Platte Canyon’s Troy Sponaugle: Behind the Colorado prep football powerhouse’s 2019 Class 5A playoff outlook

How do you pick between the battles between SoHi and Thunderbird? Season-ending brackets (with seeding) from the 2021 Class 6-man Colorado high school football state playoffs Arapahoe’s Justin Westbrook scored 21 unanswered points to…

Platte Canyon’s Troy Sponaugle: Behind the Colorado prep football powerhouse’s 2019 Class 5A playoff outlook

How do you pick between the battles between SoHi and Thunderbird?

Season-ending brackets (with seeding) from the 2021 Class 6-man Colorado high school football state playoffs

Arapahoe’s Justin Westbrook scored 21 unanswered points to lead the Bruins past Brush in the 2018 Class 6A Class 5A semifinals. (The Associated Press)

Northeastern Colorado’s Eagle Valley Crusaders qualified for the state playoffs with a 15-0, win over Florence in the 2018 Class 5A state playoffs. (The Associated Press)

SoHi looks to win its sixth straight 6A state championship in the 2020 Class 6A state playoffs. (The Associated Press)

Bullitt East’s Jonny Gatlin finished his 2016-17 senior season with 94 catches, 1,284 yards and 19 touchdowns. (Kurt Miller/Getty Images)

Reeddale QB Desmond Hawkins passed for 2,514 yards and 19 touchdowns with only two interceptions last season. (Christian Glover/BMC Images/Getty Images)

Cordova’s Jotham Reaves caught 75 passes for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2018. (Lisa Chapman/BMC Images/Getty Images)

Seventh-ranked Platte Canyon was leading Manual 8-7 with just under two minutes left in its 2018 Class 5A state playoff game when their offensive line surrendered an 11-yard sack that forced three straight incomplete passes before Michael Davidge returned the game-clinching interception for a 37-8 victory. (Coloradoan)

Platte Canyon fell in the second round of the 2018 Class 5A state playoffs in the rare occurrence of a home game being forfeited after they were caught in using ineligible players. (Cheryl Senter/BMA Images/Getty Images)

On the other side of the field in the second round, sixth-ranked Brush fell at home to seventh-ranked Arapahoe in another rare instance of a home playoff game being forfeited. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Bloomington’s Rylan Cline finished last season with 562 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2018. (Photo courtesy of the school)

“We are ready for competition and that’s what we are looking forward to” – How Troy Sponaugle of Teller County sees his team after a 24-7 win over Akron last season. (Kurt Miller/Getty Images)

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