5A Preview

New 5A Aurora Conference boasts some of the best backs in the state of Colorado.

The new Aurora Conference has, in its initial season, three talented teams with the athleticism to make a run at the conference title and, in theory cause problems in playoffs.

First is the Gateway Olympians. The program often has talent, yet it fails to bring quality wins. This year may be different with an experienced senior class. QB Tate Johnson returns. Now experienced and working with an offensive line headed by Zach Golditch expect Johnson to move the ball. The O also returns the services of top rusher Miguel Gonzales. Defense may be the strength of Gateway as key defenders at every level return including linebacker Darius Harvey and defensive back Eyob Teferi.

Rangeview once again has a very good returning back in Armon Brown. Brown will work an experienced line junior QB Darien Odergard. If Odegard can throw enough to keep defenses honest, Brown should have a strong season and Rangeview will gain wins.

For Denver East much of the offseason talk has rightfully focused on DI recruit and multi year starter Shahid Hoover, but the Angels have much more than this. Transfer Quincy Brown adds an element of toughness the Angels need on both sides of the ball. On offense, Brown can get tough yards between the tackles, catch the ball out of the backfield and give a nice change of pace to Hoover. On defense Brown is a solid inside backer. Young QB Cody Summers is a dual threat player that will make East difficult to defend.

Adams City and Aurora Central potentially have talent and in fact keep an eye on Adams City junior athlete Noor Shongolo and Jeffrey Tootle of Aurora Central. Each squad is coming off one win seasons, each has a new head coach and limited depth making for a tough 2012 season.