in the past 6 years it is obvious how it has impacted the area neighborhood schools. High schools are being asked to donate more time and fields to youth organizations because of budget constraints and the trade off is access to little league organizations. The idea is the more time an individual or team spends on a high schools campus the more appealing the school becomes to parents and players. They become familiar with the drive, the surroundings and eventually “BUMP” into the high school (HS) coaching staff during the week or after the HS freshmen and junior varsity teams that play on Saturdays. This method has become more popular than the days when coaches adorned their logo gear at random parks where games were played and coaches complained about recruitment. Now the process is effortless if coaches play the game by attending events in their own back yard. For some this has been easy and well perceived. Meanwhile others are preparing for a new career as the game has passed them by and new winning strategies have not been implemented. Father time has caught up with many and the whistle needs to be bronzed.

We live in a new era where parents want the best for their children and often that means sacrificing to obtain better coaching than the neighborhood school offers. This is not the first time parents enrolled into a middle school near the high school they wanted to attend. It has just become more popular than ever before for sports oriented families and a guarantee for enrollment without moving into the district!

A coach will impact many adolescent lives over the course of four years. However more than ever before the impact during a freshman campaign may hinder the success of that coach or development of its future program. The successful programs include the varsity staff members contributing at the lower levels to teach them the fundamentals and how the process will evolve if both parties are dedicated to the team.

"Success breeds succes!" - @303Gonzo

Expectations are so high as the shift from a game of fun has become about opportunities at the next level. A majority of parents nationwide are trending towards joining a club sport or an unsanctioned association sport. The reasoning is that coaching is better and more focus on learning the game rather than a high school coach supplementing a teachers salary by coaching and going through the motions. Everyone probable remembers the PE teacher that rolled the balls out and said go for it while he or she read the newspaper or channel surfed on the television in the office. The urgency to coach is at a all time high and many are not willing to put in the time or make sacrifices. Therefore it is time to put it all on the line and put forth efforts or give up and hang up the whistle.
The dynamics of talent and teamwork are completely different in todays world of sports.
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Week 10 playoffs: November Reign ?

6man is underway with round one in the books and 8 teams moved on this weekend. Meanwhile 8man, 1A and 2A completed its seasons and brackets were released on Sunday using the infamous RPI. Below are the match ups. 3A, 4A and 5A will be released at the conclusion on next weekends games with a few having meaning.
In 3A Mead, Palmer Ridge, Canyon City, Evergreen and Pueblo East have clinched conference title with Pueblo East currently #19 in RPI and one game to play.Friday night Mead and Palmer Ridge are seeking victory number 10 and an undefeated season.
Pine Creek, Windsor, Fruita Monument, Chatfield and Loveland are in the drivers seat by clinching league titles in 4A and are top 16 in RPI. Loveland will go for its undefeated season win Saturday at 7pm.
5A will be decided in most likely a win or go home in Bear Creek at Regis as the fickle RPI will mostly be about strength of schedule. Bear Creek is #18 in RPI and desperately needs to win Friday night. Valor, Columbine, Pomona and Grandview solidified league titles. Grandview needs to thank Doherty for its senior night victory over Overland Saturday night. Eaglecrest will be gunning for a perfect season versus Arvada West and keep its current #3 ranking in RPI in a head to head match up for the conference title. Valor travels to FFC in what could be considered as a playoff game as FFC needs the win as they are #16 in RPI in a muddled field. Another playoff atmospheric game will be Thursday as Poudre travels to Highlands Ranch as the #17 Impalas desperately need a win to stay in contention to finish top 16. It is conceivable a 5-5 team gets into the 5A playoffs and a 6 or 7 game winner is denied once again.
Meanwhile Saturday will be a head to head contest for #24 Far North East versus Creek at 1pm which will conclude 5A RPI as the other teams have no influence on the final standings. It is conceivable by dinner 5A RPI will be completed only to await the football committees juggling of seedings on Sunday. Most likely a undeviating RPI like #1 vs #16 will NOT occur. However, many would like to see a Regis vs Mullen rematch from earlier this year and last years Valor vs Creek. For the sentimental Fairview vs Creek in the finale. If the committee was BOLD they would put the powerhouses on one side of the bracket to make it interesting rather than predictable. However, for that to happen underdogs like Bear Creek, Far North East and Arvada West would have to win their final season games. Boy howdy would that shake up 5A. Well heres to believing in the process called RPI.
 
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