@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.

Unbeaten headed into week 7 games to watch

Some great matchups this weekend as it is win or go home in conference league play. Based on RPI we listed some games below that have unbeaten teams seeking validation.

Valor Christian (6-0) RPI #1 10/13 at Lakewood(5-1) RPI #12
Eaglecrest (6-0) RPI #2 10/13 at Rangeview RPI #33

Monarch (6-0) RPI #1 at Windsor (5-1) RPI #7
Pueblo West (6-0) RPI #2 at Pine Creek (5-1) RPI #4 Thursday
Fruita Monument (6-0) RPI #3  vs Thornton RPI #37
Ponderosa (6-0) RPI #6 vs Sand Creek RPI #32
Loveland (6-0) RPI #8 vs Niwot RPI #42

Palmer Ridge (6-0) RPI #1 10/14 at Denver North (6-0) RPI #5 Saturday *BIG GAME*
Mead (6-0) RPI #2 10/12 at Frederick RPI #14
Erie (6-0) RPI #3 10/12 vs Holy Family RPI #15
Harrison (6-0) RPI #4 10/13 Pueblo Central RPI #35

Kent Denver (6-0) RPI #2 vs Englewood RPI #26
Machebeuf (6-0) RPI #9 vs Sheridan RPI #35
Bayfield (6-0) RPI #5  vs Pagosa Springs (4-2) RPI #13
Platte Valley (6-0) RPI #1 vs Valley RPI #18

Platte Canyon (5-0) RPI #7 vs Manual (4-2) RPI #16
Bennett (6-0) RPI #1 vs Front Range Christian RPI #34
Centauri (6-0) RPI #2 vs Ignacio (2-4) RPI #30
Meeker (6-0) RPI #3 vs Cedaredge RPI #25

West Grand (6-0) RPI #5 vs Rangely RPI #29
Merino (6-0) RPI #1 vs Sedgwick County (5-0) RPI #2

Otis (6-0) RPI #4 at Stratton/Liberty (6-0) RPI #1
Prairie (6-0) RPI #2 vs Northpark RPI #5

• Football should use the following formula for the fall 2018 season:
RPI = (0.600 × WP) + (0.300 × OWP) + (0.100 × OOWP)
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Spotlight Player: Zach Canales #52 Regis Jesuit Raiders



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


“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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Beyond the roster

It’s a whole new ball game! The next two-year RPI cycle of 2018-20 could decide the fate of football in Colorado. The newest commissioner, Rhonda Blanford-Green, will have to change the climate and renew positive feelings to long standing programs suffering in older neighborhoods. We will see how well connected she is to the community and Aurora Central High School where she graduated in 1981. In 36 years the landscape of Colorado has changed dramatically and the preponderance of private schools that take a toll on local area attendance numbers. While the suburbs have added schools based on growth, unfortunately it did not anticipate a slow down in participation in sports because of the private sectors namely club sports and outside trainers moving away from playing for a letter jacket. The goal has turned into playing for State Titles and paying to play. Lost in the shuffle is playing for school colors and pride. Everyone wants the ring and the glory plus an opportunity to play next level. In most instances the playing field is not equal as the resources financially and available manpower is greater at some schools. In the past it has been booster clubs, alumni or donations that helped keep programs afloat. Now the harsh reality will be retaining athletes to participate in sports that has become a full time job that includes training outside the school.

Some of the issues could be resolved by offering school credits for participating in sports, say 5 credits per semester since many underclassmen go 5 days a week plus a Saturday game. PE credits could be exhausted or elective credits towards graduation. Some school districts allow it for working a job and well lets face it, athletics is a job if you want a winning program. The process is something we discussed in the past and needs to be implemented in many local schools. However, the first hurdle moving into 2018 will be the adjustment to classifications and possible realignment without worries of enrollment numbers. It seems retarded that a school can play up but not down. In an age where it is documented a group of schools continue to dominate the metro area we somehow continue to punish schools without resources in addition to athletes.

