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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 

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@CHSAA RPI killing recruiting efforts

A prevailing theme in the second season, weeks 6-10 or conference play, by way of the two year cycle called waterfall has created blowout match ups and dismay. The blahs are felt statewide as the daze of powerhouse teams face subpar competition after a first season, zero week through week 5 that were competitive and playoff atmospheric contests. The level of play also include some very nice rivalry games and allowed student bodies to have some fun while competing in the neighborhood. Unfortunately for some serious and talented student athletes the fallout of the second season and inequitable match ups has colleges staying away from many teams including annual the top tier programs.

"We are better off watching the championship games or a few late round playoff games in Colorado while making strides in other cities with better competitive teams on both sides of the ball." -D1 coach

For many teams that have some talented athletes they have played varsity football 2-3 years and are on the college circuits. However, for many teams that have a large enrollment, often players do not see varsity action until their senior season. Of course there are the coaches that their strategy is playing athletes their senior year since they have been contributing for 4 years and deserve a starting spot. These are the hidden gems or talents that will be overlooked and may not be seen during a traditional October or November college visit. Usually rising juniors and bubble seniors are scouted during the final months of the season as coaches are in the final stages of their evaluations for a December signing period. The association creating RPI and the fallout of mulish conference games forced the inequitable overall picture and should be remedied in 2018.

For years we have been hearing Colorado prides itself on being forward thinking when it comes to high school sports, but we are behind per many college coaches.

"We often hit the road in April to May to visit high schools and talk to coaches about their prospects. It is more appealing to see spring ball or contact drills as teams prepare their underclassmen for the August season. Usually we invite kids to our campus in June but now the process will be earlier in 2018." -D1 coach

December 20-22, 2017 will be the first early signing period followed by the popular first Wednesday in February, February 7, 2018, marketed by ESPN as signing day. The day in which athletes declare their (NLI) National Letter of Intent.

States like California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia and Florida will continue to be heavily recruited because of the policies and levels of competition. In the past decade many Colorado teams have played out of state teams from neighboring Utah as well as California, Arizona, Georgia, Florida and Washington just to name a few. Some may want to visit Disney World but others might just want to play against better competition! So RPI, wild card points and/or dominating teams playing inferior teams has killed recruiting efforts in Colorado. Athletes and parents are having to go out of state to be noticed because the current format does not warrant a Friday night visitation.

"I firmly believe my son might have caught the attention of many D1 teams had we not had such an inferior schedule of opponents. Coaches know what teams are competitive and want to see battles not cream puff teams. Moving from 32 playoff teams to 16 helped but not by much. It was the out of state competitions and another sport in addition to football that got him notice, NOT solely football!" -D1 Father

It is conceivable the coaches, athletic directors and football committee that are under the direction of CHSSA did not realize the impact of RPI, but it is not the first time we have heard @CHSAA RPI is killing recruiting efforts. Some of the powerhouse teams are playing younger players earlier as blowouts are occurring in the first or second quarter. The starters are not getting quality reps and some of the stars are not racking up big numbers which is a barometer for some recruiting coaches. The lack of quality reps shows when coaching staffs request game film and the starters are done once the score eclipses 40 and second team players are inserted. Durability might enter some coaches minds but ultimately it is the competition. Just like the fans, college coaches do not want to see RPI #5 play #33 or #8 versus #40. While high school sports is supposed to be FUN the element of business and sports will overlap and recruiting is a massive topic that many want addressed in the new mudslide in 2018.

The remedy could start by allowing teams to have (OTAs) organized team activities as early as Mid April in addition to moving the start of Fall ball to the last Monday in July. At minimum have football coincide with Golf, the earliest starting date of all fall sports. In the meanwhile let us hope that the committee for 2018-19 makes the proper adjustments so we can make Colorado football great again.

2 year FB cycle, more of the same?

Many of you are reading this article because you are hoping that the new two year cycle for football has been released. However the honest truth is we are nowhere near brilliance. The fact remains is we have to fix the trending wrong way of years past as much of the discussion is more of the same. Waterfall should be renamed mudslide this year as there have been some discussions but let’s just say there are too many cooks in the kitchen. The major issues are going to reside with the current classification of 5A and then trickle down to the current other six classifications. It’s blatantly obvious that 5A is lopsided with several powerful teams at the top and the rest struggling to win a handful of games. Only 5 different teams have been crowned state champion in the past decade, Valor Christian, Cherry Creek, Columbine, Mullen and Grandview and a whopping 9 in the past 23 years.
Current RPI data as of 8:12:14 AM Monday October 23, 2017 suggests the same power 5 teams will again dominate the 5A post season lineups.

