SoPeaks honors four football ’Cats

Ignacio’s Dustin Sanchez (20; he’d started the season wearing No. 52) takes a handoff during action at IHS Field versus Dolores in 2018. Sanchez was named First Team All-Conference.
Seen slamming down a John Mall ball-carrier during non-conference action in 2018, Ignacio junior Clay Campbell (60) was named First Team All-SPC.
Two of Ignacio Football’s captains in 2018, senior Dustin Sanchez (left) and sophomore Lawrence Toledo greet those of Leadville-based Lake County prior to action at IHS Field. Sanchez would be named First Team All-SPC and Toledo Second Team.
Seen during a preseason practice, Ignacio’s Mike Archuleta was counted upon to have a good grasp of his tasks in 2018. He was named Second Team All-SPC for his offensive, defensive and special-teams efforts.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

With no controversial field goal needed, the Southern Peaks Conference’s last hope for a representative in the Class 1A State Championship faded when Centauri not only hosted Strasburg in the State Playoffs for a second consecutive year, but lost to Strasburg and became the final SPC squad to fall.

Led by Coach-of-the-Year Kyle Forster, the Falcons finished 4-0 in the SPC and 9-3 overall after losing 44-22 at home in the Playoffs’ semifinals, while SHS then lost 13-7 to Limon in the grand finale and finished 11-2 as LHS ended up 13-0.

With the 2018 All-Southern Peaks Football Team officially released after CHS’ elimination, it was revealed that Ignacio senior running back/lineman/linebacker Dustin Sanchez and junior lineman/linebacker Clay Campbell were both named First Team All-SPC after the Bobcats posted a 3-6 overall record and fourth-place 1-3 mark in conference.

Senior offensive lineman/linebacker Mike Archuleta and sophomore running back/defensive back Lawrence Toledo were named Second Team All-SPC.

Centauri senior receiver/cornerback Zach Martin, senior offensive/defensive lineman Bennie Chacon (Defensive Player-of-the-Year), junior OL/LB Adam Chacon, senior receiver/defensive end Tristan Crowther, senior OL/DL Deontay Martinez, and freshman RB/CB Mason Claunch were all named First Team All-SPC, as were junior quarterback/linebacker Kaidon Wenta (Offensive POY), senior QB/LB Zach Hindes, senior WR/CB Darrius Garcia, senior RB/LB Tyler Vigil and senior OL/DL Chris Lopez of Monte Vista (5-5, 3-1).

Runner-up in conference with a 3-1 mark, the Pirates finished 5-5 overall after losing 51-30 at Colorado Springs Christian – which had blanked IHS 49-0 during regular-season play – in the Playoffs’ initial Round-of-16.

Senior RB/DL Carlos Lopez, junior RB/safety Devin Porres and freshman WR/CB Abraham Echauri represented COY candidate John McGraw and reborn Center (5-4, 2-2 SPC) as First Team picks, while Dolores (2-8, 0-4) landed junior WR/S Trey Seekins and junior OL/DL Wade Charles.


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