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  • Silver Creek football coach Mike Apodaca, center, has been named...

    Lewis Geyer

    Silver Creek football coach Mike Apodaca, center, has been named the football coach of the year.

  • Fairview receiver Sam Martin turned in monster numbers during his...


    Fairview receiver Sam Martin turned in monster numbers during his junior season.

  • Longmont linebacker/running back Joe Lopez (36) turned in a stellar...

    Greg Lindstrom

    Longmont linebacker/running back Joe Lopez (36) turned in a stellar season on both sides of the ball for the Trojans.




QB — BEN SJOBAKKEN, Jr., Silver Creek: In replacing record-setting Austin Apodaca, all Sjobakken did was throw 28 touchdowns, a mere two interceptions and helped guide the Raptors to the 3A title.

QB — DAVID SOMMERS, Jr., Holy Family: Racked up more than 3,100 combined passing and rushing yards — including 1,257 on the ground — and accounted for 28 touchdowns for the Tigers.

RB — DEMETRIUS KENNEDY, Sr., Boulder: The dynamic runner also was a pass-receiving threat out of the backfield and broke the 1,000-yard mark in combined yards from scrimmage. Also averaged 28 yards per kickoff return.

RB — ETHAN MARKS, Jr., Monarch: Finished 25 rushing yards shy of the 2,000 plateau and was particularly beastly in the playoffs. Rushed for 604 yards in the postseason alone in propelling Monarch to the 4A crown.

FB — RYAN MILLER, Sr., Frederick: Paved the way for 1,300-yard back Jacob Sleeth and required multiple tacklers when he had the ball himself. Also led the Warriors with 131 tackles as a linebacker.

WR — TREY FLEMING, Sr., Silver Creek: Had two receiving TDs in the state-title win against Rifle and was a multifaceted standout on both sides of the ball.

WR — SAM MARTIN, Jr., Fairview: The state’s premier receiver hauled in 76 catches for 1,289 yards and 14 touchdowns. He topped the 100-yard mark seven times.

WR — ELIJAH NOTERMAN, Jr., Niwot: Averaged an area-best 21.3 yards on his 36 receptions. He found the end zone six times for a Cougars team that liked to spread the ball around.

HB/TE — RIVER ADDISON, Jr., Boulder: Lined up seemingly everywhere for Boulder, including quarterback when the Panthers suffered a rash of injuries. From his H-Back position, caught 49 passes for 672 yards and nine TDs.

OL — AUSTIN BESWICK, Sr., Monarch: The gargantuan left tackle was instrumental in helping the title-winning Coyotes rush for 291.9 yards per contest.

OL — DREW DAVIES, Sr., Broomfield: Rotated between tackle and blocking tight end on the offensive side of the ball and also was a standout, run-stuffing linebacker.

OL — JOSH HURST, Sr., Monarch: Beswick’s complement on the right side, Hurst is a repeat selection on the squad. He seems to have seen as many 1,000-yard backs as Mike Shanahan.

OL — ISAAC MILLER, Jr., Silver Creek: Not too many opponents could match up size-wise with the 6-foot-7 Miller, who helped provide ample time for Sjobakken in the pocket.

OL — AARON MONTOYA, Sr., Legacy: The Lightning center held his own against eventual 5A champion Valor Christian and was told afterward by an Eagles player that he was the best lineman he’d faced.

OL — CONNOR SPENCER, Jr., Fairview: Academically and physically gifted, Spencer was part of a Knights front five that provided enough time for Fairview to post the 14th-most proficient passing game in the nation.


DL — LEVI CECIL, Jr., Silver Creek: Compiled 85 total tackles this season, an impressive feat for a run-stuffer down in the trenches. He also recorded three sacks on the season and 10 total tackles in the 3A title game.

DL — BILLY HOUSLEY, Sr., Lyons: His 17 sacks led the state, regardless of classification. His enormous presence helped the Lions to the 1A postseason and a 6-4 overall mark.

DL — ANDREW McLEAN, Sr., Broomfield: Coach Gary Davies labels the West Point-bound McLean the most dominant lineman the Eagles have had in the past 10 seasons. His season was cut short by injury.

DL — JON SANDERS, Sr., Monarch: A key cog in the run-stuffing unit that held all four playoff opponents well below their season scoring averages.

DL — MATT ZAMUDIO, Sr., Skyline: He was the heartbeat of the Falcons defense in a season in which Skyline put itself back on the map.

LB — ANDRE APODACA, Jr., Silver Creek: With 159 total tackles, the coach’s son was a key piece of the Raptors’ state title and a thorn in the side of opponents.

LB — JAKE BUBLITZ, Sr., Legacy: If the Lightning defense stopped an opponent for a loss, odds are it was Bublitz. Both smooth and fierce, he was the anchor for the Lightning.

LB — COLIN HART, Sr., Monarch: Outspoken, emotional leader of the Coyotes’ title-winning defense. Had a knack for always being around the football.

LB — JOE LOPEZ, Jr., Longmont: Few succeeded in trying to block him in the run game, and Lopez doubled as a fierce pass rusher.

LB — JAKOB VARGAS, Sr., Frederick: Recorded 12.5 sacks and helped the Warriors defense stay afloat after losing standout KC Rivera to injury.

DB — PEDRO ANDERSON, Sr., Erie: He was the glue that molded the Tigers from a team that missed the playoffs last season to a 3A qualifier this season. He was a focal point on both sides of the ball.

DB — GEOFF CLARY, Sr., Monarch: The cover corner shut down a bevy of sterling opposing receivers and his veteran presence kept the MoHi defense steady. He also punted in the rare times the Coyotes needed to.

DB — ANTHONY EMBERLEY, Sr., Silver Creek: A hybrid linebacker/defensive back, Emberley had a nose for the football and was dangerous on defensive returns. He played some running back in a pinch and excelled there, too.

DB — JONATHAN SWARTZWELTER, Jr., Fairview: The Knights’ defensive MVP led the team in tackles with 85, interceptions (5) and also recovered two fumbles from his safety position.


ATH — GARRET ANGSTEAD, Jr., Skyline: The Falcons weren’t the same when he missed some time due to injury. With the dual threat, Skyline recorded a regular-season shocker against eventual champion Silver Creek.

ATH — FORREST WETTERSTROM, Sr., Longmont: Was effective as a quarterback, defensive back, punt returner and long snapper. Rushed for 1,035 yards, threw for 927.

P/K — MILES BERGNER, Sr., Longmont — He was recently tabbed to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Booming is an understatement when it comes to Bergner’s leg.


Ethan Marks, Monarch


Andre Apodaca, Silver Creek


Ethan Marks, Monarch


Mike Apodaca, Silver Creek


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