Class 5A

Last updated: 10/23/2017 8:12:14 AM

Rank Team RPI Record WP OWP OOWP
1 Valor Christian 0.807 8-0-0 1.000 0.768 0.577
2 Columbine 0.696 7-1-0 0.875 0.625 0.535
3 Eaglecrest 0.680 8-0-0 1.000 0.411 0.603
4 Highlands Ranch 0.659 6-2-0 0.750 0.625 0.572
5 Grandview 0.638 6-2-0 0.750 0.607 0.516
6 Fairview 0.634 7-1-0 0.875 0.411 0.609
7 Regis Jesuit 0.632 7-1-0 0.875 0.446 0.545
8 Cherry Creek 0.630 6-2-0 0.750 0.589 0.510
9 Pomona 0.628 6-2-0 0.750 0.560 0.548
10 Lakewood 0.620 6-2-0 0.750 0.554 0.523
11 Chaparral 0.609 6-2-0 0.750 0.500 0.560
12 Arvada West 0.592 6-2-0 0.750 0.464 0.547
13 Ralston Valley 0.592 5-3-0 0.625 0.577 0.566
14 Fountain-Fort Carson 0.554 4-4-0 0.500 0.628 0.524
15 JK Mullen 0.545 3-5-0 0.375 0.732 0.519
16 Bear Creek 0.531 4-4-0 0.500 0.571 0.518
17 Cherokee Trail 0.529 4-4-0 0.500 0.607 0.457
18 Legend 0.529 4-4-0 0.500 0.556 0.530
19 Far Northeast Warriors 0.523 6-2-0 0.717 0.357 0.479
20 Poudre 0.522 5-3-0 0.625 0.413 0.532
21 ThunderRidge 0.513 3-5-0 0.375 0.699 0.439
22 Horizon 0.508 4-4-0 0.500 0.549 0.459
23 Doherty 0.495 5-3-0 0.625 0.321 0.561
24 Northglenn 0.493 5-3-0 0.625 0.352 0.505
25 Legacy 0.490 4-4-0 0.500 0.482 0.488
26 Overland 0.487 5-3-0 0.625 0.304 0.557
27 Rocky Mountain 0.487 3-5-0 0.375 0.607 0.473
28 Rock Canyon 0.468 4-4-0 0.500 0.375 0.561
29 Mountain Range 0.453 4-4-0 0.500 0.375 0.500
30 Mountain Vista 0.442 3-5-0 0.375 0.464 0.508
31 Boulder 0.441 2-6-0 0.250 0.607 0.478
32 Douglas County 0.398 2-6-0 0.250 0.521 0.435
33 Arapahoe 0.392 2-6-0 0.250 0.500 0.442
34 Denver East 0.392 2-6-0 0.250 0.495 0.449
35 Smoky Hill 0.382 1-7-0 0.125 0.607 0.431
36 Rangeview 0.382 1-7-0 0.125 0.607 0.431
37 Castle View 0.372 1-7-0 0.125 0.518 0.522
38 Westminster 0.343 1-7-0 0.125 0.464 0.487
39 Fossil Ridge 0.329 1-7-0 0.125 0.393 0.539
40 Prairie View 0.312 0-8-0 0.000 0.549 0.423
41 Hinkley 0.298 1-7-0 0.125 0.339 0.496
42 Aurora Central 0.285 1-7-0 0.125 0.339 0.446

So what can be done to improve title hopes for neighborhood teams that have not had a chance in nearly 25 years?
Glad you asked!

Modify the playing field!

