Through the magic of the world wide web I was able to watch games in Colorado and California to breakdown some of the talent in the Centennial state.
Game 1 Poudre vs. Fairview
The Poudre Impalas are on the mend and hotshot Ohio coach Dan Reardon may have the knowhow to turn things around, but, the process will not take place quickly. Running from the spread, Poudre had difficulty overcoming mistakes. The key bright spot for Poudre is senior two way player Dan Pinkston. The 6-4 190 pound Pinkston had four catches on offense and due to his size will create matchup issues all season long. For good measure Pinkston added two interceptions on D. Once sophomore QB Jaiden Flint matures Pinkston should get more good passes his way. In the game Flint and senior Michael Jensen split time, but Jensen could potentially help the team in positions other than QB. Senior bookend offensive tackles Austin and Alex Blaho are giant, both coming in at 6-5 280ish. Run blockers for Poudre in the past, both need to work on their footwork and knee bend if they are to be successful in the new pass based offense. If they can do this over the season, they could warrant attention due to their college level size.
Fairview also featured a pass based offense ran by a sophomore. Young Johnny Feauto showed early moxy in the opener throwing for 351 yards. The youngster did throw three INTs but that should improve with experience. Feauto's primary target was junior Sam Martin. The 6-3 Martin is a hands catcher and is very comfortable in traffic. Martin self reports a 4.4 forty and he is able to get open and create separation at the high school level. Martin has a ton of upside and should be, by the end of this season, one of the top wideouts in Colorado. Fellow wideout Cole Scheifele is a great compliment to Martin and can work spots for catches. Scheifele's ability to find open spots and gain extra yards could make him an interesting slot prospect, especially for DII colleges.
On defense, lineman Connor Spencer looked good as did senir outside backer Ian Von Rock. (great name for a backer) In the secondary I especially liked junior, Jonathan Schwartzwelters' ability to make tackles in the open field.
Game 2 Chaparral vs. Rocky Mountain
Once again Chaparral places quite a bit of talent on the field. Beyond known commodities like QB Max Kuhns and tight end Mitch Parsons multiple other players stood out. Senior running back Zach Guy is fun to watch. Shifty and smart, Guy has good vision and rarely lets anyone get a square hit on him. Guy also has the ability to break for long plays. At 5-11 175 It would be interesting to see how he does in the slot. 6-0 180 pound junior receiver Brandon Malone established himself as a big play performer. On the night Malone had a 49 yard touchdown catch, a 20 yards punt return and a 50 yard kickoff return. Working with Kuhns and potentially getting single coverage due to the run game and Parsons, Malone is in line for a big season.
Game 3 Cherry Creek vs. Los Osos
At times, this past weekend in California, Cherry Creek looked good, but they could not get over the hump and finish off Los Osos for the win. Senior QB Luke Papillion, is a big, 6-5 210 pounds and may be at his best one the run. Once he gets going he is tough to bring down and he looks most comfortable throwing on sprints and roll outs. Papillion's backfield mate RB Tahj Willingham is a grinder who is not afraid to run between the tackles. Not a burner, Willingham, at a stout 5-7 190, runs through arm tackles and gets north and south. I want to get a couple more looks at Bruin kicker James Simpson, who was much of the scoring for Cherry Creek Friday night.