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COWBOY BELIEVERS: Plateau Valley ready to take next step after learning to win

By Dale Shrull

It’s year two for Billy Moore at Plateau Valley and that means familiarity. Moore, the veteran Mesa County coach, said the Cowboys will be more comfortable being in the same offensive system for a second year. “Having the ...


MATURE WARRIORS: Central returns 16 starters, has high hopes after rebuild

By Jon Mitchell

Making the jump to Class 4A isn’t intimidating for the Central High School football team. That’s because the Warriors figure they were already at that level last season. Unlike most teams making the move to 4A, Central is moving ...


BALANCED BULLDOGS: Talen, depth create high expectations for Palisade

By Jon Mitchell

Players for Palisade High School’s football team have heard all the whispers about how good they’re supposed to be this year. They’re flattered, no doubt. And for some of those players, they’re happy to embrace those ...


TIGERS’ NEW SCHEME: Grand Junction hoping to thrive under coach Mike Sirko

By Jon Mitchell

The 2016 Grand Junction High School football team is rejoicing at the simplicity of this year’s offensive playbook. At least, that’s what players have told coach Mike Sirko. “They’re loving it,” the new head ...


BEARS RELOADED: Next man up as Rilfe prepares for another big season

By Jon Mitchell

Rifle High School’s football program is designed to reload every season. The upcoming 2016 campaign appears to be no exception. “It’s a little bit funny from having been here so long,” said Rifle coach Damon Wells, who ...

Eagles can still fly: Paonia loses a lot of skill positions, but cupboard stocked

By Matt Meyer

Between Taylor Walters and Jeramiah Hillman, the Paonia High School football team lost roughly 4,000 yards of offense to graduation. The duo combined to rush for 3,470 yards last season and Walters added another 757 yards through the air when ...


READY TO RUN WILD: Wildcats well-stocked with tools on offense, defense

By Matt Meyer

The positions might be a little different, but the key components of the Fruita Monument offense remain the same. Braeden Graham ran for four touchdowns during the Wildcats’ victory over Westminster in the Class 5A playoffs last year. ...


Rivas embracing move from cornerback to safety

By Patti Arnold

Dustin Rivas has been set free. And he can’t wait. “They see me more of a safety just because of the way I play,” the junior All-America defensive back for the Colorado Mesa football team said of his move from cornerback to ...


OFFENSIVE STRATEGY: Rubalcaba, Mavericks aiming to spread ball around

By Patti Arnold

No more on-the-job training — Sean Rubalcaba not only understands Colorado Mesa’s offense, but he knows the personnel available to him on every play this fall. The senior quarterback, who transferred from Northern Colorado last ...


CSU-Pueblo again cream of the crop

By Patti Arnold

Is this the year CSU-Pueblo tumbles from atop the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings? The conference coaches don’t think so, with the ThunderWolves receiving all 10 first-place votes possible. Coaches can’t vote for ...

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