Palmer, hoping for renewed success, to possibly look in mirror for 2014 football opener

Published: December 5, 2013, 9:57 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

Colorado Springs School District 11 is set to renew a rivalry for the 2014 football season.

For the first time since 2005, Palmer and Coronado could meet on the football field. Per rules set by the Colorado High School Activities Association, contracts for all nonleague games can’t be signed until Jan. 30, 2014, the date of the next legislative council meeting that will approve all league and format changes from Thursday’s football committee meeting.

It’s a matchup that features a team in Palmer hoping to emulate the success of its opponent in playdown mode. Four seasons ago, Coronado, mired in a 4-36 slump between the 2007-10 campaigns, received an exemption from the CHSAA to play down to 3A in order to revive its program and hopefully find some success and traction.

On Nov. 30, the Cougars won the 3A state title. How’s that for success?

Palmer, which has gone 4-26 over the past three seasons after reaching the second round of the 5A playoffs in 2010, hopes playing a mostly 4A schedule can rejuvenate and strengthen this once-proud program. The CHSAA on Nov. 12 denied Palmer’s playdown request since it had recorded a winning percentage of better than .250 in the previous four seasons.

“It would be a good gate and a good game,” Terrors athletic director Robert Framel said. “We haven’t played Coronado since my first year as AD, and for the district, that would be good. We can get a district rivals riled up, and maybe that’ll carry us through the year.”

The Terrors, set to play as a 5A independent in the six-team 4A Southern League consisting of Coronado, Cheyenne Mountain, Pueblo Centennial, Pueblo South and Pueblo West, also need to fill five nonleague games for the next cycle. Palmer also plans on playing city rivals Doherty and Fountain-Fort Carson in nonleague games, along with possibly Rampart and either D’Evelyn or Broomfield.

“Coronado is the 3A state champ, meeting a 5A team in us that’s playing a 4A schedule,” Framel said. “Coronado is a prime example of how the playdown should work. It allows teams in that situation to be able to work back to where they want to be.”

– Kevin Carmody