QB — AUSTIN APODACA, Sr., Silver Creek: The Washington State recruit threw for 3,849 yards and 44 touchdowns to place his name on Colorado’s all-time charts and lead the Raptors to a 3A runner-up finish.

QB — FORREST WETTERSTROM, Jr., Longmont: Carried the 11-1 Trojans on offense with 1,774 yards and 26 touchdowns passing and 865 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing.

RB — JOSE FRAIRE, Sr., Broomfield: The power back rushed for 1,183 yards and 21 touchdowns to balance the Eagles’ aerial attack.

RB — DEMETRIUS KENNEDY, Jr., Boulder: Got the tough yards and also had breakaway ability, rushing for 985 yards and eight scores.

RB — JARED MESCHKE, Sr., Monarch: Led the area with 1,551 rushing yards and also scored 20 touchdowns to lead the Coyotes into the 4A semifinals.

WR — MAX McCADDON, Sr., Niwot: A big, versatile receiver, averaged more than 18 yards per catch and scored seven touchdowns as the Cougars’ most dangerous threat on offense.

WR — RYAN RANKIN, Sr., Silver Creek: As Apodaca’s top target, made his own mark on the state’s charts with 76 grabs for 1,307 yards and 18 scores.

TE — WYATT KNECHTEL, Sr., Silver Creek: Using his Division-I frame, caught 43 passes for 615 yards and six TDs.

OL — LEVI CAMPBELL, Sr., Lyons: Athletic enough to play all over the field and gritty enough to pave the way for LHS’ rushing attack, he was a star on both sides of the ball during a 1A semifinal run.

OL — CHICO FELTENBERGER, Sr., Skyline: The 6-4, 300-pound bruiser has opportunities to do football and track and field (throws) both in college.

OL — JOSH HURST, Jr., Monarch: Two 1,000-yard backs didn’t get there themselves. Hurst helped clear a path.

OL — MARCUS JOHNSON, Jr., Longmont: At 6-4, 275, he could be the next great Trojans lineman.

OL — SEVRIN REMMO, Sr., Fairview: The 6-4, 275-pounder holds scholarship offers from Northern Colorado and Air Force.

OL — BEN WOO CHING, Sr., Silver Creek: A two-way star on both lines, the 6-0, 300-pounder has been one of the best in the area for three years running.

K — FORREST DONNELL, Sr., Lyons: A touchback machine on kickoffs, he hit 10 field goals during the season and has the tools to kick or run track in college.

KR — CAMERON McWEE, Sr., Legacy: One of the area’s most dangerous receivers as well, he averaged 24 yards per kick return and 14.5 per punt return, taking two to the house.

ATH — JORDAN MELANI, Sr., Lyons: Did it all for the Lions, rushing, passing and wreaking havoc on the D-line to lead Lyons’ campaign.



DL — TRACE GRAY, Sr., Silver Creek: The 6-3, 225-pound defensive end racked up nine sacks and was third on the team in tackles for the 3A runners-up.

DL — JORDAN KING, Sr., Frederick: Piled up 12 sacks and picked off a pair of passes, including one for a score in a 3A state quarterfinal victory.

DL — ANDREW McLEAN, Jr., Broomfield: Eclipsed 100 tackles in the trenches and registered 71/2 sacks during the Eagles’ 4A quarterfinal season.

DL — MAX NEWEY, Sr., Fairview: Sacked the quarterback 11 times and was second on the team in tackles for a solid defensive unit.

DL — AUSTIN YURKO, Sr., Legacy: Led an always physical Lightning squad in tackles while playing inside. Also had 61/2 sacks and blocked three kicks.

LB — CRIS CHACON, Sr., Longmont: Led Longmont in tackles during the team’s 11-1 campaign and forced four fumbles.

LB — JACK MADDEN, Sr., Fairview: A hard hitter on both sides of the ball, led the Knights in tackles, force four fumbles and recovered a pair.

LB — KRISTIAN NIEMI, Sr., Broomfield: Did it all, finishing third on the team in tackles, tallying three sacks and intercepting a pair of passes.

LB — KC RIVERA, Jr., Frederick: A bruising fullback on offense, was the heart and soul of a defense that carried the Warriors to the 3A state semifinals.

LB — TRAVIS SCHLUETER, Sr., Monarch: The hybrid end/outside backer helped lead a Coyote group that allowed just 8.8 points per game.

DB — ABEL BROWN, Sr., Boulder: Led the Panthers in tackles and forced three fumbles as one of the hardest hitters around.

DB — COLIN BROWN, Sr., Fairview: Picked off six passes and recovered a pair of fumbles to lead the charge in the back for the Knights.

DB — JORDAN JOHNSON, Sr., Longmont: Picked off four passes and was third on the team in tackles for the Trojans.

DB — WES MOON, Sr., Monarch: The big, powerful safety picked off a pair of passes and was third on the team in tackles.

P — KEVIN RETCHLESS, Sr., Frederick: Turned in game-changing boots on multiple occasions during the playoffs as the Warriors contended with field position and defense.


Austin Apodaca, Silver Creek


KC Rivera, Frederick


Austin Apodaca, Silver Creek


Thad Lear, Frederick