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July 20, 2018 – The 2018 season is 5 weeks away in Colorado! @303Gonzo has been planning for months and with the help of some great coaches sharing schedules we have a bunch of games on tap to cover each week. While many media outlets have for years covered a handful of teams we feel Colorado has much more to offer. Each week will feature a different team and some long time rivalry games. As Colorado has expanded school districts so have the sampling of games. No longer are football games solely on Fridays. So that means we will continue the Thursday, Friday and Saturday coverage of high school football in Colorado.

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Friday Night Lights - July 20, 2018 Have a listen:http://tobtr.com/s/10892061

This season there is no #ZEROWEEK as week one replaced that distinction. Scrimmages will take place August 16 and 17th. Currently we have a Thursday night game on the schedule as conference of 10 Denver East will play @303Gonzo preseason poll #1 team Columbine. #2 Cherry Creek versus #8 Doherty is a back up plan for 5A. The #3 Pomona Panthers have an out of state contest in Florida. The #4 Grandview Wolves (Aurora, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Chaparral (Parker, CO) on Thursday, August 23 @ 7pm. Friday Night Lights include these preseason favorites: The #5 Eaglecrest Raptors (Centennial, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #7 Highlands Ranch Falcons(CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7pm. Game Details: Legacy Stadium, Football Field

@303Gonzo 303Gonzo.com Preseason 5A Top 10
#1 Columbine Rebels
#2 Cherry Creek Bruins
#3 Pomona Panthers
#4 Grandview Wolves
#5 Eaglecrest Raptors
#6 Valor Christian Eagles
#7 Highlands Ranch Falcons
#8 Doherty Spartans
#9 Fairview Knights
#10 Ralston Valley Mustangs
#GONZOWATCHLIST to be featured in August Football magazine. List prepared for Spring evaluations.

Here are the 3A teams that are @303Gonzo Preseason Top 10 playing on Thursday August 23rd – August 25th that will kickoff the 2018 season.

The 4A Pine Creek (Colorado Springs, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. 3A #1 Palmer Ridge (Monument, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7pm.
Palmer Ridge is loaded and has the target on their back and one of very few teams that won state last year and will remain #1 in the pre season polls. By now many have heard about their Elite 11 QB but they have depth on both sides of the ball and will be in it ti win it come December.

#2 Erie (CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Evergreen (CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.

#3 Mead (Longmont, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Lewis-Palmer (Monument, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.

#4 Pueblo East (Pueblo, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #5 Roosevelt (Johnstown, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7pm. Game Details: Dutch Clark Stadium

#6 Frederick varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Kennedy (Denver, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.

#7  Silver Creek (Longmont, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #10  Thomas Jefferson (Denver, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7pm. Game Details: Everly Montgomery Field

#8 Palisade varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #9 Durango (CO) on Thursday, August 30 @ 7p.

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### Farewell @303Gonzo ?

In mid November after the final 10 regular season games were played and the ALL @303GONZO 5A•4A•3A  lists were posted the thought of hanging it up in Colorado was being considered. Perhaps it was because of the non stop coverage of 7on7 teams, tournaments, padded camps, scrimmages and the 11 weeks of 3 days a week of live game coverage for the past half decade or just simply the trolling of the twitter account of @303Gonzo for personal gains. In addition the lack of coverage for a second straight year of playoff team players because the broadcast rights were monetized and sold exclusive to one outfit. Thus taking away from the personalized experience fans had been accustomed to via @303Gonzo podcasts and live streams. For a second consecutive year we heard loud and clear from those that lived out of state and many 3A supporters about being slighted on Championship Saturday at Mile High. Something that will not change in 2018 but should be heavily considered in the committee meeting for the 2019 season and beyond. Monetized and exclusive rights took away from the way @303Gonzo covers games versus the hired hands. Also collaboration via @303Gonzo was not in the cards to give that experience to playoff and championship game fans and players.

