Not reporting: Fountain-Fort Carson.
Not reporting: Doherty.
Coach: Jay Saravis, first year.
Key players:Zach Jones, QB; James LaCerte, RB/S; Shamauri Rivera, WR/RB/S; Sam Schofield, RB/LB; Nick Dunlap, OL/DL; Khanr Fleishhacker, OL/DL.
What to know: The Indians figure to rely on senior leadership during Saravis’ first year as Cheyenne Mountain’s head coach. Dunlap and Fleishhacker will likely play both ways on the line, while LaCerte and Rivera look to be the most dangerous options for Jones, the quarterback. Cheyenne Mountain hasn’t been to the 4A playoffs since 2012.
Not reporting: Liberty, Sand Creek.
Coach: Tom Reber, first season
Key players: Willie Bobrik, QB, jr.; Joshua Johnson, DB, sr.; Murphy Brasuel, RB, jr.; Christian Green, DB, sr.; Chauncey Johnson, LB, sr.; Charles Johnson, Lb, sr.; Gage Young, OL, sr.
What to know: Despite a handful of experienced upperclassmen, Reber considers his team to be on the younger side in his first year leading the Terrors. Palmer returns six starters on defense, including a group of veteran linebackers.
Not reporting: Coronado, Rampart, Vista Ridge.
Coach: Rob Braaten, 12th year
Key players: Dominick Fini, OL/DL, sr.; Ju-Wan Edgerton, wr/db, sr.; Michael True, OL, sr.; John Hubbard-Johnson, RB/DB; Jeremiah Doria, RB/LB, sr.; DJ King, QB/LB, sr.
What to know: After making a first-round exit in last year’s playoffs, King is taking up the role of quarterback. Edgerton looks to be the team’s top receiver with Hubbard-Johnson coming off a big junior year at running back. Fini and True return on the line for Braaten’s squad.
Coach: Todd Miller, 13th year
Key players: JC Coulter, QB; Wyatt Wieland, Ath.; Christian Louis, DL; Isaac Rolfe, OL/DL; Danny Fuhr, Ath.; Cameron Brungardt, TE/K; Jansen Hepperle, OL; Alex Rodriguez, OL; Sammy Miller, LB; David Moore III, RB.
What to know: The Eagles will look to defend their 2016 state championship run with starters back on both sides of the ball. Rolfe, Hepperle and Rodriguez are back on the line, protecting Coutler, the quarterback. Rolfe will join Louis on the defensive line, as well.
Coach: Nic Olney, second year
Key players: TJ Davis, QB, sr.; Sam Reed, OL/DL, sr.; Nathan Daniel, RB/LB, sr.; Myreik Goodwin, WR/DB, sr.; Frankie Ingraldi, RB/LB, Jr.
What to know: The Gladiators look to take another step forward after improving from 1-9 in 2015 to 5-5 in Olney’s first year. Davis, an all-state honorable mention, is back as the team’s quarterback after rushing for more than 1,000 yards as a junior. Speed looks to be one of the team’s strengths behind young lines.
Not reporting: Air Academy.
Not reporting: Palmer Ridge.
Coach: Al Melo, 11th year.
Key players: Orlando Westbrook, QB, jr.; Aumiere Shedrick, RB, jr.; Tristan White, TE/DE, sr.; Damion Fuschino, LB, sr.; Nate Mesa, OL/DL, jr.; David Barrow, WR/DB, sr.; Tyler Anderson, OL/DL, sr.
What to know: The Panthers are looking to get back in the playoffs after missing the postseason in 2016. Westbrook, Shedrick and Barrow return to offensive skill positions after earning all-conference honors. White and Fushino will lead the defensive front seven with help from Anderson and Mesa.
Not reporting: Sierra.
Coach: Tom O’Rourke, sixth year
Key players: Zac Hanenberg, QB/DB, sr.; Kadin Porter, RB/LB, sr.; Collin Minnick, OL/DL, sr,
What to know: The strength of the Tiger offense this year looks to be the line, which will be anchored by Minnick, a senior who plays both ways. Hanenberg and Porter also return in the offensive backfield, as O’Rourke looks to fill other skill position spots. The senior trio will look to get back to the playoffs after falling in the first round their freshman year.
