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The three quarterback being considered for starting for the Broncos, Paxton Lynch, Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian (left to right) talk to coach Gary Kubiak during a game in Denver on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The Broncos lost the game 31-24. photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette



Manitou Springs

Coach: Cory Archuleta

2015 Record: 3-7, lost in first round of playoffs

Key players: Davyn Adamscheck, sr., RB/S; Atticus Fredrickson, sr., OL/DE; Cole Sienknecht, jr., RB/CB

What to know: First-year coach Archuleta is the third coach for the Mustangs in four years. The Mustangs lost some big playmakers to graduation, but senior leadership should be a strength for the team again this season, according to Archuleta. The difficulty for the Mustangs will be getting used to a new offense and new leadership again.

The Classical Academy

Coach: David Bervig

2015 Record: 8-4, lost in quarterfinals of playoffs

Key players: Anders Carlson, sr., K/P; Sawyer Weeks, sr., WB/FS; Austin Weingart, sr., LB/RB; Cade Bethany, jr., QB/FS; Rhys Ryba, jr., LB/RB; Jenson Hall, jr., WB/FS; Brayden Luft, jr., WB/CB; Donovan Pacht, jr., OL/DL; Garrett Craig, so., OL/DL

What to know: With realigned classifications this season, TCA moved from 3A to 2A. The Titans, who nearly made it to the 3A state championship game in 2013 and lost in the quarterfinals last season, could be tough competition for other 2A teams. The Titans lost 15 seniors, including starting quarterback Austin Bervig, but are still loaded with talent. Cade Bethany will be a first-year starter at quarterback, and David Bervig wrote in a preseason questionnaire that Bethany "will be very good." Look for TCA to make some noise in 2A this season and a run in the playoffs.



Colorado Springs Christian School

Coach: Jay Kersey

2015 Record: 6-4, lost in first round of playoffs

Key players: Justin Engesser, sr., QB; Tyler Baker, sr., RB/LB; Austin Gaylor, jr., OL/LB; Jordan Greager, jr., TE/LB

What to know: Engesser will start at QB for the fourth consecutive season. Last year he threw for 1,943 yards and 26 touchdowns and had 15 interceptions. He was also fourth on the team in rushing with 431 yards. The Lions have experience on defense but the offensive line is relatively inexperienced, according to Kersey. CSCS does not have a lot of depth, so the Lions will be looking at the underclassmen to step up and make an impact.

St. Mary's

Coach: Archie Malloy III

2015 Record: 0-9

Key players: Patrick O'Conner, sr., RB/DB; Joe Trechter, sr., TE/LB; Chance Podoll, sr., TE/LB; Tyler Richter, sr., WR/DB; Tyler Englert, jr., QB/DB; Sean Hiramatsu, jr., WR/DB; Camden Raedel, jr., WR/DB/LB; Matthew Depner, jr., OL/DL; Sam Baldwin, so., QB/WR/DB; Gabe Calhoun, so., TE/K

What to know: Last season was a tough one for the Pirates and Malloy, who was in his first season as coach at St. Mary's. This year the Pirates benefit from knowing what is expected in Malloy's system and more experience in the skill positions. The Pirates lost their leading rusher and receiver from last season, but watch for O'Conner, Baldwin and Hiramatsu to pick up where the former players left off and have a big impact on the team.



Pikes Peak Christian

Coach: Kelvin Thorne

2015 Record: 3-5

Key players: Ethan Sherman, sr., QB; Hunter Grant, sr., RB; Luke Coddington, sr., OL; Vaughn Schrock, sr., RB

What to know: While this is just Thorne's second season as coach for PPC, he coached for three seasons at the middle school, so many of the players on varsity are familiar with his style. The Eagles look to get more wins this season after working hard on fundamentals, according to Thorne.

Teams not reporting: Cripple Creek-Victor, Ellicott, Florence, Hanover, Miami-Yoder, Peyton.

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