It wasn't all that long ago when the Frederick football team had a long stretch of playoff appearances, earning the No. 1 ranking at one point and advancing to the 2011 3A semifinals.
More recently however, the Warriors suffered through a two-year span where they only won one game, including a winless campaign last season.
That's why Frederick's 28-0 shutout of Fort Lupton last Friday was so important. Coach Thad Lear's group came out and dominated a Blue Devils team they should beat at home, registering seven sacks defensively while getting a 203-yard, one-touchdown rushing effort from senior Lance Hartsoch that led to the storming of the field by the Warriors' student section.
Frederick's victory was one of several big wins by BoCo area teams that are hoping to turn around their fortunes on the gridiron this season. Niwot, Lyons, Monarch, Skyline and Silver Creek are all coming off losing seasons in 2015, but all scored impressive victories in their season openers.
Granted, a big Week One win doesn't guarantee anything, but it is something to build on. And all of the aforementioned teams have a legitimate chance to add to their win totals over the next few weeks.
String together a few wins here and there and, the next thing you know, contending for the playoffs is a realistic goal.
And many times that's all you can ask.
News and notes
• Here at BoCoPreps we're always experimenting with ways to bring our readers more and better coverage. One thing we're trying out for the fall season is a podcast where we will discuss anything and everything relevant to the prep sports scene. Our goal is to make it a weekly feature and our hope is to have special guests from time to time. Our first one, featuring reporters Adam Dunivan and Brad Cochi, will be up at BoCoPreps.com Thursday. Check it out and let me know what you think.
• While most fall sports are just getting started, one sport is rocketing toward it's conclusion already. Regionals can start as early as next Monday, Sept. 12, and the state tournaments are slated for Sept. 26-27.
The Front Range League held it's final league match on Tuesday, with Fossil Ridge beating Fairview by nine strokes for the overall conference team title. Monarch finished third, followed by Mountain Range, Boulder, Legacy and Broomfield.
The race for the individual title couldn't have been closer, with Fairview senior Daniel Pearson edging Boulder junior Freddie Gluck by a single stroke for the crown. Those two battled all season long for top finishes, and Pearson's one-stroke win on Tuesday proved to be the difference.
• When the latest CHSAANow.com soccer polls came out on Monday, Class 5A had a distinct BoCo feel to it. The top three teams were all from the area, with Fairview checking in at No. 1, followed by Boulder and two-time defending champion Broomfield. Class 4A featured Centaurus at No. 7 and Niwot at No. 8, while Peak to Peak was second in Class 3A.
• The Longmont volleyball team's bid to repeat as Northern League champs took a huge hit Tuesday when senior Olivia Storaci went down with what appeared to be an ACL injury during the second set of a victory over Greeley Central.
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