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Broncos High School Game of the Week: Saturday, March 27

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Denver South vs. Far Northeast

Saturday, March 27, 2021 @ 11:00 am

All City Stadium

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Matchup Denver South Far Northeast
Mascot Ravens Warriors
Classification 5A 5A
League South South
Inaugural Season 1912 1980
Football State Titles 1 (1958) 0 (runner-up 1989)
Roster Size 85 60
Offense 10 Personnel Spread Pro Set
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Coaching Statistics Denver South Far NE
Head Coach Ryan Marini Head Coach Tony Lindsay Sr.
4th season as head coach 4th season as head coach
19th season as a high school football coach (CO) 30th season as a high school football coach (CO)
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Players to Watch: Players to Watch:
QB: Julian Buerk, SR #8
WR: Jaden Phare, SR #1
ILB: Elijah Lopez, SR #50
CB: Rashad Caldwell, SO #11

Quotes from Denver South Head Coach, Ryan Marini

On what it's like to play spring high school football?
RM:
It's a weird feeling, but getting back out on the field last week for our first game was very surreal. Feels like we've been having these no-contact practices since July, so it was great to finally get out there and go against a different opponent. It's fun to be back out but it's been a strange year to say the least. 

How have the Denver South players adjusted to a Spring season after having the fall cancelled? 
RM:
There was a lot of disappointment early on in the fall once we knew that we wouldn't be playing but we got over that pretty quick as a team. We preached to 'control what we can control' and our season getting postponed was completely out of our control. All we try and focus on are the things that we can control like our daily work ethic, our attitude, effort and how we practice and prepare each and every day.

How have your team goals changed now that you are playing a spring season where most of the state is not playing? 
RM:
Team goals, that was tough heading into this season because of everything that everyone has been through over the past year. I think our biggest team goal is to just keep things simple. Do your job, come and practice the best you can each and every day and let's see what happens. With so much unknown about this season, we really tried to stay away from setting to many goals based on wins and losses and championships. 

What will it be like to play two high school football seasons in the same year? 
RM:
I think we'll get plenty of time to rest and recover and heal before preparing for next fall so I'm not too worried about that. If anything, I look at this as an opportunity to be even more prepared than a traditional year since we'll be coming off of a spring season. 

What are your thoughts about your team's performance after a big week 1 victory over Mountain Range?
RM:
I was pretty impressed with our execution and discipline. Having played against air for so long, I wasn't sure how well we were going to be able to execute on offense but the team played great. Especially in the second half where we didn't make too many mistakes. Mountain Range was a good team and they had us worried heading into the game. 

What do you see in Far Northeast as you prepare for week 2?
RM:
Whenever you play a Tony Lindsay coached team, it's gonna be tough. Our boys need to be ready to play physical because Far Northeast will be ready to go.

Quotes from Far Northeast Head Coach Tony Lindsay

On what it's like to play spring high school football?
TL: Spring high school football, It's just like any other football season for us. We're just excited to be back out here playing a game we all love and have missed. No difference whether it's fall, spring, summer, just happy to be back on the field. Only difference may be the weather.

How have the Far Northeast players adjusted to a Spring season after having the fall cancelled?
TL: The kids have really been great. Just happy to be back out playing ball with each other. The best thing is just getting to see each other every day, I've missed these guys and the kids need to be out here playing. And it's the little things that the kids have missed, like the smell of the locker room. We actually had kids talk about missing that smell which is crazy. The smell of the grass, being around one another, the little things.

How have your team goals changed now that you are playing a spring season where most of the state is not playing?
TL: Main goal from my point of view… to score points. Coming from South, we came from a school that always had a high-powered offense. We haven't had that here over the past few years but we're excited about our potential this year because we have a quarterback. He missed last year with an injury so I'm just excited to see what he can do.

What will it be like to play two high school football seasons in the same year?
TL: I'm not worried about that and if anything, I think it's an advantage to those teams playing in Season C. A lot of these programs around the state actually never stop preparing and practicing so this spring season gives us a chance to get ready for fall. It's a shortened spring season, we'll get a couple months to recover and then we'll be ready to go for fall. This also allows us to keep our kids in shape.

What do you see in Denver South as you prepare for week 2?
TL: You know… I'm not sure what to expect this Saturday. South has a good QB with some weapons so they'll be tough. We're looking forward to it and just looking forward to having fun. And I'm excited to see us! What can we do? How are we going to play? I've been coaching along time and game 1 is always fun.

What will it be like to play the school you just came from?
TL: It'll just be fun. They have a new mascot, new logo, new team. We're just excited to play.

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