This upcoming the season the Front Range looks relatively open with Fort Collins and Horizon vying for the top spot. There is little prep time for the Lambkins as they come out of the gate with games against Columbine, Cherokee Trail and
Arapahoe. The early crucible should prepare Fort Collins for playoffs but they may start the season 0-3.
Horizon comes out of the gates running as well with Grandview and Regis in the first two contests. To overcome potential tough starts, both Fort Collins and Horizon, defensive minded squads, have to find their offense early. Lambkin QB Kyle Sigsbee has a big 6-5 target in Jacob Saracino. For Horizon, running backs Jordan Lacovetta and Bryce Killmon are key components. Defensively for the Hawks, linebacker Brandon Halperin and defensive end Gunnar Campbell are two of the conferences’ best.
Multiple times last season Poudre flashed potential during a 2-8 season. This season quarterback Cody Limmer and receiver Spencer Long will benefit from a year in Coach Reardon’s system. If the D can make some stops, a move to .500 or better football is near.
Fossil Ridge returns numerous players highlighted by receiver Nic Kravic. Three losses from last season were seven points or less, the Sabercats must learn to finish if they want to contend.
Mountain Range returns power runner Gabe Gellespie, as such they should make games interesting. The 5-10 215 pound Gellespie can handle carries, eat clock and move the chain. Most importantly Gellespie creates play action opportunities for returning QB Andrew Wamsley.
Rocky Mountain, coming off a one win season has to get production from young runner Max McDonald a junior and fellow returnee RB Trevor Thomas. It could be another tough season for the Lobos if the defense does not improve on the 35 points surrendered last year.