However, the annual recruiting Colorado event in December 2017 of over 300 student athletes in attendance was again the reason for the season of coverage and getting kids to the next level with a FREE event to connect coaches to players.  Another non game day activity that again inspired 303Gonzo.com to cover the inaugural early signing period in December and again in February 2018. In addition the coaching carousel that started in November was not being covered and again 303Gonzo.com was at the forefront early on and it consumed @303Gonzo for multiple months with daily DMs, Texts and calls that were being traded back and forth. All along 303Gonzo.com had inside information but as always waited to break the news after it was reported by the school or athletic directors for scheduled public consumption. However, one reporter choose NOT to wait after weeks of speculation on one 5A head coach hiring and used click bait on a Sunday afternoon to break news first but it was not to be for public consumption. 3 weeks prior it was well know by @303Gonzo but being held until an official statement was released and all parties involved notified properly. So by March the possibility of calling it quits was again being considered as @303Gonzo was being trolled to sell followers products and services which is NOT the intent when covering prep sports. The goal is to focus on kids on field performances on game days and reward them on signing day when dreams become reality. However more news began to surface that a few media rags were going to cut prep sports coverage and go to one line scores and a broadcast crew was throwing in the towel. YES! a void in preps sports was unfolding all along while @303Gonzo was considering a move out of state to cover prep sports in another market. So the goal shifted and became to see if all this was fact or fiction and if there was a way to bridge the gap. So @303Gonzo passed on the out of state gig and from April to current has consulted with a few outfits that are seeking advertising revenues to stream games. Nothing is official and would only be speculation as the season is 5 weeks away and nothing in print. Meanwhile, there is a strong possibility the Denver Broncos will host a media day prior to the season as part of their 10 game of the week commitment. Something that has not been publicly recognized or identified but does happen on a weekly basis. So things are looking up for Colorado Prep Sports and instead of seeing @303Gonzo type “###” you will again see @303Gonzo in the stands, press box and on the field one more season in what is arguably the best talent in football for the class graduating in 2019. The #GWL #GonzoWatchlist was used in April during a photo shoot for a late July publication. Many of you may have participated and if you did not make sure you check in with us for the potential Denver Broncos Media Day in August. As always follow @303Gonzo for up to date information. But more importantly follow us on all our social media platforms. As again @303Gonzo will be on it again for what hopes to be a better than ever coverage of Colorado Preps Football and #RecruitingColorado 2018 season.
The future is now and survival of the fittest. So enjoy the remaining summer days and let us hope the others that cover prep sports can enhance the excitement and experience of high school and college recruiting reporting. For now we hope they give us our monies worth and make it FREE to view. Just like the old days content should be paid for by corporate sponsorships so we can sit back and relax and enjoy our teams success stories and daily trends.

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#GonzoWatchList player Hayden Isenhart commits to @MSUBobcatsFB

RECRUITING COLORADO HITS 11 D1

July is usually a dead month when many college coaches go dark until the tail end of the month in preparation for their seasons. Some action occurs in the last few days of July and It also marks when many recruits want to make committable offers become verbal for signing day. December 19-21, 2019 will be the time frame early verbal commitments become viable. In Colorado we saw a social media post for the eleventh athlete from Grandview HS.

Hayden Isenhart is a #GWL #GonzoWatchList player and had his first offer during the spring evaluation period.


In addition a few IVY offer like PENN, Columbia and Dartmouth College. In the hunt were Eastern Washington University, University of South Dakota and locally the University of Northern Colorado. After speaking with Isenhart Tuesday he stated his reasons on Montana State to pursue Engineering and the good fit.

It felt like home to me. The people up there are exactly who I feel I should represent and who should represent me. Also the program itself is amazing and is only getting better.

The 6’4″ 230lbs TE/DE is very proud of his GPA and college board exams. Here is a peak at his video highlights:
Hayden Isenhart also played 7on7 with a FREE club team called Full Gorilla and got much needed reps as a receiver in the spring. The team won a local tournament in Colorado and featured some very talented class of 2019 athletes in addition to some underclassmen. More to follow as the season moves forward in August.

