2017 4A Preseason Football Rankings
2017 @303Gonzo 6/11/2017
The summer sessions are about to be in full swing Monday June 12, 2017 state wide. Weight lifting and speed and agility sessions start as early as 6am. Meanwhile many programs chose to get the summer season started on May 30th, the official allowable day for members of the high school association. Those programs ended with college team camps and or round robin scrimmages. We had the privilege of being invited to attend and watch college and high school games by head coaches. One thing that is certain is the process of ranking players and teams is like a rubix cube. You think you have it figured out but there are multiple ways to determine outcomes.
While there are 11-12 weeks until the season opens with zero week or week one, we are predicting the rankings as follows:
- Dakota Ridge
- Pine Creek
- Vista Ridge
- Wheat Ridge
- Pueblo South
- Loveland/Broomfield (Tie)
Ponderosa is one of the teams that develops players and has a solid process that includes a summer program many should duplicate. As for Dakota Ridge they are in a concentrated area that competes for players but seems to rise to the challenge each year. Most notably they have some rugby guys that are tough dudes ready to compete in football, a sport with pads. Meanwhile Pine Creek is a solid program but with a new QB that needs Varsity reps it has to replace some quality starters and may struggle with a tough schedule. Windsor is at 4 is because the area has dudes and only 2 years ago were there in the end. Heritage has developed nicely and most of their seniors have bought into the new staff that has spent quality time in the weight room and taking their lumps years ago for a team built to win this year. In week two they face 5A Arapahoe in the “Milk Jug” that will determine their season.
As for the bottom 5 they are no slouches! Chatfield suffers from competing schools trading athletes. However, putting 5A teams on their schedule and how they utilize talents or the players they have, the Chargers could go deep in the playoffs. Vista Ridge might be the best hidden gem in 4A and if I were coaching it would be a landing sport for me. They have some area dudes and will just have to buy in and compete weekly. Wheat Ridge always is in the thick of things and tries to keep little leaguers to stay and play rather than be lured away to 5A powerhouses. Pueblo South is in a city that loves football and competes with multiple schools for top tier local products. PS just seems to roll up the sleeves and gets it done. Loveland has a great head coach that competes year in and year out and he will fine tune his players. After the embarrassing RPI debacle last season they will retool and compete in 2017. As for Broomfield they have a coach that wants to compete and this is a year in which replacing 2017 graduates may take some time. They have a growth area that might benefit their club and some talented little leaguers that feed into Broomfield.
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.