No coach says they coach loosing football so why not tweak the RPI if it will be used in the new mudslide 2 year cycle. RPI = (0.700 × WP) + (0.200 × OWP) + (0.100 × OOWP) Obviously a team could control their own destiny by winning then again why use RPI if 42 teams are going to be set up to fail if new changes will be much of the same. There was a time when no one wanted Valor Christian (VC) to play in 5A and now many do not want them or Cherry Creek(CC) in their conference because of their ability to navigate the rules of CHSAA to benefit their programs.
It appears to be the clear sentiment in 2017 for the next 2 year cycle that no one wants CC or VC in its division and is evident when Highlands Ranch (HR), a neighborhood school about 1.3 miles across the street was outscored in 2016 43-7 and 48-7 in 2017 and was ranked as high as #3 in RPI. This is a team that made the playoffs in 2016 and lost to Columbine in round one 21-17. Currently HR appears to be a 2017 playoff team based on RPI. However, HR is like many teams that may have one more year left before an entire new squad replaces their current winning ways so year 2 of the mudslide might be brutal on their performance in 2019. Eaglecrest and Mullen might be the two teams in this next cycle that will be force to play younger athletes and suffer some heavy losses in a rebuilding process. Many may recall Arapahoe and Westminster who faired well 3 years ago and now are suffering miserably in this current cycle as are about 20 other teams in 5A.

NOTE: VC has outscored local opponents in 2016 with 458 and gave up 181 points. In 2017 with two games left VC has 227 points for and 63 points against. So basically an average local score will be 38-10 when playing VC and most likely a running clock in the 4th quarter. Only Pomona (14) and CC (21) have scored double digits on VC. Poudre and Fountain Fort Carson (FFC) are next on the schedule before the playoffs in November. The only bright spot is VC has to travel to FFC in their final game, in what most likely is a win or go home for FFC. However, the algorithm may be in favor of FFC just like 2016 and they limp into the playoffs based on strength of schedule (SOS). So now you understand the reticence to play or have VC in your division if the ultimate goal is 5-0 in conference matchups unless you were a team that manipulated your schedule 2 years ago like CC, Mullen, Pomona, RJ and VC. Conversely, Having the power 6, CC, Grandview, Mullen, Pomona, RJ and VC, teams on your schedule benefits RPI in non league.

So why not have these power 6, CC, Grandview, Mullen, Pomona, RJ and VC teams play one another in a home and away format with the top 2 playing one another in a state title. This would allow them to beat up on one another and allow the remaining 36 teams to finally have a chance at a state title.

As of today based on OWP here are the Top 6 teams:
Valor Christian
Mullen
ThunderRidge
Fountain-Fort Carson
Highlands Ranch
Columbine
All 6 teams are in 2 Conferences, Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Cameron
Based on RECORD on wins and losses:
8-0
Valor Christian
Eaglecrest
7-1
Columbine
Fairview
Regis Jesuit
6-2
Highlands Ranch
Chaparral
Pomona
Arvada West
Lakewood
Grandview
Cherry Creek
Far Northeast Warriors
As you can see the teams from the old Centennial and Jeffco leagues are the same teams dominating 5A play. Only the Far Northeast Warriors #19 are not in the Top 16 and they close out the season with Fossil Ridge and Cherry Creek so (SOS) will be interesting but 2 wins are the goal to guarantee FNE a 5-0 conference title.

A host of teams are 5-3.
Ralston Valley will face Eaglecrest this week and the winner most likely wins the Mt. Wilson league. As for the other teams it seems their fate was sealed after a loss in league play and NOT a favorable RPI based on SOS.

In a nut shell all the data points to going old school and base post season on wins and losses in addition to playing regional community teams. The student body, teachers and parents will not have to travel vast distances to root for their team colors. Also a sense of pride by beating the neighborhood team is more important to players and schools. Here is what most are saying:

  • “Yes its been a tough season but at least we beat Heritage, AHS student”
  • “We may have lost one game out of state but the season was successful when we beat Columbine! – Chatfield Student
  • “Not the season record we anticipated but beating Regis was awesome! I hope we can play them in the playoffs if we qualify.” – Mullen student
  • “We beat Creek and that is all that mattered but the loss to Mullen hurt the most and I hope we get them again in the playoffs. – RJ Dad
  • “Skyline has had the toughest schedule in 4A and we hope to avenge our only loss to Monarch as long as RPI lets us in.” Skyline Parent

Again it is not rocket science and the masses have spoken that local teams should play one another and math should not be part of the process. A simple win and losses should determine polls, rankings and playoff seedings not the failed system of 2016 called RPI.

