This week's edition of 1st & 10 focuses on some younger players that we think you should get to know because over the next couple of years you will be hearing a ton about them due to their exploits on the field. Along with these youngsters keep an eye out for Orenzo Davis of Columbine who is having a monster season for Columbine.
1.Next Great Back?
I'm not anointing anyone but Adonis Ameen Moore is a very talented freshman. The Mullen running back is averaging five yards a carry and had his coming out party this past week as he scored three times and rushed for 126 yards in the win over rival Cherry Creek. With the buzz that Mullen can create regarding recruiting and the number of college coaches that attend their games look for Moore to receive plenty of attention the next few years.
Although they lost a heartbreaker, Bear Creek has to feel good about their prospects the next two seasons. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bears have some of the top players at their position in the state, all of which are underclassmen. Sophomore quarterback Zach Thenell and juniors running back Tommy Flanagan, receiver Dejuan Mack and offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles all return next year to create a tremendous offensive nucleus.
Of the group of young Bears, the one with the highest recruiting upside is tackle Jeremiah Sirles. At 6-7 285 pounds, Sirles has the prerequisite size which he backs up with great play on the field. In the South Metro League, which is known for its interior line play, Sirles stands out.
Often when college coaches attend games to watch a specific recruit other players will catch a coaches' eye. This looks to be the case for Legacy DB Devon Martin. As coaches have come to see Martin's 6-7 235 pound defensive mate, sack specialist Nick Kasa, Martin's fast aggressive defensive back play has drawn coaches' attention. The 5-11 180 pounder had six picks last season and is a ferocious hitter. These skills earned him All-League honors. Recently, the University of Colorado has shown interest in Martin.
5.Good Things Come in Small Packages II
Last week we talked about 5As leading rusher Devon Fitzgerald of Thomas Jefferson, this week, if you can find him keep an eye on RB Vince Gallegos of Legacy. Thus far this season, the 5-4 Gallegos has rushed for 115 yards a game for the undefeated Lightning. The last two weeks in league play, Gallegos has averaged 143 yards on the ground a game.
6.Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
You want to hear something really scary? Orenzo Davis of Columbine is averaging 197 yards rushing a game. Since sitting out in the Rebel season opener against Lakewood due to disciplinary issues, Davis has been on a tear. Along with his nearly 200 hundred yards rushing a game, Davis has scored nine touchdowns and averaged fourteen yards a carry. Adding a quick strike element like Davis to the methodically efficient Columbine offense may violate the Geneva Convention.
Montbello was able to get one in the win column for the first time this season on the strength of three big plays. In a 25-20 win over Rocky Mountain the Warriors had a ninety-six yard kickoff return by Savon Cadd, a seventy-nine yard run by Camryn Turner and a seventy-one yard pass from Justin Johnson to Marcus Crowder.
#8. Players to Watch
*6-6 210 pound QB Brennan Price has his Air Academy team sitting a 4-0 right now.
*Rangeview wideout Dominic Gunn has already gotten twenty-nine catches on the season for the Raiders.
#9 Defense Wins Championships
4-0 Mountain Vista has been able to overcome off and on offensive performances and stay undefeated on the strength of a defense that has allowed less than six points a game. The defense will need to be on guard as the Golden Eagles take on a Rangeview squad that although 1-3 has averaged twenty-six points a game
10.Ralston Valley Vs. ThunderRidge
One of the stories we will follow this week is the big number one versus number two 4A game between Ralston Valley and ThunderRidge. #1 Ralston Valley snuck out a win against Dakota Ridge on a late field goal, while #2 ThunderRidge had to hold off a late charging Wheat Ridge squad this past week to stay undefeated.