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Football: Tailgating with … the Mead Mavericks

Mavs will have new look after last season’s run to title game

LONGMONT — Mead's Gavin Garrettson and ...
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LONGMONT — Mead’s Gavin Garrettson and Sean Medlock exchange an option run Saturday, Nov. 29, 2021.

Editor’s note: This summer, will take an early look at each area football team ahead of the fall season and in this installment, we look at the Mead Mavericks.

Mead football could hardly have asked for a better finish to its 2021 season, save for one wrinkle.

The Mavericks stampeded their way through the postseason as a No. 5 seed, collecting a few stunners along the way. They seemed to grow stronger with each upset.

First, they smote the Durango Demons with as close of a finish as they could have asked for in the 14-13 quarterfinal. That pushed Mead into the semis against an unblemished Roosevelt team that had thumped the Mavericks with a 37-7 score just a few months prior.


They returned the favor when it mattered most and wrangled the Roughriders in a 38-21 finish to advance to the Class 3A state title game, where they took the field against No. 3 Fort Morgan. The Mustangs ended Mead’s incredible run, handing it the runner-up trophy with a 21-17 final score.

The Mavericks achieved the feat with a strong core of 25 seniors, many of whom did the heavy lifting on offense and defense. As the 2022 season fast approaches, the boys are still finding their new identity on the field after last year’s leaders have passed down the reins.

Head coach Jason Klatt knows just who to look to for guidance.

The Stalwart

Senior Zach Dibella. A second-teamer on CHSAA’s All-State list, Dibella has served as a strong front-line defense for his quarterback. The three-year starter, who served as part of “the best offensive line in the state for the last two years,” according to Klatt, held the air of a senior when he was a junior. Said Klatt: “We knew if we were running behind Zach we were going to get, at minimum, a couple of yards. He has kind of a nasty streak in him to where he’ll bury guys and he kind of likes it.”

Star in the making

Senior Sean Medlock. The best players aren’t always the most vocal, but rather the hardest working. Running back Sean Medlock fit that bill his junior year after committing extra time in the weight room to perfect his craft and doing whatever his coaches asked of him. A team-first player, Medlock was “really tough to tackle,” Klatt said. “He can catch the ball in the backfield. He can block. He’s very unselfish. We had two all state running backs in the backfield. Headed down the homestretch last year going to the state championship, we gave him the ball in some of the most critical times.”

Solidifying a presence

With last year’s team in the rearview mirror, the new set of Mavericks took extra reps in the weight room over the summer. That, along with added team-building sessions, gives Klatt high hopes for what the team can achieve this year. After all, they have a standard to uphold now.

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