The defending 4A state champion Pueblo South Colts dropped their season opener to Holy Family last week. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier when they host top-ranked Erie this Friday.
The Colts may not be satisfied with week one, but they’re far from discouraged.
“Friday night at Dutch Clark is always a big one,” Colts senior offensive tackle Brendon Barela said. “You know first one, number one team in the state.”
Barela is one of just a handful of seniors with varsity experience returning to the Colts roster in 2018.
“When you lose a bunch of seniors it’s always a tough task to replace them,” he said. “The young guys have come in and they’re being leaders. They’re doing all the right things.”
“I saw them start to develop as leaders this last week,” Colts Head Coach Ryan Goddard said. “That was something we challenged them to do and I think once they got on the field, they realized they needed to do that.”
Week One’s 19-7 loss to Holy Family might have been the wake up call the Colts needed.
“I think it was more of a learning experience for all of us,” senior outside linebacker Ryan Montoya said. “Everyone knows what they have to do now. Honestly, I’m kind of glad we lost. It’s motivation for us to win.”
The Colts host top-ranked Erie this Friday in what’s part of a gauntlet of non-conference opponents, followed by second-ranked Palmer Ridge and ninth-ranked Discovery Canyon.
“It’s going to be about us improving every game,” Goddard said. “I know we’re kind of like a broken record talking about chasing excellence, but that’s what it is. We’ve got to trust in the process and just really buy into improving and being the best version of ourselves.”
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday at Dutch Clark Stadium.