Make it simple and regionalize games based on wins and losses!

PS
No one cares about enrollment numbers so do away with it and allow teams to choose to play in a division up or down or whatever will make football FUN again and put butts in seats. After all the goal is to sell tickets to competitive game so all the sports prosper with the revenue generated.
Until we hear about a new official 2 year cycle we will refer to all proposals as “The Mudslide” since the waterfall failed miserably!
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“High school sports SUCK!”

“High school sports SUCK!” probably NOT what you want to hear from a vast majority of teenagers. However, we are at a crossroads and it is evident the missing equation from sports may as well be FUN! Sports were designed to be about exercise and hanging out with friends. Nowadays it has become competitive in nature and rather than be entertaining it has become a business. In years past the statewide teams were made up of individuals from their turf or neighborhood and were evenly distributed based on local talents. The competition was simple and uncluttered by coaches recruiting players and training facilities demanding athletes train to get better and become Division-one (D1) athletes. The truth about D1 is never told but the numbers speak volumes. However, the sunshine pump is available everyday in every city nationwide for a fee and it is not free. Yes the paid professionals tell individuals what they want to hear, accolades and aspirations of D1. Their relationship is based off selling a dream or hope. In addition these trainers solicit writers via local rags and national websites that sell subscription based information to make you feel validated. The warm and fuzzy information obtained by subscription based services is biased because trainers or personal positional coaches contribute to the hype, NOT high school coaches that are around these kids 5-6 days a week for FREE. Trainers want them to rank individuals so they can solicit additional monies to hype you. The high school coach just wants to coach and be competitive without all hyperbole. Meanwhile the local schools are suffering at a rapid pace as playing for school pride has squandered in lieu of the almighty dollar via club sports, training facilities and travel sports. The days of having an athlete or two playing multiple sports is almost non existent in big schools. The fact is many are lucky to be 2 sport participants. The smaller schools because of enrollment numbers seem to continue to have athletes playing 3-4 sports. The separation is enormous as parents with monies control their own destiny. They are the ones contributing to their booster clubs and encouraging the hiring of a win at all costs head coach. This coach has no interest in the community and is evident as his coaches disrupts neighborhoods to assemble all star teams. The impact lasts generations as athletes are treated like pawns in chess. Parents lack the understanding of what is best for their athletes as fluid transfer rules and holding back children to “redshirt” have become common practice to win. All indicators that the only thing important to some coaches is that damn scoreboard or state title. NOT the game or life lessons sports offers that can impact the youth for decades. Some may call this practice cheating and some creative deception. Regardless, the true spirit of the game has been lost as 15 year old high school freshmen are common practice when the vast population are 13 and 14. So as the association that is the umbrella to a vast majority of sports in high school looks to revamp its 2 year cycle next year in Colorado it is time for everyone to speak up. If you are a former student, student athlete, parent, coach or person in the community your voice needs to be heard. You tell the story better than anyone else. The decline in sports participation is simply economic. The fact FUN has left the neighborhood should be reason enough to make big changes because two years in high school is a lifetime when you are graduating at 17 or 18 years old, 19 if you are a “redshirt”. The 30 year reunion should be about how we changed the way the game was played. Not years of frustration of how uneventful sports was because the same team won every year and my middle school buddies were district jumpers for hopes of a D1 scholarship that never happened. Do not regret that we never spent quality time together or say I should have been more considerate of playing for my neighborhood pride or went skiing or swimming with my buddies instead of training 7 days a week because of my sunshine pump. Make an impact now for the future. A vast majority of you that read this article have great ideas so please reach out to your principals, athletic directors and coaches to make changes for the overall benefit of young men and women. Otherwise, continue to give up and complain about how the competition is kicking your teams ass each night or day you attend your match. Pen a few thoughts and make a difference so kids have FUN in high school and make memories that last a lifetime. In addition take some of that money spent on specialization and use it for a college fund. I bet that $6,000 or more each year for the past 10 years upon high school graduation will buy a nice education. Then again your trainer or club sport coach might not have a retirement fund. It’s all about choices and making the correct ones. I hope we hear less “High school sports SUCK!” in 2-3 years and more praises about how the community raised the bar to make participation relevant in neighborhoods and put the FUN back into sports.