The argument about recruiting athletes is a sore one but needs to be addressed by simply inverting non conference game to back end schedules. If some athletic directors under the direction of their coaches want to play the game then lets manipulate the schedule to benefit the less fortunate. Zero week through week 5 can be the conference games that hopefully have rival teams attached so fans will attend in warmer weather.  After all who really wants to freeze their ass of in late September or November when the home school has a loosing record and its cold outside. Conversely, the Evil and crappy RPI could have a winning team out because of some lame algorithm. (Last season a 9-1 and 8-2 team did not qualify and a 3-7 made the playoffs in addition to several other mishaps) Plus school spirit is high when it is a new year in August and homework is less pressing on a Thursday night. Especially since we can not seem to get more Friday nights scheduled and God forbid we talk about a 1pm Saturday game that only parents attend. So in essence we have most likely eliminated 2/3rds of the revenue from Friday nights and school spirit that build school pride because of #RPI and lack of coaching winning football that should mean something. Not some arbitrary computer calculation that needs board members to reconcile because of errors in data that are not openly shared with the community and athletes in its entirety. 

In addition move up the football season to July 31st or the last Monday of July to get the necessary practice or participation time in for the school year without interfering with the actual school session. Getting an adequate amount of guys to practice every day has proven difficult. The 9-practice minimum is difficult prior to zero week or even week one as parents try to juggle vacations and holidays and time with their children. Speaking of holidays, how nice would it be to end the season the week prior to Thanksgiving? Yes being able to share moments with family on a 4-9 day holiday week for many and the ability to transition into winter sports. The grandparents probably would kick in a few bucks for those hideous plastic cards everyone seems to be selling these days to see them during the traditional turkey festivities. Figuring out a solution should not be that difficult if more research was done at a rapid pace. The decline in football is because many schools have gone to a 2 tier system and do not develop the younger teams. A better approach might be to host 4pm Freshmen games prior to Varsity 6 or 7pm Friday night games. Buses can be used to shuttle kids back and forth or parents could stay to see what the future might be like if they stick it out all 4 years. Plus the concessions stands might actually be busy and help fundraise to build the future programs. The biggest advantage might be NO Saturday commitment so kids can recover from a long week and parents could spend quality family time together or attend an event not related to athletics. Football in many communities is the big draw but the organization currently ruling the roost might have sold out to the media to bring in revenue. All 7 classifications do not gain equal exposure or are featured on over the air television or radio broadcasts. Plus the All Colorado Selections are somewhat biased because a panel does not openly discuss lower levels and coaches often do not advocate for their players. The collaboration process needs to be widened otherwise athletes will continue to say, “The process is so political and unless my family puts a banner in centerfield or advertises in the program. I will have no shot. Now it’s about all these former athletes kids or some trainer hyping kids. I liked it when pure skill dominated!”


Gotta love it when kids are brutally honest! For now it goes Beyond the roster. Perceived attitudes need new direction and change is good. We can only hope a better foundation will be built for Colorado sports and its athletes. Football has seen its troubles and the time is now to improve with a new chief in charge.

Our goal to provide engaging content in Colorado, from the individual to the team level, for high school sports fans. Football will enable us to deliver more value to individual schools as this is the largest fan base and crosses over to other sports after the fall season. We hope you enjoy the content as we try to keep it interesting and NON corporate and FREE.

It’s F-ing back!

Yes! The high school football season and Friday nights are back, well sort of as growth in the state have force Thursday and Saturday games. However, that growth may cost participation in the long term. For now Football is back on a Zero week Thursday afternoon. Games on tap are as follows:

Zero week is not only meaningful games but also the final scrimmages for many teams. This will be the first time many teams will have the opportunity to hit someone else other than their own teammates. Some teams play like a game without a scoreboard while others do the 10 play drives on offense and defense. Regardless, Football is back and parents can finally stop fundraising, flipping out and getting kids to summer workouts, speed and agility seminars and secondary trainings. The season is here! A few teams may have to wait until next weekend for games to count but the Fall is upon us.

The goal of @303Gonzo is to distribute content (videos and photos), and reach a community through a number of outlets. 6 seasons ago it was live video posted to Facebook and a delay in reporting. In 2015 periscope revolutionized how we reported games. The combination of being at games and going live was amazing in addition to our post games via radio. Now we realize radio is old school and podcasts were what players wanted. Parents have to realize our audience were 10 years old when the iPhone came out, and were raised on social media. They are younger, they are hungry for information now and Facebook is so passe so twitter and periscope work fabulous for our original content.

@303Gonzo said, “It’s a total philosophical difference from most media companies. We are always trying to capture cutting edge technology otherwise we would use a typewriter to report via periodicals which is so old school. Our emphasis is athletes while others focus on coaches. Capturing community moments LIVE is what its all about and having fun on game nights.”

