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CHSAANow.com prep football rankings, Week 5: There’s a new No. 1 in Class 6-man

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CHSAANow.com prep football rankings, Week 5: There’s a new No. 1 in Class 6-man

There’s a new big dog in Colorado’s lowest classification.

Behind senior Cade Mitchek’s 225 yards rushing and five touchdowns, Cheyenne Wells crushed former No. 1 Granada, 77-20, to take the top spot in this week’s CHSAANow.com 6-man prep football ranking.

The top spot in the other classes remained the same with Valor Christian (5A), Palmer Ridge (4A), Roosevelt (3A), Eaton (2A), Limon (1A) and Sanford (8-man) remaining at the No. 1 positions.

Here’s this week’s rankings:

Class 5A

Team Record Points Pvs LW

1. Valor Christian (13) 4-0 165 1 W
2. Cherry Creek (4) 3-1 156 2 W
3. Columbine 4-0 135 3 W
4. Ralston Valley 4-0 115 4 W
5. Regis Jesuit 3-1 103 6 W
6. Grandview 3-1 71 5 L
7. Legend 3-1 57 9 W
8. Cherokee Trail 3-1 38 10 W
9. Douglas County 4-0 23 W
10. Arapahoe 3-1 21 W

Dropped out: ThunderRidge (7), Castle View (8).

Others receiving votes: Fairview 16, Pomona 14, Arvada West 7, ThunderRidge 7, Castle View 6, Lakewood 1.

Class 4A

Team Record Points Pvs LW

1. Palmer Ridge (8) 4-0 174 1 W
2. Pine Creek (7) 4-0 170 3 W
3. Dakota Ridge (3) 4-0 151 2 W
4. Chatfield (1) 4-0 141 5 W
5. Montrose 4-0 127 4 W
6. Loveland 3-1 108 7 W
7. Erie (1) 4-0 103 6 W
8. Golden 4-0 58 8 W
9. Fountain-Fort Carson 3-1 30 9 W
10. Ponderosa 3-1 29 W

Dropped out: Fruita Monument (10).

Others receiving votes: Windsor 17, Skyline 10, Vista PEAK 8, Vista Ridge 8, Fruita Monument 5, Silver Creek 5, Longmont 4, Pueblo West 3, Denver South 2, Bear Creek 1, Heritage 1.

Class 3A

Team Record Points Pvs LW

1. Roosevelt (15) 3-0 195 1 W
2. Mead (1) 3-0 174 2 W
3. Lutheran (4) 4-0 160 3 W
4. Fort Morgan 3-0 137 5 W
5. Frederick 2-0 103 6 W
6. Durango 2-2 91 4 L
7. Evergreen 4-0 58 9 W
8. Holy Family 2-1 56 10 W
9. Eagle Valley 3-0 27 W
10. Glenwood Springs 3-1 26 7 L

Dropped out: Discovery Canyon (8).

Others receiving votes: Palisade 22, Discovery Canyon 18, Green Mountain 11, Pueblo South 8, Pueblo East 7, Canon City 3, Thomas Jefferson 2, Northridge 1, Pueblo County 1.

Class 2A

Team Record Points Pvs LW

1. Eaton (15) 3-0 207 1 W
2. Resurrection Christian (3) 2-0 174 2 W
3. The Classical Academy (3) 3-0 171 3 W
4. Basalt 4-0 127 4 W
5. Severance 4-0 115 5 W
6. Delta 3-1 96 6 W
7. Moffat County 3-0 71 9 W
8. University 3-1 46 8 L
9. Rifle 2-2 42 10 W
10. Platte Valley 1-2 36 7 L

Dropped out: None.

Others receiving votes: The Academy 24, Alamosa 19, Brush 14, Middle Park 10, Bayfield 9, Berthoud 9, Alameda 8, Fort Lupton 8, Manitou Springs 6, Elizabeth 4, Weld Central 4, La Junta 3, Valley 3, Faith Christian 2, Kent Denver 1, Northfield 1.

