There are no games off in the Continental, a conference that may be, from top to bottom, the toughest conference in 5A. Each team in the conference has the potential to make a run for the title and every game will be a battle.
In a short time Mark Nolan has reestablished the Raiders as a top program in
Defensively, Regis lost numerous top performers and will need players to step up if they want to keep a handle on the talented skill players around the conference. Safety Eric Heringer, a top play maker on D, had four picks last season, while Dylan Barnes needs to step up a backer to replace Mike O' Dwyer. Look for Jake Jarman and John Crowley to have strong seasons.
Parker Chaparral has become a program that reloads rather than rebuilds and this season could once again see the Wolverines competing for the top of the Conference. Speed and skill abound on the offense as running back Chris Page returns to work with speedster Gavin McHenry and smooth operator Andrew McReynolds getting carries and catches. New quarterback Matt Kuhns, a 6-2 185 pounder, has a strong skill set but as a new starter will need time to settle in. In the past Chap QBs have enjoyed the security blanket provided by linemen such as Jack Harris and Brendon Austin. This year's nationally recruited Wolverine is massive tackle Shane Callahan. As good as the
On defense Cole Alderson leads from his backer position while McHenry and McReynolds comprise the best pair of corners in
Highlands Ranch boasts what could be the most versatile performer in
Defensive back Adam Goth heads the defense with the support of linebacker Richard Mbuga.
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Offensively, running back Christian Thomas is one of the best in the league.
The ThuderRidge Grizzlies will play their characteristic tough D with a strong set of linebackers that Includes James Cecil and Travis Holder. If a flexible set of offensive skill players that includes H-back Zach Jones, quarterback Brody Westmoreland and athlete John Tapp can get in the endzone T-Ridge will threaten.