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If you are looking to catch Hayden Isenhart and his team the Grandview Wolves  we have circled week 8 on a Thursday night October 11th. The contest features the former Valor HC now of Arapahoe that lost its undefeated season in the playoffs to Grandview in 2017. Also 4 seasons ago Arapahoe knocked off Grandview 17-14 in their miracle season. The Warriors are coming off two terrible seasons of 3-7 and 5-5 with a talented bunch of 2019 neighborhood kids. Meanwhile Grandview has won the underclassmen freshmen and junior varsity contest the past 3 seasons. This should be a good one as the final 5 games are conference contests that include arguably one of the best conferences that feauture Arapahoe, Cherokee Trail, Cherry Creek, Eaglecrest, Grandview and Overland. All teams that should make the 2018 playoff format of 24 teams.

Meanwhile sit back and enjoy the final days of summer as the season is less than 6 weeks away.

Marcus Miller 2019 WR 5’8″ 160 Greenwood Village, CO Air Force
Alec Pell 2019 ATH 6’4″ 220 Greenwood Village, CO Boise St
Ty Evans 2019 QB 6’2″ 185 Monument, CO Colorado
Joshia Davis 2019 WR 5’10” 180 Highlands Ranch, CO Colorado
Austin Johnson 2019 OL 6’4″ 265 Highlands Ranch, CO Colorado
Jake Wiley 2019 OL 6’6″ 260 Centennial, CO Colorado
Alex Padilla 2019 QB 6’2″ 195 Greenwood Village, CO Iowa
Hayden Isenhart 2019 DE 6’4″ 235 Aurora, CO Montana State
Luke McCaffrey 2019 ATH 6’2″ 180 Highlands Ranch, CO Nebraska
Isaac Townsend 2019 DE 6’7″ 235 Arvado, CO Oregon
Billy Pospisil 2019 WR 5’11” 190 Arvada, CO Washington St.

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Sorry 2022 graduation athletes

Do not believe that your success is about making the Varsity roster as a freshmen. Not to be mean but the reality is Y’all have never taken one high school Varsity football snap, shot on the golf course or hardwood or a swing for the fences in a real contest. There are a few reasons why teams play incoming 8th graders. The most common is usually a depleted program forced to field players to be compliant. On occasion there is an athlete that is an upgrade to a position based on upperclassmen that never put in the work to secure a job. Lastly we have been told of aggressive parents that made a deal to attend the school if the player was guaranteed a spot on Varsity. Something not earned but given like entitlement we often hear about in the past decade.

Now we can agree there are some talented 2022 graduation athletes but time will tell the story. The incoming 8th graders that join the summer program after May 1st each year have a better success rate than those that wait until August. Some of the more successful statewide programs work with the various leagues and will mention the May 1 date at school open houses.

We wish all you incoming 8th graders and class of 2022 success but do not come in with a chip on your shoulder as you have 3 year players in front of you that have been in the weight room or have been honing their crafts. The Golf courses are filled with athletes hitting buckets of balls and the black tops with players shooting the round ball and even a few fields with soccer balls or lacrosse balls being kicked or tossed around just like wrestlers during summer camps. Meanwhile in football it is 7 on 7 that consumes most rather than fun in the sun at the swimming pool.  Just remember to have FUN and make high school a pleasant memory and be a team player. Less drama and hard work is a recipe for success so go work for it and earn it so you can own it!

3A JULY PREVIEW TOP 10

The preseason polls take a lot of time to formulate but hey who knows Colorado Football 24/7 and 365 better than @303Gonzo ?
So almost every poll will have the defending state champion ranked number one which I have considered a joke. Just like the stock market, past performances do not dictate future progress. Each year there is a significant amount of graduation that affects every team. However, the teams that develop underclassmen will often win more frequently. So as we go in depth each week you might see some sophomores and juniors trump seniors for playing time which is the way competitive sports should be. Especially if you believe the best 11 should be on the field regardless of age or graduation year. All of that being said here are the 3A teams that are Preseason Top 10 playing on Thursday August 23rd – August 25th that will kickoff the 2018 season.

