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 top defensive lineman leads his team in tackles, a running back is at his best in a crucial game and another running back does it all — extra points included! — for his squad.
Blue Chip: Clay Norgard, Mountain Vista, DL
Mountain Vista hasn't had its best season (the Golden Eagles are 3-4) but Norgard is having a great season on the defensive side. He leads the team in tackles so far with 51, an average of 7.3 tackles per game. In his team's game against Regis Jesuit last week, he had six solo tackles and assisted on 10 others. Norgard has verbally committed to Colorado.
OTP: Joe Hansley, Highlands Ranch, RB
Highlands Ranch had a big matchup this past weekend against ThunderRidge, two teams with one loss and plenty to prove. Hansley made sure the Falcons came out on top. The senior caught a 47-yard pass for a score, then rushed for touchdowns of 55 and 11 yards to help his team earn a 33-14 win and move to 3-0 in its conference. He also intercepted a pass to help seal the victory.
Under the Radar: Dylan Carter, Pomona, RB
There's multi-purpose backs, and then there's multi-purpose athletes, and Carter definitely falls into the latter category. In his team's game against Fairview last weekend, Carter rushed for four touchdowns runs, booted two field goals and converted six extra-points, scoring a total of 36 points to help Pomona win, 48-14. Carter has helped the Panthers to a 6-1 record this season.