Pine Creek and Palmer Ridge, two of the most decorated programs in the city and home of some of the best players in Colorado Springs has even seen. Palmer Ridge is eyeing a three-peat meaning guys like Raef Rule, Duece Roberson and the rest of the seniors will get to the ride into the sunset on top, "I definitely have that as a realization but it definitely drives me further because I want to end on a positive note. I don't want to go out of this season wondering: What if?," says Cameron Reiman of Palmer Ridge.
"You've always got to play for the people above you. You've got to play for people who came before you. Most importantly, you've got to play for the seniors. You've got to make sure it's one for them to remember," says Kaden Dudley of Palmer Ridge.
Pine Creek is the top seed in the 4A and after a stunning loss in the second round last year, the Eagles are determined to reclaim the state crown for the first time since 2016 and cement their place as one of the best teams in the city's history. Guys like running back David Moore, Gavin Herberg, Eddie Kyle and Max Lofy can cap outstanding careers by returning the Eagles to the summit, "We're definitely going to come fired up because of last year. Practice just seems more intense because we don't want to let that happen again,"says David Moore of Pine Creek.
"This legacy is a huge thing to us. Past teams like teams with Brock Domann, Wyatt Wieland and all these other guys that actually ended up getting a ring our freshman year, that's something we want to live up to," says Gavin Herberg of Pine Creek.
"I look around at all the friends I've made and I'm like: We have to do this. State game or bust. Title or bust," says Max Lofy.