Category Archives: 4A Football

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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Tag, NOT IT!

In normal times, pre covid-19 this would be a heavy month of college football coaches bumping into players at their high school. The infamous evaluations period that was scheduled for April 15 through May 31, 2020. Unfortunately the video conferencing has become the new normal to be introduced to coaches and take over on campus visits. However, is this really a substitute for recruiting?
Most likely not but better than nothing or the annoying list almost every college buys to send you camp invites or to purchase season tickets. Let’s face it the university wants your dollars even if you never make it to the fields or courts.

The odds of a high school athlete completing 3-5 years of a sport are truly against the odds. Primarily due to the rigorous schedules and heavy work load in the classrooms. Early enrollment and summer school is now a must and burnout ensues for the guys that were all hype and can NOT cut the mustard next level. The 18-25 new faces every year make it challenging in addition to the transfer portal as more experienced plays are determined to win a job by any means necessary. The deck is stacked against student athletes that have little discipline. A wake up to be in the trainers office by 5am and practices at 6am with meetings can last past noon. So that reason you are there called a post secondary education can last well past 8pm. In addition tutors and a good nights rest. Yep, the rigors of a student athlete is cumbersome and complicated.So no social life outside of team and heavy demands to be in tip top shape to be the next man or woman up.

So how do you get to post secondary education?
Well for starters it is NOT some trainer, handler, coach or someone else tagging you name, profile or video(s) daily or hourly to colleges. Some of the biggest misconceptions is that individual position coaches actually read, view or respond to emails, IMs, DMs, etc. The big schools have people on staff to filter the noise, spam or content considered junk. So, if you really think that low, low payment of $239 a month or more has value, RETHINK IT! The recruiting companies, APPS, websites and trainers are out to make money! its their business to make money and blow smoke up your ass! That is a guarantee. 99.9% sure if you stop payment, stop attending or rip up a contract the HYPE they call recruiting goes away like dust in the wind. If you ain’t paying you ain’t getting hyped any more.

Years ago coaches had a long tenure and players were cultivated organically. Eventually the pressure to win became increasingly more demanding to attract paying students. The University of Miami is a prime example in football and UNLV in basketball. The wins, bowl appearances and limelight causes HYPE and REVENUES. The coaches have gone from $25,000 to $300,000 in annual salaries in the past decade. So do you really think they are concerned with being tagged on social media?
The smart answer is NO because they want to keep their jobs as they are well paying nowadays. The modern day HYPE in recent years dwarfs the past decade whenless communication was transmitted and of more value or quality.

Fast forward to 2015 and the plethora of backyard gyms, trainers, handlers and boosters willing to pay to play. Even the high and mighty Hollywood actors that scammed their way into elite schools. Some musicians children or former professional players all because the Universities knew they could leverage donor monies. Yep, fields, field houses, practice facilities and buildings need to be erected so if you have a fat wallet or sizable bank account odds are you might be recruited as opposed to someone deserving. The coaches reliability on word of mouth now has red tape associated to an offer or camp invite. Some schools will even make sure a player or two from the local market are on the roster to sell the fan base season tickets. Yes it happens and why many colleges align with a handful of dominate or winning programs so they can say we did our due diligence when in reality its a favor to save face.

So the biggest resolve is are we making this more difficult or complicated than it needs to be and the answer is YES, emphatically! The offers are just a way to get you to pay for a summer camp and prove yourselves. These camps are where they can eyeball and get true measurements rather than rely on self reported height, weight and statistics.
Are you really 6’3″ and measure barely measure 6 foot.
Is that 4.62 40 yard das a true assessment or is it more like 4.95-5.10?
Are you 100+ tackles true and if so why during team camp are you NOT making plays?
After all that is the medical record checks for not only broken bones but concussions or learning deficiencies. If you can not learn in the classroom, how are you going to be eligible?
College board exams of ACT and SAT need to be verified alongside a high school transcript with the intention of are you going to be eligible on game day?

So Tag, you NOT it has meaningful purpose, wake the fuck up and spend your hard earned monies wisely! The going collusion rate for a position trainer is $499 a month with a 12 month contract, rain, shine, snow or pandemic. So for you non mathematicians that adds up to $5,988 per annum or $23,952 if you get suckered for 4 years. The same sum most post secondary students pay for local tuition to get that education and can enjoy the college experience without having to sacrifice their time or bodies of potential life long injuries.

Parents don’t believe the HYPE as no one person can guarantee a division one scholarship no matter how many social media tags they post about your child! The monies you pay are to a business person to line their pockets. Some will resort to placing advertisements in magazines, host a podcast or even buy air time waits for no one! Hustle your ass bou on the radio to create HYPE on their paying clients. In fact there are a handful of subscription based media advertisers that have ranking lists and will write a story on your children if you have been paying for a few years. Yes the click bait is real annoying as film does NOT lie but trainers do. The basic reason is so they can hustle you for the almighty American dollars once a month for 12 months! As for 7 on 7 guys, that is the ultimate hustle for monies when colleges do not even care or plan to watch that film as its on air or not true football. Better time and monies could be spent on hoops for a vertical or rugby for tackling and even track and field for speed. 7v7 is a money maker for HYPE guys and only a couple do it for the cost of the helmet and uniform. A vast majority do it for revenues like $60,000 per team deposited into their pockets, especially the cash based hustlers!

It truly is a game so Tag, NOT IT!
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