Kids will get more out of sports if we put the fun back in the development of lifelong physical and mental benefits which is more important than winning.

Sports today are too selective, too costly and NOT so much about community as they were when most of us were kids. Now kids are drawn to elite programs from all over the city. “They don’t know where the other kids live, they don’t know the parents.” Its a hot mess that needs a new direction. Make 2018-2020 the year of the community and breath life into neighborhoods.

Spotlight Player: Zach Canales #52 Regis Jesuit Raiders

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The JK Mullen Mustangs (0-2) versus the Regis Jesuit Raiders (1-0) is a matchup that the players all know what is on the line this week, Friday September 8, 2017 or week 2 in Colorado. Some might say bragging rights in the parochial school arena but others know its a must win to remain Top 10 in 5A football and one victory closer to the goal of a state title run.

A win on Friday night means their goal to the post season just gets stronger for the Raiders and perhaps a little more respect. Meanwhile the Mustangs, featuring 3 division one commitments, is going for win number one of the season after loosing to Pomona and Valor which either are arguably the #1 ranked 5A football teams in 2017. (See POST WEEK 1 5A POLL SEPTEMBER 2, 2017)

Our Spotlight athlete is Regis Jesuits Zach Canales #52 of RJ vs wk 2 Mullen

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“We are looked down upon but we will go out and earn the respect we deserve. As a team we are going to maximize our strengths of our team as we play guys 2-ways. They have some big guys up front but I think we are going to be good winning up front. We are going to have to make some key plays in the game. In big games like this its going to be some key plays. As long as we do our job we can beat any team as long as we don’t beat ourselves. So winning STATE is possible,” said Zach Canales, REGIS JESUIT Senior Center, long snapper and LB.

Canales will have his hands full with JK Mullen and NG Aidan Ikaika Keanaaina #76 Friday night. However this is nothing new as last week Canales battled  #99 from Creek and last year a division one player in Malcom Williams.

Williams is a verbal commit to the University of South Carolina. Canales battled this athlete and proved his wealth on a national stage. Also stock in Canales began as regional coaches were attracted to Zach and his high level of football IQ and ability to compete with the best. Heavy interest in Zach landed him visits to TCU, Boise State, Air Force and CSU. CSU has requested he attend their game this Saturday but is contingent on the ACT college boards exam that has many students occupying their Saturday schedule. When asked about his size Canales said, “I might not have the D1 line attributes but maybe fullback or linebacker is where the coaches are projecting me. Wherever they want me to play I will find a contribution to the team.”


Canales also mentioned, “Our season started with Creek week and we started off a little slow. We made some changes and started working as a team. We got a little nervous towards the end of the Creek game but knew we could drive it down the field. Creek is a big rival but so is Mullen and we lost to them last year 17-0. It was nice to get the victory in week one but now its just going to propel us to watch a lot of film and pay attention to how they run their schemes. We are just going to have to execute our plays. Mullen is a really good team but we will be ready Friday.” 
Mullen at Regis 7pm Friday is going to be a tough matchup. However, Canales says” whoever has the drive and conditioned all summer will be the team that wins.”
On Friday night #52 will center the offense for the Regis Raiders. Meanwhile take a lot at his film and see how he plays BIG!

Canales mentioned growing up with players on Eaglecrest and a team to watch but said, “Highlands Ranch is a sleeper team.” Regis will get a crack at HRHS in week 4. As far as completing his senior season Canales said, “One team I always wish we played was Valor. It would be nice to see how we match up and would compete. We have faced all the other top teams. Regis seems to have a well rounded roster and players will will be keeping eyes on but on Friday the center of attention will be the man that touches the ball on every offensive possession, #52 Zachary Canales.

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R+P+I=BS

Athletes, coaches and parents are either feeling happy or sad heading into week 2 football games. The happy folks are 2-0 if playing zero week or 1-0 after week one. Meanwhile there are sad faces on the 0-1 and 0-2 teams but wait, winning does not matter in the mandated world of RPI.

• Football is using the following formula for the fall 2017 season:
RPI = (0.375 × WP) + (0.375 × OWP) + (0.25 × OOWP)

Yes coaches no longer have to teach winning football.

