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In 2015 the radio airwaves were never the same from 10pm to midnight if you were addicted to high school football in Colorado!

For many years I feed local media outlets content without garnering credit but was pleased the kids got attention and their 15 seconds of fame.

So after the usual coffee shop talk and occasional round table discussions at a local eatery a mother sitting at an adjacent table said, “Y’all should do a radio show. We come here every week hoping to overhear your insights. It would be nice if we could interact with you. Even submit ideas for discussion.” Of course we were flattered and I said that takes a lot of time and effort to talk on air for 2 or 3 hours. Her response was, “maybe but we are so tired of hearing about the Denver Broncos and there is no coverage after our games and the subscription website is far from the truth.” So on that night the dynamics of “You are live with Gonzo” began as the next few days were pitching a radio show to local outlets which was a task. Had we been more forward thinking it would have been a podcast as it has become today. The FM guys liked the idea but said we would rather play our national feed after 9pm until 8am and probably still do plat the same boring and have the same low ratings.

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But we were excited when an AM station got wind of our idea and within a few days in late June of covering 7 on 7 football the format wast pitched and the show would go live during zero week and be a smash hit for 4 weeks only to be thrust into the limelight and eventually move over to FM and an app. The show was well received and in our move to FM we were able to go live at a remote location and invite guests to appear and go on air.

The Friday night lights got a little better as Wingstop was the location from 9:30pm to midnight as we took center stage after games and our fans could join us. The beauty was not many places cater to the youth after 8pm and we were a hit as we went live recapping highlights of the games all of us covered on Thursday and Fridays. We even previewed Saturday games and fill time spouting out scores of all the action statewide so we could get the athletes in a seat to put them live on the air or juggle the phone lines to cue up the next series of topics and events. Fridays were about the kids and their accomplishments on the night. It was an opportunity for people attending one game to hear about3-4 on a Thursday night to 5 or 6 on a Friday night plus all the callers recanting their night of action. Again this show was about the kids and their families which is different than interviewing a coach. Yes we value coaches but it is often the excitement of the kids we captured and continue to do so on a regular basis. Our approach continues to be about the 11 on each side of the ball not just the skill positional players like many report on because they view online statistics and rarely attend games. So Fridays wold never be the same moving forward as technology propelled us to ditch the radio for podcasts and periscope. In the early goings a rival to periscope was limited to android and eventually gave way to periscope that was purchased by twitter. Twitter had been our best social media platform followed by facebook for parents to instant message and kids to DM.

The ability to be mobile allowed us to go LIVE seconds after games and capture the excitement and joys of players on the field. Also we were again blessed Wingstop chose to support the LIVE coverage and post game #POTG (Player Of The Game) award. Click to see the 2017 Live recaps of nightly recipients. Every week there was a new star born but also some familiar faces from seasons past. If you were a regular of the show you knew about #GWL THE (GonzoWatchList) a feature of players that shined more than once over a period of time and games. Also they may have been Freshmen or JV players we caught on Fridays or Saturdays prior to Varsity games. Yes we watched several Freshmen games at 4pm on Fridays prior to Varsity Friday night lights. Even a few 10am games on Saturday prior to 1pm Varsity games. So when we state “WE KNOW #copreps Football” it goes without saying we watch a lot of football.

In addition to viewing live games there were a handful on streaming outlets and broadcast TV. So just like a coach post game watching HUDL, Gonzo would watch a plethora of games to stay abreast of the night and the players that stood out. Therefore Knowing the landscape of football statewide is tough and you need good partners that do it for the correct reasons. So as we reflect on the last few years of success we want to Thank the many in our network that rolled up the sleeves to watch a handful of games all because they believed in helping kids and did it on their dime. No one was paid or uploaded content for clicks or sold memberships, subscriptions or anything to open your wallets. It was for the love of the game and Friday night addictions to good old Colorado high school football.

So when you see a rant on twitter or questioning of another article, list or game recap you will know its being argued by someone that knows his facts and not jaded to sell periodicals or training or online content. The passion and enthusiasm is to give people an honest and quality assessment and not play favoritism to a small group of athletes because they sponsor your content. That is unfair preferential treatment and why we do what we do. Again there are 7 classifications in Colorado and until there is more focus on statewide activities or players and not just a handful of teams  by other media outlets it would be safe to say we do our best with our collaborating team members to state, “WE KNOW #copreps Football!” We challenge others to collaborate to make the coverage better and not biased!

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We are hoping to schedule or pre book dates for game of the week once the proposal in January is ratified and game schedules are released. The season is scheduled to do away with zero week in favor of 11 straight weeks with a bye. Until then all we can say is we will be hitting the fields Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the season concludes in December and Championship Saturday.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
January 25, 2018 Football proposal vote
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
August 6, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week not called week one.

