303GONZO.COM 2019 PREPS SPOTLIGHT: Grand Junction

303GONZO.COM 2019 PREPS SPOTLIGHT: Grand Junction

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303Gonzo.com preps reporter & www.Blogtalk Radio.com/303Gonzo“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 31, @303Gonzo will unveil the @303Gonzo Top players to eye, leading up to kickoff on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Head coach – Mike Sirko

How they fared in 2018: Overall3-7 League1-4 Tough wins in a rebuild in 2018. This 4A conference includes Dakota Ridge and Chatfield.

2019 Regular Season Schedule:

8/31 11:00a
Location: Palmer High School
 

9/5     7:00p
Location: Grand Junction High School
9/12  7:00p
Location: Grand Junction Central High School
9/21 11:00a
Location: Grand Junction High School
9/27  7:00p
Game Details: Stocker Stadium, Football Field
10/11 7:00p
Game Details: HOMECOMING SCHOOL OF MINES STADIUM
10/17 6:30p
Location: Grand Junction High School
 

10/24 4:00p
Game Details: Stocker Stadium, Football Field
11/1  7:00p
Location: Chatfield High School
 

11/8  8:00p
Game Details: Stocker Stadium, Football Field

Biggest storyline: 3 of the final 4 contests in conference play are Stocker Stadium, Home cooking! Plenty of miles down the I-70 corridor. The storyline that matters the most is can GJ stop the bleeding of players leaving the area. Empty promises to greener pastures makes it tough to compete as dedicated coaches spend countless hours in the off season for the 10 game days.

Names to watch this season: AJ Mariz QB, Riley Stewart, Tyler Crenshaw and Matt Lane on the line.

Biggest holes to fill: Loosing players to transfers again to start the season. 2018 senior defense end Donovan Andrus.

Gonzo’s Early Take: GJ FOOTBALL is looking to make a statement with a group of seniors that have been dedicated for four long years. Starting with AJ Mariz returning to lead the team at QB. Last year AJ had growing pains as a first year QB and has a year under his belt to be confident with the groups of lineman upfront leading the way. There are 3 seniors starting at OL, Riley Stewart, Tyler Crenshaw and Matt Lane all whom had significant time playing on both sides of the ball last year. In the backfield the Tigers have a returning RB in Carson Loveridge who ran for 800+ yards last season and their fullback AJ Dougherty is a senior that looks to lead the way for this explosive backfield. On the offense look to Andy Smith at TE, Austin Hile at X and Dillon Smith at Z to bring size and speed to the passing game for GJHS.
Defensively the Tigers are looking to pounce with a large returning group at linebacker and in the secondary positions that include Caid Lopez and Nick Burke at ILB.  Look For Ethan Schmidt at safety to support the run game and cover the field defending the passing game. Upfront for the Tigers Big Man Junious Gooden returns for his senior season and is a big run stopper for the Tigers. On the edges AJ Dougherty and Andrew Romero will set the edge against the heavy run oriented teams the Tigers will face this season. This group of seniors have taken the long road to get here and plan on making the most of the time they have left. They have been putting time in the weight room this summer and years past. Building Tiger tradition brick by brick.

Circle Rivalry game September 27 as Stocker Stadium will be rocking.

#GONZOWATCHLIST to be featured in August Football magazine. List prepared for Spring evaluations.

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303Gonzo.com 2019 preps SPOTLIGHT: Columbine

303GONZO.COM 2019 PREPS SPOTLIGHT: Columbine

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303Gonzo.com preps reporter & www.Blogtalk Radio.com/303Gonzo“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 31, @303Gonzo will unveil the @303Gonzo Top players to eye, leading up to kickoff on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Head Coach – Andy Lowry

How they fared in 2018: Overall 12-1 League 5-0 National Rank 126 State (CO) Rank 4 A tough playoff game loss season, 10-7 to Creek.

2019 Regular Season Schedule:

Date Opponent Notes
8/30 7:00p
Location: Denver East High School
9/5 6:00p
Location: Ponderosa High School
9/13 4:00p
Location: Fountain-Fort Carson High School
9/19 6:00p
Location: Columbine High School
9/20 7:00p

Location: Highlands Ranch High School

9/27 7:00p
Location: Olathe North High School
10/4 6:00p
Location: Mullen High School
10/10 6:00p
Location: Columbine High School
10/18 7:30p
Location: Columbine High School
10/24 7:30p
Game Details: NAAC Stadium
10/31 6:00p
Location: Arvada West High School

Biggest storyline: Depth! The perennial Rebels had arguably the best team in 2018 and fumbled it away with less than 3 minutes left in a game against creek, a team that was inferior but got lucky and made it to the title game. The big fellas are NOT upfront like in past years and two way play is most probable. Most notably is the junior class looks to be about 12-15 players so the pressure is on in 2019 and the seniors.

Names to watch this season: #12 Jadon Holliday QB, #17 Justin Lohrenz DE/TE, #24 Tanner Hollens RB, #29 Adam Harrington RB, #32 Braeden Hogan RB, #75 Andrew Gentry OL.

Biggest holes to fill: QB and OL. Two way play.

Gonzo’s Early Take: Tossing the rock has never been the Rebels strongpoint but maybe all that 7 on 7 should be a focus down the stretch in 2019. Columbine has a new starting QB in Jadon Holliday that was part of a group that grew up together playing little league for the South Jeffco Rebels. This team won 5 out of 7 carnation bowls (D1) all played from 2nd to 8th grade. So that was a history lesson and its 4 years later since the last trophy! The transition from little league to high school and the Rebels via defensive coordinator Holliday, was easy as they ran the Columbine offense as kids. The nucleus of this group is Andrew Gentry, a D1 talent, Tanner Hollens, Luke Folsom, Braeden Hogan, Mikey Sanchez, Justin Lohrenz and a handful more of their current starters. So Holliday knows the playbook and system backwards and forward. He also started a couple of games in 2018 when Logan D had surgery. (University, FL and Fountain Ft. Carson). He may not be as dynamic as Logan D and few people are but Holliday can manage the game as good as any of the previous quarterbacks if he keeps working at it. For now we most likely will see the talented trio called the triple H backfield as Columbine is a run heavy offense. The QUAD H should be the game plan if a State Title is the goal. A well balanced run attack with a strong passing game gets the job done. Just ask Valor about the 2014 title game where the huck and chuck ball was a difference maker in a run heavy offense.

#GONZOWATCHLIST to be featured in August Football magazine. List prepared in February for Spring evaluations. Feel free to follow us all season long:

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