Coach: Terry Poirier, fifth year
Key players: Landen Martinez, RB/LB, sr.; Adam Reid, OL/LB, sr.; Dorian McDowell, RB/LB, sr.; Justin Serrano, QB/DB, sr.; Aaron Torres, WR/DE, sr.; Nathaniel Clardy, RB/DB, sr.; Matt Cathy, OL/DL, sr.; Luke Corsten, OL/DE, sr.; Aaron Tanksley, WR/LB, sr.; Morgan Miller, C, sr.; Greg Stoneham, OL/DE, jr.; Trey Pearson, RB/NG, sr.; Drake Antoon, RB/DB, jr.; Donovan Bailey, WR/DB, sr.; Dusty Gray, WR/DB, sr.
What to know: The Falcons hope a large and tested senior class can lead to the program’s first 3A postseason appearance under Poirier. Serrano looks to be the quarterback with established players around him at running back, receiver and offensive line. Falcon also has senior leadership on all levels of the defense.
Coach: Dustin Tupper, fourth year
Key players: Patrick Haggard, DL, sr.; Jordan Pshigoda, SS, sr.; Dieudonne Chea, RB, sr.; Isaiah Padilla, OL, sr.; Carter Kreischer, TE/FS, sr.
What to know: The Rangers were a couple points away from advancing to the state semifinals a season ago. Chea looks to be Lewis-Palmer’s leader in the offensive backfield after a big junior season. The running back will run behind a line led by Padilla, who enters his junior campaign as a two-year starter. Haggard, Pshigoda and Kreischer will headline the defense.
Coach: Joe Roskam
Key players: Dominic Roskam, RB/LB, sr.; Evan Owen, DE, sr.; Garrett Bonnelycke, LB/TE, sr.; Caleb Cantrell, OL/LB, sr.; Tyler Arrick, DL, sr.; Austin Wolfgang, OL. sr.; Tyln Yarbrough, OL, sr.; Nate Bradley, RB/DB, sr.; Ethan Davidson, WR, sr.; Kaleb Monnett, WR/DB, sr.; Ryan Barry, WR/DB, sr.; Isaiah Barreras, WR/DB, jr.; Logan Taylor, LB, jr.; Michael, Shrum, QB, jr.; Angelo Salazar, QB, jr.
What to know: The Panthers have a lot of familiar faces on both sides of the ball. Roskam, a senior running back, figures to be the most experienced, returning for his fourth year as the starting running back. Woodland Park also brings back its entire starting defensive line from last year.
Not reporting: Discovery Canyon, Mitchell.
The Classical Academy
Coach: Justin Rich, first year
Key players: Brayden Luft, WR/DB, sr.; Cade Bethany, QB, sr.; Rhys Reba, RB/LB, sr.; Brady Miller, TE/LB, sr.; Donovan Pacht, OL/DL, sr.; Jenson Hall, WR/DB, sr.; John Bull, WR/DB, sr.
What to know: Rich will take over a Titan team with plenty of experience back from last year’s squad that advanced to the Class 2A quarterfinals. Bethany, the quarterback, and two-way players Luft and Reba will set the tone for the team that needs to replace playmakers in all three phases.
Not reporting: Florence, Manitou Springs.
Coach: Donte Stewart, 11th year.
Key players: Chiante’ Stewart, QB/LB, sr.; Kyle Ager, OL/LB, sr.; Benjamin McCaffery, OL/DL, sr.; Payton Whitlock, WR/LB, sr.; Jacob Tuufuli, OL/DL, sr.; Levi Lambrite, TE/DL, sr.
What to know: The Thunderhawks are doing some tinkering after falling in the first-round of last year’s playoffs. Stewart, the league’s Receiver of the Year a season ago, is switching to quarterback. Lambrite, who played on the offensive line as a junior, moved out to tight end. Ellicott also added Tuufuli from California. Coach Stewart expects Tuufuli to make an impact on both sides of the ball.
Not reporting: Colorado Springs Christian, Peyton, St. Mary’s.
Not reporting: Pikes Peak Christian, Miami-Yoder.
Coach: Luke Decker, 10th year
Key players: Cody White, QB/S, sr.; Eddie Sweazy, WR/OLB, sr.; Jon Christensen, OL/DL, sr.; Isaia Jarvis, WR/DL, jr.
What to know: While the Hornets didn’t make the postseason for the first time in four years in 2016, all but one player returns from last year’s team. Decker expects to have a more experienced team this year with Christensen and Jarvis back as starters on the lines. White will start as the quarterback while the team looks to find reliable options at running back.
Not reporting: Cripple Creek-Victor, Colorado School for the Deaf & the Blind.