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COACH: Aaron Jones (8th year, 20-43 record).

LAST YEAR: 0-9, 0-7 Class 1A Metro League.

RETURNING STARTERS: Chris Clemmer (Sr., TE/LB, 6-3, 220); Connor Demo (Jr., OL/DL, 5-10, 250); Nick Kassera (Jr., OL/DL, 5-9, 220); Adam O’Melia (Sr., RB/DB, 5-9, 160); Noah Ridnell (Jr., OL/LB, 6-1, 185); Ike Thibedeau (Jr., OL/DL, 6-3, 225); Michael Wood (So., QB/DB, 5-foot-10, 165).

OTHERS TO WATCH: Jake Aguilar (Sr., WR, 5-11, 160); TJ Bolt (Sr., WR/K, 5-10, 160); Jarron Dillon (Jr., FB/LB, 5-11, 195); Wyatt Wales (Sr., RB/DB, 5-10, 170).

COLLEGE PROSPECTS: Clemmer and Bolt.

MUST-SEE GAME: Oct. 5 vs. Lyons.

STRENGTHS: The Panthers have solid size on the line for a small school, which should help create pressure on defense and allow NHS to pass and rush the ball on offense.

WEAKNESSES: With anywhere from 20-25 players when everything settles down, Nederland must stay healthy to compete in a league that has some teams pushing 50-plus members.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 24 — CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, 1 p.m.

Aug. 31 — at KIPP Denver Collegiate, 1 p.m.

Sept. 12 — at Clear Creek, 1 p.m.*

Sept. 21 — at Platte Canyon, 1 p.m.*

Sept. 28 — DENVER CHRISTIAN, 1 p.m.*

Oct. 5 — LYONS*, 1 p.m.

Oct. 12 — FRONT RANGE CHRISTIAN*, 1 p.m.

Oct. 18 — at Estes Park*, 7 p.m.

Oct. 26 — JEFFERSON*, 1 p.m.

Note: Home games upper case and at Nederland High School. Asterisk indicates Metro League game.

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