Few players have a more imposing look on the field than Valor Christian defender Noah Elliss. The 6-4 305 pound junior defensive tackle not just looks, but plays the part. Friday night, in a rematch of last year’s state title game, Elliss and the Valor squad dominated on D defeating the defending champ Cherry Creek 10-0.
Elliss, the son of former NFLer Luther Elliss, has dominated this season and with two way player and Virginia commit Dillon Reinkensmeyer, has made gaining yards on the Eagles extremely difficult. Since two early season losses, Valor has won five straight, allowing very few points. Friday night’s shutout was Valor’s best defensive effort of the season and Elliss’ top statistical game as he recorded seven tackles and two sacks. On the crucial play of the game, a fourth & goal attempt at the end of the 1st half, by Creek, Elliss ate up blockers, held the middle and allowed fellow Eagles to make the big stop.
Last night’s game highlighted many of the state’s top recruits especially from the class of 2017. Along with Elliss, who holds offers from Utah, Utah State, Colorado, Colorado State, USC, Michigan State and Washington, offensive teammate Dylan McCaffrey, has numerous offers from Power 5 schools as does Cherry Creek linebacker Santino Marchiol.
5A is wide open this season, Columbine is unbeaten, Grandview is peaking at the right time, Pomona is young, talented and physical while Arapahoe is playing some of its best football in years. Add in Cherry Creek, who will no doubt rebound from their two game skid, as well as Valor, anchored by Elliss and the tough D.