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    Junior running back Jeremy Hollingsworth was rushed for more than 1,000 yards and has scored 20 touchdowns so far this season for Skyline.

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    Skyline's Jeremy Hollingsworth carries the ball against Monarch in the first quarter Thursday night.

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    Skyline junior Jeremy Hollingsworth has scored 20 touchdowns so far this season for the Falcons.

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    Junior Jeremy Hollingsworth transferred to Skyline after playing his first two seasons at Niwot.

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    Skyline High School's Jeremy Hollingsworth rushes the ball for big yardage during a game against his former team Niwot on Sept. 29.



After putting up 157 yards and four touchdowns against Monarch on Thursday night, Skyline junior running back Jeremy Hollingsworth had the full attention of Monarch head football coach Phil Bravo.

Bravo’s Coyotes had pulled out a victory, but in large part due to Hollingsworth the Falcons weren’t ever out of the game even down three touchdowns.

“With Hollingsworth and (Nate) McGregor and (Kyle) West, they have a three-headed monster and they make it very difficult to choose who you want to concentrate on,” Bravo said. “We wanted to come in and stop the run game to start, and we didn’t achieve that in the first half.”

That’s the kind of reputation Hollingsworth is building for himself after wreaking havoc on all opponents the first half of the season.

Entering the weekend, there were about a dozen players state-wide within 200 yards of the 1,000-yard mark, and Hollingworth’s effort on Thursday put him over that threshold at 1,028.

His 20 touchdowns should be top-3 in Colorado by the end of Saturday’s play.

For a player that had an awkward ending to his time at Niwot, Hollingsworth is feeling good in his new digs.

“It feels great to be far ahead of where I was even last year and it just shows how much I’ve grown as a player personally. And it’s just good to find some success after the way last season ended,” Hollingsworth said. “This team is truly a brotherhood and it feels great to play the way we’re playing.

“Even (Thursday), we lost but I just feel like it brought us more together and made us tougher.”

As a sophomore with NHS, playing under his father Dylan as head coach, Hollingsworth racked up 900 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the team in both categories. It was very much a breakout campaign and the Cougars were on the upturn with a 3-7 record (they had gone 1-19 the previous two seasons).

But in December of 2016, after the season was over, Dylan Hollingsworth was involved in an in-school altercation with one of his students that resulted in his arrest and firing from the school. The younger Hollingsworth opted to remove himself from the situation by transferring, and he was given the opportunity to join the Falcons.

It wasn’t an easy position for him, but Hollingsworth put his nose to the grindstone in summer workouts, learning a different blocking scheme than when he was with NHS.

Ever since his first touch of the football in Skyline’s opening win over Golden, he’s been going strong and so, too, have the 5-1 Falcons who for good reason were ranked in the most recent CHSAANow.com poll.

“It was much easier to come to Skyline knowing some guys from track and some other things, and it was just different because I went from running power-I sophomore year to running zone scheme,” said Hollingsworth, who is averaging more than 10 yards a carry. “It took a little bit to get used to, but even that wasn’t a big bump.”

“It’s super fun to be part of this offense just because we have some explosive players. I just try to get as many yards as I can with every touch, and the offensive line is the best I’ve played with so they’re making it a lot easier.”

The Falcons finished 7-3 last year and missed the playoffs because of the ratings percentage index that had them outside the top 16. Through Friday’s game — which accounts for most of the week 6 slate — they were 10th in the RPI and in position to make the postseason.

It still takes wins, and the Falcons know they can’t afford any more losses after what happened to them last year.

“Now we understand that a good record might not cut it,” Hollingsworth said. “We have to win every game possible.”

The Falcons host 2-4 Greeley Central next Friday.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24