Football Top Ten Rankings

MileHigh Prep Report Preseason Rankings Class 1A

Picture by OTSportsChek (Limon vs Holyoke)

MileHigh Prep Report Preseason Rankings Class 1A

For Class 1A I think we have some incredibly talented teams and the battle to make it into the final 8 should be very good.  I will do a league by league breakdown next week for all classes.  Remember this is just my take on the rankings and is a starting point on the 2020 Football season and not who I think will make the playoffs.  I will have those predictions out next week.  I am only including teams playing in the Fall.  (Also if teams have players not playing due to covid I may make changes to the rankings.)

Note: I am just going to quickly give the rankings and a quick breakdown of what they are returning.  Closer to the season I will go league by league and breakdown each league!

Class 1A

RankTeamNotes
#1Limon HS

Made the playoffs, 2 Time Defending State Champs
Not having Limon #1 made zero sense so they kick off the rankings at #1.  Limon is the defending state champions and are going for the 3-peat.  Limon returns a lot of talent on offense including RB Kory Tacha, RB Jeremiah Leeper, and QB Trey Hines.  The big loss on offense will probably be the leader of the offensive line Logan Marx.  Limon defensively gave up 173 points which 15th best but look for this unit to improve this season.  Limon loses just 2 of their top 11 tacklers.  Limon will be the favorite to win the state title, but it will not be easy with a tough Class 1A.
#2Strasburg HS

Made the playoffs, Runner-ups
Strasburg starts the season as the #2 team in the state.  Strasburg lose just 6 seniors from last years runner up team and come back loaded and looking for a deep run.  Strasburg offensively returns QB Collin Russell and RB Trystan Graf.  Those two will lead an offense that will be very tough to stop.  The offensive line will also return possibly 4 of their 5 starters and will be extremely tough to beat.  Defensively Strasburg gave up 124 points which put them at 5th best in Class 1A a year ago.  The defense will return plenty of leadership with 7 of their top 11 tacklers returning. 
#3Colorado Springs Christian

Made the playoffs, lost in Quarterfinals.
C.S Christian lose 8 seniors of an 8-3 season and a trip to the Quarterfinals.  C.S Christian offensively returns plenty of weapons with QB Caleb Stockton back and #2 RB Joe Dunn back.  C.S Christian will be looking to replace their #1 RB but look for Dunn to step up this season.  The offensive line for C.S Christian should also return with possibly 1 or 2 holes to fill.  Defensively C.S Christian gave up 116 points which put them at 4th best in Class 1A.  C.S Christian return 7 of their top 11 tacklers.   
#4Bennett HS  

Made the playoffs, Lost in 1st Round in Class 2A
Bennett drops down from Class 2A back into Class 1A.  They moved up 2 years ago and should be primed for a deep push their first year in Class 1A.  Bennett offensively return RB Mac Copeland, RB Jordan Despues, and QB Mikey Babi.  These 3 will lead an explosive rushing attack.  The offensive line will also be mostly back with 3 of the 5 starters back.  Defensively Bennett gave up 155 points in Class 2A.  Bennett will have a few holes to fill with 6 of their 11 tacklers returning.
#5Meeker HS  

Made the playoffs, lost in the Quarterfinals
Meeker reached the second-round last year despite some key injuries and this could be a huge year if they can stay healthy.  Meeker offensively return QB Ryan Phelan considered by most to be the best QB in Class 1A.  Meeker also return RB Jeremy Woodward, RB Kelton Turner, and WR Colby Clatterbaugh.  The offense for Meeker could be one of the more explosive in Class 1A.  The offensive line for Meeker will have a few holes to fill but return at least 2 of the 5 starters from last season.  Defensively Meeker gave up 184 points last season which was 16th best.  Look for Meeker to improve defensively and they return 6 of their 11 tacklers.
#6Florence HS  

Made the playoffs, lost in the first round
Florence reached the playoffs last year but were upset in the first round.  Florence will return plenty of talent to make a push for another run this season.  Florence returns QB Josh Martinez, RB Jacob Kennedy, and RB Owen Busetti.  Florence offensive line will nearly remain intact with 3 of the 5 starters possibly returning.  Defensively Florence returns the top defense in Class 1A giving up just 95 points a season ago.  This unit will have some holes to fill with just 5 of their top 11 tacklers returning but with leader Owen Busetti back this defense will still be a top defense.
#7Wray HS  

Made the playoffs, lost in the Quarterfinals
Wray reached the Quarterfinals a year ago.  Wray upset Florence in the first round before falling to eventual state champions Limon.  Wray offensively returns QB Tyler Collins who may have to step up in a bigger role this season.  Wray will be looking for a new #1 RB but look for Junior Arambula to possibly fill that hole.  The offensive line for Wray will all nearly be back with 4 of the 5 starters back.  Wray defensively gave up 216 points last season which was 22nd best in Class 1A.  Look for the defensive unit of Wray to improve this season.  Wray returns 9 of their 11 top tacklers and this unit will improve.
#8Highland HS  

