Valor Christian headed to Idaho to start the process of defending its state title. The five time Colorado State champs took on Bonneville High School of Idaho and quickly showed that the latest edition of the Eagles has a shot at the six peat. Valor rolled to a 61-20 win as the defensive line dominated and new as well as experienced playmakers went for big plays. Truth told midway through the second quarter as the Eagles dominated, I was done watching, but I did get a look at Dylan McCaffrey’s first start as the Valor QB.
First, McCaffrey is a very different athlete than his older brothers Max and Christian. Less explosive, the long 6-3 sophomore looks very good as a pro style quarterback with sneaky athleticism. Throwing three early touchdowns, McCaffrey had a very strong grasp of the offense, good pocket sense and the ability to make a variety of throws. Most impressive was a fade for a score to wideout Brendon O’ Donnell early in the first quarter.
McCaffrey already holds a Colorado offer and he will gain more. Throwing the ball to Nebraska commit Eric Lee as well as a bevy of big and skilled receivers, McCaffrey will put up strong numbers this year as the Eagles use more spread sets to get the ball in the hands of their playmakers.
In Colorado based action, Fountain-Fort Carson hit the road and defeated home standing Columbine in a 12-7 slug fest. Both teams love to run the ball so there was little wide open action. Offensively, the biggest standout was 2015 RB/LB Drue Harris. Standing 6-1 and weighing 225 pounds, Harris has great speed and is a load to bring down. Most impressive last night regarding Harris, who holds offers from Wyoming and Colorado State, was his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and make plays. At the next level Harris is big enough to run between the tackles, block, fast enough to stretch the edge and make catches on 3rd down.
Harris’ teammate and fellow linebacker D.J. Leatimua made a ton of tackles last night against the Columbine run game. At 6-3 240 pounds Leatimua is a load that can defeat blocks and make tackles. Leatimua recently picked up his first offer from the University of Montana. The big defender can play inside backer at the next level, (don’t get mad at me DJ) but he could excel as a defensive end.
For Columbine 6-3 220 pound junior defensive end Hunter Harms looked good. Harms has good get off, plays with leverage as well as the prerequisite toughness required for a Rebel lineman. Columbine sophomore Mikey Griebel is a very diverse and shifty playmaker that will be fun to watch this season.