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Out with the old, in with a new year of Prairie View H.S. football

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By Steve Smith

BRIGHTON — Though there are some questions facing Prairie View football coach Todd Riccio this summer, one thing seems certain.

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Last year’s success — the team’s first league football title and its first playoff berth — aren’t figuring into the 2014 picture.

 

Not in the slightest.

“You can’t rest on what you did last year,” he said during a recent drill at the school. “You have to step up and rise to the next challenge. If you rest on what you did last year, it’s not going to be a good year.”

Riccio didn’t want to downplay what happened a year ago.

“It was a tremendous foundation for us to build on,” he said. “We did some things well. The things we didn’t do so well, we’re going to re-evaluate and, perhaps, change some things. We’re going to tweak some things that didn’t work.”

Ninety players ventured to the Colorado State University team camp in Pueblo earlier this month. That, plus a series of seven-on-seven scrimmages the rest of the summer, will give Riccio an idea of what kind of a squad will take the field for the season opener Labor Day weekend.

“We’ve got a good group of kids,” he said. “We’ll see how many of the younger kids step up. We need to find replacements for Connor Simpson, John Montoya and Will Waters. We’ll see if the kids can do the job.”

The T-Hawks scrimmage  Fort Collins Aug. 22. The season opens Aug. 29 at Horizon. The home opener is Sept. 6 against Mountain Range.

“Our goal last year was to win the league and make the playoffs,” Riccio said. “Now we need to take the next step and win a playoff game. It’s a process. If we can rise to the challenge, we can repeat the feat.”

 

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com.