In addition to profiling teams we offer college coaches the #GonzoWatchList (#GWL) of talented players we see on game nights. In an average 11 week season @303Gonzo will see over 40 games live. The beauty is 4pm games followed by 7pm or 8pm games. Now Saturday 1pm games will have evening games and the opportunity to see more games live and in person. The ability to have multiple streaming games and access to them will allow @303Gonzo to view over 100 games this season. So YES, high school football is F’ing Back and @303Gonzo is here to digest and recant the season for FREE. No paid subscriptions or bias to one team or individuals that pay to be noticed.

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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.

Game on 5A Colorado matchups

Rankings, wild card points, RPI will not matter this weekend as it is win or go home in the final 16. However these teams got in and now all is in the rearview mirror and time to move forward. For the most part the home teams (in Bold) are the odds on favorites to win. But statistics and win/loss records mean absolutely zero the next 4 weeks. It is the coaches and athletes doing what they can to prepare and pursue to become state champions. As always you can bookmark and view all the classification brackets here http://www.cofridaynightlights.com/colorado-football-playoffs-brackets/ In 5A Colorado these are the matchups.
Mascot photo for Pomona high school.Pomona (9-1) versusMascot photo for Bear Creek high school.
Bear Creek
  • North Area Athletic Complex Friday 11/11/16 @7:00p

    Pomona is favored to meet Columbine in round two. Bear Creek would have to be a cinderella team to move forward. BC has an uphill battle as they sneaked its way into the playoffs due to a heavy regular season strength of schedule.

Mascot photo for Highlands Ranch high school.Highlands Ranch (7-3, 4-0 Home) versus 
Columbine (Mascot photo for Columbine high school.8-2)
  • Shea Stadium Friday 11/11/16 @

Columbine is favored to meet Pomona in round two. The Falcons are at home and will build on this playoff game. HR faced and lost to Valor in league play. They are young and hungry and may surprise the Rebels if Columbine is looking ahead to Pomona and avenge last years one point loss to advance to State and face Valor, the defending champions.
Mascot photo for Regis Jesuit high school.Mascot photo for Fairview high school.Regis Jesuit (9-1) versus
Fairview (8-2)
  • Regis Jesuit Friday  @ 7:00p
Regis only lost to JK Mullen 17-0 in Non conference play and Fairview had a massive 23-0 halftime lead in conference play to the Mustangs only to loose 37-30. So this might be a game of interest. Two teams that have a lot to prove and have similar offenses. The Raiders have a stellar defense but the Knights have a potent offense. This could be a basketball score shootout.
Mascot photo for Eaglecrest high school.Eaglecrest(10-0) versus Mascot photo for Chaparral high school.
Chaparral (7-3)
  • Legacy Stadium Friday 11/11/16 @ 7:00p

Eaglecrest is the 10-0 team no one gave respect to during the 2016 season even after a 36-29 victory over Grandview. Also they were the bubble team in last years playoff due to a few forfeits by HRHS that catapulted another team in what they thought was their spot. However, all they do is win so perhaps they can continue to do so in the next 4 weeks. Chaparral has been that team that has been sporadic and needs to put 4 quarters of football together to compete. Moments of brilliance all season but a reality check in conference play versus Pomona may have them digging in deep to win one week at a time.

One of the above 8 teams will face one of the below 8 for state in December at Mile High Stadium.

  •  @ Valor Friday 11/11/16 @ 7:00p

Valor is the heavy favorite to repeat as state champions as they arguably played the best Non Conference schedule that included 2 out of state teams. It provided them with the #1 RPI but they take on a hungry CT that surprised the Eagles in the 2012 state game. CT almost won in 2012 despite a few controversial referee calls. Final was 9-0 Valor.

Mascot photo for Grandview high school.Grandview (9-1)Mascot photo for Legacy high school.
  •  Stutler Bowl Friday 11/11/16 @ 7:30p

A great match up as Grandview was shocked by Eaglecrest and suffered its only loss of the season 36-29. The Wolves have depth and were our preseason favorite. But a Valor 3 seed and not Regis makes it tough looking forward to round 2. Also note the game is at the Stutler Bowl and not Legacy, interesting! Legacy received a lot of attention after the bus crash when returning from an out of state contest. Legacy had a solid season. However, if you look to the Regis game they ran out of gas in the second half. So 4 quarters is a must for both teams as round 2 is going to test both squads.

