Football Preveiw: Golden, Bear Creek on tap

Wheat Ridge rebuilt while Jefferson & Standley Lake try to repeat success

Dan Williams
Jefferson football had an incredible resurgence last season under head coach and alum Anthony Rankin. But after several senior losses it is yet to be seen if the Saints can like up to their own new standards this season.
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The Bulldogs have struggled over the past several seasons (1-9, 0-6 in league) but that is to be expected from a program that has had four different head coaches over an eight year span. But Arvada looks headed in the right direction under second year coach Matt Cisneros. Scoring points wasn't the Bulldogs problem last season; Arvada had five games scoring at least 18 points and three games where they scored at least 34 points. And the offense will even be better this season. If Arvada's defense can improve as well you see the Bulldogs start to win games.

Senior quarterback Elias De la Rosa, who was solid as a junior leader last season.

The Bears have been rebuilding their program over the past several seasons (3-7, 1-4 in league) since the departure of head coach Tom Thenell who bailed on Bear Creek for Mullen's head job, after the departure of Dave Logan. With a senior quarterback in Nick Madrid and several seasons to build his brand, coach Zach Morris has had plenty of time to implement his plan for the Bears' future. This could be a make or break year for Morris and Bear Creek.

Junior running back Tomas Randolph, who was a pleasant surprise as an underclassmen last season averaging over four yards per carry.  

The Jaguars have built one of the winningest programs in Jeffco over the past decade (6-4, 3-3 in league) but this season could be interesting for D'Evelyn. The team lost a handful of key senior players but also had some of the best young talent in Jeffco last season. Therefore the Jaguars could either be in for a rebuild or that young talent could be ready to break out. Either way longtime coach Jeremy Bennett will have his D'Evelyn team again in the mix.

Junior receiver Charlie Davis, who had five touchdowns last season in a limited role.

The once proud Demons football program has fallen on hard times (1-9, 1-4 in league), with three consecutive one-win seasons. But that will happen when you have four different head coaches in an eight year span. Jason Neely is now in his third year as Golden head coach and it is time that the program starts to win games. The Demons showed improvement down the stretch last season.

Junior quarterback Trent Morris, who will be asked to get the tarnish off the Golden football program.

The Rams have been trying to break through over the past few seasons (5-5, 2-3 in league) but they didn't have the goods to be an impact football team. This year under second year head coach Jared Wallen Green Mountain looks like the kind of team ready to take that next step forward. The Rams will be led by senior running back Chance Boyce who recorded 10 touchdowns last season.

Senior receiver Sean Carlson, who averaged over 12 yards per catch last season.

The Saints were one of the best stories in Colorado high school athletics last season. Jefferson had won only three games total over the past decade until head coach and alum Anthony Rankin revived the program which went on to go 8-3 last season (5-2 in league) and qualify for the playoffs. The question now is can the Saints maintain that same level or play this season? It will be tough considering the loss of several impact seniors.

Junior running back Tarico Rockette, who will be asked to be a standout player this season.

The new-look Tigers will be led by new head coach Jeff Braun who replaces longtime coach Mark Robinson. Braun inherited a team that won only three games last season (3-7, 2-3 in league), but the program also won 12 games just three seasons ago. Moreover, Lakewood has a rich history and it might not be long before Braun has the Tigers back on top. Plus they return several big contributors from last year's team.

Senior running back Sean Pinson, who could be one of the best running backs in the state this season.

The Gators were quietly a very strong outfit last season (8-3, 3-2 in league). Standley Lake 10 years ago was a 0-10 team that head coach Don Morse has turned into one of the winningest programs in Jeffco. And a decade later the Gators have a team that is in the mix to win a league title, led by senior quarterback Jacob Narango, who was awesome as a junior last season.

Senior running back John Ruiz-Perez, who averaged over seven yards per carry last season.

The legendary Farmers' football program was in the press for all the wrong reasons last season with the departure of longtime and super successful head coach Reid Kahl. Kahl was forced out the door and Wheat Ridge settled on Poudre's Dan Reardon as their new head coach, but it is yet to be seen if Reardon can maintain the same type of success that Kahl created. Expect the very proud Wheat Ridge program to rally around the new coach and stay in the mix as one of the elite teams in 4A football.

Senior Jordan Jones, who as a junior rushed for over five yards per carry. Jones could be a break out star in 4A football this season.