First team offense
QB — Blake Barnett, So., Erie: The BoCoPreps.com offensive player of the year had a six-touchdown passing game and a four-TD rushing game this season; with 51 total scores, and just nine turnovers the sophomore was simply electric for the Tigers.
QB — Bekkem Kritza, Fr., Fairview: The Knights had never before started a freshman QB, but Kritza’s advanced skill set shown early with 328 yards and three passing scores against Boulder in Week 1. The totals? 3,192 yards and 22 TDs to just eight interceptions, with a 64.9% completion percentage.
RB — Parker Ayres, Sr., Frederick: Frederick’s rushing attack was wrescking-ball efficient in 2021 (3,785 total yards among 13 ball-carriers) but Ayres had the nose for the goal line as he scored 26 rushing touchdowns during the Warriors’ 9-2 season.
RB — Evan Morris, Sr., Mead: Morris was steady as can be through the season averaging more than 22 carries a game over the final four games of Mead’s run to the 3A runner-up. The all-state first team pick wound up with 1,518 total yards and 17 touchdowns while also throwing for a pair of touchdown passes.
RB — Braelon Tate, Sr., Legacy: Tate’s 137.5 rushing yards per game was 12th among 11-man players in the state (led area) and he scored 19 total touchdowns on offense. He got a nod on 5A all-state first team.
RB — Caleb Theisen, Sr., Erie: The senior earned 4A all-state first team after surpassing 2,200 total yards and notching multiple touchdowns in eight games, including three rushing scores in the championship game.
WR — Josh Dunn, Sr., Broomfield: The senior averaged 19.1 yards per catch in 2021, managed to surpass 1,000 yards and seven of his 53 receptions went for touchdowns. Dunn was also awarded 4A all-state honorable mention.
WR — Jack Moll, Sr., Longmont: The Trojans utilized speed like no other team in the area, and Moll’s knowledge of the system led him to 1,255 receiving yards and 13 touchowns. He landed on the 4A all-state team as an honorable mention.
WR — Jordan Rechel, Fr., Fairview: When senior Grant Page got hurt halfway through the season, Rechel took his game up a notch. He paced FHS with 57 receptions, 845 yards and 10 scores… 44 of those grabs came in five October contests.
TE — Dominic Mazzulla, Sr., Holy Family: Tight end play has been strong at Holy Family, and Mazzulla added to that legacy with his 49-catch, 863-yard season in 2021. The 3A all-state second team pick had nine TDs and contributed defensively, too.
OL — Sam Adams, Sr., Longmont: The Trojans would not have been able to keep up offensively were it not for the exceptional play along the line, and Adams was the senior leader who helped Longmont post 34.3 points a game (ninth in 4A).
OL — Dante Gavito, Sr., Mead: Mead’s outstanding senior class picked up for their older 2020 teammates who didn’t get to finish what they wanted, and Gavito was instrumental in helping the Mavericks have both a 1,200-yard rusher and a 1,500-yard passer.
OL — Logan Gilmore, Jr., Erie: Transitioned to a two-way player during the season and helped the EHS offense become the state’s only 11-man team to exceed 6,000 yards of offense. He’s a 4A all-state second team pick.
OL — John Pastore, Sr., Erie: Kansas State is getting a hoss who continued to improve his footwork and brute strength all season long. The senior was a 4A all-state first team selection, helping Erie average 43.3 points per game.
OL — Nik Worster, Sr., Fairview: Fairview’s offense still managed 381.6 yards per game in 2021 with a younger group of skill guys. Worster’s leadership in the trenches paved the way for continued production. He was a 5A all-state second team selection.
First team defense
DL — Alex Austin, Sr., Holy Family: A nightmare to handle for opponents, Austin registered 86 tackles and 11 sacks. In earning 3A all-state first team, he had two games of three sacks and four games of at least three tackles for loss.
DL — Chris Baum, Sr., Frederick: In allowing just 17.8 points per game, the FHS defense had to be loaded and team-oriented. But Baum, a 3A all-state second team pick, wreaked havoc on the line with 53 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
DL — Jimmy Grace, Jr., Monarch: The Coyotes were in close ball games because they were able to stuff the middle of the field, and Grace was at the head of that attack all season long. He earned 4A all-state honorable mention for his efforts.
LB — Bode Hogan, Sr., Broomfield: BoCoPreps’ defensive player of the year fully embraced a new role and obviously learned quickly how to read opposing offenses. That, or there was more than one of him … as he tallied 133 tackles to lead the area and also pitched in 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
LB — Maddox Leggett, Jr., Skyline: The junior racked up 92 tackles (49 solo) and tallied three sacks and nine tackles for loss for the Falcons, while also proving good in the cover game with five credited pass breakups.
LB — Zach Lewis, Jr., Fairview: Lewis will head to his senior season as a legit Division I college prospect, and his junior season was not void of highlights. The 5A all-state honorable mention pick tallied 104 tackles, seven tackles for loss and a sack.
LB — Michael McCarty, Sr., Legacy: Was named 5A North League defensive player of the year after accumulating 88 tackles (68 solo), four tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. He also scored a defensive touchdown for the Lightning.
LB — Jeremiah Strizki, Sr., Mead: After having just 22 tackles in six 2020 games, Strizki took full advantage of a 13-game slate with 108 tackles (75 solo), six tackles for loss and four sacks. Mead as a whole allowed just 16.8 points per game.
