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MileHigh Prep Report Way to Early Class 1A Football Top 5 and Teams to Watch

MileHigh Prep Report Way to Early Class 1A Football Top 5 and Teams to Watch

Last year’s Football season was very interesting.  Limited number of games and teams either playing Fall or Spring season.  Class 1A looks to have some very tough teams but Limon will look to defend their crown.  What I am planning on doing is ranking my Top 5 and then listing between 8 to 10 teams to watch for outside the top 5.  This is a very early look and when I kick up full articles again at the end of July, I will dive much deeper into each Class.

Class 1A

RankTeamNotes
#1Limon    

Defending State Champions, Fall Season Class 1A
Limon is your defending State Champion and they will be looking for the 4peat.  Limon will have a few key pieces to replace but will have tons of talent back.  QB Trey Hines will be back along with RB Jeremiah Leeper.  The offensive line for Limon will be tough with key experience back.  Limon will have some key pieces to replace on defense with 7 of their top 13 tacklers graduating. 
#2Centauri  

Made the playoffs, lost in Semifinals.
Centauri reached the semifinals again this season and will be looking for the next step and for a State Title.  Centauri returns a lot of talent from last years Semifinal team.  Back up QB Byron Shawcroft will look to take the reins.  RB Mason Claunch is back to lead the offense.  The offensive line for Centauri returns nearly intact and the defense returns 11 of their top 13 tacklers. 
#3Hotchkiss  

Made the playoffs, lost in the First Round.
Hotchkiss reached the playoffs last season but fell in the first round to Wray.  Hotchkiss, I believe will be under a different name next season as Hotchkiss and Paonia are combining but I need to confirm this or if someone can let me know.  Hotchkiss regardless will return a lot of talent including RB Mordecai White.  Hotchkiss also return most of the starters on the offensive line and return 7 of their top 13 tacklers.  QB will be the biggest question mark for Hotchkiss. 
#4Holyoke  

Made the playoffs, lost in the first round
Holyoke was a young team a season ago but were still able to reach the playoffs and will be a big threat this year.  Holyoke returns QB Miles Sprague along with RB Carlos Legarreta, and WR Wyatt Sprague.  Holyoke offensive line will return at least 3 starters and the defense for Holyoke returns 10 of their top 13 tacklers.  Holyoke should be a big threat again this season.
#5Buena Vista

Made the playoffs, lost in the semifinals Class 2A Spring Season
Buena Vista played in the spring season a year ago and reached the semifinals.  Buena Vista returns a lot of talent and will look to make a deep playoff run. Buena Vista returns their QB Haden Camp and RB Jacob Phelps.  The offensive line for Buena Vista will return at least 3 starters and the defense for Buena Vista will return 9 of their top 13 tacklers. 
 Others to Watch For 
 Strasburg  

Made the playoffs, Runner-up
Strasburg was the runner up a year ago and lose a very talented senior class.  Strasburg will be looking to replace most of their skill positions and rebuild their offensive line.  The defense for Strasburg will be the anchor of this team returning 7 of their top 13 tacklers.  Strasburg is always well coached, so I see this as a reload instead of a rebuild.
 Wray  

Made the playoffs, lost in the Semifinals
Wray reached the semifinals a year ago but were hit hard by graduation at the skill position.  Wray offensive line will also be looking for some key players to fill holes. The defense for Wray returns 6 of their top 13 tacklers but have plenty of young kids looking to move into starting roles.  Wray could be a year out from really pushing for another deep run.
 Florence  

Made the playoffs, lost in the first round
Florence made the playoffs a year ago but fell in the first round to Centauri.  Florence will lose a key leader but have talent coming back to try and push for a deeper playoff run.  Florence returns QB Lincoln Nix and RB Jacob Kennedy.  Florence offensive line returns half of their starters and the defense returns 7 of their top 13 tacklers.
 Meeker  

Made the playoffs, lost in the first round
Meeker made the playoffs last season but fell in the first round.  Meeker will be without longtime starter Ryan Phelan at QB as he graduated.  Meeker will look to replace him at QB.  Meeker returns RB Kelton Turner and he will look to anchor the offense.  The offensive line for Meeker will also look for plenty of younger kids to step up.  The defense for Meeker will be extremely tough returning 8 of their top 13 tacklers and look for them to anchor this team.
 Grand Valley    

Made the playoffs, lost in first round spring season
Grand Valley played in the spring season and reached the playoffs in Class 2A.  Grand Valley was a young team a year ago and should be tough this year.  Grand Valley returns their QB, RB, and top WR this season.  Grand Valley also returns at least 3 starters on the offensive line along with 8 of their top 13 tacklers on defense. 
 Monte Vista  

Missed the playoffs, went 5-2 Fall Season
Monte Vista missed the playoffs last season but went 5-2.  Monte Vista has plenty of talent back for a deep run this season.  Monte Vista returns QB Colton Mellott along with their #2 RB Hunter Pacheco.  Monte Vista will return 3 starters on the offensive line and the defense should be tough returning 7 of their top 13 tacklers.
 Highland  

Missed the playoffs, went 5-2 Fall Season
Highland missed the playoffs last season but went 5-2.  Highland will be looking to replace some key pieces at the skill position but return QB Sam Hzindil.  Highland will return key experience on the offensive line but have a few holes to fill.  The defense for Highland returns just 5 of their top 13 tacklers so this will be the biggest hole to fill for Highland
 Yuma  

Missed the playoffs, went 4-3 Fall Season
Yuma did not make the playoffs a year ago but finished the season at 4-3.  Yuma returns QB Clay Robinson and he will lead a talented skill position group for Yuma.  The offensive line is the biggest concern for Yuma with possibly only 1 starter returning for them.  Defensively Yuma returns 7 of their top 13 tacklers but have lots of leadership back.
 Peyton  

Missed the playoffs, went 4-2 Fall Season
Peyton missed the playoffs last season but finished the year at 4-2.  Peyton returns their starting QB Gunner Graham along with their #2 RB Dresden Howeth.  Peyton offensive line will be one of their biggest strengths returning at least 3 starters if not 4.  The defense will also be extremely tough returning 9 of their top 13 tacklers.  Leadership on defense will be the biggest loss.
 Other Teams to WatchSt. Mary’s, Estes Park, Bennett, Ignacio, C.S Christian, Center, Platte Canyon, Banning Lewis, Wiggins, Olathe, Gunnison, Rocky Ford