CHATFIELD CHARGERS Head coach: Steve Schimpeler 2015-16 record: 24-3, 14-0 5A Jeffco League Players to watch: Joe Miks, Sr., G; Mike Vrabel, Sr., G; Alex Beckley, Sr., PG; Titus Reed, Sr., F, Lucas St. Germain, Sr., G.
LAKEWOOD — As soon as David Moore III broke through the line on 4th-and-1 from the Chatfield 24 on his way to the end zone, the collective wind was taken out of Chatfield’s sail. The Chargers faithful sitting in the west stands at Jefferson County Stadium on Nov. 26 were silent.
Several weeks ago a group of World War II veterans quietly gathered in Atlanta for what in all likelihood would be their final reunion. All in their 90s, they were the last remnant of a group of American volunteers that secretly traveled overseas in 1941 to fly combat missions against a brutal Japanese offensive in Asia. Their heroic exploits earned them the nickname “Flying Tigers.” To this day the Chinese speak of them in reverent tones, and few Flying Tigers were more revered than the spirited squadron leader known as Scarsdale Jack.
Paul Peronard looks around the wrestling room at Chatfield High School and it’s a bit bare at the moment. That’s in part because the team graduated nine seniors from a year ago and also because of the success of the school’s football program, which is playing in the 4A state semifinals this weekend. But while the team will have a little more than 20 wrestlers this year it’s the quality of those grapplers that stand out.
Ben Frenette rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns and Dalton Keene and Colton Arne added a score each as second-seeded Chatfield countinued its magical season with a 36-28 road win against Fruita Monument at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction on Nov. 12.
With the victory, the Chargers (11-1) advanced to the 4A state semifinals where they’ll play host to No. 3 Pine Creek (10-2) on Nov. 18 at Jeffco Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Lakewood.
LAKEWOOD — Tyler Callahan hunched down at the 25-yard line. One last time, the Columbine senior was soaking in the atmosphere at Jefferson County Stadium. It wasn’t the way he was hoping his Rebels would end it — a 42-21 defeat to top-seeded Pomona on Nov. 18 in the 5A state quarterfinals — but it was the reality of the situation.