Monarch High football coach Phil Bravo and boys basketball coach Ken Niven received a nice post-holiday gift this week.

Niven confirmed on Friday night that Jay MacIntyre, the son of new University of Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre, has transferred to MHS. Niven said MacIntyre practiced with his team for the first time on Friday and has been cleared by the Colorado High School Activities Association to suit up on Tuesday when the 5-2 Coyotes open Front Range League play at Boulder.

Prep2Prep.com, a high school sports website based in the San Jose, Calif., area, had reported on Thursday that MacIntyre intended to transfer from San Jose's Valley Christian to Monarch.

MacIntyre, whose father was head coach at San Jose State for three years before leaving for CU, is a 5-foot-10, 178 junior who started at quarterback for Valley Christian's football team and guard on the basketball team.

Niven said it was too early to tell what MacIntyre's role might be with his squad, but sounded impressed nonetheless. Monarch already enjoys a solid 1-2 scoring duo of Ben Beauchamp (17.8 points per game) and Alex Krason (14.5 ppg).

"He handles the ball real well, he defends well, shoots it well," Niven said. "Looking at him one day, he's a pretty good player."

Despite suffering a concussion during football season, MacIntyre played in 10 games in the fall for Valley Christian, helping lead the team to an 8-6 record and California's Central Coast Section Division-III championship. He passed for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 436 yards and five scores in an offense that piled up more than 80 percent of its yardage on the ground, much like Monarch is accustomed to.

Cole Watson, who quarterbacked Monarch to the Class 4A state football championship last month, will graduate in May, leaving the door open for MacIntyre to step in. MacIntyre also plays defensive back, returning a fumble for a touchdown and intercepting a pass at the goal line in Valley Christian's title game win in which he also threw three touchdown passes.

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