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  • Silver Creek senior Khari Harrison finished with 1,019 receiving yards...

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    Silver Creek senior Khari Harrison finished with 1,019 receiving yards and 13 TDs this season.

  • Fairview's Mariano Kemp finished with 875 yards and 11 TDs...

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    Fairview's Mariano Kemp finished with 875 yards and 11 TDs this season.

  • Erie's Quintin Hyrup had 923 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving...

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    Erie's Quintin Hyrup had 923 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving this season.

  • Monarch senior Nico Magri, No. 80, was one of the...

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    Monarch senior Nico Magri, No. 80, was one of the top defensive players in the state this season.

  • Longmont's Avery Peterson, No. 14, had 114 tackles this season.

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    Longmont's Avery Peterson, No. 14, had 114 tackles this season.

  • Legacy's Ryan Lynch was one of the top defensive backs...

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    Legacy's Ryan Lynch was one of the top defensive backs in the state.



First Team Offense

QB — Riley Glynn, Sr., Mead: The all-state second team signal-caller threw for 1,807 yards and tallied 24 passing and five rushing touchdowns, all while throwing just one interception on the entire season.

RB — Michael Zeman, Sr., Holy Family: He led the entire state of Colorado with 2,185 rushing yards and also scored 23 touchdowns, which looks even more impressive when considering the Tigers’ propensity for spreading the ball around in the passing game.

RB — Jalon Torres, Sr., Broomfield: Fourth in the state with 1,889 rushing yards and a Class 4A first team all-state selection, he scored four of his 16 total rushing touchdowns during the Eagles’ postseason run to the state title game.

RB — Mariano Kemp, Jr., Fairview: A major piece of a Knights offense that finished eighth in Class 5A in total yards, he contributed 875 yards and 11 touchdowns to the effort.

WR — Joe Golter, Sr., Holy Family: Third in the state with 1,133 receiving yards and a first team all-state selection, he found the end zone a whopping 21 times during his senior season to finish his prep career with a total of 39 receiving scores.

WR — David McWilliams, Sr., Fairview: Named to the all-state second team and all-conference first team in the Mt. Cameron League, he caught 61 passes for 871 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.

WR — Quintin Hyrup, Sr., Erie: When there was a big play to be made downfield, he made it, resulting in a senior campaign with 923 yards and 12 touchdowns to his name.

TE — Kyle Helbig, So., Holy Family: It’s often hard to believe he was just a sophomore in 2016, and as such he still managed to catch 56 passes for 810 yards and five touchdowns while frequently lining up against older competition.

TE — Alex Oelsner, Sr., Niwot: Chosen to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl as a senior, he was one of the most intimidating tight ends/edge rushers around.

OL — Shane Miyake, Sr., Mead: The lineman of the year in the Tri-Valley League and a first team all-state selection, he led the way for a Mavericks offense that was second in Colorado with 5,813 total yards.

OL — Zane Bishop, Sr., Silver Creek: Another first team all-state lineman, he was the leader for a Raptors offensive line group that spearheaded an offense that produced 4,595 totals yards and 418 points.

OL — Seth Hill, Sr., Legacy: Named to the Mt. Antero League all-conference team as a center, his work with quarterback Alec Lewis helped the junior throw for 2,458 yards and 27 touchdowns.

OL — Ted Chasson, Jr., Fairview: On top of receiving the team’s excellence award for academics and athletics, he graded out higher than any other Knights lineman in their high-octane passing attack.

OL — Jarod Fixmer, Jr., Longmont: Being a lineman in the Trojans’ multi-faceted rushing attack isn’t easy but he was one of the best and made life difficult all season for would-be opposing tacklers.

First Team Defense

NG — Jaxon Pallone, Sr., Broomfield: An all-state first team lineman, Pallone bullied his way around the middle of the field registering 41 total tackles.

DL — Garrett Borger, Sr., Mead: Was named the Tri-Valley lineman of the year after recording 88 tackles and three sacks.

DL — Jerred Snow, Sr., Longmont: A kid offensive coordinators tended to run away from, Snow was still credited with 30 tackles and a fumble recovery to wrap up his Trojans career.

DE — Nico Magri, Sr., Monarch: The Coyotes’ resurgence started with defense, and Magri got the push on a lot of plays. Finished with 49 tackles.

DE — Tyler Gibbs, Sr., Silver Creek: Posted 9.5 sacks and was credited with over 100 tackles, a big reason the Raptors were 3A’s stingiest defense to score against.

LB — Cliffy Smith, Sr., Fairview: The Knights’ leading tackler was a strong presence in pass coverage and on blitzes. He had three sacks as part of 102 total tackles.

LB — Avery Peterson, Jr., Longmont: With a machine-like mentality, Peterson detected the point of attack to the tune of 114 tackles and also provided superb pass coverage.

LB — Ryan Mazzola, Sr., Broomfield: defensive POY carried himself well in title game run, compiling 70 tackles, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a host of memorable sticks.

LB — Zach Roper, Sr., Erie: Led an experienced group of seniors on the defensive side with 94 total tackles, and he also had one interception and one fumble recovery as EHS made playoffs for first time since 2012.

