6-man all-state football game set to be played in Hugo on Saturday, June 3
Kick-off is set for 10:30 a.m.
For the first time since its inception in 1988, the annual 6/8 Man football all-state game will not feature players from the state's smallest classification.
After 29 editions, this year will see 6-man break away and hold its own all-state competition.
In recent years, the 6/8 game had seen an increase in participation from 8-man schools, effectively reducing the number of spots available for the six-man players.
Former six-man state president, Paul Griese, reached out to his fellow coaches to gauge their response to forming their own showcase. It was overwhelmingly positive.
“Early in the process, we sent a letter out to all of the kids who could play and the interest was great,” Griese stated. With the number of teams participating having hovered around 30 the past few years, the talent pool has increased. This year's senior crop was both gifted and deep.
A total of 40 players are expected to pad up for the June 3rd game, with another seven who were selected but will not be able to play.
Each squad, North and South, currently has 20 healthy players on its roster.
The North will meet in Otis on June 1st for two days of practice, while the South will hold its workouts at Cheraw. They will come together for a 10:30 am kick-off in Hugo on the 3rd.
Highlighting the North squad will be Landon McCaffrey and Riley Marzolf of the state champions, Hi-Plains. The Patriots also had Cameron Klann selected to play, but he will miss the game because of injury concerns.
Jaime Huerta, Kendall Pelton and Dace Ball of Cheyenne Wells will look for a measure of revenge, as they were defeated by Hi-Plains in the state title game.
Coaches for the North include Toby Kechter, Christian Hornung, and Jesse McConnell, all from Stratton/Liberty, John King from Fleming, and Alex Lowther from Hi-Plains.
Eads and Kit Carson, two teams that were ranked 1 and 2 for most of the season, will send five seniors to the game including Caden Parker and Fred Turner from Eads; and Brad Johnson, Blake Dickey, Jaxon Crawford from Kit Carson.
Leading the South will be Garrett Smith, Carlos Huerta and Blake Pearce from Cheyenne Wells, Jeremy Cole of Cotopaxi, and Sierra Grande's Matt Lucero.
Griese was quick to acknowledge the work of Mike Miller (Cheyenne Wells) for his assistance in making sure things were in order for the South squad, and Kenny Book (Genoa-Hugo).
Book has taken on the duties of hosting the event and has been instrumental in making sure the game day experience will be memorable.
Idalia AD, Kylie Chamberlain, was also singled out by Griese for her efforts on the game day programs.
Tanner Patterson, Otis
Jaxon King, Fleming
Levi Muller, Fleming
Luke Puchino, Longmont Christian (not playing)
Peyton Uhrig, Otis
Landon McCaffrey, Hi-Plains/Flagler
Cameron Klann, Hi-Plains/Flagler (not playing)
Rogelio Meza, North Park
Noel Pizana, North Park
Marshall Hornung, Stratton/Liberty
Adam Parachini, Weldon Valley
Erick Enriquez, Idalia
Riley Marzolf, Hi-Plains/Flagler
Charlie Bator, Idalia
Darian Wagner, Arickaree/Woodlin
Alex Vandenbark, Fleming
Marco Ramos, Arickaree/Woodlin
Drew Ellis, Pawnee
Jake McClendon, Genoa-Hugo
Chase Flynn, Stratton/Liberty
Cody Wilson, Peetz
Bryce Schnug, Pawnee
Brandon Ravenkamp, Genoa-Hugo (not playing)
Toby Kechter, Stratton/Liberty
Christian Hornung, Stratton/Liberty
Jesse McConnell, Stratton/Liberty
John King, Fleming
Alex Lowther, Hi-Plains/Flagler
Wyatt Tezak, Cotopaxi
RJ Banta, Cotopaxi
Brad Johnson, Kit Carson
Trevor Warren, La Veta
Derek Lucero, Sierra Grande
Jaime Huerta, Cheyenne Wells
Kendall Pelton, Cheyenne Wells
Ryan Saine, Manzanola
Colton Crawford, Walsh
Richie Archuleta, Sierra Grande
Jaxon Crawford, Kit Carson
Justin Israel, Colorado Deaf and Blind
Blake Dickey, Kit Carson
Daniell Mayer, Elbert
Simeon Sharpe, Walsh
Brayden Dobbs, La Veta
Brendon Trujillo, Cheraw
Fred Turner, Eads
Cody Lyons, Cotopaxi
Caden Parker, Eads
Dace Ball, Cheyenne Wells
Joel Smith, Elbert (not playing)
Conner Brown, Cripple Creek/Victor
Cutter Hutson, Cripple Creek/Victor
Garrett Smith, Cheyenne Wells
Carlos Huerta, Cheyenne Wells
Blake Pearce, Cheyenne Wells
Jeremy Cole, Cotopaxi
Matt Lucero, Sierra Grande