6A or 5A its the same results!

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 in 5A. If you go back 27 years there was a 6A football conference for 4 years but the usual suspects were title winners.

14 Champions:
Longmont back to back, Pueblo Centennial, Eaglecrest all benefited from 6A so 11 teams won 5A.

Heading into the 2017 5A Championship Pomona will be looking for title number one, Grandview and Eaglecrest a second with Columbine seeking numero seis.

By Team
YEAR CLASS CHAMPION RUNNER-UP SCORE
1997 5A Arvada West/Bear Creek 21-14
1992 6A Boulder/Pomona 10-9
2001 5A Chatfield/Fairview 9-3
1990 6A Cherry Creek/Montbello 14-0
1991 6A Cherry Creek/Arapahoe 14-0
1994 5A Cherry Creek/Horizon 47-6
1995 5A Cherry Creek/Overland 32-7
1996 5A Cherry Creek/Arvada West 48-33
2014 5A Cherry Creek/Valor Christian 25-24
1999 5A Columbine/Cherry Creek 21-14
2000 5A Columbine/Bear Creek 41-7
2002 5A Columbine/Fairview 38-10
2006 5A Columbine/Mullen 13-10
2011 5A Columbine/Lakewood 41-31
2005 5A Douglas County/Mullen 35-13
1993 5A Eaglecrest/Hinkley 37-29
2007 5A Grandview/Douglas County 20-14 (OT)
1990 5A Longmont/Thomas Jefferson 28-14
1991 5A Longmont/Pueblo Centennial 26-0
1998 5A Mullen/Cherry Creek 23-14
2004 5A Mullen/Cherry Creek 30-9
2008 5A Mullen/Cherry Creek 20-16
2009 5A Mullen/Pomona 27-24
2010 5A Mullen/Regis Jesuit 37-6
1993 6A Overland/Northglenn 44-13
2003 5A Ponderosa/Overland 30-12
1992 5A Pueblo Centennial/Sierra 33-12
2012 5A Valor Christian/Cherokee Trail 9-0
2013 5A Valor Christian/Fairview 56-16
2015 5A Valor Christian/Pomona 29-26
2016 5A Valor Christian/Pomona 30-14

By year
1990 6A Cherry Creek/Montbello 14-0
1990 5A Longmont/Thomas Jefferson 28-14
1991 6A Cherry Creek/Arapahoe 14-0
1991 5A Longmont/Pueblo Centennial 26-0
1992 6A Boulder/Pomona 10-9
1992 5A Pueblo Centennial/Sierra 33-12
1993 5A Eaglecrest/Hinkley 37-29
1993 6A Overland/Northglenn 44-13
1994 5A Cherry Creek/Horizon 47-6
1995 5A Cherry Creek/Overland 32-7
1996 5A Cherry Creek/Arvada West 48-33
1997 5A Arvada West/Bear Creek 21-14
1998 5A Mullen/Cherry Creek 23-14
1999 5A Columbine/Cherry Creek 21-14
2000 5A Columbine/Bear Creek 41-7
2001 5A Chatfield/Fairview 9-3
2002 5A Columbine/Fairview 38-10
2003 5A Ponderosa/Overland 30-12
2004 5A Mullen/Cherry Creek 30-9
2005 5A Douglas County/Mullen 35-13
2006 5A Columbine/Mullen 13-10
2007 5A Grandview/Douglas County 20-14 (OT)
2008 5A Mullen/Cherry Creek 20-16
2009 5A Mullen/Pomona 27-24
2010 5A Mullen/Regis Jesuit 37-6
2011 5A Columbine/Lakewood 41-31
2012 5A Valor Christian/Cherokee Trail 9-0
2013 5A Valor Christian/Fairview 56-16
2014 5A Cherry Creek/Valor Christian 25-24
2015 5A Valor Christian/Pomona 29-26
2016 5A Valor Christian/Pomona 30-14
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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.

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.

CLASS 5A
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

CLASS 4A
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

CLASS 3A
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

CLASS 2A
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

CLASS 1A
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

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

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

PS
• 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

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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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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!”

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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.

We will add a new “Public” feature to our #GOTW #GameOfTheWeek that has been discussed at coaches table and on conference calls. Stay Tuned; www.cofridaynightlights.com

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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
 (3-7)
  • 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 @
    7:00p

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.
Legacy
 (8-2)
  •  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: 10/29/16 #COPREPS FOOTBALL

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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.

CLASS 5A

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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CLASS 4A

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

CLASS 3A

 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

CLASS 2A

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

CLASS 1A

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

CLASS 8 MAN

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

CLASS 6 MAN

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