Five local players earn spots on all-state team
Five local high school football players were recognized for their accomplishments on the football field earlier this week.
Three teammates joined Grand Junction High School football player Sean Rubalcaba on the Denver Post all-state teams, the paper announced Sunday.
Senior running back Jerreon Dennis joined Rubalcaba on the All-Colorado team. Rubalcaba, who won the Denver Post Gold Helmet award, made the team as an athlete.
Rubalcaba made the Class 5A All-State team as a quarterback with Dennis and junior defensive lineman Austin Berk. Senior wide receiver Chandon Rose received honorable mention.
Rubalcaba threw for 1,229 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 1,220 yards and 11 touchdowns. Dennis led Class 5A with 2,354 yards and 31 touchdowns. Berk had 52 tackles and 10.5 sacks. Rose had 40 receptions for 853 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Palisade senior defensive lineman Quinn Zamora made the Post’s Class 3A All-State team with Rifle junior running back Ryan Moeller. Moeller led all rushers in Colorado with 2,464 yards. He scored 22 touchdowns for the Western Slope Conference champions.
Montrose sophomore running back Angelo Youngren made the 4A All-State honorable mention. He rushed for 1,361 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Three Olathe seniors and one Cedaredge senior made the Class 2A All-State team. Olathe offensive lineman Miguel Ramirez and defensive back Willy Corey made the first team. Cedaredge offensive lineman Miguel Barajas and Olathe receiver Taylor Carlson were honorable mention picks.
Hotchkiss seniors Jaime Rodriguez and Brice Simpson made the Class 1A All-State team at running back and offensive line, respectively. Paonia senior defensive lineman Myles Cumpston and Hotchkiss junior punter Jacobe Galley made the first team.
Plateau Valley senior defensive end Ted Grundy made the Class A 8-man All-State team.