Made the playoffs, lost in the Quarterfinals
Highland reached the Quarterfinals a year ago and have continued to improve each season.  Highland offensively return a lot of fire power with QB Sam Hnizdil and RB Holden Morgan coming back.  Highland offensive line will have a few holes to fill with possibly losing 3 of their starting 5.  The offensive for Highland will be key this season.  Defensively Highland gave up 169 points which was 12th best in Class 1A.  Highland will have a few holes to fill with 5 of their 11 top tacklers returning.   
#9Centauri HS  

Made the playoffs, lost in the Semifinals
Centauri reached the Semifinals a year ago before running into Strasburg.  Centauri will have plenty of offensive weapons back with RB Mason Claunch and RB Zach Buhr.  We will see a new QB with Mckay Russell stepping into the starting position.  The biggest question mark for Centauri on offense will be the offensive line.  4 of 5 starters graduated with only Hunter Berggren back.  He will have to anchor a new offensive line.  Defensively Centauri gave up 133 points which was 6th best in Class 1A.  Centauri returns 6 of their top 11 tacklers and this unit will be looking for a leader but look towards Zach Buhr and Mason Claunch.
#10Hotchkiss  

Made the playoffs, lost in the First Round
Hotchkiss reached the playoffs a year ago and are looking to build upon that season.  Hotchkiss offensively will have to find a new #1 RB but look to Traycer Hall or Adam Smith to fill that hole.  QB Yahir Chavez will be back for Hotchkiss and look for him to step up more as a leader on offense.  Hotchkiss offensive line will have a few holes with possibly 2 of the 5 starters back.  Defensively Hotchkiss gave up just 115 points which was 3rd best in Class 1A.  Hotchkiss will return 6 of their 11 top tacklers and the leaders of the defense will be back.
#11Holyoke    

Made the playoffs, lost in the semifinals
Holyoke reached the Semifinals a year ago before falling to eventual state champions Limon.  Holyoke offensively return QB Miles Sprague and he will have be looking at a much different backfield from a year ago.  Holyoke will be looking to replace their #1 & #2 RBs and top 2 WR’s.  Holyoke may be retooling their offense a bit this season.  The offensive line for Holyoke will return 2 of their 5 starters and if this group can step up then Holyoke will not miss a beat.  Defensively Holyoke gave up just 106 points and was second best in Class 1A.  Holyoke returns 5 of their 11 top tacklers and look for Aidyn Shafer to step up big time for this team.
#12Monte Vista  

Missed the playoffs, went 3-6 last year
Monte Vista is the first team to not make the playoffs in the Rankings.  Monte Vista had a tough season a year ago but should have plenty of talent coming back.  Offensively Monte Vista loses their main offensive weapon but return QB Colton Mellott and RB Cobi Garcia who missed most of last year.  The offensive line for Monte Vista will return 4 of the 5 starters and this unit will have to dominate this season.  Defensively Monte Vista gave up 220 points which was 25th in Class 1A.  This unit will have to improve the most if Monte Vista plans to improve this season.  Monte Vista return 6 of their 11 top tacklers and look for Keyshawn Martinez and Cobi Garcia to lead this unit.
#13Yuma  

Made the Playoffs, lost in the first round
Yuma made the playoffs a year ago and had a big improvement from the season before.  Yuma will have some holes to fill offensively at QB and the #1 RB but look for players like Clay Robinson and Yahir Trejo to really step up for Yuma.  The offensive line for Yuma will all nearly be back with possibly 4 of the 5 starters back.  Yuma will hope the offensive line can dominate to help this young skill players.  Defensively Yuma gave up 150 points which was 8th best in Class 1A.  Yuma returns 7 of their top 11 tacklers and this unit should be tough yet again.
#14Burlington  

Missed the Playoffs, went 3-6 last year
Burlington missed the playoffs last year after having to retool a lot of positions.  Burlington will be back with plenty of weapons this season.  QB Michael Gutierrez and RB Braxton Erker will be back and ready to lead the offense.  The offensive line returns 3 of the 5 starters and will anchor a improved offensive group.  Defensively Burlington gave up 197 points which was 19th best in Class 1A.  Burlington will hope to improve this unit this year.  Burlington returns 9 of their 11 top tacklers and will help make this unit better.
 Other Teams to WatchPeyton, Cedaredge, Ignacio, Wiggins, Rocky Ford, Rye, Paonia, Center, Platte Canyon, Olathe

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s