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Rod Sherman bolts Colorado for California

Rod Sherman (73-25)

In 98 games in Colorado Rod had the most success at the private school of Valor Christian, the state’s elite Class 5A team going 57-11 that won three state championships. Sherman would give way to former Denver Broncos player Ed McCaffery in 2018 and pop up 3.6 miles North of VC at nearby Arapahoe HS.

Sherman was 4-3 in 2020 with no playoff games, 7-5 in 2019 and 1-1 in postseason that eclipsed the 5-6 mark in the inaugural season and one playoff loss at Arapahoe HS. Overall League play was a combine 5-10 in three seasons with wins over Overland three straight seasons and dubs against Cherokee Trail and Smokey Hill. The total record for the warriors is 16-14 over that 3-year span that included one playoffs win, Castle View and two losses against Lakewood and Ralston Valley. Thus giving Sherman a 74% overall winning performance in Colorado in multiple classifications.

The culture certainly has changed for the Littleton public school. However, the next HC will have to fair better than (1-1) against neighboring Heritage HS and significantly better in Centennial league games, especially since Arapahoe’s penciled into the 6A classification in 2022 and 2023 if they ratify in December.

Meanwhile, Rod will commence his duties in California and commute from his Colorado home until the LPS school year ends. The Orange Lutheran job has begun with a few adjustments this week and next. The Sherman family will return to its roots in Orange County and try to turn around a struggling football program that went 1-4 this spring, 5-6 in 2019 and 2018 and 6-6 in 2017. OLu’s last winning season was in 2013 at 7-4.

The RodFather has left the state! Best wishes in the challenging CIF Trinity League in California.

Centennial League coaching carousel:

Cherry Creek






Cherokee Trail









Smoky Hill







Developmental League

played 2020 Fall

Centennial League has been disrupted since 2012 and only rivals the Jeffco teams league. Very few teams or coaches have had success in this two league 5A classification and turnover says it all!


An Eagle has landed 3.6 miles away from his original roost

If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the website and will be updated as information becomes available.

Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
May 1, 2021 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 2, 2021 Start to 2021 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads) if your team does NOT participate in summer camp
August 9, 2021 Start to 2021 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads) if your team participated in summer camp
August 26-28, 2021 Week 1 start to 2021 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.
December 15-17, 2021 1st official day to sign NLI for three days until April 1st the last for scholarship athletes.

6A a conundrum

The proposed 2022-24 CLASS 6A tabled in May 5th meeting.

Only ONE team was granted a lower classification, 5A in Doherty thus leaving 33 teams in the soon to be rubber stamped 6A for the next two year cycle. But wait, it was NOT just about 6A, there were other classes upset with the landscape of Colorado high school football.

Oh my gosh there are other classes outside the current 5A?


In the past decade no one in Colorado or even the region if they have cable television would know any of the nearly 300 football teams based on coverage. It has and continues to be about a handful of teams being featured by local outlets, namely its organization, CHSAA. One staffer has a nest at Valor during Eagles games while the other rarely attends anything outside of Denver Metropolitan. Just look at game log stories on their internal website.

In 2012 Valor moved into an independent conference because nobody wanted them in their league or conference. Especially after throttling Pine Creek 66-10 in the 4A Title game at Mile High stadium. The 2011 team was so punishing that Littleton (1-9) forfeited in the regular season for fear of embarrassment and setting the program backwards.  LHS is on its third head coach since that season and has mentioned playing at the 1A level or at minimum 2A. The team was winless in 2021 Spring season and has not won a game in five years and only 17 dubs in 11 years. ZERO wins in four years and spring 2021 was to be against LIKE TEAMS but its a telling tale amid all classifications that the football committee needs to wake up, smell the pigskin and really give ALL CLASSIFICATIONS an honest look to develop the future.

Do away with the mantra of being a Top 5 nationwide program like a California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana or Texas. The harsh reality is the Box State is in a region with less population and not a lot of top tier talents even with more people moving into Colorado.

Stop having your staffers attend paid trainers gyms, 7on7 practices or events to cave into the hype. Do your own research by attending games on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays and report on what you see not just box score finals.

Anyone that listened to the highly successful and top rated Friday night 10pm to midnight radio show in 2015 or 2016 and the Blogtalk via podcasting in prior years via @303Gonzo knows it takes a lot of time and dedication to the sport and covering all the fields not just a handful!@303Gonzo changed the reporting of polls on Tuesdays to Mondays after posting Top10 on Saturdays. After all when you watch multiple games per night it is easy to access players, teams and rankings, PERIOD!
While the focus was primarily to rubber stamp 6A and thus impact the other classifications, it should be noted there were determined individuals doing what is/was in the best interests of the kids and their high schools.
As you peruse the proposed 6A tabled for December, ask do these teams really need to be grouped together?
Are more running clocks necessary?
The highest classification will remain 5A in 2021 season. However, in December the topic of 6A will be discussed but as it stands for ratification here is the list:

    • Arapahoe
    • Arvada West
    • Brighton
    • Castle View
    • Chaparral
    • Chatfield
    • Cherokee Trail
    • Cherry Creek
    • Columbine
    • Denver East
    • Douglas County
    • Eaglecrest
    • Fairview
    • Fort Collins
    • Fossil Ridge
    • Grandview
    • Highlands Ranch
    • Horizon
    • Lakewood
    • Legacy
    • Legend
    • Mountain Vista
    • Mullen
    • Pine Creek
    • Pomona
    • Poudre
    • Ralston Valley
    • Regis
    • Rock Canyon
    • Rocky Mountain
    • Smoky Hill
    • ThunderRidge
    • Valor Christian

A travesty only ONE team was granted a lower classification of 5A versus 6A in Doherty when a vast majority should have been approved a lower class. The approved 33 teams in the soon to be rubber stamped 6A for the next two year cycle should be as follows in conference play.

  1. Fort Collins
  2. Fossil Ridge
  3. Poudre
  4. Rocky Mountain
  5. Brighton
  6. Denver East
  7. Smoky Hill
  8. Horizon
  9. Legacy
  10. Lakewood
  11. Arvada West
  12. Mountain Vista
  13. Highlands Ranch
  14. Douglas County
  15. Chaparral
  16. Rock Canyon
  1. Chatfield
  2. Mullen
  3. Arapahoe
  4. Legend
  5. Castle View
  6. ThunderRidge
  7. Pomona
  8. Fairview
  9. Eaglecrest
  10. Grandview
  11. Cherokee Trail

The following are the powerhouse teams that should just play one another in a Home and Away Games to test Algorithms of spreadsheet football of (#RPI, #MaxPreps, #Packard, and the biased coaches poll).

  1. Valor Christian
  2. Regis
  3. Ralston Valley
  4. Pine Creek
  5. Cherry Creek
  6. Columbine

Best news is the football committee is back to polling its members but coaches need to be vocal as they know how their 3 levels of FR/JV/V will shape up come 2022 and 2023. Perhaps a recommendation can be made for December 2021 for a vote in February 2022. Championships will be completed and transfers in January 2022.

The time is now! Earn respect of your peers. Strategize, take ownership to REGULATE and do your job!