Category Archives: 3A Football


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.

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Pueblo South comes to Denver to win 4A State Title

The Colts of Pueblo came to The Mile High City and its stadium to prove they were for real in 2017. In the first half it was all Pueblo West and in the third quarter Pine Creek started to mount a comeback. However, the Colts played all four quarters to secure the 25-14 victory for its schools FIRST ever football championship.

The contest was exciting as special teams for Pueblo West came up BIG when a Pannunzio 93 yard TD was returned to the house making it 19-7 and proved to be the winning score in a competitive contest at Mile High Stadium.

As predicted by @303Gonzo The Pueblo West Colts had the Coach and the weapons to win STATE!

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However, it was a team contribution that got it done as the steel city team got it done!

Thoughts on the CHSSA State Football Finals 12/2/17

The final Saturday of 2017 CHSSA Football will crown 3 more State championships in 3A, 4A and 5A in the 7-class system. The association overall has clearly made 4A and 5A the best group of games since the start of a relationship with the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and Mile High Stadium 13 years ago. 3A has been the redheaded step child as they often fend for a venue to accommodate the CHSAA guidelines of 5,000 seats. 3A was NOT part of the activities at Mile High Stadium or its press conference and tour of the venue that occurred on November 28, 2017 and has not been for years. As a matter of fact it is not predetermined and often figured out 11th hour as the 3A classification has vast geographical differences. Please note the revenue generated from the playoff does NOT go back to the schools but rather into CHSAA coffers. Many teams will never experience a State championship in their 4 years of high school and it is fitting that the booster club for 3A Palmer Ridge worked diligently to raised $16,000 to fund and reserve (AFA) the Air Force Academy for Saturdays 1pm contest rather than play at some lame Friday night regular season venue. Erie will have to travel nearly 90 minutes and 82 miles to play the game in a big time college stadium and most likely well worth the travel and experience that will last a lifetime. Palmer Ridge has only been recognized of late because of one of its junior players playing quarterback named Ty Evans that committed to Arkansas over the summer but has since retracted due to the coaching carousel. Evans is scheduled to graduate in 2019 and offered this on social media:

Meanwhile the undefeated (13-0) Palmer Ridge Bears will host the Erie Tigers in what appears to be the BEST contest of the day. While many will be treated to a potential division one QB, the Bears have depth on both sides of the ball and with skill. Erie has a stud athlete in Noah Roper so anyone whom has followed @303Gonzo and has see our in depth coverage of 7 on 7s, camps, practices, scrimmages and game nights since late May. @303Gonzo and is covering Colorado football 24/7 and 365 days a year and often you source for #copreps football breaking news, events, coverage of athletes and a collaborator of recruiting Colorado. This years event will be hosted by Valor on December 6, 2017 promptly at 6pm. If you are a 2018 or 2019 graduate please fill out the recruiting Colorado link and attend this FREE event.

Underclassmen talent on display

The CHSSA State Football Finals is a terrific stage for several players to be seen. Here are just a handful of underclassmen names who impressed this past season and will contribute to their teams success this weekend.

Class 3A

Palmer Ridge sophomore WR/DB A. Roberson ii  (5-foot-10, 165 pounds) – known as Deuce A. Roberson ii  is simply a play maker who can and will play multiple positions including receiver, running back, defensive back along with returning kicks and punts.

Palmer Ridge sophomore WR/RB R. Ruel – Ruel, who is also a standout sprinter for the Bears track team  showed his exceptional speed and big play potential in the 3 playoff wins in Class 3A.

Tigers Noah Roper JR running back Roper: has been a one man wrecking machine and has dominated his position. Roper will need to hit the field running and put points on the board early and often as the tigers have had some close contests. All eyes will be on Roper as he has the Lions share of the Tigers offensive rushing yards.

Bears DEFENSE: The Bears defense has only given up 110 points and are under rated. It is obvious they are winning ball games on offense with former Arkansas commit JR quarterback Ty Evans at the helm but the offensive line has been stellar and blocking for sophomore RB Raef Ruel and allowing a speedy 110-percent effort guy in sophomore WR Anthony Roberson II they call Deuce. The Bears have a complete team that barring any injuries should be a team to advance with a well rounded roster.

