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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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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.

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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.

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#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.

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For Valor Christian, the Biggest Job May Be Managing the Eddie McCaffrey Buzz

HIGHLANDS RANCH , Colo. — Since December last year, the Eagles have followed a trajectory from coach less to one of the most intriguing teams in 5A.
The coaching carousel has been interesting since November and December, especially since many claimed to retire but then resurfaced at other vacancies.
Ed McCaffrey, who accepted the Valor coaching job in February, will coach his son Luke who is entering his senior season at Valor and will be the team’s starting quarterback. Luke recently announced his commitment to play college football at Nebraska.


I was called to serve and I will coach as long as they will have me, said Ed McCaffrey.” Eddie only has youth level coaching experience and the Buzz is he will lean on former NFL players to contribute like Brandon Ray Stokley whom has confirmed his participation via twitter.
On May 1st incoming freshmen had access to the coaches but May 29, 2018 was the official start to passing out equipment and the start of OTAs and/or summer camps. Each team has 10 days to get official work in during the off-season. Generally it’s 9 days followed by a scrimmage. However, some teams have opted to spend their last 3-4 days at a college team camp. However, in the past Valor has always had their own path for success that does not include a football scrimmage but a traditional 4 day work week.
Like many teams they organize some kind of summer throwing sessions with the skill position players. All leading up to a week one game. Most practices are open to the public so time will tell what the buzz will be during the inaugural Eddie the Eagle season.
The other way to look at it is as a reminder that 10-0 wasn’t quite as easy as it looked at the time in 2017. After an easy round one win and round two loss the rumors of head coach Rod Sherman became real on December 21, 2017 when the HC resigned. Two moths later Sherman became the new HC at neighboring Arapahoe HS on February 16, 2018 or 11 days after VC announced Ed McCaffrey as their next head football coach at Valor Christian. Many will wait out the next 10 weeks to formulate an opinion. However, it is apparent many are dodging Valor on their schedule the next two seasons as the  Valor Christian Eagles 2018 Varsity Football schedule has 2 out of state teams and 2 4A local teams:
8/24
Friday
7:00 PM
Valor Christian
vs.
Faith Lutheran away non-conference game @ Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas, NV)

8/31
7:00p
Ponderosa (4A)

9/7
7:00p
Pomona

9/14
7:00p
Pine Creek (4A)

9/21
7:00p
Menlo-Atherton

Conference Games Begin

9/28
7:00p
@ Castle View

10/6
4:30p
@ Rock Canyon
Shea Stadium, Football Field

10/12
7:00p
Mountain Vista

10/18
7:00p
@ ThunderRidge

10/26
7:00p
Highlands Ranch

FOCO Gains another Mullen talent

CSU football landed a highly touted in-state wide receiver prospect to its 2018 recruiting class Tuesday, with A’Jon Vivens announcing his commitment to the green and gold on his Twitter.


Vivens is scheduled to join familiar faces in 2017 Mullen graduates and teammates Christian Cumber (defensive back), Marcus McElroy and preferred walk-on linebacker Tanner Clem all in camp as of Monday June 12th.

Published on: Jun 14, 2017 @ 01:17

Mustangs go back to basics in Alumnus White

Mullen turns back the clock once again. 6 years ago the Mustangs hired Tom Thenell and today teammate Vincent White a 1979 graduate who went on to play at Stanford and drafted by the New York Jets is the new face of Mullen football. White starred for the Mustangs when it was an all-boys school of about 300 students. White helped Mullen win the Colorado Class 3A title as a senior in 1978. Mullen won state football titles in 3A from 1978-80. In 1978 Mullen won 25-20 over Montrose and tied in 1979 22-22 for a co-championship with Broomfield and in 1980 beat Broomfield 21-8.