The 4A Pine Creek (Colorado Springs, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. 3A #1 Palmer Ridge (Monument, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7pm.
Palmer Ridge is loaded and has the target on their back and one of very few teams that won state last year and will remain #1 in the pre season polls. By now many have heard about their Elite 11 QB but they have depth on both sides of the ball and will be in it ti win it come December.

#2 Erie (CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Evergreen (CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.

#3 Mead (Longmont, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Lewis-Palmer (Monument, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.

#4 Pueblo East (Pueblo, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #5 Roosevelt (Johnstown, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7pm. Game Details: Dutch Clark Stadium

#6 Frederick varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Kennedy (Denver, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.

#7  Silver Creek (Longmont, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #10  Thomas Jefferson (Denver, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7pm. Game Details: Everly Montgomery Field

#8 Palisade varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #9 Durango (CO) on Thursday, August 30 @ 7p.

In addition graduation hit hard many teams that had multiple year starters. Many teams will look to replace quarterbacks or hope that some developed well in the off season and 7 on 7. Some teams just hope to find one that can manage the games during the season. In addition to QBs, Defense will be a struggle for many teams as interior defensive linemen will be a premium in 2018 as will be shut down DBs in a game that will post many basketball scores again in non conference play.
The graduating class of 2019 is probably the best group of overall Colorado football preps players the state has seen in some time. As of July 1st 10 players have verbally committed to post secondary schools. Many will hope to decide prior to the season which begins August 23rd only 49 days away. However, there are about two dozen players that are waiting for official in season visitations to make their decision. December 19-21, 2019 will be the time frame early verbal commitments become viable. In 2018 we saw 53 players claim D1 schools as their next destination and 2019 should easily surpass that number, especially with some hidden gems that were NOT football camp, 7 on 7 or combine kids rather multiple sport athletes.

#GONZOWATCHLIST to be featured in August Football magazine. List prepared for Spring evaluations.

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College football recruiting websites will NOT survive!?

About two decades ago the world wide web changed how college sports fans gained their news. Local newspapers did an okay job covering colleges, but the professional teams were their focus and both college and high schools coverage was always a day late and a bit lacking in some areas. (History is repeating itself)
20 years ago Rivals captured a niche market early on prior to the current internet we know as die hard fans wanted to know about the latest and greatest prospects their schools are recruiting. After about 3 years and the acquisition of AllianceSports, the umbrella company of Rivals Network was about to cease operations in 2001 and give way to Scout.com. However executives from AllianceSports purchased the Rivals.com assets and subsequently relaunched the website that it would sell 5 years later to Yahoo. At one point, some key employees from Rivals and Scout worked together as one operation in the original Rival Networks offices until the network was resurrected from potential bankrupt in 2001 during the dotcom bust by venture capital funding. Scout Media was started in 2001, with a couple dozen Rivals employees. Eventually Fox purchased Scout for $60 million in August 2005.
Thus many of the same people have been using the same style to buy and obtain Email and client lists to sell consumers recruiting information that is obsolete in many circles. Especially the star system that has been flawed for nearly over a decade as new algorithms have replaced stars. In addition the emphasis on college camps rather than corporate sponsored underwear olympics have made it more realistic for the athletes that are being evaluated. College coaches rather than journalists are doing the real ratings and rankings that often are not shared and are proprietary. The fear has been that some coaches do all the work to offer an athlete while other colleges just follow another schools lead in hopes that player will attend their camp for in depth analysis. It is not uncommon for an athlete to use social media to state an offer and a few days later have another team within the conference also make a blind offer based on the original schools determination to extend an offer.
Today any social media APP or account has the same information for FREE! So we are seeing another shift in media and a decrease in both paid subscription fees and local FREE content as consolidation of newspapers again are at the mercy of venture capitalists out to make a profit. Adverting pays the bills but the content has to have value otherwise a loss in subscriptions causes a dip in revenue and budget cuts or consolidation as we have seen again in recent years.

Initially Rivals revenue was solely from advertising, Rivals.com later employed a subscription fee of $10.00 per month to users for access to the latest recruiting news and to participate in various message boards dedicated to schools covered by the network. The media market shift gave way to competition and an online advertiser buying the site.

