Junior achievement

A look at some of the other top juniors in the BoCo area:

Bryce DesJardins, Fairview: A standout DB, had seven INTs as a sophomore.

Sam Dirkes, Silver Creek: Big presence on the DL, had close to 70 tackles last season.

Drake Engelking, Longmont: Also a tremendous wrestler, could be the Trojans top rushing threat this season.

Keegan Feenstra, Monarch: Someone the opposing OL has to be aware of at all times.

Matt Greenwald, Fairview: Another top DB, gives the Knights their own version of the 'No Fly Zone.'

Jeremy Hollingsworth, Skyline: A transfer from Niwot, will give a charge to the Falcons running game.

Telvin Townsend, Longmont: At 6-2, 253, could be a force on the defensive line.

Andrew Mendoza, Centaurus: The Warriors leading receiver last year, could be even more dangerous this year.

BROOMFIELD — The nature of high school sports is that it is cyclical.

Kids come and go every year and some leave an impact that is felt for decades down the road. Such is the case at Holy Family, where the Helbig name — starting with 2016 graduate Chris — lives on through junior tight end Kyle.


Chris' success on the field opened eyes not only across the state, but also across the country for potential collegiate suitors that needed a strong armed quarterback.

Chris threw for 6,634 yards and 72 touchdowns during his last two high school seasons before an injury ended his senior year prematurely, and was recruited in both football and basketball.

Chris originally committed to Colorado Christian for basketball, ended up for a season at the University of Colorado as a defensive back and is now chasing his dream of being a Division I quarterback at Butler Community College in Kansas.

"We all learned a little bit through Chris' process," Holy Family coach Mike Gabriel said.

Chris Helbig's trials and tribulations when it comes to the whole recruiting trail has been exceedingly beneficial to his younger brother Kyle, who undoubtedly will have decisions to make in the coming seasons.

A 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior, Kyle is considered one of Colorado's top recruits for the class of 2019. In fact, Kyle already received an offer from Colorado State in June.

Chris' advice to his little brother: "Just go out there and play and that will take care of itself. Obviously every kid out there wants this offer or that offer. For him, I just told him to go out there and do your best and you'll be seen. Let that stuff take care of itself because you are very blessed. 

"When the time comes, it'll all be there for him so just enjoy it now and let it play out to where he can go to a school that he can play and one that really wants him. I'm excited to see where that is and with the family that we have, I know that he will make the right decision and do what's best for him."

Kyle has taken that advice to heart. His performance in the explosive Tigers offense speaks for itself.

While the Tigers had a wide range of options in 2016, Kyle led the team with 56 receptions. Five of those went for touchdowns.

"Matt Brothers, our offensive coordinator, has done a really good job utilizing all of our weapons. Last year, we could have easily sat on Mikey (Zeman) or Joey (Golter) or even Travis (Montoya) and just relied on those type of kids," said Gabriel, whose team begins the season ranked No. 3 in the Class 3A CHSAANow. com poll behind defending champions Pueblo East (No. 1) and Discovery Canyon (No. 2).

"But Matt does a really good job of game-planning and we have a quarterback (Stone Samaras) that does a good job of going through his progressions and not just relying on one target. He relies on the whole offense and uses it to the best of his ability."

Kyle Helbig, who has attended several camps over the summer to better his game, is still focused on the here and now of football, trying to do the best he can to take the 2017 Tigers deep into the playoffs. He has set simple goals for himself — to lead the team in receiving yards and touchdowns and also get Holy Family deeper into the postseason.

The recruiting bonanza can wait.

"I'll just talk to everybody and not make any decision too early," said Kyle, who will be on the field this Friday in Zero Week against Mountain View, "And let it pan out the way it is supposed to."

Said Gabriel: "Kyle learned a lot from his brother, both the positives and the stuff Chris learned after his injury to work on. (Kyle)'s a gym rat and I attribute a lot of that to when Chris graduated, he really motivated (Kyle) and helped him see himself through the process."

A process to this day that Chris is still helping his brother with.

"The biggest thing I've told him is to just go out there, whether it is a workout or a game — no matter what — work as hard as you can. He was blessed with some size that I had to work for and I let him know that he has all the talent in the world," Chris said. "So he just has to push himself and not let anything come easy to him. Hopefully he works and works and works and is never satisfied."

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt