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 Cherokee Trail linemen warm up before their season opener vs. Highlands Ranch High School Sept. 1 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, CO. 

Cherokee Trail linemen warm up before their season opener vs. Highlands Ranch High School Sept. 1 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, CO. 

 Eaglecrest defensive back and wide out, Victor Garnes, 12, leaps up and catches a touchdown pass to put the Raiders up 26-0 in the fourth quarter during their win against Cherry Creek High School in their quarter final 5A state tournament, Nov. 18 at Legacy Stadium. Eaglecrest defeated Cherry Creek 26-7 and will face Columbine in the semi final round.

Eaglecrest defensive back and wide out, Victor Garnes, 12, leaps up and catches a touchdown pass to put the Raiders up 26-0 in the fourth quarter during their win against Cherry Creek High School in their quarter final 5A state tournament, Nov. 18 at Legacy Stadium. Eaglecrest defeated Cherry Creek 26-7 and will face Columbine in the semi final round.

 Eaglecrest quarterback, Jalen Mergerson, 6, knows running back Kenny Wantings, 27, is going to score a touchdown before Wantings even crosses the goal line during the neutral playoff game against Fountain-Fort Carson, Nov. 10 at Legacy Stadium.  

Eaglecrest quarterback, Jalen Mergerson, 6, knows running back Kenny Wantings, 27, is going to score a touchdown before Wantings even crosses the goal line during the neutral playoff game against Fountain-Fort Carson, Nov. 10 at Legacy Stadium.
 

 Overland High School football players hoist the Wagon Wheel traveling trophy after defeating Smoky Hill 28-0 in their rivalry game, Oct 20 at the Stutler Bowl.

Overland High School football players hoist the Wagon Wheel traveling trophy after defeating Smoky Hill 28-0 in their rivalry game, Oct 20 at the Stutler Bowl.

 Cherokee Trail football fans line the top row of the bleachers for the season opener between Highlands Ranch High School and Cherokee Trail, Sept. 1 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Cherokee Trail football fans line the top row of the bleachers for the season opener between Highlands Ranch High School and Cherokee Trail, Sept. 1 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, CO.

 Eaglecrest team captains, from left, Victor Garnes, 12, Jalen Mergerson, 6, Kyanite Christian, 49, and Cody Bardin, 48, head out to the field for the coin toss, before the start of the 5A State football championship contest versus Pamona, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout with a score of 56-49.   

Eaglecrest team captains, from left, Victor Garnes, 12, Jalen Mergerson, 6, Kyanite Christian, 49, and Cody Bardin, 48, head out to the field for the coin toss, before the start of the 5A State football championship contest versus Pamona, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout with a score of 56-49. 
 

 Rangeview defenders David Aggrey (28), center, and Jayvion Swain, right, can only look as Regis Jesuit wide receiver, Aubrey Marschel-Parker takes his reception to the house for a touchdown, during their game Sept. 15 at Regis Jesuit High School. Regis defeated Rangeview 35-12.

Rangeview defenders David Aggrey (28), center, and Jayvion Swain, right, can only look as Regis Jesuit wide receiver, Aubrey Marschel-Parker takes his reception to the house for a touchdown, during their game Sept. 15 at Regis Jesuit High School. Regis defeated Rangeview 35-12.

 Grandview wider receiver, Gunner Gentry, avoids the tackle of a stretched out defender from Arapahoe High School, Oct. 27 at Legacy Stadium. Grandview defeated Arapahoe 28-10, taking them to a 7-2 record. 

Grandview wider receiver, Gunner Gentry, avoids the tackle of a stretched out defender from Arapahoe High School, Oct. 27 at Legacy Stadium. Grandview defeated Arapahoe 28-10, taking them to a 7-2 record. 

 Eaglecrest quarterback, Jalen Mergerson, 6, gets rid of the ball just in time during the 5A state football championship contest versus Pamona, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout, 56-49.

Eaglecrest quarterback, Jalen Mergerson, 6, gets rid of the ball just in time during the 5A state football championship contest versus Pamona, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout, 56-49.

 Eaglecrest running back, Kenny Wantings, puts on the breaks to avoid Fountain-Fort Carson safety Jared Reed during the first round contest of the 5A state football championship, Nov. 10 at Legacy Stadium. Eaglecrest won their first round playoff game 35-14.  

Eaglecrest running back, Kenny Wantings, puts on the breaks to avoid Fountain-Fort Carson safety Jared Reed during the first round contest of the 5A state football championship, Nov. 10 at Legacy Stadium. Eaglecrest won their first round playoff game 35-14.
 

 Cherokee Trail's Darius Swanson (1) returns an interception for a touchdown at the end of the first half in their game against Rock Canyon, Oct. 13 at Legacy Stadium. Cherokee Trail went into the half leading 14-6.

Cherokee Trail's Darius Swanson (1) returns an interception for a touchdown at the end of the first half in their game against Rock Canyon, Oct. 13 at Legacy Stadium. Cherokee Trail went into the half leading 14-6.

 As Pamona players celebrate on field, Eaglecrest free safety, Angel Ramirez, 25, walks along the sidelines after Eaglecrest's loss to Pamona in the 5A state football championship contest against, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout, 56-49.

As Pamona players celebrate on field, Eaglecrest free safety, Angel Ramirez, 25, walks along the sidelines after Eaglecrest's loss to Pamona in the 5A state football championship contest against, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout, 56-49.