So Vincent White the ’79 graduate knows Mullen very well. He understands the core values of Mullen and will enroll all 3 of his children for that college preparatory education that earned White an opportunity to play at Stanford. He oldest is a DB/S and will remind a few of Oregon enrollee Adrian Jackson. His daughter is a soccer player and the youngest will be in middle school. White will again help fuel Mullen to try and win in the Colorado Class 5A classification as the landscape in Colorado has changed in recent years. In 2018 of the 40 teams playing 5A in week 1 August 23-25, 9 will be in new places and White will be one in the mix.
Vincent is well know for his 102 yard return kickoff for a touchdown that won the game and 3A state title for Mullen in 1978. After a successful carrer as a Mustang White became a teammate and favorite target for quarterback John Elway at Stanford. Many may recall the 1982 “Band Game” on November 20, 1982 against California. White scored two touchdowns in that game and had to watch it all come apart when in the final seconds of a game a series of laterals and an expiring game clock suggested the game was over but Cal players weaved its way through the band and scored a winning touchdown.
Stanford has a 20-19 lead with 4 seconds left. Cal uses five lateral passes to return the ensuing kickoff for the winning TD as the band ran onto the field.
White finished at Stanford with 4,552 all-purpose yards, including 1,722 receiving and 1,121 in kickoff returns.
He was selected in the sixth round by the New York Jets in the NFL draft, but elected to come back home to Denver and play for the Gold in the United States Football League, a spring league.
So the White family, Wife Jennifer; son Isaac; daughters Avery, Ashly will call Colorado home as Vincent White has a passion to coach youngsters and playing golf. White has an extensive coaching career and will be leaving the college ranks and recent 2 year stint with the Delaware State Hornets to wear the Navy and Gold again.
The line up for the Mustangs are as follows:
Non-Conference
Far North East
Doherty
Cherry Creek
Regis
Grandview

Conference
Columbine
Ralston Valley
Lakewood
Pomona
Arvada West

Dates and times TBA

March 1, 2018 at 3pm there will be an official meeting with New Head Coach Vincent White.

An Eagle has landed 3.6 miles away from his original roost

On December 21, 2017 an unidentified text came in that Rod Sherman was out as the Valor Christian football coach.  Of course that peaked our interests and some digging was done to find out the morning of December 22 that the coaching staff was brought together to confirm Sherman was out as the Eagles head coach after five seasons. Recently Valor named Ed McCaffrey their head coach. Ed becomes 1 of the 8  new leaders in 5A that will have new HCs come August.

Fast forward a few weeks and the plethora of open football coaching jobs in Colorado and Rod Sherman on the sidelines, it was.an opportunity worth inquiring about. So after a couple initial meetings and an application Rod became a leading candidate in neighboring Centennial, CO. After a football committee  was assembled and the process took its course on Friday February 16, 2018 in a players only meeting, Rod Sherman was officially announced to become the new face of the Arapahoe Warriors. Sherman will not have to travel far as his new school is only 3.6 miles North from the Eagles nest of Highlands Ranch and Valor. So Sherman flew North for the winter and will be preparing for spring and summer OTAs in preparation for the fall sport of football and soaring South in the standings.

Sherman said, "he wanted to pursue other opportunities," last December.


Now many in the community are hoping Rod can develop the LPS student-athletes and the Arapahoe football program. Arapahoe High School is a public high school Established in 1964 and the biggest of the 3 with over 2200 students. The school is known for its affiliation with the Arapaho tribe of Wind RiverWyoming.

Sherman will take over for Mike Campbell who resigned after 22 years and 15 years as a head coach to take the Englewood HS job in the 2A classification.

A parents meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 20th but the community is buzzing to learn about their next leader.

Rod Sherman came to Colorado in 2007 from Orange Lutheran in California where he was the athletic director (AD) to become Valor’s AD until 2014. In 2013, Sherman took over as head coach after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator that helped the Eagles win four straight state titles from 2009-12. Sherman was the 2nd HC in Valors history after Brent Vieselmeyer whom amassed a 55-11-0 from 2008-2012 and moved on to another out of state coaching position. Sherman went 57-11 and won three Class 5A state championships in 5 years.

In the past 15 years the Football program went 90-68 under Cambell and has been non relevant the past decade while the suburban sprawl continues in each direction. Most noticeably the Heritage Eagles have been a school of choice for many student athletes as of late as their program has blossomed.  Ironically  the 2012 Valor Christian football team blasted Arapahoe 49-18 under Brent Vieselmeyer in his last season as head coach and winning state 9-0 over Cherokee Trail.