Today’s world of college football recruiting has shifted dramatically as some recruits think star rankings determined by online subscription services such as ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports really matters. The truth is all these websites are selling space and stories to hard-core fans  of individual high school or college teams to make a buck. Rivals built the first monetized reporting on college and high school recruiting by hiring contract Web operators and reporters with a huge alumni bases that got massive hits, now called “Clicks”. Rivals was an online product launched in 1998 and was later sold to employees out of near bankruptcy. Rivals 2.0 was born and short lived as the dot com Yahoo seeking to enter the market bailed out Rivals again for a reported $100 Million.

"Their hope: revive the Rivals.com concept in a sleeker, more profitable format. Call it Rivals.com, version two. After all, if Rivals.com couldn't make it work with more than $70 million in venture capital dollars funding, why would anyone think it might work now for $100 Million?

Rivals for a decade operated like a cable network in that they have two revenue streams in advertising and the subscription model. Advertising was NOT a strong suit for Rivals 1.0 or Rivals 2.0 and Yahoo had a strong footprint in the advertising space thus the buyout to avoid replicating team websites with 200-700 local journalists in each of the markets is what Yahoo coveted. Yahoo launched Rivals 3.0 in an attempt to eliminate a competitor and replicating the same business model. Also Yahoo projected an annual $20 million dollar cash flow to its bottom line to appease uneasy stock holders. The Rivals acquisition gave Yahoo a larger audience than ESPN. and Scout.com as it entered the sports publishing Membership Group arena. Eventually the media group Fox bought Scout, only to be later acquired by CBS in February 2017 out of bankrupt. Scout was rebranded under the CBS interactive umbrella but has given way to its other property247Sports.com. CBS now owns Rivals main competitors in, 247Sports.com, Scout.com and MaxPreps. Each division has over 300 web sites that publish inside and exclusive content for a subscription fee that focuses on high school and college Sports while CBS focus’ on Fantasy Sports. Yahoo might have paid a premium years ago but everyone remembers number one in Rivals.com. Since the rollercoaster of 1998 to current and in 20 years CBS might have been the last one to the party, but they accumulated Rivals.com’s main competitors in Maxpreps, 247Sports.com and in 2017 Scout.com. So the consolidation continues as the landscape of media has changed. In 2017 Scout.com was basically dormant and forwards to 247Sports.com’s website. Meanwhile ESPN too has had their own recruiting network and is often forgotten as the focus into the college sports/recruiting space was clouded by both Rivals and Scout fighting legal battles and affiliates jumping ship to ensure publishing revenues. The $10 a month fee or annual $100 if paid in advance website business models stayed intact as anyone with a laptop could earn monies to write stories as journalists over night became talent evaluators. However, ESPN took a different approach than the other sites. It did not employ anyone with a microphone recording device and an area footprint. ESPN originally went to regional coverage via their college game day reporters and eventually partnered via a sponsorship with (UA) Under Armour to provide a high school game and camp series to rival the former US Army high school game and its camp kids.

(On a side note the US Army is no longer the title sponsor in 2019) The two remaining games are being called the All American Bowl and All American Game to both be played in January 2019. Rumor is UA will be pulling out after a dismal couple of years in the apparel business. In addition the inaugural early signing period in December 2017 has diminished the once popular high school games where high school players announced their verbal commitments prior to NLI or better known as National signing day on the first Wednesday in February.

In 2006 ESPN began a Recruiting Database and used its college football on-air talents on September 8, 2006 to debut, ESPNU Recruiting Insider that formed the ESPN150 rankings. Eventually these would become the ESPN300 after working closely with a marketing company that secured annual corporate sponsorships. A  few different corporate names sponsored and paid for the rights to be the title sponsor of the High School Showcase in 2005 which featured high school football and high school basketball games generally on a Friday night on the newly created ESPNU channel. ESPNU in late 2006 switched to cover college basketball limiting the channel’s opportunities to cover high school contests and ESPN switched the high school content to the online streaming service broadcast known as ESPN3. The same network that streams lower level college contests late at night.

