The 2020 Colorado High School all-state football teams were recently announced by CHSAA. The teams are presented by CHSAANow.com, Colorado Preps, and MaxPreps. These teams in all classifications were created following a lengthy process which included nominations from leagues, and then a vote of head coaches from across the state. Several area players received all-state honors.
IN CLASS A 6-MAN, Granada’s Dominic Coleman, jr., (QB/RB/DB) and John Hainer, soph., (FB/NG) were named to the first team all-state. Coleman had a stellar season as one of the top passers in the state. He completed 86-of-131 pass attempts for 1,469 yards and 30 TDs. Coleman was also a threat in the Bobcats’ rushing attack. He had 694 yards on 78 carries and scored 12 TDs. On defense, he recorded 50 tackles including 35 solo and had 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries.
Hainer was the workhorse on the ground for the Bobcats. He racked up 801 yards rushing on 114 carries and scored 12 TDs. He also proved a weapon in the passing game with 27 receptions for 479 yards and 6 TDs. On defense, Hainer contributed 50 tackles (26 solo). The Bobcats, under new coaches Traegon and Tyndan Marquez, won the Southeast League championship with a 3-0 record.
In the state playoffs, Granada defeated Eads, 44-35, in the state quarterfinals. The Bobcats then faced defending state champion and unbeaten Fleming in the state semifinals. Granada fell to the Wildcats, 52-46, to see the season end with a 6-2 record. The other loss for the Bobcats was also to Fleming, 49-44, in the last game of the regular season. Granada was the only team to score over 40 points against Fleming. The Bobcats lost only one senior off this year’s team and will look to big things next year. Fleming (8-0) went on to win a second straight state crown with a 60-28 win over Stratton/Liberty.
Damien Barnes, sr. (RB/DE) of Eads was also selected to the all-state first team. Barnes rushed for 800 yards on 67 carries and scored 16 TDs this season. He also completed 17-of-27 passes for 317 yards and 1 TD. Those stats were basically achieved in only four games as between a leg injury and a COVID quarantine the senior had limited time in the final three games of his preps career. During his junior campaign, Barnes had a breakout year. He rushed for 2,098 yards on 164 carries and scored a remarkable 36 TDs. Eads finished 2020 with a 3-3 record in the East League in what was an unpredictable season due to Covid-19. The Eagles saw their season end with a loss to Granada in the state quarterfinals.
Also receiving first team all-state recognition was junior Evan Worley of Cheyenne Wells. Worley rushed for 774 yards on 88 carries and scored 14 TDs this season. He caught 5 passes for 99 yards and 1 TD. On defense, he registered 54 tackles (38 solo) and 6 sacks.
Cheyenne Wells also had two other players named to the all-state second team. They included senior Preston Hernandez of Cheyenne Wells and junior Rogelio Rangel of Cheyenne Wells. Hernandez completed 23-of-44 passes for 343 yards and 7 TDs. He rushed for 224 yards on 38 carries and 4 TDs. On defense, he recorded 56 tackles including 41 solo. In just three games played, Rangel rushed for 198 yards on 17 carries and scored 6 TDs. He caught 4 passes for 57 yards and 2 TDs. On defense, Rangel had 31 tackles (17 solo). Cheyenne Wells finished 3-0 and 6-1 in the East League standings. The Tigers defeated Prairie, 43-22, in the state quarterfinals before falling to Stratton/Liberty, 36-15, in the state semifinals.
Senior Sullivan Farmer of Kit Carson earned first team all-state honors. It was a rough season especially for the Wildcats due to injuries and dealing with Covid-19. The Wildcats finished with a 1-1 record in the East League standings and 3-2 overall. Farmer led the Wildcats on the ground with 71 carries for 449 yards and 5 TDs. He also caught 9 passes for 240 yards and 5 TDs. On defense, Farmer had 48 tackles (35 solo), 1 sack, and 1 interception.
Named to the 6-man all-state honorable-mention team:
Dillon Ball, jr., Cheyenne Wells. (Offense: 14 receptions, 280 yards, 4 TDs; Defense: 56 tackles (42 solo).
Porter Spady, fr., (RB/LB/K), Eads. (Offense: 72 carries, 614 yards, 10 TDs. Defense: 55 tackles (44 solo, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions).
Peyton Cranson, soph., Branson/Kim.
Kevin Rodriguez, sr., Walsh.
Cade Smith, soph., Branson/Kim.
IN CLASS A 8-MAN, five area players were named to the honorable-mention team.
Wyatt Cook, sr. (FB/LB/DE), Holly.
Dakota Eaton, jr. (QB/DB), Holly. (Offense: 54-of-89 passes, 1,035 yards, 11 TDs).
Hayden Lasley, sr., (RB/S/K), Springfield. (Offense: 194 carries, 1,158 yards rushing, 16 TDs; 84 tackles (43 solo), 2 interceptions).
Cade Zordel, sr., (RB/LB), Wiley.
Aiden Martinez, soph., McClave.
Cover: Evan Worley, Sonny Farmer, and Dominic Coleman all named to the 6-Man All-State First Team by CHSAA (Left to Right). Photo: Uncredited, Mayhan Photography, Mariah Sigala (Left to Right)