DENVER —The Denver Broncos named Zach Morris of Bear Creek High School as their NFL High School Coach of the Week presented by the Colorado National Guard. Morris' Bears overcame 14-point deficits three times throughout the game to power to a 42-39 victory over their rival Chatfield Chargers.
"I was really happy. That was a tough one, but it gave us confidence," Morris said. "To be able to come back and kind of put it all together—it just showed a lot of heart, which is exciting to see."
The Bears—historically a heavy passing team—totaled 505 rushing yards, with quarterback Nick Madrid recording 253 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and Tomas Randolph contributing 101 yards.
The win was especially fruitful as the Bears were coming off a 43-42 loss in double overtime to Columbine High School the previous week.
Morris, 31, hails from Ada, Okla., and graduated from Mullen High School in 2001. He earned degrees in secondary education and history from the University of Wyoming in 2006, and played defensive lineman for the Cowboys from 2001-04 where he was named to the 2004 All-Mountain West Conference team.
The third-year head coach served as an assistant head coach at his alma mater, Mullen, from 2005-10 before working as an assistant coach at Bear Creek in 2011. He was hired in 2012 for the head coaching job with the Bears, where he has compiled a 3-1 record to start the 2014 season.
The Denver Broncos will recognize 10 High School Coach of the Week honorees during the regular season, as well as a Coach of the Year at the end of the season. The program is presented by the Colorado National Guard with a selection committee led by The Denver Post's Neil Devlin. The committee also includes Broncos Ring of Fame defensive back Billy Thompson and 850 KOA's Andy Lindahl.
Each weekly winner will receive a $2,000 donation made possible by the NFL Foundation and the Colorado National Guard to be used by the school's football program. Additionally, the Coach of the Year will be honored and presented with a $4,000 donation to the respective school's football program during the Broncos' home game on Dec. 28 against the Oakland Raiders.