So Life was good 20 years ago but everyone clambering for college football recruiting information should know these companies are based on generating revenue! Well a noble idea to expand the lack of coverage in rural areas but just remember Rivals almost went defunct in 2001 during the collapse of the dot-com era. So for all the athletes but mostly parents focused on these websites that report or use stars for college football recruiting you now understand how stars and ranking are created. They are based on hundreds of content and subscription based websites that attend a few area camps to gain potential clients information to sell them a subscriptions. Now in lean times they have to try to justify their content with composite scores after players make commitments if (VIP) stories do not lure fans via “Click Bait”. What many are unaware of is Rivals almost went defunct in 2001 during the collapse of the dot-com era and gave birth to Scout.com that went belly up. In the end some say stars are a way to reward online publication  subscribers for paying annual fees or attending their apparel sponsored event to take a snap shot of an athlete and target him or her on social media to view the story. Now adding the video concept from fans is a sleeker, more profitable format. Call it a pipe dream but anything might work now as people are willing to pay for stars!
Tension between Rivals, ESPN and CBS will continue as Recruiting is more accepted as part of college football, but paid subscriptions have to subsidize advertising revenues as paid content may become a dinosaur like 900 numbers and pagers of 30 years ago. Nielsen/ Net Ratings have given way to “Clicks” and in todays marketplace cord cutting is on the rise limiting access to cable channels ESPN and CBS in favor of online content and APPS. While the future of rating players will continue to be college coaches at their institutions, the remaining media and Recruiting focused websites will have to be creative to retain subscribers.

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Serious conversations with media executives about televising high school games on the company’s regional networks domains or APPs is a must. Discussing various models ranging from regional game-of-the-week telecasts to airing showcase games and the state playoffs is the only way many will survive reporting on high school recruiting and perhaps college. The final three media outlets did not purchase the competition to be status quo. They did this to put their TV money behind it and make money. Syndication is not dead just in a new format that includes social media platforms like Facebook LIVE, Twitter via Periscope and YouTube that has been a leader in video content and owned by Google. YouTube earns advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. Remember Rivals original platform and its competitors has been to sell advertising to pay the bills. Similar to newspapers back in the day that now complain about loosing revenue and have shifted to online subscriptions to compete with APPs and the world wide web.

The future is now and survival of the fittest.So enjoy the remaining three conglomerates but let us hope they enhance the excitement and experience of high school and college reporting. For now many will hope they give us our monies worth if they continue to charge a fee for something that should be FREE. Just like the old days content should be paid for by corporate sponsorships so we can sit back and relax and enjoy our teams success stories and daily trends.
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5A July Preview Top 10

The preseason polls take a lot of time to formulate but hey who knows Colorado Football 24/7 and 365 better than @303Gonzo ?
So almost every poll will have the defending state champion ranked number one which I have considered a joke. Just like the stock market, past performances do not dictate future progress. Each year there is a significant amount of graduation that affects every team. However, the teams that develop underclassmen will often win more frequently. So as we go in depth each week you might see some sophomores and juniors trump seniors for playing time which is the way competitive sports should be. Especially if you believe the best 11 should be on the field regardless of age or graduation year. All of that being said here are 5, 5A teams that are Preseason Top 10 playing on Thursday August 23rd that will kickoff the 2018 season.

The #1 Columbine Rebels (Littleton, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Denver East (Denver, CO) on Thursday, August 23 @ 6pm. Game Details: @ Jeffco Stadium

The #8 Doherty Spartans (Colorado Springs, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #2 Cherry Creek Bruins (Greenwood Village, CO) on Thursday, August 23 @ 7pm.

The #3 Pomona Panthers have an out of state contest in Florida.

The #4 Grandview Wolves (Aurora, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Chaparral (Parker, CO) on Thursday, August 23 @ 7pm.

Friday Night Lights include these preseason favorites:
The #5 Eaglecrest Raptors (Centennial, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #7 Highlands Ranch Falcons (CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7pm. Game Details: Legacy Stadium, Football Field

The Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas, NV) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #6 Valor Christian Eagles (Highlands Ranch, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.

