The sight of Ethan Marks breaking away from defenders was a familiar one during the running back's prolific career at Monarch.

  • Matthew Jonas

    Mead linebacker Kyle Couch (left), seen here closing in on Skyline quarterback Josh Angstead, was a key element of the Mavericks' breakout season.




QB — Anders Hill, Sr., Fairview: The chief operator of Fairview’s magical season threw for 3,878 yards and 36 touchdowns. Opponents picked him off only 10 times in 426 attempts.

QB — Ben Sjobakken, Sr., Silver Creek: After another standout campaign, a glance at Sjobakken’s two-year tally underscores his prominent success: 58 touchdown passes, nine interceptions.

RB — Ethan Marks, Sr., Monarch: Played at a magnificent MVP level for the past two seasons. Posted his third straight 1,000-yard campaign — with 26 total touchdowns — and departs MoHi with more than 4,600 yards on the ground.

RB — Joe Ramey, Sr., Erie: Both hard-nosed and elusive with breakaway speed, he scampered for 1,171 yards and 15 touchdowns in a nine-game schedule. Also led the Tigers in receiving yards and had four TD catches.

FB — Joe Lopez, Sr., Frederick: Often worked as the Warriors’ closer of sorts, grinding out meaningful first downs late in the game. The 290-pounder averaged 7.8 yards per carry and doubled as a standout defensive lineman.

WR — Cameron Frazier, Sr., Fairview: His 71 catches for 963 yards and 13 touchdowns normally would be much more heralded, but they were in the shadow of Sam Martin’s achievements. Frazier also returned three punts for TDs.

WR — Sam Martin, Sr., Fairview: His state benchmarks of 112 receptions and 1,860 yards might not be cemented into the record books, but it’s unlikely that they will be trumped anytime soon.

HB/FL — Eli Sullivan, So., Longmont: Lined up all over the field and generated offense wherever he was. Averaged 9.8 yards a carry, 18.5 yards on 27 receptions, and had 1,378 total yards from scrimmage.

TE — Zane Lindsey, Sr., Silver Creek: Led the Raptors with 56 receptions and 12 touchdown catches. Often was Sjobakken’s go-to threat and a first-down machine.

OL — Tyler Dudden, Sr., Holy Family: Specialized in pancaking opposing linemen and clearly was the standout up front on a team that averaged about 450 yards of offense.

OL — Cooper Gardner, Jr., Broomfield: Worked marvelously as a pulling guard and was staunch in pass protection. The two-way starter was voted a captain this season despite being a junior.

OL — Connor McIntosh, Sr., Longmont: The 6-foot-3, 271-pounder was a four-year starter for the Trojans and had an outstanding senior year as an offensive and defensive tackle.

OL — Isaac Miller, Sr., Silver Creek: This University of Colorado-bound hoss provided ample time up front for the Raptors’ vaunted passing game and helped pave the way for a 1,000-yard rusher.

OL — Brandon Slepicka, Sr., Niwot: The center permitted a mere three sacks this season, not shabby on a Cougars team that threw the ball 246 times — more than 55 percent of their snaps.

OL — Connor Spencer, Fairview: One of the Knights’ best in the trenches on each side of the ball. Helped Hill’s and Martin’s successes by providing ample time.


DL — Levi Cecil, Sr., Silver Creek: Controlled things up front for the Raptors to the tune of 69 tackles and five sacks. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder even corralled two interceptions.

DL — Carlo Kemp, So., Fairview: Perhaps a future defensive player of the year, the youngster broke out with an amazing stat line this season. Most significant: 15 tackles for loss, six caused fumbles and five blocked kicks.

DL — Austin King, Sr., Frederick: There was virtually no stopping the 255-pounder, who wrecked game plans despite constantly being double-teamed. Recorded 93 tackles, including 16 for loss.

DL — Cody Powers, Sr., Monarch: Monarch instituted a running clock on seven opponents this season, and part of the reason was Powers and Co. stuffed things up front and got the ball back in the hands of the offense.

DL — Miles Rivera, Longmont: Excelled on both sides of the ball, but might have been better on the defensive side. The 6-foot-6 standout was voted the Northern League’s defensive Player of the Year.

LB — Andre Apodaca, Sr., Silver Creek: The Tri-Valley League defensive Player of the Year accumulated a spellbinding 153 tackles and his hits packed a punch. He forced six fumbles.

