BOULDER — At first blush, he looks like a personal trainer, the pride of Venice Beach. From a distance of maybe 30 yards, the figure walking toward you seems more Captain America than The Incredible Hulk. “It’s a different world,” Jake Moretti reflects from one of the metal bleachers inside the CU Buffs’ indoor practice facility. “It was funny: I went down to my brother’s football game, I was talking to all my old coaches and some of my old buddies, and a couple of them said they didn’t even recognize me. So I’ve definitely gotten that a couple of times. It’s nice, man.” The franchise left tackle is more of an outside linebacker now, a svelte 6-foot-4, 230-ish-pound frame. Same rock. More chisel. The brace is off the left foot. The nerves, finally, are in a good place. So, more importantly, is the soul.“I’m starting to kind of turn that corner now,” says the former Buffs and Pomona football star who … [Read more...] about Former CU Buffs OL Jake Moretti: “I love football. But I’ve got to make sure I’m able to walk when I’m 40.”
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The bowl matchups are set — the Cheez-It matchup of Air Force against Mike Leach’s Air Raid might be the tastiest, at least among western schools — and the playoff bracket’s locked in, once again minus a Pac-12 representative. But, just for kicks, we wondered: What would an all-Front Range College Football Playoff — four teams, three games, one regional title — look like if it were played out this month, small-division style? First semi: No. 4 CSU (4-8) at No. 1 Air Force (10-2) Best guess: The Rams were fired up and ready — even down to the defensive game plan — for the Zoomies at Fort Collins, even if the fans weren’t. But with an interim coach in place and a CSU program in flux, the bracket’s worst matchup proves to be a disaster for a rematch. Unless you’re Donald Hammond III. AFA 35, CSU 14.Second semi: No. 3 CU (5-7) at No. 2 Wyoming (7-5) Best guess: The Buffs never figured out Khalil Tate, but Mel Tucker and … [Read more...] about Best of the West top 25: How would a College Football Playoff bracket of CU, CSU, Wyoming and Air Force play out?
As giddily dancing Cherry Creek teammates bounced like pogo sticks around the state championship trophy, quarterback Julian Hammond III limped slowly across the field, wincing a little each time his cleats touched the grass as he tried to ignore the pain of a sprained ankle to bask in the glow of a 35-10 victory over Columbine. “He could hardly walk after the second quarter. I told (Hammond): ‘I’m going to get you out of this game,’ ” Cherry Creek coach Dave Logan revealed Saturday, as we stood near the 30-yard line of Empower Field at Mile High. While Hammond respects his coach, the junior quarterback refused any suggestion he take a seat on the Bruins bench. Asked if he needed to rest an ankle rolled on a run during the first half, Hammond stubbornly told Logan: “I’m not coming out, Coach.” Now there’s a competitive, never-surrender grit appreciated by nobody more so than Logan, who graduated from Wheat Ridge High way back in … [Read more...] about Kiszla: Nice work, Buddy. Julian Hammond III, born to basketball royalty, leads Cherry Creek to state football championship.
It might be freezing in New England. That won't stop the sharks from circling around Foxborough. Criticism of the Patriots is more fair right now than usual. They have lost two in a row, not looking like a championship team in either defeat. For sure, at 42 Tom Brady has taken a step backward, which anyone who has won six Lombardi Trophies is entitled to. And the air of invincibility at Gillette Stadium has been compromised severely by Kansas City. The Chiefs made enough mistakes to lose to a New York team, never mind to New England, yet escaped with what surely will be an uplifting victory for them. Hey, Bill Belichick has been outcoached in all three of his team's defeats; yep, the Patriots are 10-3 even with all the doomsday gloom directed their way. Actually, if you examine his body of work real closely, you'll find enough examples of Belichick being outsmarted or off-kilter, including in Super Bowls lost and won. We're sure to hear very loud proclamations this week of the Patriots … [Read more...] about On Football: Sharks are circling around Patriots
HIGHLANDS RANCH – Announcing the start of the postseason across Colorado, No. 16 ThunderRidge defeated No 17. Lakewood 17-6 in the opening round of the 5A state football playoffs on Thursday. The game marked a re-match of a regular season meeting between the two schools, one which Lakewood (5-6) won 22-14 at home. With a better regular season record, ThunderRidge hosted the second meeting at Shea Stadium. “We slugged it out the first time around and we felt like we made a ton of mistakes in that game,” said ThunderRidge head coach Doug Nisenson. “We had a chance to beat them the first time and felt we had a chance to win this game.” Buoyed by dual-threat quarterback Brent Huber, the Grizzlies scored the only touchdown of the first half, opening the scoring early on a quarterback sneak from the one-yard line. “He’s just a pure athlete and does so many things for us,” Nisenson said of Huber. “In a spread offense, it gives him lanes to … [Read more...] about ThunderRidge defeats Lakewood 17-6 to advance in first round of 5A state football playoffs