The Boulder (CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. rival school #9 Fairview Knights (Boulder, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 5:30p. Game Details: Christian Recht Field

The #10 Ralston Valley Mustangs (Arvada, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.

@303Gonzo 303Gonzo.com Preseason 5A Top 10
#1 Columbine Rebels
#2 Cherry Creek Bruins
#3 Pomona Panthers
#4 Grandview Wolves
#5 Eaglecrest Raptors
#6 Valor Christian Eagles
#7 Highlands Ranch Falcons
#8 Doherty Spartans
#9 Fairview Knights
#10 Ralston Valley Mustangs

5A had a lot of movement with coaching both head coaches and assistants. In addition graduation hit hard many teams that had multiple year starters. Many teams will look to replace quarterbacks or hope that some developed well in the off season and 7 on 7. Some teams just hope to find one that can manage the games during the season. In addition to QBs, Defense will be a struggle for many teams as interior defensive linemen will be a premium in 2018 as will be shut down DBs in a game that will post many basketball scores again in non conference play.
The graduating class of 2019 is probably the best group of overall Colorado football preps players the state has seen in some time. As of July 1st 10 players have verbally committed to post secondary schools. Many will hope to decide prior to the season which begins August 23rd only 49 days away. However, there are about two dozen players that are waiting for official in season visitations to make their decision. December 19-21, 2019 will be the time frame early verbal commitments become viable. In 2018 we saw 53 players claim D1 schools as their next destination and 2019 should easily surpass that number, especially with some hidden gems that were NOT football camp, 7 on 7 or combine kids rather multiple sport athletes.

#GONZOWATCHLIST to be featured in August Football magazine. List prepared for Spring evaluations.

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Sit 5 play 8 over?

As we enter July and a holiday week that focuses on celebrating our independence day, we will consume a few hotdogs and hamburgers and maybe a barley soda or two. In the meanwhile we are all looking forward to Fall sports namely football. Yes every Monday after the 4th of July my phone rings and texting goes wild like a pinball machine as parents and coaches rally to the final weeks of the season to get better via 7 on 7. The only differences this year is the advancement of a week to the start of the official practice start of August 6th for all teams and the June 1, 2018 transfer rule for all classifications. For those unaware the new rule will be a 365 day sit from the day of transfer to equal the playing field of the many that built championships on transferring players to win at all costs.
In years past Jersey chasing parents and athletes would consult with trainers to meet with high school coaches about playing on a few teams they had influence with in decision making policy. Some players might slip past the athletic directors and NOT have to sit out the required 50% of games while other high profile or neighboring school attendance area athletes would be taxed 4-5 games in football. Basketball has always had this issue but swept under the carpet. Baseball in recent times is worse than ever before and may parallel lacrosse as both sports are peaking with talents. Regardless the graduating class of 2019 probably is at the pinnacle of prep sports as we are seeing a decline in participation statewide in many sports. So darwinism and survival of the fittest is in full effect statewide.
In football it was well known what teams continue to dominate the landscape of Colorado and many media outlets only focussed on those teams so they were in the limelight. However, if you really researched high school football you would notice there were some really great coaches that offered fundamentals both in the classroom and on the field or court or pitch. Yes teams were overlooked because of shinny championship trophies. If you go beyond high school and examine where athletes ended up for post secondary education you will see some names that were not all stars or even acknowledged in season ending voting awards that were given out annually. These are now the guys donating precious time and finances to keep their former programs afloat. These may even have been the guys that only got playing time as seniors that just loved the game and the spirit of high school. They are also the first to point out they played for their home team and did not get recruited to travel vast distances to practice and play in games. Instead they enjoyed being part of the experience and playing with the guys that lived next door and they could ride bikes to the park or swimming pool together and have pure FUN. Something parents might forget about as sports have become a business.
Nonetheless, the popular sit 5 play 8 is still a slogan that many will again deal with in 2018. In the classifications that play 10 regular season games the rule is to sit 50% of the games which is five. The hope is that the winning teams will play 5 conference games and advance in the playoffs to be in the championship game. So sitting out the first 5 meaningless games to play 5 conferences games plus the playoff games and championship game is worth the gamble. In 5A the next 2 seasons there is an additional 8 teams in the playoffs that will face the other 16 so the playoff field includes 24 teams in a field of 40 squads. 23 of 30 teams will be selected out of 6 conferences and one from the conference of 10. So in 5A it will be somewhat easier to make the playoffs versus the more competitive 3A and 4A where it remain 16 teams in the playoffs. Again RPI will disappoint winning teams but we have to live with that until change values winning as opposed to algorithms.
Now that you understand Sit 5 play 8 just look at rosters come kickoff weekend of August 23-25 and you will see the Jersey chasing family names unless they wait until game 6 to unveil there whereabouts.
Again the emphasis on sports has ruined the game and competitive spirits. In a game of football it is about reps and sitting games or seasons helps no one develop mentally or physically. Stay and play in the neighborhood should carry more validity but until CHSAA and ADs grasp that concept we will see a demise in neighborhood championships as recruited teams will find the loophole to continue winning.