Class 4A

Eagles David “dm3” Moore iii sophomore running back has been a constant offensive threat in his two years at Pine Creek. The speedster has been all about team as he has played ill and bruised. Arguably one of the best backs in Colorado and closing in on a 2K rushing season. DM3 will need 213 yards for 2,000 on the season and his team will need every yard as teammate wr Wyatt Weiland is out for the game.  Moore is another 110-percent effort guy that should see college offers one he hits the college camp circuit.

Class 5A

Pomona sophomore linebacker Kyle Moretti (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) – Moretti already has impacted the Panthers defense and it won’t be long before he’s holding multiple BCS level offers. Moretti made huge strides in his game this fall and was a force in the Panthers defense. He is the younger brother of Jake Moretti of CU that had an Ohio State commitment until he chose to stay and play in Boulder, Colorado.

Pomona junior WR Billy Pospisil (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) –Pospisil, who is already touting multiple BCS level interests is just a very high level athlete and player who presents a nightmare for any and all defensive backs at the high school level. Pospisil plays big and also possesses very good speed. Pospisil, is just one of multiple underclassmen Panthers who stood out in the win over Grandview.

Senior talent on display

Class 3A

Palmer Ridge Zach Hester Sr TE/DE (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) – Hester was simply an impact player on both sides of the football for the Bears and has been that way for the entire 2017 season. Hester has good size, runs very well and has still room to grow and develop. His 19.5 sacks speaks volumes.

Class 4A

Colts Zach Cozzolino Sr quarterback Cozzolino: has a terrific target in wr Steve Brock as both have contributed to nearly 50% of the offensive yardage in 2017. Both will be impactful in trying to get the ball into the end zone.

Class 5A

Pomona running back Sr. Max Borghi: Borghi, who is verbally committed to WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS, has been a mainstay in the Panthers offense for the past three season. I fully expect the panthers to find ways to get Borghi much more involved in this final state title game versus Eaglecrest in the Panthers third straight title quest.

Pomona quarterback Ryan Marquez Sr. (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) has simply been an impact player leading his Panthers to 3 straight state championship contests. Marquez has ZERO next level offers and is hungry to prove his team has arguably been the best for 3 straight seasons. As a Sophomore the Panthers lost a close contest after leading for most of the game. The following year as a junior the injuries plagued Pomona and now his little league teammate Max Borghi is healthy and Marquez has bounced back from his injury. Pomona is a tough and gritty unit appropriately named Big Black. Marquez is a natural leader of the team and should continue to prove his value to his team and the multiple onlookers namely college coaches evaluating his final high school game.

Eaglecrest quarterback Jalen Mergerson.: Mergerson is the key to the Raptors offense and has had a big-time season. Mergerson has exceptional speed and quickness, and his open-field running ability is top notch.

Eaglecrest WR/DB Victor Garnes (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) – Garnes is a big, strong and physical two way player who has the overall size/frame and tools to play at the high college level.
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Eaglecrest (13-0) vs. Pomona (11-2)

5A is a the big game that features an undefeated Raptors team against a hungry two time loosing Panthers squad hoping the 3rd time is the charm. Both teams have state titles, Pomona in 1988 and Eaglecrest in 1993. Big black may just have the moxie and experience to disappoint the undefeated Raptors whom have an ailing 2-way player and a junior linemen that is a game time decision. Pomona if healthy and poised to play 4 quarters will finally get the ring by a score of 42-20.

Pueblo South (12-1) vs. Pine Creek (12-1)

4A is featuring Pine Creek again as they have been to the dance 5 of the last 7 seasons. The Eagles are young and without talented speedy wide receiver Wyatt Weiland so QB JC Coulter will have to be on his A game. Meanwhile the Colts are poised for success and the trio of Brock, Pannunzio and Barbee will have Cozzolino busy early and often. We see the Colts winning 35-30 in a back and forth contest with P-Town coming out Champions.

Erie (11-2) vs. Palmer Ridge (13-0)

3A will be the sandwich game as it kicks off at 1pm at the Air Force Academy. The Erie Tigers will stay the night in Colorado Springs on Friday night to be rested for the 1pm contest. The Tigers will rely heavily on the legs of RB Noah Roper as he has been the go to guy. However, we see the Bears focused on an undefeated season in their own back yards with many weapons to choose from winning 42-35 as Evans distributes the ball to the Bears talents and Ruel pounds the ground game all afternoon.

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