  •  @ Stutler Bowl Friday 11/11/16 @ 4:00p

A lot of questions here as both squads had unique schedules and some say not battle tested. Its a Centennial versus Jeffco match up so we shall see. The Bruins lost to Valor 42-26 and Regis 19-7 and RV to Pomona 28-7 and Eaglecrest 38-21 so past performances say it will be a long path to State. Then again it is the playoffs and time to step up so anything is possible if you believe.

Mascot photo for Mullen high school.Mullen Mustangs (8-2)Mascot photo for Fountain-Fort Carson high school. Fountain-Fort Carson (3-7)
  • Game Details @ MullenFriday 11/11/16 @ 7:00p

The team everyone has been talking about for a few years is Mullen. Several Seniors that helped rebuild a depleted program 5 years ago. Many athletes played as freshmen and several as sophomores so this team has leadership and experience. FFC has a former college coach and sneaked into the playoffs this year via RPI. FFC has a lot to prove as they suffered a recent loss to Valor 45-0 and earlier to Pomona 42-0. The Mustangs only lost in state to Pomona in a tight game 28-21 and  49-33 to out of state Orange Lutheran nationally ranked 139th. Mullen arguably had the toughest in-state schedule as no one wanted to play them. Now teams will be forced to in the playoffs. The Mustangs have had some injuries that hampered them all season so look for them to play some younger talents Friday. Note 4 year starting QB Jovan Tafoya will play in his first playoff game. Tafoya was injured last year but remains a leader of the team in addition to his astronomical GPA and AP class schedule.

Game on and Best Wishes to playoff teams!

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Schedule: 10/29
Some MUST WINS for a few teams to hope at a crack at the playoffs. Based on NEW algorithm 7 game wins might not be enough. Teams in BOLD are games to eye as we head into the final two weeks of regular season and the new twisted RPI.


Rock Canyon (2-6) @ Hinkley (0-8) 11:00am Mt Evans
Rocky Mountain (0-8) @ Rangeview (2-6) 5:00pm Mt Wilson

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Liberty (3-5) @ Grand Junction Central (4-4) 1:00pm Foothills
Niwot (3-5) @ Greeley West (6-2) 1:00pm Longs Peak
Fruita Monument (4-4) @ George Washington (4-4) 1:00pm Mountain
Wheat Ridge (3-5) @ Thornton (2-6) 12:00pm Mountain


 There are no games scheduled for this classification. However this game has two times listed, Friday at 6pm and Saturday:
Pueblo County (4-4) @ Durango (5-3) 1:00pm South Central


Englewood (3-5) @ Ridgeview Academy (1-7) 1:00pm Colorado
Denver West (1-7) @ D’Evelyn (6-2) 6:30pm Flatirons
Alamosa (5-3) @ Bayfield (6-2) 1:00pm Intermountain
Prospect Ridge (1-7) @ Academy (4-4) 5:00pm Patriot West


Bennett (7-1) @ Platte Canyon (8-0) 1:00pm Foothills
Highland (5-3) @ Byers (1-7) 1:00pm Northern
Center (5-3) @ Ignacio (3-5) 1:00pm Southern Peaks
Del Norte (0-8) @ Nederland (3-3) 1:00pm


Belleview Christian (0-5) @ Pikes Peak Christian (7-1) 1:00pm Central
Rocky Mountain Lutheran (4-4) @ Justice (5-2) 2:00pm Central
West Grand (7-1) @ Gilpin County (5-3) 1:00pm Northwest
Sedgwick County (7-1) @ Dayspring Christian (6-2) 1:00pm Plains
Sargent (8-0) @ Mancos (5-3) 1:00pm Southwest


La Veta (6-1) @ Stratton/Liberty (7-1) 1:00pm 1st Round #3
Idalia (2-6) @ Kit Carson (8-0)1:00pm First Round #1
Cheyenne Wells (5-3) @ North Park (6-2) 1:00pm First Round #2
Peetz (6-2) @ Eads (6-2) 1:00pm First Round #7
Pawnee (5-3) @ Cotopaxi (7-0) 2:00pm First Round #6



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Schedule: 10/28
Some MUST WINS for a few teams to hope at a crack at the playoffs. Based on NEW algorithm 7 game wins might not be enough. Teams in BOLD are games to eye as we head into the final two weeks of regular season and the new twisted RPI.