LB — Kyle Couch, Sr., Mead: One of the state’s finest linebackers, averaged 10.7 tackles per game. His efforts earned him a berth in the all-state game in June.

LB — Peter Mitchell, Sr., Monarch: Anchor of a defense that held six opponents to single digits in points, including two shutouts. One of the top linebackers in Coyotes annals, he recorded a team-best 88 tackles.

LB — Logan Watson, Sr., Lyons: Was a marvelous two-way player for the Lions, excelling both as a linebacker and a quarterback. Embodied the Lions’ fighting spirit after the flood devastation.

LB — Michael Wristen, Sr., Broomfield: A heat-seeker for opposing ball carriers, he recorded 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Doubled as the Eagles’ second-leading receiver from the tight end position.

DB — Drew Hebel, Sr., Legacy: Established a Lightning team record with six interceptions. Also contributed 68 tackles and, on offense, three receiving touchdowns.

DB — Chris Helbig, So., Holy Family: If eight interceptions weren’t enough to land him on the squad, Helbig also led the Tigers in tackles and added four pass deflections.

DB — Christian Mickey, Sr., Erie: Had four interceptions and was among the Tigers’ top tacklers. That balanced nicely with 1,024 rushing yards and 11 TDs on the other side of the ball.

DB — Logan Soole, Jr., Monarch: As dynamic as he was as a wingback opposite Marks, Soole might have one-upped himself as a hard-hitting, cover-conscious safety.


ATH — Jay MacIntyre, Sr., Monarch: The prototype to be selected at this position, the California transplant deftly played quarterback, cornerback, punter and returned kickoffs and punts for the Coyotes. Had 13 rushing, 14 passing and three returning TDs.

ATH — David Sommers, Sr., Holy Family: Capped a sterling career with another standout season that included 19 rushing touchdowns and 13 passing. Piled up over 8,300 passing/rushing yards in three seasons as a starter.

KR — Matt Buchler, Jr., Centaurus: Even though opponents knew he was the go-to guy in the running, receiving and returning game, the 5-foot-4 standout excelled. Scored 14 of the Warriors’ 19 touchdowns this season.

P/K — Jonathan Swartzwelter, Sr., Fairview: The booming-legged senior more than capably handled both duties for the Knights. As a kicker, he drilled 12 of 16 field goals and all 59 of his extra points. His 95 kick points ranked 18th nationally.


Sam Martin, Fairview



Andre Apodaca, Silver Creek



Sam Martin, Fairview



Tom McCartney, Fairview



River Addison, Sr., Boulder; Garret Angstead, Sr., Skyline; Triston Berringer, Jr., Erie; Josiah Bolyard, Sr., Longmont Christian; Michael Broz, Sr., Frederick; Aaron Cheung, Sr., Mead; Zach Christiansen, Jr., Lyons; Mike DeVries, Jr., Centaurus; Matt Erb, Sr., Holy Family; Johnny Feauto, Jr., Fairview.

Derek French, Sr., Centaurus; Justin Forsyth, Jr., Skyline; Keaton Gaibler, Sr., Longmont; Collin Gibbs, Sr., Silver Creek; Drake Greeott, Sr., Longmont; Patrick Hall, Sr., Mead; Jon Hickman, So., Lyons; Kyle Holbrook, Sr., Broomfield; Daniel Hoskins, Sr., Fairview; Anthony Kasper, So., Silver Creek; Andrew LaGuardia, Sr., Legacy; Xavier Lindburg, Sr., Frederick; Matt Lynch, So., Legacy.

Eric Machmuller, Sr., Silver Creek; Cade Martin, So., Longmont Christian; Jordan McEntee, Sr., Skyline; Alec McLain, Sr., Broomfield; Chandler Medina, Sr., Legacy; Bryan Meek, Sr., Niwot; Kody Mommaerts, Sr., Monarch; Dalton Nelson, So., Frederick; Griffin Nelson, Sr., Mead; Braden Pape, Sr., Monarch; Trent Poulsen, Sr., Lyons.

Jeremy Rasmussen, Sr., Mead; Clint Sigg, Jr., Longmont; Jessie Slepicka, Sr., Niwot; Mikey Straface, Sr., Legacy; Johnny Pham, Sr., Monarch; Jesse Tallman, Sr., Erie; Noah Tripp, Sr., Broomfield; Ryan True, Jr., Erie; Dylan Wehrli, Sr., Longmont Christian; Blake Whitsell, Jr., Broomfield; Michael Wood, So., Nederland.

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