Jake Moretti talks team first. Despite being one of 2017’s top national prospects and having already made a verbal to defending national champ Ohio State, Moretti is level headed and always Pomona first. The big offensive tackle, one of the state’s best players on one of Colorado’s top high school teams recently took time to talk season.
Moretti says Pomona, who starts the season with a crucible of games that includes an opener with Valor followed by games with Cherry Creek and Mullen has, “talent everywhere!” The big lineman cites the guys he protects including running backs Cameron Gonzales and Max Borghi as well as quarterback Ryan Marquez. Gonzales and Borghi, both underclassmen, bring great versatility to the Panther backfield. The duo has the ability to catch the ball, Gonzales is a hardnosed, shifty runner, while Borghi is one of the fastest youngsters playing in the state. Marquez, another underclassman, takes over for last year’s starter Jon Roberts who has taken his game to the college level. Helping these young starters is a rugged offensive line anchored by Moretti. Moretti says the line, “has a lot of depth and there are some battles going on for some of the starting jobs.”
Defensively the Panthers, will be paced by linebackers Elijah Leyva and Garrett Zanon. The 6-2 230 Leyva is a beast from his outside spot while Zanon returns as the team’s leading tackler.
For a brief time this season Pomona looked to have gained the services of QB/OLB Dante Sparaco, who after moving from Glenwood Springs, worked out with Pomona this summer. Now Sparaco is enrolled at
Cherry Creek and looks to play for the defending state champs. Moretti, does not care about other teams and other players as he focuses on his team and the fast approaching season stating, “no doubt it's been a great summer so far and we just want it to keep rolling.”