In a game that potentially previews a playoff and even a title matchup, Cherry Creek had a few less mistakes to defeat a talented young Pomona squad 7-6. In the third quarter, Max Borghi, always a threat for a big play, scored on a screen to break the 0-0 deadlock. Pomona failed to convert on the PAT, a point that was very important in this hard fought game.
Creek, the defending state champ, breaking in a new set of offensive starters nearly across the board, got the running game going with slick new starting back Ashton Riley. The drive looked to stall at the Pomona 12 yards line, but on 3rd down Bruin senior QB Joe Caplis connected with Ammon Johnson for a score. The Bruins hit the all-important PAT, which would become the margin of victory. The Bruin D held Pomona the remainder of the game while the Bruin offense successfully ran the ball in the four minute offense.
The game, filled with DI talent, as well as players that will contribute at DII programs, highlighted experienced defensive players for Creek and young talent all over the field for Pomona.
Top Colorado prospect and Ohio State verbal Jake Moretti from the class of 2017 is the real deal, at 6-5 282, Moretti is very athletic. Also, it is surprising how much room his frame has for good weight. Moretti is very physical yet also a solid offensive line technician.
Eye catching, down the Pomona line from Moretti is 6-5 275 pound sophomore. This is a big framed kid, who can move and has the prerequisite nasty attitude to play line for Pomona and at the college level. Potentially the most eye catching young prospect I have seen this year. I hope the young many puts in the work to get to the next level.
Speaking of young, eye catching prospects, the most electric player I have seen this year is sophomore Pomona running back Max Borghi. Every time Borghi touches the ball as a runner, receiver or returner, the 5-10 175 pound speedster is a threat to score. Further, Borghi is surprisingly strong, breaking arm tackles and he has the ability to make people miss. Also, Borghi is a one cut runner, he does not play around, finding his hole, putting a foot in the ground and going. Friday, Borghi had two fumbles, but those are lessons learned for a young player.
Pomona junior linebacker Garrett Zanon is quietly, yet productively one of Colorado’s best. The 6-0 190 pounder, reads well, reacts and finishes. A very good baseball player, Zanon is worth a look at the next level in football.
Joe Caplis looks very solid! Last night’s stat line does not overwhelm, but he was playing against a very good defense, one of the best in the state, with a brand new offensive line. Caplis has great feet in the pocket, smarts, often going to secondary receivers and good arm talent. Keep an eye as this new offensive unit starts to gel.
Dante Sparaco, now a tight end, played his first game of the season since a transfer from Pomona after moving from Glenwood Springs. The travel and time away from football the past two weeks showed as Sparaco found his way in a new O. Bottom-line this is a giant kid, 6-4 260ish that is an athlete. When he gets comfortable in the offense keep an eye. Also, he was not in the four minute O, but I want to see the big boy as a blocker in the Creek run package.
On the All-Star Cherry Creek D, highlighted by 2017 national prospect Santino Marchiol, Tasmanian Devils Steven O’ Malley a senior and junior Jon Van Diest stand out. OLB/DE Van Diest, is constant motion and is a great technician playing with leverage and good hands. I especially appreciate how well the 235 pounder stands up against the run even while playing against the big Pomona line.
O’Malley is explosive! Undersized, he is a twenner but I love how he gets after it, diagnosing getting downhill and finishing. Further, he can rush off the edge and has the wheels and athleticism to cover.