’Cats know all about Rebels, and vice versa

Fruita Monument and Columbine know all about each other.

Saturday’s Class 5A state playoff game will be the fifth meeting between the teams since 2004.

“We have played Columbine more than any other single 5A team in the state of Colorado,” Fruita Monument coach Bill Moore said.

Here’s how the teams line up:


Fruita Monument: Brett Nankervis, Sr..(800+ combined yards)
Columbine: Danny Spond, Jr. (Averaged over 10 yards per carry and had eight rushing TDs. Completed 19 passes this season, six of which were touchdowns)

Running Backs/Receivers

Fruita Monument: Sr. RB Mike Campbell (145 carries,  817 yards. 6 TDs), Sr. FB Sean Hillman (78-400+), Sr., RB, 5’8, 173; Sr. TE Scott Miller, Sr. WR Robert Emerson
Columbine : Jr. FB Kevin Richards,Sr. RB (119-545), 6 TDs Jonathan Roberts, Jr. RB (10 TDs), Demetrius McDondle ,Sr. WR Grant Golightly (2 TDS)

Offensive Line vs. Defensive Line

Fruita Monument : Jr. OL/DL Anthony Martin,, Sr. OL/DL Steve Adleman, Jr. OL/DL Matt Remy, Sr. OL/DL Devin James
Columbine: Sr. OL/DL Bryce Schwindt, Jr. O, (280 pounds) Bronson Bova, Sr. OL Daniel Baker, JR. DL Cole Tomsick


Fruita Monument: Sr. LB Huntyr MacLaskey, Jr. LB AJ Meil

Columbine: Sr. LB Bryan Birkeness, Jr. LB TJ Cavarra, Zackary

Defensive Backs

Fruita Monument: Jr. DB Colt Burtard, Sr. DB Tim Satterfield
Columbine: Jr. DB Zackary Oppenneer, Sr. DB Jacob Wright

Special Teams

Fruita Monument: Sr. PK Aaron Rieger; Sr. P Scott Miller, Sr. KR Mike Campbell
Columbine: Soph. PK Tyler Link (5 FGs, 36 EPs), Jr. P/KR Demetrius McDondle


Fruita Monument: Bill Moore (11th season)

Columbine: Andy Lowry (15th season)


Fruita Monument: 4-5, 2-2 Southwestern Conference

Columbine: 8-1, 6-1 Big 8 Conference

Playoff History

Fruita Monument: The Wildcats have made the playoffs every year since entering 5A and played Columbine in the first round twice. In 2007, Fruita lost in the first round to Grandview.
Columbine: Lowry led the Rebels to a state championship in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2006. The Rebels were the No.1 seed last season but were knocked off in third round.


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