Aurora Central (5-4) @ Bear Creek (3-6) 4:00pm Mt Antero Bear Creek Wins 41-17
Westminster (1-8) @ Regis (8-1) 7:00pm Mt Antero Regis Wins 52-13
Douglas County (4-5) @ Legacy (7-2) 7:00pm Mt Antero Legacy Wins 37-17
ThunderRidge (4-5) @ Mullen (7-2) 7:00pm Mt Cameron Mullen Wins 55-21 Clinches Tie in Mt Cameron
Cherry Creek (6-3) @ Prairie View (3-6) 7:00pm Mt Elbert Cherry Creek Wins 44-14
Denver East (4-5) @ Horizon (6-3) 7:00pm Mt Elbert Horizon Wins 35-31
Pomona (8-1) @ Chaparral (6-3) 7:00pm Mt Evans (Could be for League Champion) Pomona Wins 40-7
Cherokee Trail (5-4) @ Mountain Vista (4-5) 7:00pm Mt Evans Cherokee Trail Wins 38-25
Valor Christian (6-3) @ Poudre (5-4) 7:00pm Mt Lincoln Valor Christian Wins 49-14
Grandview (8-1) @ Arapahoe (4-5) 7:00pm Mt Massive (AHS keeping hope alive as they beat Grandview 17-14 last year) Grandview Wins 31-10
Doherty (7-2) @ Overland (2-7) 7:00pm Mt Massive Doherty Wins 43-16
Smoky Hill (0-8) @ Boulder (1-8) 7:00pm Mt Massive (Someone will finally get a win in what has been a tough season for both clubs)Boulder Wins 45-26
Castle View (4-5) @ Arvada West (6-3) 7:00pm Mt Wilson (AW needs to WIN out as RPI hurts their chances of Top 16) Castle View Wins 26-14

5A League Champions

Pomona Mt.Evans*

Mullen Mt.Cameron

Regis Jesuit Mt.Antero

Valor Christian Mt.Lincoln

Eaglecrest Mt.Wilson

Grandview Mt.Massive

Cherry Creek Mt.Elbert


Arguably some of the best Colorado high school football being played and games competitive.
Ponderosa (8-1) @ Cheyenne Mountain (5-4) 7:00pm Foothills Ponderosa Wins 45-0
Pueblo South (6-2) @ Sand Creek (1-7) 7:00pm Foothills
Loveland (8-1) @ Brighton (1-8) 7:00pm Longs Peak Loveland Wins 31-6
Broomfield (7-2) @ Grand Junction (1-8) 7:00pm Longs Peak  Broomfield Wins 29-7
Denver South (9-0) @ Standley Lake (4-5) 7:30pm Mountain Denver South Wins 35-0
Fort Collins (2-7) @ Monarch (6-3) 7:00pm Northern Monarch Wins 42-14
Mountain View (3-5) @ Greeley Central (1-7) 7:00pm Northern
Coronado (2-6) @ Rampart (6-2) 6:00pm Pikes Peak
Littleton (0-9) @ Montrose (4-5) 6:00pm Pikes Peak Montrose Wins 39-0
Vista Ridge (5-3) @ Palmer (1-7) 7:00pm Pikes Peak
Gateway (1-7) @ Adams City (2-6) 7:00pm Plains
Chatfield (8-1) @ Dakota Ridge (5-4) 7:30pm Plains Chatfield Wins 35-29
Air Academy (1-7) @ Mesa Ridge (5-3) 7:00pm Southern
Widefield (5-3) @ Pine Creek (6-2) 7:00pm Southern
Pueblo West (5-3) @ Pueblo Centennial (2-6) 7:00pm Southern