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The 2016 season taught us wins do not need to transpire as long as your opponents win and their opponents win. Obviously the goal is to be undefeated for the season but anyone who suffered a loss now has to root for the teams you lost to and hope your team runs the table in conference play to go undefeated and claim a playoff berth. Conceivably a team can loose the first 5 to be 0-5 and then win the final conference games to be 5-0 down the stretch to be 5-5 and gain a playoff berth. In essence the first 5 games of the season are exhibition games for weeks 6-10 and preparation for the playoffs. So a prosperous season might end up 8-5 with a state title. Savvy coaching staffs were aware in 2015 and loaded up their schedule to face heavy weights and out of state games that manipulate the RPI in their favor. The unfortunate issue is the teams now on alert could not change their 2 year cycle and will repeat the 2016 season of opponents unless they played out of state teams and were able to gain traction. We talked about the evils of RPI on the day the final numbers were released and re-released due to errors in calculations and once again will be dealing with it in 2017.  

So in the flapdoodle world of RPI just support your athletes, hope for some wins and have FUN! The inanity of RPI will drive you crazy week to week. The RPI standings will be published for the first time on September 19, 2017 and updated once per week. If you are a casual fan check back in week 6 and hope you team goes 5-0 down the stretch in what we deem, ” last chance football in the RPI era.”

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Isaac Power a US Army Bowl selection

Colorado has been fortunate to have athletes recognized over the years by some national outfits. Ponderosa will now have two that will have played in the US Army Bowl. The first is Chris Fox whom was recruited from Ponderosa (Parker, CO) in the class of 2013. He committed to Michigan on 2/18/2012. The 6-foot-6, 303-pounder was forced to take a medical scholarship due to injuries and is now a part of the program as a student assistant coach. (Fox and Gonzo post 2013 game in San Antonio, Texas.) In 2018 what appears to be the final US Army Bowl, sponsorship withdrawn, another Ponderosa athlete and kicker Isaac Power will play for the WEST team. The game features 90 high school athletes or 45 players per side in an East versus West format that will be televised on NBC on Jan. 6. The game is no stranger to Colorado athletes. Gonzo Watch List (#GWL) players include Cyler Miles the co-MVP 2012, Chris Fox , Christian McCaffrey, 2014 and Dylan McCaffrey 2017. Jake Moretti selected but injured for 2017. Adrian Jackson of JK Mullen has been offered both the Under Armour and US Army 2018 games. Issac Power #11 is a class of 2018 Kicker and Punter from 4A PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL in Parker, CO.

Rich mans gain/game?

We know athletes these days are getting bigger, faster and stronger. Unfortunately so do all the for profit companies ready to take your hard earned monies. Yes the pay to play all star games that are meaningless as it is not the best available athletes that play in these games. Just families that can afford to pay to attend. In addition to these marketing companies telling you how great you are they also sell your information to other companies like trainers, recruiting services, combine companies and subscription based entities. The common denominator is like the internet phishing, yes fishing to take monies out of your account on a monthly basis and offer little to no impact on your athlete. Many of these companies will tell you it is about exposure or that numerous college coaches that will be on hand to evaluate your athlete. The fact is many college coaches want athletes to attend their own camps and if you put the effort into them, they will evaluate you. So attending 40 camps and everything under the sun is really about being a “Selfie” and no one really cares if you attend 40 camps. Yes you can post it on social media but does anyone really care and does it scare off potential suitors? Imagine if coach ABC likes the athletes film and wants you at his college then sees multiple social media posts from a plethora of other universities. It could impact coach ABC because he figures coach XYZ might trump his efforts in the long evaluation process. Figuring out the evaluation process is fairly easy. The Varsity film, transcripts and attending the school of interests event like a junior day or camp is probably a path to success. Attending multiple events because you have the financial resources is like that little league coach that pumps his chest about his kids and has no regard for the other team members or their families success’. Too much individualism has occurred over the past 6-7 years and the team aspect has dwindled. So the rich mans gain has become his game of getting hustled on a daily basis. Yes eventually if you attend 40 events someone will notice you. However, for the vast majority it will be the student athlete that has a high score on the college board tests of ACT or ACT, a higher than average GPA and yes the varsity film that shows athleticism. So when you receive that email, social media tag or someone reaches out to you that is NOT a college coach just think about it and ask, is this in my best interest or are they hustling me? If you are a rich man and want to plan the game just remember do not wear an article of clothing from another camp or trainer to a college campus, rather wear your high school gear so the coaches can identify you and associate you with a high school. Most likely the college coaches know your head coach and can gain the necessary information to move forward of extending an offer. It is NOT a Rich mans gain/game unless you make it one. Trust the process!

