Prep football teams in Fort Collins still without a win

Prep football teams in Fort Collins still without a win

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Prep football teams in Fort Collins still without a win

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Nobody wanted to start this way, but to say it couldn’t have been predicted would be a lie.

All four Class 5A high schools in Fort Collins — Rocky Mountain, Poudre, Fossil Ridge and Fort Collins High — are off to a sluggish beginning, each remaining winless in the third week of the football season.

But as the coaching cliche goes, how these teams start the season isn’t as important as how they end it, and all still have the opportunity to achieve their goal, winning a state championship.

“You never know that types of challenges you’re going to face until you get into the heat of the battle. I felt like our kids had a very good offseason,” first-year Poudre coach Dan Reardon said. “The fact of the matter is, aside from having an undefeated season, everything we want to accomplish is still a possibility … we want to make the playoffs and win the championship.”

Reardon mentioned one of several positions the Impalas (0-2) have struggled at this year is quarterback, a spot Poudre lacks experience in.

Senior Michael Jensen was the starter in Week 1, but Reardon isn’t afraid to mix up the rotation. Junior Cody Limmer and sophomore Jaiden Flint have seen significant playing time in both games with Flint now leading the team in passing yards with 127.

And Poudre isn’t the only school without an established quarterback. In fact, no school in Fort Collins has a returning starter under center.

Fort Collins High’s Chase Thurgood started at quarterback last year and was an all-conference selection, but since moved to wide receiver/defensive back, leaving sophomore Kyler Sigsbee holding the reigns. Lambkins coach Eric Rice said Sigsbee has all of his support and knows it’s been a rough start, but is also looking at Caleb Seeton, who’s taken snaps for Fort Collins (0-2) in a variation of the Wildcat formation, as a legitimate quarterback option.

For Rocky Mountain (0-2), Daniel Hunter and Tyler Stevens have each earned reps on game day, but neither have stood out as “the guy” for coach Mark Brook to stick with and he feels a big contributing factor to the entire team’s start to the season isn’t only inexperience, but the schools the Lobos have faced in the first two weeks –No. 2 Chaparral and No. 6 Grand Junction.

“It’s a tough schedule. There’s no way around it, but for our kids, we’re asking a lot from them and we’re a little bit behind the learning curve,” Brook said. “We have a lack of experience at a lot of our key positions, so we’re going to be a little bit slower, and we have been.”

Fossil Ridge (0-3) doesn’t have a returning quarterback, either, but California move-in Travis Avila has been dominant in his role for the SaberCats.

The good news for teams is, there hasn’t been a Front Range League game played, and won’t until Sept. 27, so even if the Lambkins, Impalas and Lobos were to lose tonight and next week, reaching the playoffs, even a conference championship, are still a possibility.

“If you’re strictly a scoreboard watcher, then sure, we haven’t won a game yet and that’s tough, but the bigger picture for us — and we continue to remind these young men about it — is that it’s about the process. The journey for us is key and we are taking steps in the right direction.

“Unfortunately, in life you have to have failures to have success in the end and that’s, hopefully, what we’re banking on happening.”

Tonight’s games

Arapahoe at Fort Collins

* Time: 7 p.m.

* Location: French Field

* Twitter updates:
@MattStephens

Watch: Coloradoan.com/sports

* Rice on Arapahoe: “I know they’re a big, strong, physical football team and they beat Rangeview last week, who I feel was very, very good heading into the season. They have good size and speed and won 7-6, so what do you take away from that? Arapahoe plays good defense. Ted Shantz, their defensive coordinator, loves to blitz.”

Rocky Mountain at Brighton

* Time: 7 p.m.

* Location: Brighton High School

* Twitter updates:
@Coloradoan_JB

* Brook on Brighton: “Brighton is a good football team. Their coach has those kids playing very hard and disciplined. But right now, for us, we have to come out and focus on Rocky. We have to make the right calls and play with energy on the defensive side of the ball. We have a lot of little things that we have to work on.”

Poudre at Boulder

* Time: 7 p.m.

* Location: Boulder High School

* Twitter updates:
@stemeyer

* Reardon on Boulder: “They’re a team that has scored a lot of points the first two weeks and haven’t given up very many. That being said, I feel like if we playing like we’re capable of playing, it’s going to be a competitive football game.”

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