Class 1A

Team Record Points Pvs LW

1. Limon (14) 3-0 194 1 W
2. Centauri (5) 4-0 181 2 W
3. Florence (1) 4-0 156 3 W
4. Buena Vista 4-0 108 5 W
5. Wray 3-1 100 7 W
6. North Fork 3-0 82 8 W
7. Holyoke 2-1 69 4 L
8. Wiggins 3-0 68 9 W
9. Yuma 2-1 38 W
10. Strasburg 1-3 30 6 L

Dropped out: Highland (10).

Others receiving votes: Flatirons Academy 22, Highland 16, Banning Lewis 8, Meeker 7, Monte Vista 7, Gunnison 4, Peyton 4, Ignacio 3, Manual 2, Colorado Springs Christian 1.

8-man

Team Record Points Pvs LW

1. Sanford (9) 4-0 140 1 W
2. Sedgwick County (5) 2-1 132 2 W
3. Mancos (1) 3-0 109 3 W
4. Haxtun 4-0 96 4 W
5. Dayspring Christian 3-1 88 6 W
6. Dove Creek 2-1 64 7 L
7. Akron 3-1 45 5 L
8. Merino 1-2 37 9 L
9. Vail Christian 3-0 29 W
10. Calhan 3-0 25 10 W

Dropped out: Simla (8).

Others receiving votes: Pikes Peak Christian 21, Holly 15, Fowler 8, Simla 7, Swink 5, McClave 2, Front Range Christian 1, Hoehne 1.

6-man

Team Record Points Pvs LW

1. Cheyenne Wells (18) 4-0 189 2 W
2. Fleming (1) 3-1 151 3 W
3. Granada 2-1 145 1 L
4. Stratton 2-1 139 4 W
5. Prairie 3-1 79 8 W
6. Branson/Kim 4-0 76 7 W
7. Idalia 2-1 74 6 L
8. Sierra Grande 4-0 68 9 W
9. Briggsdale 4-0 56 5 W
10. Genoa-Hugo 3-0 38 10 W

Dropped out: None.

Others receiving votes: Cheraw 29, North Park 1.
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Ex-Patriot Martellus Bennett rips QB Jimmy Garoppolo, credits Dolphins’ Jacoby Brissett’s toughness on podcast | Video

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Former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett tore into 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, saying the ex-Patriots quarterback bailed out on the Pats hours before a 2016 game against the Buffalo Bills during the four-game Tom Brady suspension that began that season.

Bennett joined Miami Dolphins defensive back Jason McCourty and his twin brother, Devin, on their Double Coverage With The McCourty Twins podcast, and, during a wide-ranging stream-of-consciousness soliloquy, had an expletive-laced screed against Garoppolo, who played in New England from 2014-17. He also spoke about current Dolphins backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who also played for the Patriots then.

Said Bennett of Garoppolo and Brissett: “Bro, we lost two games [in 2016]. One of ‘em was because Jimmy Garoppolo was being a b—- and didn’t, and tried to quit, he quit for us on the last… decided not to play right before the game. So we went out there. Jacoby came out and played with a f—ed-up thumb and gave his … played his heart out. … You can’t win with a b—- for a quarterback. … He didn’t want to come out and do anything because his agent was trying to protect his body… which I can’t fault him for that, but, like you should have made that decision on Thursday, not Sunday.”

Talking to Jason McCourty, Bennett went on to savage the Dolphins for losing to the Jaguars: “Sometimes you get these losses where it’s just kind of like, ‘Damn.’ … Just like y’all losing to Jacksonville, right. Y’all lost to Jacksonville recently. Like, losing to Jacksonville has to hurt. ‘How are we the team that loses to Jacksonville? Like, everybody else, Jacksonville has lost [sic] 30 games in a row, and we will be the ones to break the 30-game losing streak?’ Like, come on, man! Nobody wants to lose to Jacksonville.”

