The preseason polls take a lot of time to formulate but hey who knows Colorado Football 24/7 and 365 better than @303Gonzo ?
So almost every poll will have the defending state champion ranked number one which I have considered a joke. Just like the stock market, past performances do not dictate future progress. Each year there is a significant amount of graduation that affects every team. However, the teams that develop underclassmen will often win more frequently. So as we go in depth each week you might see some sophomores and juniors trump seniors for playing time which is the way competitive sports should be. Especially if you believe the best 11 should be on the field regardless of age or graduation year. All of that being said here are 5, 5A teams that are Preseason Top 10 playing on Thursday August 23rd that will kickoff the 2018 season.
Thursday Night Lights include these preseason favorites:
The #1 Columbine Rebels (Littleton, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Denver East (Denver, CO) on Thursday, August 23 @ 6pm. Game Details: @ Jeffco Stadium
The #2 Pomona Panthers have an out of state contest in Florida vs. Class 8A Oak Ridge (Orlando, FL) on Thursday, August 23 @ 8p.
The #6 Doherty Spartans (Colorado Springs, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #3 Cherry Creek Bruins(Greenwood Village, CO) on Thursday, August 23 @ 7pm.
The #4 Grandview Wolves (Aurora, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Chaparral (Parker, CO) on Thursday, August 23 @ 7pm.
Friday Night Lights include these preseason favorites:
The Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas, NV) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #5 Valor Christian Eagles (Highlands Ranch, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.
The Boulder (CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. rival school #7 Fairview Knights (Boulder, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 5:30p. Game Details: Christian Recht Field
The Eaglecrest Raptors (Centennial, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. #8 Highlands Ranch Falcons(CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7pm. Game Details: Legacy Stadium, Football Field
The #9 Ralston Valley Mustangs (Arvada, CO) varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.
The #10 Arapahoe Warriors varsity football team has an away non-conference game @ Adams City (Commerce City, CO) on Friday, August 24 @ 7p.
@303Gonzo 303Gonzo.com Preseason 5A Top 10 #1 Columbine #2 Pomona #3 Cherry Creek #4 Grandview #5 Valor Christian #6 Doherty #7 Fairview #8 Highlands Ranch #9 Ralston Valley #10 Arapahoe
5A had a lot of movement with head coaching and assistants. In addition graduation hit many teams hard that had multiple year starters. Many teams will look to replace quarterbacks or hope that some developed well in the off season and during 7 on 7. Some teams just hope to find one that can manage the games during the season. In addition to QBs, Defense will be a struggle for many teams as interior defensive linemen will be a premium in 2018 as will be shut down DBs in a game that will post many basketball scores again in non conference play.
The graduating class of 2019 is probably the best group of overall Colorado football preps players the state has seen in some time. As of August 9, 2018 19 players have verbally committed to post secondary schools. Many will hope to decide prior to the season which begins August 23rd, only 13 days away. However, there are about two dozen players that are waiting for official in season visitations to make their decision. December 19-21, 2019 that will be the time frame early verbal commitments become viable. In 2018 we saw 53 players claim D1 schools as their next destination and 2019 should easily surpass that number, especially with some hidden gems that were NOT football camp, 7 on 7 or combine kids rather multiple sport athletes.
5A EXPANDING to 24 playoff teams forced an 11 week schedule that eliminated zero week. Now 23 teams will be granted an automatic bid via RPI and conference titles. 5A Conferences comprise of 5 six team leagues and one group of 10 for a total of 40 teams in 5A, the highest classification in Colorado. 6 conference winning teams will enjoy a round one bye week in addition to two others via RPI for a total of 8. The first weekend of November will be a bye week in 5A for the top 8 finishers while the other 16 teams try to advance from week 11 playoff matchups or play in games to the elite 16 in round two. Thus Week 12 will be playoff season as we have been accustomed to in previous seasons of 16 teams playing post season football. Week 13 quarterfinals. Week 14 semifinals. Week 15 finals or Championship Saturday as 4A and 5A will play at Mile High Stadium.
The following shows the 2017 team records for the new 2 year cyle realignment. It is obvious that 2 conferences stand out just like the days of Centennial and Jeffco. The idea was to make it regional to cut on travel costs from the waterfall but it was not perfect as no one wanted Valor in their conference. So here is the make up of class 5A conferences for the next two seasons:
|NORTH||METRO WEST||SOUTH||METRO SOUTH||METRO EAST||10|
|Fairview 10-2||Pomona 12-2||Regis Jesuit 10-2||Valor Christian 11-1||Eaglecrest 13-1||Far Northeast 6-4|
|Horizon 6-4||Columbine 11-2||Chaparral 7-4||Highlands Ranch 6-5||Grandview 10-2||Northglenn 5-5|
|Legacy 6-4||Lakewood 8-3||Doherty 7-3||Mountain Vista 5-5||Cherry Creek 9-3||Mountain Range 4-6|
|Poudre 6-5||Arvada West 7-4||Legend 5-5||Rock Canyon 5-5||Overland 5-5||Rangeview 3-7|
|Fossil Ridge 2-8||Ralston Valley 6-5||Fountain-Fort Carson 4-7||ThunderRidge 3-7||Cherokee Trail 4-6||Boulder 3-7|
|Rocky Mountain 3-7||Mullen 5-6||Douglas County 3-7||Castle View 1-9||Arapahoe 3-7||Denver East 2-8|
|Prairie View 1-9|
|Smoky Hill 1-9|
|Adams City 1-9|
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