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Niwot quarterback Nathan Merriman scrambles during practice last week.


COACH: Josh Brewer (1st year).

LAST YEAR: 2-8, 1-5 Class 4A Northern League.

RETURNING STARTERS: Cahill Kelleghan (TE, Sr., 6-3, 190), Brian Meek (LB, Sr., 6-0, 180), Nate Merriman (QB, Sr., 6-2, 200), Elijah Noterman (S, Sr., 5-10, 160), Jake Sarosi (LB, Sr., 5-10, 200), Roman Sharp (G, Sr., 6-1, 185), Brian Toles (K, Sr., 5-9, 150).

OTHERS TO WATCH: Danny Caruso (FB, Jr., 5-10, 200), Kyle Connaro (DB, Sr., 6-0, 175), Billy Drake (DB, Sr., 5-9, 160), Josh Heape (TE, Sr., 6-2, 180), Lorne Jenkins (WR, Sr., 5-10, 145), Alex Kinnison (LB, Jr., 6-1, 185), Mike Philips (RB/DB, Sr., 6-0, 175), Brandon Slepicka (OL, Jr., 6-1, 225).

DIVISION-I PROSPECTS: Merriman.

MUST-SEE GAME: Aug. 31 vs. Skyline.

STRENGTHS: Solid athletes at skill positions. Merriman will lead an offense that could boast a bigger array of weapons than in recent seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Question marks on defense. The Cougars surrendered at least 40 points four times last season and averaged 30.6 points allowed.


SCHEDULE

 

Aug 31 — SKYLINE, 7 p.m.

Sept. 6 — at Standley Lake, North Area Athletic Complex, 6 p.m.

Sept. 13 — MONARCH, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 — GREELEY WEST*, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 — at Loveland*, Ray Patterson Field, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 — MOUNTAIN VIEW*, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 — at Greeley Central*, District 6 Stadium, 7 p.m.

Oct.19 — LONGMONT*, 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 — WINDSOR*, 7 p.m.

Nov. 1 — at Thompson Valley*, Ray Patterson Field, 7 p.m.

Note: Home games uppercase and at Everly Montgomery Field. Asterisk indicates 4A Northern League game.

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