LB — Brock Knechtel, Sr., Silver Creek: Knechtel was in on the play more often than not it seems, as his 131 tackles would indicate. He had 13 of them in the semifinal against Discovery Canyon.

DB — Ryan Lynch, Jr., Legacy: The junior’s coverage ability had QBs looking other directions, but Lynch managed 38 tackles and an interception for the Lightning — which allowed only 1,536 passing yards as a team in 2016.

DB — Bryce DesJardins, So., Fairview: Had a nose for the football when it went his way, grabbing seven interceptions and a fumble recovery to go along with 10 passes defended.

DB — Mason Keeler, Sr., Broomfield: Turned into a WR mid-season, but denied wideouts defensively all year long. The senior recorded three interceptions to go along with 30 tackles.

DB — George Ramirez, Sr., Silver Creek: Another never-leave-the-field kind of kid, there was nothing junior about “Junior’s” numbers: 53 tackles and three picks are the tip of the iceberg.

DB — Trace Lindemann, Jr., Mead: Recorded six interceptions, three fumble recoveries and likely saved a few touchdowns with dependable tackling (113 total).

ATH — Khari Harrison, Sr., Silver Creek: Exceptional athleticism led Harrison to 1,785 all-purpose yards and 16 total touchdowns. His 1,019 receiving yards and 13 TDs ranked sixth in the state.

ATH — Nate Higgins, Sr., Skyline: One must begin with the senior’s 1,191 rushing yards and 17 TDs, but Higgins also threw for 466 yards and 7 touchdowns, caught a TD pass, had two interceptions and kicked a few PATs.

ATH — Tanner Garner, Jr., Broomfield: Catching balls from out of the backfield may have been his specialty, but Garner racked up 300 kick return yards, 300 punt return yards and had a huge pick-six in BHS’ playoff win at Ponderosa.

K — Tevye SchuettPelz-Rohl, Jr., Fairview: Was quite literally automatic this season, knocking in six field goals and executing all 47 of his PATs.

P — Sam Lowery, Jr., Boulder: The junior did his best to pin other teams down, averaging 41.9 yards a punt which was good for third in the state.

Honorable mention

Mark Angus, Sr., OL, Mead; Zach Bastres, Sr., RB, Monarch; Garrett Betty, Sr., TE, Broomfield; Jack Braymiller, Jr., LB, Boulder; Robert Case, Sr., OL, Frederick; Joel Chopp, Sr., OL, Centaurus; Steven Croell, So., QB, Broomfield; John Dickson, Sr., LS, Centaurus; Derek Edwards, Jr., TE, Mead; Trevor Elser, Sr., P/K, Monarch;

Brenden Fannin, Sr., DL, Legacy; Diego Gallardo, Sr., OL, Skyline; Fox Garza, Sr., OL, Niwot; AJ Giron, Sr., DB, Holy Family; Dilan Gonzalez, Jr., LB, Holy Family; Matt Greenwald, So., DB, Fairview; Nick Groulx, Sr., LB, Skyline; Hunter Gutierrez, Sr., TE, Skyline; Easton Hall, Sr., DE, Monarch; Ben Harris, Sr., QB, Skyline;

Lance Hartsoch, Sr., Frederick, RB; Austin Hassler, Jr., LB, Longmont; Sam Hoswell, Jr., OL, Monarch; Justin Hunyadi, Jr., LB, Justice; Cameron Jauregui, Sr., WR, Longmont Christian; Andreik Knechtel, Jr., RB, Silver Creek; Brandon Langridge, Sr., DL, Mead; Jake Laurienti, Jr., LB, Lyons; Alec Lewis, Jr., QB, Legacy; Marcus Lopez, Sr., DB, Silver Creek;

Anthony Losasso, Sr., DB, Centaurus; Anthony Lyle, Sr., WR, Legacy; Nathan Mackey, Jr., RB, Mead; Travis Montoya, Sr., DB, Holy Family; Karl Olson, Sr., DL, Silver Creek; Matt Olson, JR., DB, Frederick; Dylan Ordway, Sr., QB, Silver Creek; Jonathon Phouminh, Sr., OL, Erie; Ruben Portillo, Sr., QB, Erie; Mac Post, Jr., LB, Centaurus; Justin Powers, Jr., LB, Monarch;

Luke Puchino, Sr., Longmont Christian, QB; Jaylan Rasdall, Sr., QB, Nederland; Mateo Rives, Jr., DL, Frederick; Jerald Romero, Sr., ATH, Justice; Noah Roper, So., Erie, RB; Stone Samaras, So., QB, Holy Family; Quinn Sharp, Sr., WR, Fairview; Landon Sibley, Jr., DB, Monarch; Ethan Simmons, Sr., RB, Legacy; Ross Smith, Jr., TE, Legacy;

Koby Soden, Jr., OL, Fairview; Nick Solusod, Sr., LB, Legacy; Trey Storm, Jr., LB, Monarch; Korey Viburg, Sr., OL, Broomfield; Tommy Wakefield, Sr., WR, Fairview; Sean Wilden, Jr., OL, Holy Family; Jake Willemsen, Sr., QB, Fairview.

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