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.
Pine Creek* plays 4A post season
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
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!
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