Cherokee Trail linemen warm up before their season opener vs. Highlands Ranch High School Sept. 1 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, CO. 

Eaglecrest defensive back and wide out, Victor Garnes, 12, leaps up and catches a touchdown pass to put the Raiders up 26-0 in the fourth quarter during their win against Cherry Creek High School in their quarter final 5A state tournament, Nov. 18 at Legacy Stadium. Eaglecrest defeated Cherry Creek 26-7 and will face Columbine in the semi final round.

Eaglecrest quarterback, Jalen Mergerson, 6, knows running back Kenny Wantings, 27, is going to score a touchdown before Wantings even crosses the goal line during the neutral playoff game against Fountain-Fort Carson, Nov. 10 at Legacy Stadium.
 

Overland High School football players hoist the Wagon Wheel traveling trophy after defeating Smoky Hill 28-0 in their rivalry game, Oct 20 at the Stutler Bowl.

Cherokee Trail football fans line the top row of the bleachers for the season opener between Highlands Ranch High School and Cherokee Trail, Sept. 1 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Eaglecrest team captains, from left, Victor Garnes, 12, Jalen Mergerson, 6, Kyanite Christian, 49, and Cody Bardin, 48, head out to the field for the coin toss, before the start of the 5A State football championship contest versus Pamona, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout with a score of 56-49. 
 

Rangeview defenders David Aggrey (28), center, and Jayvion Swain, right, can only look as Regis Jesuit wide receiver, Aubrey Marschel-Parker takes his reception to the house for a touchdown, during their game Sept. 15 at Regis Jesuit High School. Regis defeated Rangeview 35-12.

Grandview wider receiver, Gunner Gentry, avoids the tackle of a stretched out defender from Arapahoe High School, Oct. 27 at Legacy Stadium. Grandview defeated Arapahoe 28-10, taking them to a 7-2 record. 

Eaglecrest quarterback, Jalen Mergerson, 6, gets rid of the ball just in time during the 5A state football championship contest versus Pamona, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout, 56-49.

Eaglecrest running back, Kenny Wantings, puts on the breaks to avoid Fountain-Fort Carson safety Jared Reed during the first round contest of the 5A state football championship, Nov. 10 at Legacy Stadium. Eaglecrest won their first round playoff game 35-14.
 

Cherokee Trail's Darius Swanson (1) returns an interception for a touchdown at the end of the first half in their game against Rock Canyon, Oct. 13 at Legacy Stadium. Cherokee Trail went into the half leading 14-6.

As Pamona players celebrate on field, Eaglecrest free safety, Angel Ramirez, 25, walks along the sidelines after Eaglecrest's loss to Pamona in the 5A state football championship contest against, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout, 56-49.

 Cherokee Trail linemen warm up before their season opener vs. Highlands Ranch High School Sept. 1 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, CO. 
 Eaglecrest defensive back and wide out, Victor Garnes, 12, leaps up and catches a touchdown pass to put the Raiders up 26-0 in the fourth quarter during their win against Cherry Creek High School in their quarter final 5A state tournament, Nov. 18 at Legacy Stadium. Eaglecrest defeated Cherry Creek 26-7 and will face Columbine in the semi final round.
 Eaglecrest quarterback, Jalen Mergerson, 6, knows running back Kenny Wantings, 27, is going to score a touchdown before Wantings even crosses the goal line during the neutral playoff game against Fountain-Fort Carson, Nov. 10 at Legacy Stadium.  
 Overland High School football players hoist the Wagon Wheel traveling trophy after defeating Smoky Hill 28-0 in their rivalry game, Oct 20 at the Stutler Bowl.
 Cherokee Trail football fans line the top row of the bleachers for the season opener between Highlands Ranch High School and Cherokee Trail, Sept. 1 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch, CO.
 Eaglecrest team captains, from left, Victor Garnes, 12, Jalen Mergerson, 6, Kyanite Christian, 49, and Cody Bardin, 48, head out to the field for the coin toss, before the start of the 5A State football championship contest versus Pamona, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout with a score of 56-49.   
 Rangeview defenders David Aggrey (28), center, and Jayvion Swain, right, can only look as Regis Jesuit wide receiver, Aubrey Marschel-Parker takes his reception to the house for a touchdown, during their game Sept. 15 at Regis Jesuit High School. Regis defeated Rangeview 35-12.
 Grandview wider receiver, Gunner Gentry, avoids the tackle of a stretched out defender from Arapahoe High School, Oct. 27 at Legacy Stadium. Grandview defeated Arapahoe 28-10, taking them to a 7-2 record. 
 Eaglecrest quarterback, Jalen Mergerson, 6, gets rid of the ball just in time during the 5A state football championship contest versus Pamona, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout, 56-49.
 Eaglecrest running back, Kenny Wantings, puts on the breaks to avoid Fountain-Fort Carson safety Jared Reed during the first round contest of the 5A state football championship, Nov. 10 at Legacy Stadium. Eaglecrest won their first round playoff game 35-14.  
 Cherokee Trail's Darius Swanson (1) returns an interception for a touchdown at the end of the first half in their game against Rock Canyon, Oct. 13 at Legacy Stadium. Cherokee Trail went into the half leading 14-6.
 As Pamona players celebrate on field, Eaglecrest free safety, Angel Ramirez, 25, walks along the sidelines after Eaglecrest's loss to Pamona in the 5A state football championship contest against, Dec. 2 at Mile High Stadium. Pamona defeated Eaglecrest in a shootout, 56-49.