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FBS SPRING GAMES 2017

SPRING GAMES BY DATE

March 2: Arizona

March 4: Duke

March 11: New Mexico State

March 18: Colorado, Oregon State, San Diego State

March 23: Hawaii

March 25: BYU, Kent State, Vanderbilt

April 1: Georgia Southern, Michigan State, NC State, South Carolina, Texas Tech, UAB, UNLV

April 7: Florida, FIU, Rice

April 8: Air Force, Auburn, Boise State, Bowling Green, Clemson, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Utah State, Wake Forest

April 13: Indiana

April 14: Buffalo, Kentucky, Navy

April 15: Arizona State, Army, Ball State, Georgia State, Houston, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Old Dominion, Pitt, San Jose State, South Florida, Stanford, Texas, Texas State, Troy, USC, Utah, UTSA, West Virginia

April 20: UMass

April 21: Arkansas State, UConn, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Wisconsin

April 22: Akron, Alabama, Baylor, Boston College, California, Central Michigan, Charlotte, Colorado State, East Carolina, FAU, Georgia, Kansas State, LSU, Marshall, Maryland, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Penn State, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Tulane, UCF, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State, Western Kentucky, Wyoming

April 28: Idaho

April 29: Arkansas, Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon, UCLA, Virginia

No spring game: Appalachian State, Illinois, Toledo

TBA: Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Miami (FL), New Mexico, Ohio, South Alabama, UTEP, Western Michigan

Here is the spring practice information for nearly every FBS team (a few haven’t responded to the inquiry yet).

(Team — Start date — Spring game date)

