The anticipated Cherry Creek versus Cherokee Trail matchup did not meet expectations as a balanced Creek squad jumped out to an early lead and then held on to blank the Cougars 23-0. Despite the score, the game still highlighted multiple of Colorado’s best players.
Right now Milo Hall is the best player I have seen this season in the state of Colorado! The 5-9 185 pound back can do it all and brings a skill set that transfers nicely to the next level. We know about Hall’s speed and ability to make people miss, but most impressive is his surprising strength. Not big, but very powerful, especially in the legs, Hall breaks arm tackles and finishes runs, punishing tacklers as he gets extra yards. Further, Hall is a good receiver out of the backfield and is very comfortable in this role. Also, Hall will pass block, not great, but willing, he will improve once in college due to his most likely college job as a 3rd down back.
Potentially one of my favorite players in Colorado is Hall’s partner in the Creek backfield D.J. Luke. At 220 pounds Luke is a load, but he is quick and can make people miss. Luke is a willing and successful blocker with no complaints when he shares the backfield with Hall. In other programs Luke would be a 1,000 yard plus rusher. Good DIIs and FCS schools should take a hard look at Luke; he is one of Colorado’s sleepers.
Bruin QB Joe Caplis, a 6-1 junior, has a strong arm and is a player to watch. He has numerous targets and great opportunities in play action to make throws. The go to receiver for Creek is senior Joseph Parker, but tight ends Jaylon Jones and Anthony Martinez are good looking players. Jones, at 6-3 205 pounds, has very intriguing size.
Bruin offensive tackle Bryce Blair again caught my eye as he snapped some heads getting under Cougar linemen in the run game. Further his frame and length lend themselves to a lineman at the next level. FCS schools should continue to pursue this young man.
Maybe the player of the game for Creek and a great weapon for what is a very tough league and future playoff run is kicker Henry Lyon who, with his touchbacks, kept talented Cherokee Trail returners pinned all night. Lyon also hit on a 48 yard field goal.
Despite the loss Cherokee Trail has a talented team and numerous players to watch. 6-2 260 pound Cougar defensive tackle Niko Sangster had his name called all night. Junior offensive tackle Ashton Torres is tipping the scales at 290 and will move, at the next level, to the inside as a mauling guard. I feel Torres would be a little more explosive and finish on backers better if he was 280.