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A-8 League 5

Teams and trends: Belleview Christian, Byers, Front Range Christian, Gilpin County, Justice and Lyons. Belleview Christian has a football program for the first time since 2017. Front Range Christian, Byers, Justice and Lyons come out of the A-8 Central League. Front Range Christian and Byers each had six wins last fall. Lyons had five wins, Justice two. Gilpin County went winless out of the A-8 Northwest League.

Justice Phoenix

Coach: Nels Thoreson

The Scorecard: Thoreson often does not know which of his players will be available on a weekly basis. The nature of a school with at-risk students. But he has high hopes for 2022. “This year, so far, has been the best with regard to attitude in my 12 years with the program,” he said. “The guys are positive, encouraging each other and really supportive. I’m really proud of them for that.” Returning for a team that won two games last year are juniors TE/DE Xavier Royval, RB/LB Kevin Brizuela and sophomore OL/DL Donnovan Thompson. Another name to watch is junior QB/CB Clayton Hobbs. The team has just two seniors on roster.

Lyons Lions

Coach: Jason Yantzer

The Scorecard: After decades of football stagnation for the Lions, Yantzer believes 2022 will be their breakout year, one that sees them make a deep run in the playoffs. The Lions ended last season with a 5-4 record, thanks in part to now-junior quarterback Miles Dumbauld, who led his boys with 375 passing yards on 38 completions. The team, however, excelled at the run game with players like junior running back Finn Oetting (804 yards) and junior wide receiver Maregu Sullivan (643 yards) taking charge. They’ll lead the team alongside a couple of linemen, junior Henry Johnson and senior Lucas Wilson.

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