303Gonzo.com preps reporter & Blogtalk Radio “Gonzo” Darrell Gonzales spotlights high school football teams. Team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Colorado and #GonzoWatchList players in the state. Starting July 30, @303Gonzo will unveil the @303Gonzo Top players to eye, leading up to kickoff on Thursday, Aug. 23.

School: Palmer Ridge

Head coach: Tom Pulford

Assistant coaches: Darren Grob, Zach Carlton, Chris Clarke, Jasen Dill, Bill Farmer, Jake Harris, Pat Hawkinson, Darren Morris, Anthony Roberson, Jared St. Aubyn, Andy Tremaine and Ron Baumert.

How they fared in 2017: 14-0  Undefeated and 3A State Champions! The only close game was versus Palisade before Championship Saturday at Air Force Academy stadium.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs @ Pine Creek
Aug. 30 vs Canon City High School
Sept. 7 vs Pueblo East High School
Sept. 14 @ Sand Creek High School
Sept. 21 vs Pueblo South High School (PSHS won 4A Sate Title in 2017 and moved down to 3A in 2018)
Sept. 28 BYE Week
Oct. 5 @ Lutheran High School
Oct. 12  @ Littleton High School
Oct. 18 vs Thomas Jefferson High School
October 26 @ Lewis-Palmer High School
November 2 vs Discovery Canyon High School

Biggest storyline: It could be the 3A QB no one heard of until last season when his team went undefeated and became a national elite 11 QB. Thus propelling fans to pay attention to teams South of Denver Metro area and 3A football, a classification that is highly competitive from week to week. Or it could be repeating last year of another State Title.

Names to watch this season: QB Ty Evan, CU verbal to WR Anthony Roberson ii or RB Raef Ruel and both MLB Jaden Sparks and DE Aidan Cullen on Defense. The Bears are loaded!

Biggest holes to fill: The Bears will be looking to fill a few holes on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball because graduation losses are minimal. However, this team includes several skill position players that are ready to play in 2018. It is a senior heavy team that has some quality future players that could see reps especially if Palmer Ridge puts up basketball scores again.

Gonzo’s Early Take: Palmer Ridge and head coach Tom Pulford will welcome back his starting running back, quarterback, wide receiver and a majority of his linemen, and some talented linebackers. That’s always a great place to start in a title defense year. The Bears also have a talented underclassmen group. Keep an eye on the development of sophomore QB in Luke Mcallister that has had a great summer as did Kaden Dudley via 7on7 with Ty Evans along with several others from the 2020 and 2021 group. Getting off to a great start will be a challenge, as game one is against the very competitive and loaded Colorado Springs 4A Pine Creek squad. Followed by several tough non conference foes.

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