Undefeated and riding a big time win streak that stretches back to last season, 5A state champs, Columbine have one goal, bring home a second straight title. More than any other team, those hopes rely on what happens on the line of scrimmage and no one mans the trenches better than Curtis Cunningham. The Rebel leader took some time to talk about the rematch with Bear Creek and to discuss how his team is playing.
PrepColorado: What do you feel your team is doing well right now?
Curtis Cunningham: My team is getting better each week. We look at game film constantly and look to see if there is anything to improve on and there is still a lot of missed assignments, but it has gone down since playoffs started. We need to keep getting better and hopefully that puts us in a position to win.
What do you feel your team needs to do a little better to move on in playoffs?
"Playoffs, especially in the final eight, have the best teams in the state. Each game is going to be a battle and we need to be prepared and take it one game at a time. We can not over look our opponent this week because that can be very costly."
Who are some players we might not know that much about who have stepped up as contributors in the second half of the season/playoffs?
"The whole team has stepped up but to names some individuals who I think have brought their A game to the playoffs would include the offensive line. Chris Rodgers, Joe Beiber, Tanner Russel, Brice Shwint, all are juniors except for Joe. And of course if teams don't score as much as we do their not going to win. My fellow defensive lineman make it an unpleasant night for opposing offenses, Mat Birkeness, Jimmy Cunningham, Ben Tedford."
What do you feel your team needs to do to take care of this week's opponent?
"We have beat Bear Creek once this season, but that honestly means nothing now. They are going to come out more prepared and ready for us. We need to put pressure on Thennel and try to contain Flanagan. I say try because he is one of the best athletes in the state."
What are the keys to victory this week?
"Offensive and defensive line. If they can't run between the tackles it makes them a one dimensional team and easier to beat. Our guys up front have to move their guys enough to get 4 or 5 yards a carry and it's easier said than done."
Keep an eye out for our recap of today's Columbine Vs. Bear Creek game, which will decide who rounds out the final four of the 5A playoffs.