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COACH: Brandon Wilkes (2nd year, 6-4 record).

LAST YEAR: 6-4.

RETURNING STARTERS: Zach Christiansen (Jr., WR/CB, 6-2, 160), Bowe Herman (Jr,. TE/LB, 5-10, 200), Trent Poulsen (Sr., WR/S, 5-10, 170), Kanyon Raper (So., RB/LB 5-10, 165), Hector Rodriguez (Jr., OT/MLB, 5-10, 220), Steve Schopen (Sr., OG/DE, 5-10, 175), Logan Watson (Sr., QB/LB, 6-0, 180).

OTHERS TO WATCH: Jon Hickman (So., OG/FB/DE, 6-0, 190), Austin Myers (Jr., WR/CB, 5-9, 150), Preston Medina (Sr., WR/LB 5-10, 160).

DIVISION-I PROSPECTS: Watson.

MUST-SEE GAME: Oct. 11 vs. Platte Canyon.

STRENGTHS: The Lions have several talented athletes and plenty of players returning at key positions in year two of a new system.

WEAKNESSES: Low numbers and overall depth. Staying healthy will be important.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 31 — at Ellicott, 1 p.m.

Sept. 6 — YUMA, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 — at Estes Park*, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 — CLEAR CREEK*, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 — at Front Range Christian*, 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 — at Nederland*, 1 p.m.

Oct. 11 — PLATTE CANYON*, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 — at Jefferson*, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 — DENVER CHRISTIAN*, 7 p.m.

Note: Home games upper case and at John “Jet” Johnson Field. Asterisk indicate 1A Metro League games.

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