The final Saturday of 2017 CHSSA Football will crown 3 more State championships in 3A, 4A and 5A in the 7-class system. The association overall has clearly made 4A and 5A the best group of games since the start of a relationship with the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and Mile High Stadium 13 years ago. 3A has been the redheaded step child as they often fend for a venue to accommodate the CHSAA guidelines of 5,000 seats. 3A was NOT part of the activities at Mile High Stadium or its press conference and tour of the venue that occurred on November 28, 2017 and has not been for years. As a matter of fact it is not predetermined and often figured out 11th hour as the 3A classification has vast geographical differences. Please note the revenue generated from the playoff does NOT go back to the schools but rather into CHSAA coffers. Many teams will never experience a State championship in their 4 years of high school and it is fitting that the booster club for 3A Palmer Ridge worked diligently to raised $16,000 to fund and reserve (AFA) the Air Force Academy for Saturdays 1pm contest rather than play at some lame Friday night regular season venue. Erie will have to travel nearly 90 minutes and 82 miles to play the game in a big time college stadium and most likely well worth the travel and experience that will last a lifetime. Palmer Ridge has only been recognized of late because of one of its junior players playing quarterback named Ty Evans that committed to Arkansas over the summer but has since retracted due to the coaching carousel. Evans is scheduled to graduate in 2019 and offered this on social media:
— Ty Evans™ (@EvansTy18) November 26, 2017
Meanwhile the undefeated (13-0) Palmer Ridge Bears will host the Erie Tigers in what appears to be the BEST contest of the day. While many will be treated to a potential division one QB, the Bears have depth on both sides of the ball and with skill. Erie has a stud athlete in Noah Roper so anyone whom has followed @303Gonzo and 303Gonzo.com has see our in depth coverage of 7 on 7s, camps, practices, scrimmages and game nights since late May. @303Gonzo and 303Gonzo.com is covering Colorado football 24/7 and 365 days a year and often you source for #copreps football breaking news, events, coverage of athletes and a collaborator of recruiting Colorado. This years event will be hosted by Valor on December 6, 2017 promptly at 6pm. If you are a 2018 or 2019 graduate please fill out the recruiting Colorado link and attend this FREE event.
Underclassmen talent on display
The CHSSA State Football Finals is a terrific stage for several players to be seen. Here are just a handful of underclassmen names who impressed this past season and will contribute to their teams success this weekend.
Palmer Ridge sophomore WR/DB A. Roberson ii (5-foot-10, 165 pounds) – known as Deuce A. Roberson ii is simply a play maker who can and will play multiple positions including receiver, running back, defensive back along with returning kicks and punts.
Palmer Ridge sophomore WR/RB R. Ruel – Ruel, who is also a standout sprinter for the Bears track team showed his exceptional speed and big play potential in the 3 playoff wins in Class 3A.
Tigers Noah Roper JR running back Roper: has been a one man wrecking machine and has dominated his position. Roper will need to hit the field running and put points on the board early and often as the tigers have had some close contests. All eyes will be on Roper as he has the Lions share of the Tigers offensive rushing yards.
Bears DEFENSE: The Bears defense has only given up 110 points and are under rated. It is obvious they are winning ball games on offense with former Arkansas commit JR quarterback Ty Evans at the helm but the offensive line has been stellar and blocking for sophomore RB Raef Ruel and allowing a speedy 110-percent effort guy in sophomore WR Anthony Roberson II they call Deuce. The Bears have a complete team that barring any injuries should be a team to advance with a well rounded roster.
Eagles David “dm3” Moore iii sophomore running back has been a constant offensive threat in his two years at Pine Creek. The speedster has been all about team as he has played ill and bruised. Arguably one of the best backs in Colorado and closing in on a 2K rushing season. DM3 will need 213 yards for 2,000 on the season and his team will need every yard as teammate wr Wyatt Weiland is out for the game. Moore is another 110-percent effort guy that should see college offers one he hits the college camp circuit.
Pomona sophomore linebacker Kyle Moretti (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) – Moretti already has impacted the Panthers defense and it won’t be long before he’s holding multiple BCS level offers. Moretti made huge strides in his game this fall and was a force in the Panthers defense. He is the younger brother of Jake Moretti of CU that had an Ohio State commitment until he chose to stay and play in Boulder, Colorado.
Pomona junior WR Billy Pospisil (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) –Pospisil, who is already touting multiple BCS level interests is just a very high level athlete and player who presents a nightmare for any and all defensive backs at the high school level. Pospisil plays big and also possesses very good speed. Pospisil, is just one of multiple underclassmen Panthers who stood out in the win over Grandview.
Senior talent on display
Palmer Ridge Zach Hester Sr TE/DE (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) – Hester was simply an impact player on both sides of the football for the Bears and has been that way for the entire 2017 season. Hester has good size, runs very well and has still room to grow and develop. His 19.5 sacks speaks volumes.
Colts Zach Cozzolino Sr quarterback Cozzolino: has a terrific target in wr Steve Brock as both have contributed to nearly 50% of the offensive yardage in 2017. Both will be impactful in trying to get the ball into the end zone.
Pomona running back Sr. Max Borghi: Borghi, who is verbally committed to WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS, has been a mainstay in the Panthers offense for the past three season. I fully expect the panthers to find ways to get Borghi much more involved in this final state title game versus Eaglecrest in the Panthers third straight title quest.
Pomona quarterback Ryan Marquez Sr. (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) has simply been an impact player leading his Panthers to 3 straight state championship contests. Marquez has ZERO next level offers and is hungry to prove his team has arguably been the best for 3 straight seasons. As a Sophomore the Panthers lost a close contest after leading for most of the game. The following year as a junior the injuries plagued Pomona and now his little league teammate Max Borghi is healthy and Marquez has bounced back from his injury. Pomona is a tough and gritty unit appropriately named Big Black. Marquez is a natural leader of the team and should continue to prove his value to his team and the multiple onlookers namely college coaches evaluating his final high school game.
Eaglecrest quarterback Jalen Mergerson.: Mergerson is the key to the Raptors offense and has had a big-time season. Mergerson has exceptional speed and quickness, and his open-field running ability is top notch.
Eaglecrest WR/DB Victor Garnes (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) – Garnes is a big, strong and physical two way player who has the overall size/frame and tools to play at the high college level.
Eaglecrest (13-0) vs. Pomona (11-2)
5A is a the big game that features an undefeated Raptors team against a hungry two time loosing Panthers squad hoping the 3rd time is the charm. Both teams have state titles, Pomona in 1988 and Eaglecrest in 1993. Big black may just have the moxie and experience to disappoint the undefeated Raptors whom have an ailing 2-way player and a junior linemen that is a game time decision. Pomona if healthy and poised to play 4 quarters will finally get the ring by a score of 42-20.
Pueblo South (12-1) vs. Pine Creek (12-1)
Erie (11-2) vs. Palmer Ridge (13-0)
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