Year Coach Name Record
2017 M. Campbell 3-7
2016 M. Campbell 5-5
2015 M. Campbell 10-1
2014 M. Campbell 4-6
2013 M. Campbell 6-4
2012 M. Campbell 10-2
2011 M. Campbell 5-5
2010 M. Campbell 8-4
2009 M. Campbell 3-7
2008 M. Campbell 3-7
2007 M. Campbell 4-6
2006 M. Campbell 5-6
2005 M. Campbell 8-3
2004 M. Campbell 10-2
2003 M. Campbell 6-3
90- 68

So after over two decades the Warriors opposition may not see that well known counter play or tight end to the boundary that was made so famous over the years. As you peek at the roster the Warriors have 47 players listed on both HUDL and MaxPreps that are scheduled to return in 2018. The bright spot seems to be the 8-3 JV team from last season as the Freshmen suffered an 0-10 season and the Varsity settled for 3-7 in 2017.

2018 will be a fresh start with a fresh coach and a new set of values. Only time will tell as high school football is 27 weeks away from game number one. The Warriors will play in Metro East newly aligned 6 team conference in 2018-19.

METRO EAST
Cherokee Trail
Cherry Creek
Eaglecrest
Grandview
Overland
Arapahoe

Unless something changes here are the teams stated to play in an 11 week football season with one bye week during the regular season. Also new for this season will be a 24 team format for the post season play, up from 16 the past two seasons and 32 teams prior to the 2 year waterfall system that featured RPI. Official practice begins August 6, 2018.

The non-league schedule is as follows:

Adams City,
Castle View (8-31) who has a new HC
Heritage, 4A Rival Game for the Milk Jug & neighborhood school pride
Rock Canyon,
Douglas County

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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:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Castleview names a new HC

The 5A landscape is becoming a little more clear today as Castleview has named Todd Casebier as their new head coach for the southern Denver metro suburb called Castle Rock. Casebier leaves a very talented Fruita Monument team that went 22-12-0 in the past 3 seasons. Casebier had been at Montrose for 10 seasons, going 86-30 prior to Fruita Monument. Before coaching at Montrose, Casebier had  success at his alma mater, class of 1985, Palisade  from 1998-2004. He was also an assistant at Durango from 1990-97.

If you have watched Casebier and his teams his DNA is to run the ball! So 5A fans expect to see success now as the football committee of  2 parents, 3 athletes and the district AD, school AD and athletic secretary picked a winner. Casebier has had a lot of past success and he wanted the challenge to prove it in 5A once again. Fruita was a casualty of waterfall the past 2 seasons but 3 years ago  Casebier went 5-6 in year one with Fruita in the 5A Continental North that consisted of Regis, Mountain Vista, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon and Thunder Ridge. A few common opponents you say, well look at the schedule.

The Sabercats will be playing in the conference currently named METRO SOUTH that features conference games against geographical teams Valor Christian, Mountain Vista, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon and Thunder Ridge. 2 of those teams also have a new HC in both VC and HRHS. In addition neighboring Douglas County a whopping 3.6 miles will continue the rivalry match up that shakes up the town of Castle Rock for a week to be the King of the Castle on September 14th. Meanwhile Legend is another neighboring battle that has little league ties as does Arapahoe from youth days. AHS will also feature a new HC but Fossil Ridge in Northern Colorado will be a long stretch reminiscent of waterfall the past 2 seasons but the longest distance will be week 3 and Wasatch out of Utah that also is in the 5A classification in Utah.

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The 2018 team features
-17 returning starters from 2017
-8 of which will be 3rd year starters
-3 returning starters with all conference honors from 2017
So the path to success started early and is the main reason a new coach in Casebier can have immediate success. While many teams play Seniors it is obvious that football is a game of repetitiveness and gaining playing time early does really helps long term. Having 8 third year starters is a big deal! Look for the Sabercats to scratch out some early wins because their starters have been on the field and won’t be green. Also as the season goes on the Sabercats will know how to finish games as their schedule ramps up weekly to face better competition and game 6 against powerhouse Valor who many say has an easy chance to win a title in 2018.

So now that a new head coach in Casebier has been named and a team meeting to introduce the new chief, it is time for the off season OTAs and a new direction as a new leader will have everyone excited and readying for official August 6th practices.

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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:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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5A no way

The sport of football is an easy game of 11 versus 11 on any given day. However, you need direction in most situations otherwise it is considered pick up ball. Well this week in 5A we were hoping to tell you whom landed some open positions and BOOM, another 5A coach stepped down in Rod Dobbs of Chaparral. Thus paving the way for 8 new head coaches in 5A  that will adorn the fields in August for opening weekend or the 23-25th.

