The Gazette 2016 5A-4A Football Peak Performer: Brock Domann, Pine Creek

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Photo - Pine Creek quarterback Brock Domann, the Gazette Peak Performer of the Year for 5A-4A football, is pictured at the school on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Pine Creek quarterback Brock Domann, the Gazette Peak Performer of the Year for 5A-4A football, is pictured at the school on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

The defining moment of Brock Domann's prep career likely wasn't a highlight-reel touchdown pass or a tackle-breaking jaunt to the end zone.

Looking back, it perhaps was a spot start as a sophomore that gave Domann a road map for the future.

"That was huge for me," said Domann who, in the fifth week of the 2014 season, stepped in for an injured Tommy Lazzaro and led Pine Creek to a 41-7 win at Vista Ridge behind 249 yards passing and two touchdowns. "It was about knowing I could do it. I knew I belonged. Then I came in my junior year, took over the reins and took it from there."

Did he ever. In the two subsequent seasons, Domann was under center for wins in 25 of 28 starts, led the Eagles to the 4A state crown earlier this month and leaves the program as the all-time leader in passing yards in a season (2,057) and career (4,192), total touchdowns in a season (34) and career (66), completion percentage in a season (65 percent) and career (62 percent) and completions in a season (133) and career (248).

Those stats, in large part, resulted from Pine Creek's all-around offensive threats - freshman running back David Moore III ran for 1,585 yards and 18 touchdowns, for starters - and a defense that rarely allowed the opposition to sustain drives.

But outside of the stats, Domann displayed something more that separated him from other athletes longtime coach Todd Miller has seen since starting at Pine Creek in 2005.

"You see athleticism, and a lot of kids have it," Miller said. "Not a lot of kids have 'it.' Brock has 'it,' meaning control of the huddle and offense. He just had a will to win. He just always wanted to be on the field and find a way to come out on top. When you have a guy in the huddle who feels that way, you always have a chance. He was willing to put stats to the side and do what's best for the team."

For his start in 2014, it didn't hurt that Domann had the services of then-senior running back Josh Odom, who carved Vista Ridge for 197 yards and three touchdowns. And with a running game humming behind the emergence of Moore this past season, Domann was never asked to carry the team by himself.

"Having a balanced offense helped a lot, and it was great having all the talent around me," Domann said. "We had a very experienced group. But you still have to put in the work and trust that the other 10 guys will do their job. That made my job easier."

Domann didn't just crush it on the field. He also has the 'it' factor in the classroom, carrying a grade-point average of 3.62 and earning a spot on the honor roll in every semester at the northeastern Colorado Springs high school.

With that versatility on and off the field, Domann hopes to prove his worth, along with the intangibles that go with it, to his future college residence.

"I definitely want to get into a great college," said Domann, whose older brother, JoJo, graduated from Pine Creek in 2016 after winning honors as the state's Gatorade Player of the Year and played in 12 games on special teams this season as a true freshman at Nebraska. "To do that, you have to have great grades. I believe a great recruiting point is not only getting it done on the field. You need to be smart and need to do the little things right. I made grades a big priority."

Domann, who will officially end his high school football career later this month at the Marcus Dixon McInerney All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has yet to verbally commit to his college destination.

"He's going to make somebody a great quarterback," Miller said. "It will have to be the right fit. All I know is that he had a great career at Pine Creek High School. Not many young men got to do what he did. I'm proud of that, and I hope he's not defined only by how he did here. Being a great worker, father and husband would mean more to me than him being a great college player."