Beef. Not only is it part of a hearty dinner, but it is also the foundation of success for Rocky Mountain’s football season.
The Lobos need to replace 14 starters from last year’s 4-6 team but return senior linemen to keep some continuity on both fronts.
Coach Mark Brook will be leaning heavily on his offensive and defensive lines to compensate for a lack of experience at the skill positions.
Even some seniors like quarterback Daniel Hunter haven’t seen much playing time at the varsity level, so Brook is looking for weekly progress while his team gains valuable experience.
Offensive outlook: The Lobos have changed offenses to a veer that better utilizes the team’s talent.
Hunter will need to develop into a strong leader after only attempting two passes all of last season while playing mostly defense.
The team’s biggest challenge will be getting game experience for inexperienced skill players.
Defensive outlook: Many of the lineman Brook is counting on to protect his quarterback will also try to create holes for Lobo running backs.
Impact players: Most of Rocky Mountain’s experienced players will see time on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
Seniors Braxton Warren, Anthony Judish and Denzel Meyers combined for 5½ sacks last season, while Ed Kennedy also will be counted on.
Hunter had 55 tackles and four interceptions on defense.
The lingo: “We’re going to be young in a handful of spots and a little inexperienced. I’m excited about our prospects and our future, but nevertheless we are a bit of an unknown because we have a lot of kids stepping into starting roles or key roles who haven’t played a lot of varsity football.”
— Mark Brook
Rocky Mountain football coach
First up: The season starts on a challenging note, as the Lobos host Chaparral, a 7-4 team last season that advanced to the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs and is ranked No. 10 in this year’s preseason poll.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at French Field.
|Aug. 31||Chaparral||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 7||at Grand Junction||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 14||at Brighton||7 p.m.|
|Sept. 22||Douglas County||1:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 28||at Poudre||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 5||Fossil Ridge||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 11||Horizon||6 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||at Mountain Range||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||Fort Collins||7 p.m.|