Air Force — Feb. 24 — April 8
Akron — March 20 — April 22
Alabama — TBA — April 22
Appalachian State — Feb. 6 — N/A
Arizona — Feb. 18 — March 2
Arizona State — March 3 — April 15
Arkansas — March 28 — April 29
Arkansas State — March 28 — April 21
Army — March 21 — April 15
Auburn — Feb. 28 — April 8
Ball State — March 14 — April 15
Baylor — March 18 — April 22
Boise State — March 6 — April 8
Boston College — March 15 — April 22
Bowling Green — March 13 — April 8
Buffalo — March 7 — April 14
BYU — Feb. 27 — March 25
Cal — March 15 — April 22
Central Michigan — March 21 — April 22
Charlotte — TBA — April 22
Cincinnati — March 6 — TBA (likely April 14)
Clemson — March 1 — April 8
Coastal Carolina — TBA — TBA
Colorado — Feb. 22 — March 18
Colorado State — March 21 — April 22
UConn — March 21 — April 21
Duke — Feb. 3 — March 4
East Carolina — March 20 — April 22
Eastern Michigan — March 7 — April 8
Florida — Feb. 28 — April 7
Florida Atlantic — March 21 — April 22
Florida International — TBA — April 7
Florida State — March 6 — April 8
Fresno State — March 27 — April 29
Georgia — TBA — April 22
Georgia Southern — March 9 — April 1
Georgia State — March 20 — April 15
Georgia Tech — TBA — April 21
Hawaii — Feb. 20 — March 23
Houston — March 6 — April 15
Idaho — March 24 — April 28
Illinois — Feb. 14 — N/A
Indiana — March 4 — April 13
Iowa — March 22 — April 21
Iowa State — Feb. 28 — April 8
Kansas — March 12 — April 15
Kansas State — March 29 — April 22
Kent State — March 1 — March 25
Kentucky — March 5 — April 14
Louisiana Tech — TBA — TBA
Louisiana-Lafayette — March 7 — April 8
Louisiana-Monroe — March 14 — April 8
Louisville — March 21 — April 15
LSU — March 11 — April 22
Marshall — March 28 — April 22
Maryland — March 12 — April 22
UMass — March 20 — April 20
Memphis — TBA — TBA
Miami (FL) — TBA — TBA
Miami (OH) — March 14 — April 22
Michigan — March 24 — April 15
Michigan State — Feb. 25 — April 1
Middle Tennessee — March 16 — April 15
Minnesota — March 7 — April 15
Ole Miss — Feb. 28 — April 8
Mississippi State — March 9 — April 8
Missouri — TBA — April 15
Navy — March 20 — April 14
Nebraska — March 4 — April 15
Nevada — TBA — April 29
New Mexico — TBA — TBA
New Mexico State — Feb. 25 — March 11
North Carolina — Feb. 28 — April 8
NC State — Feb. 25 — April 1
North Texas — Feb. 27 — April 8
Northern Illinois — March 21 — April 22
Northwestern — Feb. 21 — April 8
Notre Dame — March 8 — April 22
Ohio — TBA — TBA
Ohio State — March 7 — April 15
Oklahoma — March 21 — April 8
Oklahoma State — March 6 — April 15
Old Dominion — TBA — April 15
Oregon — April 3 — April 29
Oregon State — Feb. 17 — March 18
Penn State — March 22 — April 22
Pitt — March 16 — April 15
Purdue — Feb. 27 — April 8
Rice — March 6 — April 7
Rutgers — March 23 — April 22
San Diego State — TBA — March 18
San Jose State — March 10 — April 15
SMU — March 28 — April 8
South Alabama — TBA — TBA
South Carolina — Feb. 25 — April 1
South Florida — March 6 — April 15
Southern Miss — March 21 — April 22
Stanford — Feb. 28 — April 15
Syracuse — March 21 — April 22
TCU — March 4 — April 8
Temple — March 20 — April 22
Tennessee — March 21 — April 22
Texas — March 6 — April 15
Texas A&M — March 1 — April 8
Texas State — March 22 — April 15
Texas Tech — March 4 — April 1
Toledo — Feb. 14 — N/A
Troy — March 16 — April 15
Tulane — March 17 — April 22
Tulsa — Feb. 28 — April 8
UAB — Feb. 23 — April 1
UCF — March 20 — April 22
UCLA — April 4 — April 29
UNLV — March 1 — April 1
USC — March 7 — April 15
Utah — March 9 — April 15
Utah State — Feb. 28 — April 8
UTEP — TBA — TBA
UTSA — March 6 — April 15
Vanderbilt — Feb. 27 — March 25
Virginia — March 28 — April 29
Virginia Tech — March 21 — April 22
Wake Forest — Feb. 28 — April 8
Washington — March 27 — April 22
Washington State — March 23 — April 22
West Virginia — March 14 — April 15
Western Kentucky — March 23 — April 22
Western Michigan — TBA — TBA
Wisconsin — March 14 — April 21
Wyoming — TBA (likely March 21) — April 22

Schedule: 11/11 #copreps Football 303Gonzo.com Scoreboard

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5A First Round 1:
Bear Creek (3-7) @ Pomona (9-1) 7:00pm
Columbine (8-2) @ Highlands Ranch (7-3) 7:00pm
Fairview (8-2) @ Regis (9-1) 7:00pm
Chaparral (7-3) @ Eaglecrest (10-0) 7:00pm
Cherokee Trail (5-5) @ Valor Christian (7-3) 7:00pm
Legacy (8-2) @ Grandview (9-1) 7:30pm
Ralston Valley (6-4) @ Cherry Creek (7-3) 4:00pm
Fountain Fort Carson (3-7) @ Mullen (8-2) 7:00pm

4A First Round 1:
Pueblo West (7-3) @ Windsor (7-3) 7:00pm
Mesa Ridge (6-4) @ Ponderosa (9-1) 7:00pm
Grand Junction Central (6-4) @ Chatfield (9-1) 7:00pm

3A First Round
Skyview (6-4) @ Discovery Canyon (10-0) 7:00pm
Fort Morgan (9-1) @ Conifer (9-1) 7:00pm
Longmont (6-4) @ Lewis Palmer (9-1) 7:00pm
Evergreen (6-4) @ Palisade (9-1) 7:00pm

Erie (6-4) @ Pueblo East (9-1) 7:00pm


6-Man Semifinal
Hi Plains/Flagler (8-2) @ Fleming (10-0)
6:00pm

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