TOP 8 4A COLORADO

Arguably the best football in Colorado followed by 3A. Both classifications garner little respect from the membership they pay monies into for lord knows what. Maybe an appearance to Mile High Stadium but not 3A. No televised games and streaming only because of an advertising company. More BIG TIME games in this conference that represents the box state, all four corners especially talent rich Western Slope. But be quiet otherwise their talented players might be told to enroll at a Greenwood Village HS for promises of being recruited D1.
The biggest jolt to the multiple teams and coaches in 4A was that for two years Pine Creek will be allowed to play 5A and automatically qualify for the postseason in the lower classification. FFC held the 5A spot in previous years and is a team rebuilding so 4A fits their needs.
Another reason ENROLLMENT numbers is archaic but so is the football board whom fail to respect the 12-18 year old kids they try to represent. Recall we almost did NOT have a Fall season until a handful of people organized and prevailed. Some teams were given unfavorable playing schedules because they opposed the association. The children were pawns and conveniently their teams punished with unfavorable matchups or travel.
In other news an HC had to have his lips removed from the associations Keister after his lipstick rubbed-off the wrong way in social media postings and his team did not have a favorable outcome. Someone should gift a cheese of the month club based on his constant whining and politicking.
Unfortunately the Aurora and Denver public schools were forced into season “C” thus 6 teams will compete in 2021 and posing the question, Why not let them transfer since the association failed the kids?https://www.facebook.com/303gonzo303Gonzo
The local network media does not really understand the magnitude of 4A as many send their children to 5A schools and have a bias towards those schools. Hopefully the media folks unpeel the layers this season and travel outside their bubble! Fuel is cheap these days and we do not need a handful of people at one game or one field so cover the four corners an hour or so from your headquarters.

2020 4A Pine Creek over TBA, well why not? CHSAA already gave them a pass by playing up in 5A only to play down in 4A post season. Nothing against a talented 4A Pine Creek. However, can you imagine if 2011 4A Valor Christian or 2010 4A Valor Christian was given this opportunity?
Mayhem!
25 years of 4A football title winners.
2019 4A Pine Creek/Broomfield 34-3
2018 4A Loveland/Skyline 62-14
2017 4A Pueblo South/Pine Creek 25-14
2016 4A Pine Creek/Broomfield 36-14
2015 4A Windsor/Loveland 35-14
2014 4A Pine Creek/Longmont 45-20
2013 4A Pine Creek/Montrose 49-14
2012 4A Monarch/Denver South 17-14
2011 4A Valor Christian/Pine Creek 66-10
2010 4A Valor Christian/Wheat Ridge 38-8
2009 4A Heritage/Longmont 42-28
2008 4A Wheat Ridge/Greeley West 35-31
2007 4A Pueblo West/Monarch 21-14
2006 4A Wheat Ridge/Loveland 31-15
2005 4A ThunderRidge/Grand Junction 51-21
2004 4A ThunderRidge/Dakota Ridge 35-29
2003 4A Loveland/Fruita Monument 34-13
2002 4A Monarch/Golden 42-35
2001 4A ThunderRidge/Broomfield 7-3
2000 4A Loveland/Fruita Monument 17-12
1999 4A Green Mountain/Skyling 42-6
1998 4A Rampart/Sierra 35-20
1997 4A Hinkley/Grand Junction Central 62-42
1996 4A Wheat Ridge/Greeley Central 21-20
1995 4A Green Mountain/Centaurus 31-17

NORTHERN 1
Brighton
Broomfield
Erie
Heritage
Silver Creek
Windsor
NORTHERN 2
Greeley West
Greeley Central
Longmont
Loveland
Monarch
Skyline
JEFFCO
Bear Creek
Chatfield
Dakota Ridge
Golden
Standley Lake
Wheat Ridge
SOUTHERN
Air Academy
Fountain-Fort Carson
Mesa Ridge
Pueblo West
Rampart
Vista Ridge
WESTERN SLOPE
Grand Junction
Fruita Monument
Montrose
Grand Junction Central
Palmer Ridge
Ponderosa
I-25
Cheyenne Mountain
Coronado
Liberty
Palmer
Thornton
Widefield

2020 will play on but differently on the field and in the stands. Locker rooms will be closed and reminiscent of little league. As for the 4A classification odds are the championship will be between Pine Creek the modern day version of 5A Valor Christian and a JEFFCO team. However, the WESTERN SLOPE will be competitive!

Dakota Ridge is probably the most underrated team in Denver metropolitan area where neighboring school garner attention and many focus on A.s like 5A. Dakota Ridge was one play away from the state title game. JEFFCO has dominated the past decade as a school district but not in State Titles. Expect Palmer Ridge to dominate competition as well as 2019 runner up Broomfield but Vista Ridge is the most underrated team in 4A!

