303Gonzo.com preps reporter & Blogtalk Radio “Gonzo” Darrell Gonzales spotlights high school football teams. Team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Colorado and #GonzoWatchList players in the state. Starting July 30, @303Gonzo will unveil the @303Gonzo Top players to eye, leading up to kickoff on Thursday, Aug. 23.
School: Valor Christian
Head coach: ED MCCAFFREY
Assistant coaches: Ben Hamilton, Tyler Polumbus, Jeff Thomason, Brandon Stokley, Dwayne Cherrington, Rory Palazzo, Scott Darnell, Travis Kirschke, Scott Zimmerman, Jimmy Spencer, John Howell, Rex Rolf, Tavares Bowens and Chuck Polson.
How they fared in 2017: 11-1 (5-0 5A Mt. Lincoln Conference). Valor failed to advance in the CHSAA state football playoff field after a round one victory and a round two loss to Grandview after a 10-0 regular season.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs @Faith Lutheran, NV
Aug. 31 Ponderosa Valor Stadium 7:00 pm
Sept. 7 Pomona Valor Stadium 7:00 pm
Sept. 14 Pine Creek Varsity Valor Stadium 7:00 pm *Homecoming*
Sept. 21 Menlo Atherton, CA Varsity Valor Stadium 7:00 pm
Sept. 28 vs Castle View Varsity DC Stadium 7:00 pm
Oct. 6 Rock Canyon Varsity Shea Stadium 4:30 pm
Oct. 12 Mountain Vista Varsity Valor Stadium 7:00 pm
Oct. 18 ThunderRidge Varsity Shea Stadium 7:00 pm
October 26 Highlands Ranch Varsity Valor Stadium 7:00 pm
Biggest storyline: It could be the new coaching staff as former HC Rod Sherman is down the street at Arapahoe. The Eagles have six home games this season. Four are on the road. They could go a month without playing a competitive team down the stretch.
Biggest holes to fill: The Eagles will be looking to fill multiple holes on both the offensive and defensive lines due to graduation losses. This includes several skill position and a few slots on the defensive secondary. About a half a dozen transfers might be the solution.
Gonzo’s Early Take: Valor and head coach Ed McCaffrey will welcome back his starting running back and split time quarterback, his son this fall, and some talented linebackers. That’s always a great place to start. The Eagles also have a talented underclassmen group. Keep an eye on the development of sophomore DB Zaire Jackson along with several others from the 2020 and 2021 group. Getting off to a great start will be a challenge, as two of their first five games are against out of state teams and three very competitive Colorado squads.
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