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Colorado’s spring football season allowed many teams to play at championship level

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May 15—Quick, answer the questions:

— Who scored the first touchdown in Gateway High School football history?

— Is wide receiver Joah Armour of Manitou Springs related to Justin Armour, one of Colorado’s most decorated athletes ever?

— Who was the head coach when Hoehne won its first state football title in 1980.

Those types of trivia questions were strewn about this week as 10 prep football teams converged on Pueblo for the spring version of the Colorado High School State Football Championships.

The storylines for the five title games were intriguing as six of the 10 teams were shooting for their first state football championship. Four others — Boulder, Hoehne, Manitou Springs and Thomas Jefferson — had already raised gold trophies.

That’s what made this spring season so interesting. While only 54 teams opted to play this spring instead of the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, opportunity knocked for many programs. And they took full advantage.

While the competition level has been less than what it would be with full participation, the spring season gave teams that rarely sniff the postseason a chance to see what the playoffs are all about.

The split season did just that.

The 10 teams that made it to Pueblo had an opportunity to play in front of up to 3,100 fans, unlike the fall season when only 75 fans per side were allowed into the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.

Just to get to Pueblo maneuvering through and around a worldwide pandemic was not only a challenge but an heroic achievement. Congratulations are in order for all 10 teams that reached the championship games.

While none of the five games reached the maximum capacity for attendance, all of the teams enjoyed the experience and were thankful for the opportunity to have a season at all.

Once again, props to Dan DeRose and the Friends of Football, the gracious hosts of the five championships games at the ThunderBowl. As always, the group ran the three-day, five game extravaganza with class and dignity.

Hopefully, the 2021-22 athletics season will return to normal.

But for those 10 teams who came to Pueblo, the memories will last forever.

By the way, the answer to the trivia question about Gateway is me.

The answer to the Manitou Springs question is yes. And the answer to the Hoehne question is Jasper Butero.

The teams that made their way to Pueblo this spring created their own legacies and made history, win or lose. The spring football season presented more trivia questions and answers.

We’re all thankful for that.

Chieftain senior sports reporter Jeff Letofsky, a 1976 Gateway graduate, can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeffletofsky

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