The post season remains about the four algorithms that dictate the post season numbers, seedings, etc so now more than ever coaches poll is important. Stacked or heavily recruited players to certain teams will have an advantage. Depth is the key! There is two top rated QBs in this classification and some big bodies or the guys with measurables of 6 foot four (6’4″) or more getting recruited. The better football is probably 4A or at minimum 3A. Should be a great season “A” in 4A!

Preseason Top 8 because 10 does not matter
1. Vista Ridge (Pine Creek* plays 4A post season)
2. Dakota Ridge
3. Palmer Ridge
4. Montrose
5. Broomfield
6. Fruita Monument
7. Pueblo West
8. Loveland

Quarterbacks, rather lack of guys with quality reps will be the storyline in 5A. Transfers out of state will hurt some teams but DEFENSE will carry the teams to postseason. In an awkward year that has Colorado return to the gridiron in October, the fact remains 5A is overhyped as well as its recruitment next level. The association uses its media partners to focus on this classification and the othe six classifications get SHELLACKED!
There are plenty on unknown names on teams not in the Top 4, 6, 8 but they do not appreciate at the high school association that runs the show in Colorado. A travesty of master proportions!

See y’all on the fields!
@303Gonzo two fingers, peace out!
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Top 8 5A Colorado

Only 5 different teams have been crowned state champion in the past decade, Valor Christian, Cherry Creek, Columbine, Mullen and Pomona.  Grandview won 13 years ago and Douglas County 15 years ago. A whopping 10 different schools in the past 25 years have won a state title in 5A.  A few lucky teams or recent were able to play in their enrollment classification 4A like Bear Creek, Chatfield and Ponderosa. Montbello, a former 6A team now FNE, along with Northglenn, prior to 1994  were able to escape the largest classification along with former 5A teams Longmont, Thomas Jefferson, Pueblo Centennial.  Yes 30 years ago there was a 6A football conference for 4 years but the usual suspects were title winners.
1990 6A Cherry Creek/Montbello 14-0
1991 6A Cherry Creek/Arapahoe 14-0
1992 6A Boulder/Pomona 10-9
1993 6A Overland/Northglenn 44-13
Fast forward to 2020 a season split into a traditional Fall in a season A amid the covid19 pandemic and Spring season C in March through May. Two championships in the realigned canceled season with a rebirth by parents sin the association that bailed on the kids!
218 teams will play in the Fall. In 5A for this conversation 32 teams will compete in the Fall and 10 deferred to Spring. Many Aurora and DPS were forced to Spring along with the third year developmental league teams sin Overland and Prairie View.
NORTH
Fairview
Fossil Ridge
Horizon
Legacy
Poudre
Rocky Mountain
Prairie View

JEFFCO
Arvada West
Columbine
Lakewood
Mullen
Pomona
Ralston Valley

SOUTH
Chaparral
Doherty
Douglas County
Legend
Pine Creek* plays 4A post season
Regis Jesuit

DOUGLAS COUNTY
Castle View
Highlands Ranch
Mountain Vista
Rock Canyon
ThunderRidge
Valor Christian

CENTENNIAL
Arapahoe
Cherokee Trail
Cherry Creek
Eaglecrest
Grandview
Smoky Hill
Overland

2020 will play on but differently on the field and in the stands. Locker rooms will be closed and reminiscent of little league. As for the 5A classification odds are the championship will be between a CENTENNIAL or JEFFCO and/or Valor Christian.
Ralston Valley is probably the most underrated team in an area where Pomona has dominated the past half decade. Expect Columbine, Pomona and Ralston Valley to be part of the post season from the JEFFCO league. Valor Christian of the DOUGLAS COUNTY league and Cherry Creek of the CENTENNIAL league with everyone else trying to be relevant. More than likely CENTENNIAL league teams with competitive strength of schedules will be sneaking into the post season. Remember the four algorithms dictate the post season and now more than ever coaches poll is important. Stacked or heavily recruited players to certain teams will have an advantage. Depth is the key as there is NOT very many top rated QBs or RBs in this classification, just big bodies or the guys with measurables of 6 foot four or more getting recruited. The better football is probably 4A or at minimum 3A.

Preseason Top 8 because 10 does not matter
1. Ralston Valley
2. Valor Christian
3. Pine Creek* plays 4A post season
4. Cherry Creek
5. Columbine
6. Pomona
7. Eaglecrest
8. Arapahoe

Quarterbacks, rather lack of guys with quality reps will be the storyline in 5A. Transfers out of state will hurt some teams but DEFENSE will carry the teams to postseason. In an awkward year that has Colorado return to the gridiron in October, the fact remains 5A is overhyped as well as its recruitment next level. The association uses its media partners to focus on this classification and the othe six classifications get SHELLACKED!
There are plenty on unknown names on teams not in the Top 4, 6, 8 but they do not appreciate at the high school association that runs the show in Colorado. A travesty of master proportions!

See y’all on the fields!
@303Gonzo two fingers, peace out!
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