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.

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