High-SchoolColorado: Christian McCaffrey

Five Days of List-Mas: CO's underclass football players

December, 13, 2011

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Colorado next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Forrest Wetterstrom (JR), Longmont, QB
Credentials: Threw for 1,774 yards and 26 touchdowns, also rushed for 865 yards and 13 scores, led team to 4A quarterfinals

4. Christian McCaffrey (SO), Valor Christian, RB/WR
Credentials: Led Valor Christian to state title; scored four TDs in state title game

3. Bernard McDondle (SO), Salpointe Catholic, RB
Credentials: Rushed for 1,178 yards and 19 TDs; teamed up with senior brother Cameron to lead Columbine to state title

2. Ryan Novak (JR), Heritage, QB
Credentials: Big arm and size (6-5/230) has earned him interest from CU, CSU, Oklahoma, OK State, Pitt, Texas A&M

1. Christopher Fox (JR), Ponderosa, OL/DL
Credentials: 6-foot-5, 285, ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, recruited by Colorado, Purdue and Michigan, among others

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

All-State Stock Watch feels the brotherly love

October, 12, 2011
Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).

This week, a pair of brothers run roughshod over the competition and a quarterback does what no other teams could do combined to Arapahoe.

Blue Chip: Max McCaffrey, Valor Christian, DB
OTP: Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian, RB

It was a big night for the McCaffrey brothers during Valor Christian's 58-13 win over Rock Canyon last weekend. Max, the senior who is on our ESPNHS All-State first team, had three blocked field goals last year. He had two blocked punts in this game, returning both for touchdowns. He also scored on a reception. Christian, a sophomore, added two touchdowns rushing and one receiving. Together the brothers had six touchdowns for the Eagles and have been one of the biggest reasons why Valor Christian is the top team in Colorado.

Under the Radar: Sean Flanagan, Bear Creek, QB

Flanagan put together a masterful effort to help Bear Creek hand Arapahoe its first loss of the season. He threw for five touchdown passes, including three in the second half, as the Bears rolled to a 40-23 victory. Flanagan helped the Bears score more points in the final two quarters than Arapahoe had previously given up all season long.

All-State Stock Watch showcases the running backs

September, 21, 2011
Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.

This week, it's all running backs, all the time as we feature one running back who does nothing but find the end zone, one who has everything but the scores under his belt and one who is making a case for player of the year honors.


UP — Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian, RB

McCaffrey only attempted three rushes in his team's game against Rampart this past weekend. But he scored on all three. The sophomore tailback ran to pay dirt from 12, 43 and five yards out, tallying a total of 60 yards and three TDs as the Eagles rolled over Rampart, 47-6. Effective production like that is one of the many reasons why Valor, which has played only Class 5A teams so far this season, is perfect on the season and holds the No. 1 spot in our POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

DOWN — Shahid Hoover, Denver East, RB

Hoover has been the featured running back for Denver East this season, and he's led the team to a respectable 2-1 record. But for as good as he's been this season (278 yards and a touchdown, averaging 6.3 yards per carry), he's scored only one touchdown. Those end zone scampers are being stolen by teammate Isaiah Hendrix, who has just 138 rushing yards but three scores. Hoover, one of the state's top rushing threats, is sure to find the end zone more as the season goes on.

UP — Cameron McDondle, Columbine, RB

There's a reason why McDondle was an All-Colorado running back last season, and there's a reason why he earned All-State first-team honors by ESPNHS this year. Right now, the senior might be the state's best rusher. This season he's accounted for 393 yards and seven touchdowns as Columbine is back to its winning ways at 3-0. He also has a kick return for a touchdown this season. The Rebels offense is in full force, scoring more than 40 points in each of its three games, and with McDondle leading the way there's no indication the team is going to slow down any time soon.