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Mile High Prep Reports Top Returning Defense’s 6-Man Football

Picture by Jennifer Tagtmeyer (Stratton vs Granada)

Mile High Prep Reports Top Returning Defense’s 6-Man Football

Picking the best returning defenses is not an easy task but of course it’s always fun to take a look.  Defense is 6-Man is very underrated but after Fleming dominate performance on defense last year I think it’s very important.  I am using PPG given up last year and seeing what teams are returning.  This is one of my favorite articles to write and defense usually wins championships.  I will release my preseason 6-Man Top 10 tomorrow.

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StrattonTheir defense gave up 217 points last year which was 3rd best in 6-Man.  Stratton is returning one of the toughest defense in 6-Man from last season.  This season they will be looking for the best unit in 6-Man.  Stratton will return 6 of their top 8 tacklers from last season including 3 of their top 4.  Stratton will look to Cyler Notter, Charlie Tagtmeyer, and Joe Shean to step up as leaders this season.
FlemingTheir defense gave up 280 points last year which was 5th best in 6-man.  Fleming was young last season and had many younger players step up as leaders.  Fleming will return 5 of their top 8 tacklers including 2 of their top 4.  Leadership is the biggest thing to replace but I look for Nolan Japp and Kolten Houser to be leaders this season for Fleming.
GranadaTheir defense gave up 317 points last year which was 10th best in 6-Man.  Granada continues to improve on defense, and they will look again to improve to possibly a top 4 unit this season.  Granada will return 7 of their top 8 tacklers including 3 of their top 4.  Granada will have 1 big senior to replace but look to Maddox Coleman, Bailey Hernandez, and John Hainer to step up their game heading into this season.
North ParkTheir defense gave up 326 points last year which was 12th best in 6-man.  North Park has been young the past few season and this season they look for a big turnaround.  North Park will return 7 of their top 8 tacklers including their top 4 tacklers from last season.  Leadership comes from Hunter Sessions and Montgomery Ramsey.  Look for North Park to take a big step this season under key senior leadership.
Branson/KimTheir defense gave up 236 points last year which was 4th best in 6-man.  Branson/Kim will be returning key pieces from last season as they look to stay as a top 5 defense this season.  Branson/Kim will return 6 of their top 8 tacklers from last season and 4 of their top 4 tacklers from last season.  Branson/Kim will turn to leadership from Cade Smith and Bridger Keeler. 
IdaliaTheir defense gave up 313 points last year which was 9th best in 6-man.  Idalia had a big season a year ago and they will look to build off last season success.  Idalia will return just 4 of their top 8 tacklers but return 3 of their top 4 so leadership should not be a problem.  Two players to watch for this season are Eduardo Estrada and Logan Breyer.  Idalia could once again be a top team in 6-Man and their defense could be a force to deal with.0
WalshTheir defense gave up 309 points last year which was 8th best in 6-man.  Walsh was very young last season starting mostly sophomores and freshman.  This season we should see Walsh take that next step and be a top team in 6-Man.  Walsh returns their entire roster including top tacklers in Leyton Jones and Axton Bishop.
Cheyenne WellsTheir defense gave up 202 points last year which was best in 6-man.  Cheyenne Wells had a great run last season using their aggressive defense to help win the championship.  Cheyenne Wells will have some holes to fill with just 2 of their top 8 tacklers coming back but good coaching and key leadership from Ty Scheler and Blake Gilmore should help Cheyenne Wells get up to speed quickly.
OtisTheir defense gave up 381 points last year which was 14th best in 6-Man.  Otis took big steps last year with a young team and this season will look for an improved defense and a more successful season.  Otis returns all 8 of their top 8 tacklers and this will be very important for an improved defense.  Top tacklers Charlie Kendrick, Bohden Klinzmann, and Taylor Ringlein should help improve Otis to a top 8 defense this season. 
PrairieTheir defense gave up 414 points last year which was 19th best in 6-Man.  Prairie will look to improve defensively this season and this unit could carry a younger offense.  Prairie will return 4 of their top 8 tacklers but return key leadership with 3 of their top 4 tacklers coming back.  Key pieces coming back for Prairie are Carter Jaeger, Claytin Hove, and Parker Jaeger.
Arickaree/WoodlinTheir defense gave up 381 points last year which was 15th best in 6-Man.  Arickaree/Woodlin had some success last season, but they will look to improve again this year.  Arickaree/Woodlin will return 6 of their top 8 tacklers but lose key leadership with only 2 of their top 4 coming back.  Arickaree/Woodlin will turn to Logan Wright and Hayden Page to step up as leaders.
BriggsdaleTheir defense gave up 417 points last year which was 20th best in 6-Man.  Briggsdale will once again have their eyes set on a playoff run but will look to improve defensively.  Briggsdale will return just 4 of their top 8 tacklers from last season but Briggsdale does return their top 2 tacklers from last season in Tanner Fiscus and Johnathan Malovich.  Briggsdale will need depth to step up this season. 
Genoa-HugoTheir defense gave up 389 points last year which was 17th best in 6-man.  Genoa-Hugo had a big season last year making the playoffs but for a deeper run need their defense to step up.  Genoa-Hugo will return 5 of their top 8 tacklers but key senior leadership is gone with just 2 of their top 4 tacklers coming back.  Jack Kissel and Trey Smith will look to move into leadership roles this season.
CherawTheir defense gave up 407 points last year which was 18th best in 6-man.  Cheraw reached the playoffs last season, and they will look to do so again this year.  Cheraw will return 5 of their top 8 tacklers including 3 of their top 4.  Cheraw could have a big season from Wade Goodrich and Braeden Harris.  Cheraw needs their defense to really step up this season and help a young offense.
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