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Senior center Angelo Chavez will provide an anchor for a veteran Legacy Lightning offensive line in 2013.
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Senior center Angelo Chavez will provide an anchor for a veteran Legacy Lightning offensive line in 2013.

BROOMFIELD — “I’m going to Disney World!!!”

In the football sense, it’s the phase made popular by the Super Bowl MVP shortly after he hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

For the Legacy Lightning football players and coaches, the Magic Kingdom will have to wait until Friday or Saturday. Their trip to Orlando to play Pensacola’s Escambia High Gators on Aug. 29 at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney marks the fourth time the team has traveled out of state.

“It kind of gives them that college atmosphere and those kind of things,” said 11th-year head coach Wayne Voorhees, whose teams are a perfect 3-0 on these trips. “It’s a chance to compete somewhere else.

“It’s one thing playing all the teams in Colorado or even this north area and it’s another experience to go down and play a team from Florida or a team from California. The kids will be geeked up when they get down there.”

The Lightning players and coaches have been preparing financially for the trip for nearly two years. Fundraising was a must to cover the cost of nearly $1,300 per player.

“If you think about it, it’s basically $100 a month, so if they plan ahead of time and they do the fundraisers we have available,” Voorhees said, “they can easily fundraise that kind of money in a year and half or two years.”

With the logistical stuff out of the way, the Lightning players have spent much of the summer conditioning themselves to get ready for the what should be a much faster-paced game and a game played in the heat and humidity of central Florida.

“We’ve done a lot of conditioning to get and shape and get ready for it. It’s a matter of being in shape and not cramping up in the fourth quarter,” senior center Angelo Chavez said. “It’s hydrating, cardio — a lot of cardio — and just working hard in a fast-paced practice.”

The Lightning, who last played out of state in 2010 against Hollywood, Florida Chaminade-Madonna (a 26-23 win) will get a test from Escambia on Thursday night. The Gators play in Florida’s largest classification, 6A, and have produced some recognizable NFL players. Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson donned the orange and black as did the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith.

“They’ve been talking about it all summer, a lot of them on their Twitter accounts, and doing their countdown, so I know they are pretty excited,” Voorhees said. “We know the level of focus and energy is going to be there.”

The bonding experience that comes with the trip will be huge for the team that has its share of senior leaders, especially across the offensive line. After the game on Thursday night, the players, coaches, and families will have two days in the parks.

“It’s going to bring us closer that’s for sure,” senior two-way player Drew Hebel said. “Everyone has their own groups, but every other weekend we spend together. This will give us a chance to bring the team together, have a good time and come closer as a family.”

The aforementioned offensive line is anchored by senior tackle Andrew Laguardia. The 6-foot-3, 268 pounder, along with Logan Lyons (6-0, 285), Tyler Baum (6-0, 235) and Chavez (6-0, 230) will do their best to protect sophomore quarterback Matt Lynch and open holes for senior running back Taten Petersian.

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