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JV Football team overcomes challenges to shut out Columbine
JV Football team overcomes challenges to shut out Columbine
Ava Zadigian and Garrett AldredSeptember 15, 2023

  After the final game of the 22-23 season, the JV football team had lost only one league game to Araphoae making them have the best overall...

Varsity teammates breaking through the entrance sign at the start of the game against Columbine High School.
Varsity Football heads into their 4th game of the season with a 1-2 record
Ava Zadigian, Teamleader • September 13, 2023

JV Football team overcomes challenges to shut out Columbine


  After the final game of the 22-23 season, the JV football team had lost only one league game to Araphoae making them have the best overall record in the Centennial League. The Centennial League consists of Cherokee Trail, Smokey Hill, Grandview, Arapahoe, Cherry Creek, and Eagle Crest. Their final record for the season was 6-2, losing to only Arapahoe and Columbin, both by a large margin. Columbine unlike Arapahoe, however, is not a part of the Centennial league.

  However, the JV football team’s season did not consist of all success. On September 10th, 2022, the Cougars were beaten by the Columbine Chargers 35-7. There was a lot of fear going into the game as described by Cole Johnsons, “I [had to] motivate my teammates to go out there and not be scared to tackle because that was one of our biggest problems to some of the players was tackling and some of the DBs (defensive backs) just couldn’t tackle.” Johnson said. This season, Johnson broke his thumb and will need surgery. He will be out for the rest of the season. 

  This loss to Columbine hurt the team and their overall atmosphere. Nonetheless, the team knew all they could do was get back to work. Mario Lane Jr. described the practices after the Columbine game as “much more intense [than practices before] because they want us to be our best to be able to win.” Lane Jr. said. This game turned from being a mental blocker to a motivation starter for the team. 

  Moving forward to September 9th, 2023 on the Columbine turf field, the JV team was back and ready to get their sought-after revenge. The energy and nerves were both high as they got ready to play. The team had been practicing all summer and doing drills to overcome their fears of the Columbine defensive teams. It was time to show the hard work they put in. Sophomore Joe Zvonek described the energy going into the game saying, “The energy against Columbine was different. We knew going into it. It was going to be a war. There was something different about the way people went into that game and therefore approached it in practice. We knew it was going to be the hardest game we’ve had yet.” Zvonkek said.

  After four quarters, the score reflected the work they put in. The Cougars won 27-0. Lane Jr. could not hold back his excitement about the win saying, “A lot of the freshmen are now on the JV team so it felt like revenge almost.” The team felt as though all their hard work finally paid off.

  The Cougars will face Fort Collins on September 16th at the Cherokee Trail turf field. After the Columbine game, JV teammates are feeling very hopeful about keeping their Centennial League Champions title “Yes [our team is capable] of winning. Especially [after] the dominant win against [Columbine] this Saturday. I think we got it.” said Lane Jr.

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Ava Zadigian, Team Leader
Garrett Aldred, Staff Reporter
Garrett James Aldred was born in San Clemente, California, which is the last little beach town in Orange County. Even after moving only eleven weeks later he stays true to his SoCal roots by his attire and flowing hair. Since then he has lived in the same house for seventeen years and he has flourished through the CCSD school system.   Since preschool, sports has always caught the attention of Garrett. Starting football as early as preschool, he has played numerous sports throughout the years. In High School he has been on varsity football every year while also taking on lacrosse and track in the springtime. A part of Cherokee Trail’s 2023 state winning track and field team, he ran the hurdles and relays. During weekends he looks for time to go up in the mountains to dirtbike with his dad.    Sports is not the only area that Garret dominates in. He also excels at the academic level, earning many academic awards since elementary school. Garrett in high school has achieved an Academic Letter each year and is an Academic All-American athlete with his 4.0 GPA.   Sports is such a major part of Garrett's life that he is now blending his school and sport worlds by joining the Digital Media team as a staff member. He looks forward to capturing the joyous moments of his fellow CT athletes with his photography and writing skills.

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