Grand Junction’s Rubalcaba captures Gold Helmet Award
Grand Junction High School quarterback Sean Rubalcaba, who helped the Tigers reach the Class 5A state football quarterfinals, has won the 2011 Denver Post Gold Helmet Award.
The award began in 1951 and is given each year to the top senior football player, scholar and citizen.
During the Tigers’ 11-1 season, Rubalcaba passed for 1,229 yards, completing 70 of 123 passes with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
He rushed for 1,220 yards and 11 TDs.
Requirements for the award are having made first-team all-state, maintained a grade point average of at least 3.5 with a strong academic base and demonstrated high character along with community commitment.
Rubalcaba is the sixth Tiger to receive the award. Before him were Doug Quimby (1970), Pete Cyphers (‘74), Alvin Rubalcaba (‘79), Bill Musgrave (‘85), and Doug Musgrave (‘88). Alvin Rubalcaba is Sean’s uncle.
Grand Junction’s six Gold Helmet winners are the most of any school in the state.
The official announcement is Dec. 25 when the Denver Post releases the 2011 football all-state selections. Rubalcaba and his coach, Robbie Owens, have declined to comment on the award until the Post publishes its story.