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MileHigh Prep Report Preseason 8-Man Football Rankings

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MileHigh Prep Report Preseason 8-Man Football Rankings

Last year’s Football season was very interesting.  Limited number of games and teams either playing Fall or Spring season.  8-man looks to have some very tough teams and of course can Sedgwick County continue dominating 8-Man.  Lots of talented team look to push for the crown in 8-Man.

8-Man

RankTeamNotes
#1Sedgwick County    

Defending State Champions, Fall Season
Sedgwick County is your defending State Champions from the Fall Season.  Sedgwick County is going for the 7peat this season.  Sedgwick County will have a few holes to fill with 7 seniors graduating.  The main returner on offense will be Brody Parker who will anchor the offense.  Defensively Sedgwick County returns 4 of their top 10 tacklers with Nolan Carlson leading the unit.  Sedgwick County is always well coached and until someone unseats them, they stay at #1.
#2Sanford  

Made the playoffs, Runner up
Sanford was your runner up a season ago.  Sanford returns a lot of talent with just 3 seniors graduating.  The offensive line will have the biggest holes to fill and a new defensive leader.  Offensively Sanford returns QB Josh Holman and RB Kelton Gartrell who will lead a very dangerous offense.  Defensively Sanford returns 7 of their top 10 tacklers but who become the leader is the biggest question mark.
#3Merino  

Made the playoffs, lost in the Semifinals
Merino reached the semifinals a year ago falling to Sanford in a great Semifinal game.  Merino returns some key players but lose 4 seniors and are hit hard mainly at the RB position.  Merino returns WR Derrick Alber and QB Deacon Trenkle who had a big season a year ago.  Also look for Tyler Frank to see his role on offense continue to expand.  Defensively Merino returns 7 of their top 10 tacklers but lose their top 2 from a season ago.
#4Haxtun  

Missed the playoffs, went 3-3 Fall Season
Haxtun missed the playoffs a season ago but return tons of talent for a deep run this season.  Haxtun lose just 1 senior from last year and return everything else.  QB Owen Knode and RB Michael Gerk both are back to lead a talented offense.  Defensively Haxtun returns their top 10 tacklers.  Haxtun will be led by a big group of upcoming seniors and juniors and should see a big step forward this year.
#5Mancos

Made the playoffs, lost in the first round
Mancos reached the playoffs a year ago before falling to Sanford in a great first round game.  Mancos will have a few holes to fill on the offensive line along with a new Defensive leader.  Mancos does return QB Ayden Mathews and RB Chase Moore.  Defensively Mancos returns 6 of their top 10 tacklers but who steps up to be a leader will be key.
#6Dove Creek  

Made the playoffs, lost in the Semifinals
Dove Creek reached the semifinals last year before falling to Sedgwick County.  Dove Creek does lose 5 seniors from last year’s team.  RB will be the biggest hole on offense to fill.  QB Chorbin Cressler will be the anchor of the offense.  Defensively Dove Creek has a few holes to fill losing 3 of their top 4 tacklers but return 6 of their top 10.  Who steps up to be a leader on defense for Dove Creek is the biggest question mark.
#7Dayspring Christian    

Missed the playoffs, went 4-3 Fall Season
Dayspring Christian missed the playoffs a season ago but look primed for a playoff run this time around.  Dayspring Christian lose just 2 seniors but will be looking to replace most of their offense with QB Christian Still graduating.  Garrett Krehbiel did take snaps at QB in 2019 and we will see if he takes over at that position.  RB Wyatt Eichman and Jacob Martin could also see their roles on offense expand this season.  Defensively Dayspring Christian returns 9 of their top 10 tacklers and this could be one of the toughest units in 8-Man this season.
#8Holly  