DB — Mason Dickerson, Sr., Legacy: Legacy’s defense was stout in part because of its defensive backfield. Dickerson, a 5A all-state honorable mention pick, was second on LHS with 48 tackles and threw in two interceptions and a funble recovery.
DB — Elijah Hubert, Sr., Silver Creek: The Raptors’ stingy defender had three interceptions and was credited with six pass breakups during his senior season. He contributed a pair of sacks and 44 total tackles, and was also the 4A Northern 1 special teams player of the year.
DB — Craig Wright, Sr., Niwot: Known for his exceptional wideout abilities, Wright displayed equal tenacity on defense with three interceptions.
First team specialists
K/P — Daniel Gerlach, Jr., Boulder: Scored 48 points in Boulder’s 10 games but showed prowess on both PATs and FGs, going 7-for-9 on field goal attempts in his first varsity season.
K/P — Thomas Nguyen, Jr., Legacy: Nguyen logged a 35.2-yard average on punts, but stood out because of his 14 boots inside the 20, helping the Legacy defense tremendously in their quest toward a playoff berth.
KR-PR — Caleb Johnson, Sr., Longmont: Scoring 16 total touchdowns and 1,322 receiving yards, Johnson’s offensive production was crazy-good. He was also dangerous in the return game with a 31.7 yard average on kickoff returns and 8.0 on punts.
ATH — Ryan McConnell, Sr., Erie: Not often will you find a lineman willing to return kicks. McConnell was a jack of all trades and turned in a season of 83 tackles, four tackles for loss, six sacks, and four fumble recoveries. He was a center on offense and did enough in the return game that is was his job for half the season.
ATH — Logan Miller, Sr., Skyline: Stepping in at quarterback for a spell for the Falcons, Miller did all he could to keep the Falcons going in the right direction. One would be hard pressed to find another athlete with 78 pass attempts (34 completions), 82 rush attempts (477 yards) and 39 receptions (for 621 yards). Miller accounted for 15 TDs.
ATH — Keegan Patterson, Sr., Longmont: LHS has boasted quarterbacks of all skill levels recently, but perhaps none with the pure athleticism of Patterson. The 4A all-state first teamer led all of 11-man football in Colorado with 4,455 yards to go along with 48 touchdowns between passing and rushing.
ATH — Corby Tecu, Sr., Mead: Tecu handled the football 100 more times in 2021 than in 2020, accounting for 16 total touchdowns (nine rush, seven receiving) while also accumulating 41 tackles, seven tackles for loss and a sack. it added up to 3A all-state first team accolades.
Coach — Jason Klatt, Mead: Yes, the Mavericks were thumped in their final regular season and headed to the playoffs at 7-2, but the coaching staff clearly kept heads in the right place. Klatt guided his MHS football team to two single-point playoff wins, and then a trouncing of the top-seeded Roosevelt before ultimately settling for state runners-up.
Kooper Anderson, Jr., RB/DB, Frederick; Christian Ayers, Jr., RB/LB, Mead; Tyler Beveridge, Sr. ATH, Prospect Ridge; Tristan Caudill, Sr., TE, Broomfield; David Castro, Sr., LB, Prospect Ridge; Ben Classen, Jr., QB, Niwot; Rylan Cooney, So., QB, Holy Family; Jackson Cowgill, So., OL/DL, Erie; Declan Culberson, Sr., RB/LB, Boulder; Kale Derksen, Sr., LB, Longmont; Zach Dibella, Jr., OL, Mead; Jack Downing, Sr., WR, Centaurus; Wynn Drewes, Sr., RB, Skyline; Gavin Garrettson, Sr., QB, Mead; Emi Gonzalez, Sr., OL, Longmont;
John Hulquest, Sr., OL/DL, Holy Family; Garret Keeler, Jr., DL, Broomfield; Braden Keith, Sr., DB, Legacy; Hunter Kenney, Jr., OL/DL, Frederick; Brock Kolstad, Fr., DE, Fairview; Cole LaCrue, Jr., QB, Broomfield; Tristan Langenegger, Sr., ATH, Boulder; Jacob Lawver, Sr., RB/DB, Holy Family; Justice Lillie, Sr., ATH, Longmont; Trevin McClain, Sr., OL/DL, Frederick; Spencer Mickelberry, Sr., OL, Centaurus; Tony Muniz, Sr., LB, Skyline; Bryce Nemec, Sr., OL/DL, Niwot; Finn Oetting, So., RB/LB, Lyons;
Rodrigo Ordonez, Sr., DE, Silver Creek; Grant Page, Sr., WR/DB, Fairview; Adrian Rabun, Sr., OL, Skyline; CJ Reeves, Sr., DB, Erie; Jack Remington, Sr., OL/LB, Fairview; Brady Samaras, Sr., LB/FB, Holy Family; Maddox Schaefer, Jr., OL/DL, Silver Creek; Keiran Singh, Sr., RB, Monarch; Qimar’Ray Smith, Sr., ATH, Justice; Maregu Sullivan, So., WR/CB, Lyons; Coleman Teasdale, Sr., ATH, Centaurus; Will Tenore, Sr., TE/DL, Mead; Morgen Watt, Sr., OL, Broomfield; Charlie Williams, Sr., OL, Monarch; Cruz Zamudio, Jr., RB/DB, Frederick; Luke Zana, Sr., RB/LB, Boulder.