Here is a recap of 5A movement of coaches resigning, retiring or moving on:

  Arapahoe 5A   Mike Campbell
  Castle View 5A   Dustin Pfeiffer  http://www.303gonzo.com/?p=3093
  Chaparral 5A   Rod Dobbs
  Eaglecrest 5A   Mike Schmitt  Dustin Delaney
 Highlands Ranch 5A   David May     (interim)  John Trahan
  JK Mullen 5A   Tom Thenell
  Smoky Hill 5A   John Trahan
  Valor Christian 5A   Rod Sherman  Ed McCaffrey

Upon further review one would say, really? Yes 5 of the vacancies are teams that have had success and been to the playoffs. The one common factor in 5A is enrollment is above 1825 students. Many will argue enrollment is a false barometer. The challenge has become retaining athletes from club sports and in football from a handful of teams actively persuading families to attend their schools. For sure this week and by months end 3 of the 5 open spots will be filled and we will start March with a clean slate looking forward to OTAs and the summer grind for an opening weekend just 27 weeks from tom tomorrow.

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

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:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

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Valor adds another McCaffrey in Eddie the Eagle ?

Eddie the Eagle ?

Yes, The Eagle has landed in Highlands Ranch as Valor Christian names former NFL player Ed McCaffrey to its roster, officially at 10:36 am via a broadcast email to Athletes, parents and media.

No Fast Eddie will not be in uniform on the field, rather leading the Navy and Light Blue on Game nights. McCaffrey whom has no high school head coaching experience will try to get the Perennial Contenders in contention for either a division crown or league championship. Valor has established itself as a  powerhouse team and were becoming a force to be reckoned with until the early playoff exit to the Grandview Wolves and a 28-16 loss. While every division has one team that is on the rise, the Eagles lost an experienced Rod Sherman that was 57-11 overall as the head coach of the program and won three state championships and were 11-1 in 2017. So Valor will have to roll up the sleeves and get to work as they are projected to play Mullen, Pomona and Cherry Creek in non conference and 2 TBD teams. The METRO SOUTH foes will be geographical opponents Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon and Castle View in the new first year 2 year cycle.

McCaffrey is just the third person to hold the position as Head Coach at Valor Christian. Ed and wife Lisa have graduated Max, Christian and Dylan from Valor but have always been fans in the stands. Ed will now be on the sidelines with his youngest and last son Luke. Luke McCaffrey is slated to be the starting QB after splitting time with now University of Colorado commitment Blake Stenstrom. Meanwhile RB teammate Joshia Davis has a verbal to the Buffaloes and is the only other projected starter as the offense will be replacing 9 starters in 2018 due to graduation in May.

So for those that said, “We need New Blood,” well you got it!

The Colorado high school season kicks off the weekend of August 23-25, 2018. Since Valor is one of a few that owns its own stadium it is conceivable Friday August 24, 2018 will unveil the new blooded head coach Ed McCaffrey, currently (0-0).

 If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.

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:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.

Valor Announces McCaffrey as Head Football Coach 02.05.18

Highlands Ranch*New HC & Conference

Highlands Ranch* playing up to 5A arguably has put together one of the toughest schedules in 5A. As of today Thursday January 25th the 5A landscape has been changed for the next 2 year cycle. Dates have not been published but take a look of what should be finalized soon once zero week has been clarified. August 6, 2018 will be the first day of practice statewide and August 23-25 opening week of the regular season.
Highlands Ranch* with new head coach and staff members will have arguably the toughest schedule in 5A. Six of the 10 games are with playoff teams in the 16 team format. In 2018 and 2019 24 teams will make the playoffs in 5A.
NON Conference
Week 1 Eaglecrest*
Week 2 Grandview
Week 3 Regis
Week 4 Columbine
Week 5 Pomona
Conference
Valor Christian*
Mountain Vista
ThunderRidge
Rock Canyon
Castle View*
*New Head Coaches
A bye week will occur so basically it will be an 11 week season. However, the top 8 teams will have an additional bye week as the lower 16 teams will have a playoff in week 12 or round one of the post season. The infamous RPI is still under discussion but will again rely heavily on the opponents wins. So again you have to win your own games and hope the opponents win all of their games to have a better computer model algorithm.
Therefore this is why in our way too early poll we had the rankings as follows:


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 PASSED
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.