Missed the playoffs, went 2-3 Fall Season
Holly missed the playoffs a year ago going 2-3.  Holly returns a ton of talent this season and could be considered a dark horse entering the year.  Holly returns QB Dakota Eaton along with RB Eli Ramos, and WR Fernando Dominguez.  Defensively Holly returns 8 of their top 10 tacklers.  Holly looks to improve to a top 10 defense this season.  Holly lose just 2 seniors from last season and will be aiming for the playoffs this year.
#9Crowley County  

Made the playoffs, lost in the first round
Crowley County played their first season in the 8-Man ranks last season.  Crowley County reached the playoffs before falling to Sedgwick County.  Crowley County will be looking for a deeper run this season and have the talent to do so.  Crowley County returns QB Tach Brewer but will be looking for an RB to step up this season.  Defensively Crowley County returns 7 of their top 10 tacklers and this unit should be fun to watch.
#10Rangely  

Made the playoffs, lost in the first round
Rangely made the playoffs a season ago before falling to Dove Creek.  Rangely had a solid season losing just the 1 game in the playoffs.  Rangely will have a few holes to fill losing 6 seniors but have a lot coming back for a deep run.  Rangely returns QB Keihlin Myers and RB Zane Varner.  Defensively Rangely returns 6 of their top 10 tacklers but lose their top 3 and key leadership. 
#11Swink  

Missed the playoffs, went 5-1 Fall Season
Swink missed the playoffs last season but went 5-1.  Swink will have a few holes to fill losing 7 seniors, but RB Matthew Mendoza will be the biggest hole to fill on offense.  Swink will return QB Hunter Bauserman and #2 RB Clay Roweth.  Defensively Swink returns a lot of talent with 7 of their top 10 tacklers returning including 4 of their top 5.  I could see Swink Defensively being a top 5 defense this season.
#12Hoehne   Defending State Champions, Spring SeasonHoehne won the State Championship during the Spring Season.  They were senior heavy at the skill position and will turn to an upcoming Junior Class to take over.  Michael Armijo and Dario Vezzani will be the two names to watch on offense.  Hoehne defensively returns 5 of their top 10 tacklers.  Hoehne will be looking for leadership on defense.
#13Calhan  

Missed the playoffs, went 3-3 Fall Season
Calhan missed the playoffs a season ago but went 3-3.  Calhan lose key pieces on both offense and defense.  Calhan biggest need will be at QB on offense.  RB Ryan Campbell and WR Zach Peterson should see their roles increase on offense this season.  Defensively Calhan returns a key leader in Aiden Jack and this unit should see an improvement this season.
#14Fowler  

Made the playoffs, lost in the first round
Fowler made the playoffs a season ago and had a big season going 6-1 but fell short against Merino in a very hard-fought game.  Fowler lose a big senior class losing 11 seniors but have some talent back to try and make another big run. Fowler offensively will be looking for some new players at the skill positions, but the offensive line looks to be intact and will power the offense.  Defensively Fowler returns 4 of their top 10 tacklers but have key returners in Scott Mobbley and Boyd Rogers.
#15Pikes Peak Christian  

Missed the playoffs, went 4-2 Fall Season
Pikes Peak Christian missed the playoffs a season ago but went 4-2.  Pikes Peak Christian offensively will have a few holes to fill at the skill positions especially at the QB position.  RB Mick Kopriva should see his role increase on the offensive side.  The offensive line for PPC looks to be in really good shape and should power the offense.  Defensively Pikes Peak Christian returns 6 of their top 10 tacklers and will look to Caleb Grant and Kyle Arnett to be leaders.
#16Plateau Valley  

Made the playoffs, lost in the Semifinals (Springs Season)
Plateau Valley made the playoffs during the spring season and reached the semifinals before falling to Hoehne.  Plateau Valley returns nearly their entire roster.  QB Tallen Long and RB Colton Witzel return to lead the offense.  Defensively Plateau Valley returns their top 10 tacklers from a year ago.  If this unit can improve to a top 15 defense, they could make a run for the playoffs.
 Other Teams to WatchAkron, Simla, Byers, McClave, Las Animas, Sargent, Springfield, West Grand, Elbert, Vail Christian