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Recruiting Colorado hits 10 D1

July 1 usually is when many college coaches go dark until the tail end of the month in preparation for their seasons. It also marks when many recruits want to make committable offers become verbal for signing day. December 19-21, 2019 will be the time frame early verbal commitments become viable. In Colorado we saw a social media post for the tenth athlete.


The Following list are the players that made verbal commitments:

Marcus Miller 2019 WR 5’8″ 160 Greenwood Village, CO Air Force
Alec Pell 2019 ATH 6’4″ 220 Greenwood Village, CO Boise St
Ty Evans 2019 QB 6’2″ 185 Monument, CO Colorado
Joshia Davis 2019 WR 5’10” 180 Highlands Ranch, CO Colorado
Austin Johnson 2019 OL 6’4″ 265 Highlands Ranch, CO Colorado
Jake Wiley 2019 OL 6’6″ 260 Centennial, CO Colorado
Alex Padilla 2019 QB 6’2″ 195 Greenwood Village, CO Iowa
Luke McCaffrey 2019 ATH 6’2″ 180 Highlands Ranch, CO Nebraska
Isaac Townsend 2019 DE 6’7″ 235 Arvado, CO Oregon
Billy Pospisil 2019 WR 5’11” 190 Arvada, CO Washington St.

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Ty Evans having one awesome off season

The young man from Monument, CO has definitely made a name for himself in the past 15-18 months. Namely after attending a mid west camp after his sophomore season and gaining his first offer to now being in the finals at the Elite 11 in Dallas, TX.  The Palmer Ridge High School  Boys Varsity Football quarterback is one to watch!
Many prep football fans do not follow 3A football as the focus in on 5A and many former athletes children. So if you have not seen Ty Evans in person you are missing out, BIG TIME! If you have cable or satellite you might be able to catch all the action of #Theopening on the NFL network but it is more likely twitter will be more current for information. Otherwise Palmer Ridge High School will play Pine Creek High School on Friday 24th August, 2018 at 7:00PM. Yes the powerhouses of 3A versus 4A kick off the Friday night season in Colorado Springs and we have you covered.

On January 15, 2018 Evans made a verbal commitment to the University of Colorado and is scheduled to sign in December and enroll in January 2019. The young man has come a long way from little league to high school and is one of three QBs to make a verbal commitment in the class of 2019. Evans the first Colorado QB to commit to the Buffaloes followed by Luke McCaffrey to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Alex Padilla to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
While Evans might not have a former NFL players last name, Evans is arguably the best player and QB in Colorado many do not know. One thing for sure is Evans is a team player and strives to be competitive and motivate his team mates. It was seen first hand during the Memorial Day weekend 7 on 7 tournament where he assisted in making his team better and they ultimately won it all.


While many will argue the validity of 7 on 7 football there is one thing for sure, FullGorilla is a FREE 7 on 7 team dedicated to teaching young players the game of football to get better. So as I always say, If it’s FREE it’s ME!” FullGorilla will again have tryouts soon for 7th grade to high school players. Give them a follow or DM @303Gonzo for information.


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