With the conversation often referencing the Patriots, Devin McCourty, who has been with Bill Belichick for all 12 years of his NFL career, generally remained quiet as Bennett went off, allowing current Miami Dolphin and ex-Patriot Jason McCourty — who played in New England from 2018-20 — to respond and move the discussion forward.

Bennett also colorfully critiqued Jason Garrett and John Fox, his former coaches with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears respectively. Bennett played for five teams in a 10-year NFL career from 2008-17.

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Virginia Beach’s Bruce Smith scared NFL quarterbacks to death. He has the tombstones to prove it.

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Bruce Smith was known for striking fear into opposing quarterbacks during his playing days in the NFL.

Now, as Halloween approaches, Smith’s neighbors can see just how many QBs he terrorized during his hall of fame career.

Inspired by a Twitter post from Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett, Smith’s friends — Paul Holley and Mike Hillier — got the idea to come up with a similar Halloween attraction.

Holley and Hillier arranged a slate of gravestones painted with the name and number of the NFL quarterbacks Smith sacked during his 15 seasons with the Buffalo Bills and four with Washington. Smith is the NFL’s all-time sack leader with 200, and 76 different quarterbacks — some many times — were his victims.

“We were playing golf with Bruce and we saw where someone had tweeted a picture of his graveyard with seven or eight tombstones of quarterbacks he had sacked,” Holley said, referring to Garrett. “I showed Bruce and asked him how many had he sacked. And he said, ‘76.’ So we said, ‘Let’s show him what a real graveyard looks like.’”

It only took a few minutes to convince Smith.

“Myles Garrett actually gave us the idea, and they thought it would be pretty cool for Halloween, for football fans, for kids to come by and take pictures and maybe get a football card or some candy,” said Smith, who played at Norfolk’s Booker T. Washington High and Virginia Tech and now lives in Virginia Beach. “You think of the number 200 sacks. And that’s just in the regular season. But then when you see the number of tombstones that have been amassed, and some of these guys I got to multiple times, then you kind of get a better picture and understanding of the career and of the accomplishments. And just an appreciation for the longevity that took place. “

Smith’s planted a who’s who of NFL quarterbacks, including Joe Montana, Steve Young, Warren Moon, John Elway and Troy Aikman.

But there is one legendary signal-caller who stood out to Smith.

“I don’t care too much for quarterbacks,” Smith said with a smile. “But for me, it was always Dan Marino. He was in the AFC East. He was the least sacked quarterback in that era because of his quick release. So it always gave me a great deal of satisfaction to get through some of those blockers and be able to get to him.”

Smith said his yard attraction couldn’t have been possible without the amazing work of artist Sam Clayman.

A lifelong Washington Football Team fan, Clayman was honored when Holley reached out to him about designing the styrofoam tombstones two weeks ago.

“I had other commitments and responsibilities throughout the week, so I had the weekends to do it,” he said. “I would wake up at 6:30 in the morning and work until I didn’t have any light left. Two very full weekends. But it was fun, though. And it was a challenge.”

Clayman said he’s used to doing paintings and clay sculptures, but this was a different challenge.

“But this was fun because it was something different outside of what I ordinarily do,” said Clayman, who also had help from Paul Ceballo. “It’s humbling. I’ve done a lot of work for some pretty high-profile talent from the area. It’s just icing on the cake when they happen to be a legend in their career.”

Larry Rubama, 757-446-2273, [email protected] Follow @LHRubama on Twitter.

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Ryan O’Halloran has been covering the Broncos for The Post since 2018 and has covered the NFL since 2004. A native of North Dakota and graduate of Kansas State, O’Halloran previously covered the Washington Redskins for eight years, primarily at The Washington Times, and the Jacksonville Jaguars for six years at The Florida Times-Union. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors seven times for his work. He was named Colorado Sportswriter of the Year in 2019.

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