Area prep football coaches, players soak up limelight at Broncos-Chargers game

Published: December 12, 2013, 10:03 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

Two Saturdays ago, Pine Creek dominated the action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, winning its first 4A state title on a sun-soaked early afternoon.

On Thursday under the lights at that same venue, the Eagles watched their leader, Todd Miller, take the field and earn honors as state coach of the year during the Denver Broncos’ 18th annual salute to high school football.

During the halftime ceremony, coaches of the week and year, state champions in all seven classifications and the presentation of The Denver Post Gold Helmet were presented.

Doherty’s David Joyce, who helped his Spartans win a playoff game for the first time since 2006, was honored as a coach of the week, as was Discovery Canyon mentor Shawn Mitchell, who led his squad to the postseason for a second consecutive season.

Each coach of the week received a $2,000 donation from the NFL Foundation and the Colorado National Guard, while Miller, as coach of the year, received a $4,000 donation.

In addition to Pine Creek’s team, Coronado, by winning the 3A title, earned recognition as well. Both schools won state titles for the first time in school history on Nov. 30.

Since 1951, The Denver Post has recognized Colorado’s top combination of senior football player, scholar and citizen. This year’s winner was Stanford-bound athlete Christian McCaffrey of Valor Christian.

- Kevin Carmody