Lincoln (2-6) @ Denver North (5-3) 4:00pm East Metro
Thomas Jefferson (7-2) @ Vista Peak (6-3) 6:00pm East Metro Thomas Jefferson Wins 35-34
Palmer Ridge (6-2) @ Kennedy (2-6) 7:00pm East Metro
Longmont (6-2) @ Silver Creek (8-0) 7:00pm Northern
Centaurus (3-5) @ Thompson Valley (1-7) 7:00pm Northern
Pueblo County (4-4) @ Durango (5-3) 6:00pm South Central
Pueblo Central (0-8) @ Sierra (0-8) 7:00pm South Central
Canon City (2-6) @ Woodland Park (3-5) 7:00pm Southern
Falcon (4-4) @ Lewis Palmer (7-1) 7:00pm Southern
Holy Family (7-2) @ Berthoud (1-8) 7:00pm Tri Valley Holy Family Wins 51-6
Erie (5-4) @ Mead (6-3) 7:00pm Tri Valley Mead Wins 35-32
Frederick (1-7) @ Roosevelt (3-5) 7:00pm Tri Valley
Lutheran (6-2) @ Conifer (7-1) 7:00pm West Metro
Green Mountain (4-4) @ Evergreen (4-4) 7:00pm West Metro
Skyview (5-3) @ Alameda (2-6) 7:00pm West Metro
Battle Mountain (3-5) @ Eagle Valley (2-6) 7:00pm Western Slope
Glenwood Springs (4-4) @ Rifle (7-1) 7:00pm Western Slope
Palisade (7-1) @ Summit (2-6) 7:00pm Western Slope


Kent Denver (7-1) @ Sheridan (1-7) 7:00pm Colorado
Elizabeth (4-4) @ Machebeuf (6-2) 7:00pm Colorado
Middle Park (4-4) @ Faith Christian (5-3) 7:00pm Flatirons
Pagosa Springs (1-7) @ Montezuma Cortez (1-7) 7:00pm Intermountain
Delta (5-3) @ Gunnison (4-4) 7:00pm Intermountain
Brush (2-7) @ Fort Lupton (1-8) 7:00pm Patriot East Brush Wins 20-14
Platte Valley (4-4) @ Weld Central (7-1) 7:00pm Patriot East
Sterling (5-3) @ Valley (5-3) 7:00pm Patriot East
Eaton (6-2) @ Resurrection Christian (8-0) 7:00pm Patriot West
Pinnacle (0-8) @ University (5-3) 7:00pm Patriot West
Manitou Springs (6-2) @ Classical Academy (7-1) 7:00pm Tri Peaks
Salida (2-6) @ Lamar (1-7) 7:00pm Tri Peaks
La Junta (8-0) @ Florence (5-3) 7:00pm Tri Peaks
Aspen (2-6) @ Moffat County (4-4) 7:00pm Western Slope
Basalt (6-2) @ Roaring Fork (3-5) 7:00pm Western Slope
Coal Ridge (1-7) @ Steamboat Springs (0-8) 7:00pm Western Slope


Front Range Christian (4-4) @ Clear Creek (6-2) 7:00pm Foothills
Manual (4-4) @ Vail Christian (1-7) 7:00pm Foothills
Limon (6-2) @ Burlington (6-2) 7:00pm North Central
Wray (4-5) @ Yuma (2-7) 7:00pm North Central Wray Wins 30-12
Wiggins (3-5) @ Holyoke (4-4) 7:00pm North Central
Cornerstone Christian (2-6) @ Estes Park (0-8) 7:00pm Northern
Lyons (3-5) @ Strasburg (8-0) 7:00pm Northern
Crowley County (6-1) @ Rocky Ford (6-2) 7:00pm Santa Fe
Dolores Huerta (0-7) @ Trinidad (1-7) 7:00pm Santa Fe
Centauri (5-3) @ John Mall (3-5) 7:00pm Southern Peaks
Monte Vista (4-4) @ Dolores (3-5) 7:00pm Southern Peaks
Rye (4-5) @ Buena Vista (6-3) 7:00pm Tri Peaks Buena Vista Wins 20-14
Peyton (8-0) @ Colorado Springs Christian (5-3) 7:00pm Tri Peaks
St Marys (0-8) @ Lake County (1-7) 7:00pm Tri Peaks
Cedaredge (6-2) @ Hotchkiss (3-5) 7:00pm Western Slope
Grand Valley (5-3) @ Paonia (7-1) 7:00pm Western Slope
Meeker (8-0) @ Olathe (4-4) 7:00pm Western Slope


South Park (3-5) @ Miami Yoder (1-7) 7:00pm Central
Hayden (3-5) @ Soroco (5-3) 7:00pm Northwest
Plateau Valley (6-3) @ Rangely (2-7) 7:00pm Northwest Plateau Valley Wins 42-0
Caliche (0-8) @ Akron (6-2) 7:30pm Plains
Haxtun (5-3) @ Merino (6-2) 7:30pm Plains
Wiley (3-4) @ Granada (6-2) 7:00pm Southeast
Las Animas (2-7) @ Holly (6-2) 7:00pm Southeast Holly Wins 37-6
Springfield (3-5) @ McClave (5-3) 7:00pm Southeast
Custer County (2-6) @ Simla (3-5) 7:00pm Southern
Swink (1-7) @ Hoehne (6-2) 7:00pm Southern
Kiowa (3-6) @ Fowler (5-4) 7:00pm Southern Fowler Wins 38-32
Norwood (8-1) @ Dove Creek (1-8) Southwest (The Dove Creek Bulldogs football team lost by forfeit in Friday’s home conference game against Norwood.)
Sangre De Cristo (5-3) @ Sanford (2-6) 7:00pm Southwest


Arickaree/Woodlin (3-4) @ Genoa Hugo (6-2) 7:00pm First Round #4
Walsh (3-5) @ Hi Plains/Flagler (6-2) 6:00pm First Round

Luke McCaffrey gains 1st offer in State

lgr39cld_200x200The Fourth McCaffrey, Luke has gained some notoriety as the Brother of Stanford RB Christian and Michigan QB commit Dylan as well as Duke graduate Max. However, today the 2019 QB and DB Luke McCaffrey joined teammate Josiah Davis of Valor as the lone Colorado high school of two talented class of 2019 Colorado players to be offered by the PAC-12 Colorado Buffaloes. Luke is a sophomore at Valor in a chase for another State Title with two games left in the regular season. When asked about the CU offer McCaffrey said, “Its exciting and I was caught a little by surprise. I had been up there a couple times and talked to the coaches. So after receiving a call from Coach Darrin Chiaverini, I called him back to hear the news of the offer to CU. It would be pretty cool to play up there!”

When we mentioned teammate Josiah Davis, McCaffrey said he had not spoken with him yet but, “He is my friend and teammate and it would be cool to continue playing with him at CU.” In case you missed it Davis switched jersey numbers this season from #25 to #7
2wqnrprt_400x400and was the MVP of the Valor Eagles in the 5A Colorado State Title Win in 2015.

Davis rushed 14 for 84 yards and 2 TDs in a come from behind victory over the Pomona Panthers 29-26. Please see the (Box Score)

A very talented athlete and multi dimensional on the field. Just watch the film and see for yourself. For now CU ranks on the Top of young Luke McCaffreys list but he would like to see a few area players join him as well as a couple other of his current mates. A few schools of interest are Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Washington but Colorado was his first offer.  Luke is listed as 6’2″ and 180 lbs. A few others athletes listed in the 2019 class are shown in this chart.screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-7-53-43-pm
Currently Valor has two regular season games before the playoffs. When asked about the RPI Luke just said, “We have the same philosophy each week. It’s the same preparation to get our jobs done. It’s about us doing what we can do well. We have a lot of guys on our roster that contribute to our teams goals.” Luke also excels on the Basketball court and plays lacrosse. We asked if he would give those up down the road. Luke said’ “My brothers and parents preach to play as long as you want and have fun doing it. It’s good to do what you like because one day you will miss it and not have the opportunity to do it over.” For now the focus is the games week by week but Luke did say, “It would be nice to play and take a crack at JK Mullen or Pomona as both were rough games. Valor will be ready next time if we have another go around.” As for today Luke is feeling blessed and excited and he stated it a few times. “I am blessed to be recognized by CU. The Buffaloes are on the rise and getting good recruits. Coach Chiaverini is on the upswing and so are the Buffs.
JoeDavisCloseupWe mentioned several players choose to play out of state. However, Luke mentioned some names on the above list to keep an eye on and was genuinely excited to be the first McCaffrey playing in this time zone. Christian plays on the West coast and Michigan QB commit Dylan in the Central while Duke graduate Max played in the Eastern time zone. So Buffaloes fans get ready for The Fourth McCaffrey, Luke to stay and play in the Rocky Mountain time zone and in the city of Boulder. As the Buffs continue to win we can anticipate seeing more locals choose a winning culture that they are accustom to obtaining week in and week out. Good stuff out of Highland Ranch today and hopefully a few more down the road.

Two fingers, peace out!