2021 Seniors (missing Jamero and Lutz)
Back the Cats 2020
Castle Rock, CO
The Castle View Football program wrapped up another impressive season, ending the 2020 campaign with a dominant performance against cross-town rival, Douglas County. After falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter on Saturday, the Castle View offense absolutely exploded, scoring 52 points, predominantly in the second and third quarters before pulling starters in the fourth quarter.
The victory marked the 6th straight win over Douglas County and landed the Sabercats at 5-2 on the abbreviated season. 2020 was the 3rd straight winning season for the Castle View football program under the direction of 3rd year Head Coach, Todd Casebier. Prior to Casebier’s arrival, Castle View struggled in the prior 5 years, never having experienced a winning season at the 5A level (after becoming dominant in 4A in 2011/2012).
In three short years, Castle View has become a true contender at the state's highest level of High School football. In 2020, Castle View was the 5th highest producing offense in all of the state (5A). Casebier, traditionally known for having teams that run the ball proficiently, proved that his offense was more than capable of moving the ball through the air.
The Castle View offense, led by Johnny Colombi was ranked #1 in the DougCo league in passing with nearly 1100 yds and 14 Touchdowns in just 7 games. His primary receiving weapon was Junior, Blake Haggerty who led the DougCo league in receiving and landed in at #6 in the entire state. Other key receiving weapons were Jens Anderson and Ethan Plummer.
And of course, this offense remained dominant on the ground with a stable of capable and dangerous running backs. Marc Wessbecker, Zane Wodark and Noah Jamero combined for over 1630 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in just 7 games.
Both the passing and rushing attack was made possible by a sterling effort up front. “Our Offensive Line continued to put us in great positions,” stated Coach Casebier. “It was great to see our Seniors up front. Ren (Miller), Zach (Breed) , Matt (Grout) and Ethan (Plummer) did their thing week after week. When you are able to control the line of scrimmage, you can do some great things”.
Castle View’s only losses were to Valor and Fairview, the #2 and #3 offenses in the state. Valor only surrendered 21 points in league play, all of which were to Castle View. And the loss to Fairview was negatively impacted by a questionable officiating call that dramatically shifted the momentum of the game at a critical juncture. Moreover, Castle View had less than 24 hours to prepare for Fairview and had to travel with barely any notice. A win in Boulder on November 13th would have most assuredly guaranteed a top 8 playoff seed.
“I thought our kids and coaches handled the craziness of Covid as well as they possible could have. I also thought this coaching staff did a very good job as we had our share of adversity,” stated Casebier.
Coach continued, “Our booster club and parent group was great once again. Planning two road games with very little notice was a huge challenge”.
There is little question that in any other season, this Castle View team would have gone deep into the playoffs where 24 teams are normally fielded in the state 5A post-season. But, as we all know, there has been nothing normal about 2020. One thing that has become normal however, is that Castle View is producing a great football product at the 5A level and that there is no question that Castle Rock remains Cat Country.
Highlands Ranch, CO
The 10th ranked Castle View football team came into Thursday night's game with the #3 ranked offense in all of 5A. However it was the Defense that made the difference in the game sealing up the victory, ensuring a 3rd consecutive winning season.
After an explosive first half for both offenses, the Castle View Defense shutout the Highlands Ranch Falcons in the 2nd half. Trailing 21-17 at halftime, no scores were registered for either team in the 3rd Quarter.
In the 4th quarter however, Casebier often referred to as "The Riverboat Gambler" got aggressive in his play calling. On a 3rd and 18, in their own territory, the Cats ran a double reverse, putting the ball in standout Blake Haggerty's hands where he then threw a perfect ball to Jens Anderson who made a beautiful catch. Several plays later the Sabercats took the go ahead score that would win the game.
Haggarty, the Junior (#7) was everywhere on the field on Thursday. The stat sheet will show him having a rush, pass, multiple receptions, several big tackles, multiple blocks, a punt, a punt return and kickoff return.
"I think we executed pretty well, but we have a lot of things to work on for next week's big game against DC, but I feel like we are in the right direction right now", stated Haggerty. Coming into the game, Haggerty led the DougCo league in receptions and was #6 in the state.
Coach Todd Casebier nabbed his 193rd career win on Thursday. Coming into the game, Castle View had the 3rd ranked offense in the state, but Coach mainly talked about his Defense. "I'm so proud of our Defensive coaches. Our offense didn't play as well as we could have because I didn't coach as well as I could have. I didn't call the best game, but our Defense saved us and that's minus 3 starters. Coach Handke and his staff have been feeling the heat after playing the top ranked offense in the state last week. That's a team win. Our kicking team was good all night and then Jamero and Wessbecker ran big at the end of the game." Coach continued his praise when asked about ensuring the programs 3rd consecutive winning season. "First of all, I have a great coaching staff and there are so many cool things in place at Castle View, from the work of our Booster Club to the support from our parents and their willingness to pitch in."
Castle View has one more opportunity to prove that the Denver Post was right when they stated that Castle View should have been a strong consideration to be part of the modified playoff field of 8. They will need to make a statement as they attempt to defend the "Battle of the Rock" trophy for the 6th straight year when they host cross town rival Douglas County on Sabercat Field at DCS stadium one week from Saturday.
Castle Rock, CO
For the 2nd straight week, the Castle View Sabercats Football team dominated their opponent, improving to 2-0 at the midpoint of the abbreviated season.
The offense, led by Johnny Colombi was absolutely brilliant. Colombi, the 6'3 Senior is a second year starter and helped his team to victory by throwing for 275 yds, 3 TD's and rushing for a 4th. "Our men up front [Offensive Line] have been very impressive for us. They deserve a ton of praise for the success of this team."
Colombi was also supported by incredible receiving efforts by Blake Haggerty, Jens Anderson and Zane Wodark. Wodark also was once again impressive on the ground along with his teammate, Noah Jamero. Marc Wessbecker also got in on the scoring action. Toby McTamney has been busy these past 2 weeks as well, striking 12 of 13 extra point attempts. In 2 games, the Sabercat offense has put up 90 points.
Colombi was not only excited about his Offense, but he had a lot to say about the Defense. "Our Defense is playing stellar. Watching the preparation they put in is superb. They consistently cause turnovers and set us up with great field position, which drives us to want to capitalize on those opportunities." The standout quarterback and team co-captain describes the team as "poised and confident". He went on to say, "we have built up momentum, and are optimistic about how we can perform throughout the rest of the season." Colombi concluded with acknowledging the coaching staff, "Coach Casebier and the staff have handled the situation [unpredictable scheduling, etc] phenomenally. They emphasize the focus on detail and teamwork. They have allowed every athlete to be safe and successful.
The Defense has played very strongly, only yielding one touchdown in the 48-14 victory over rival Rock Canyon (the other Rock Canyon TD came from a blocked Field Goal attempt at the very end of the first half). For the second straight week, the very aggressive, fast and opportunistic Defense caused multiple turnovers. One of the interceptions was by Herschel Craig III, the 6'4, 207 LB Junior OLB. "We are a family, we take care of one another." Herschel described the team as "determined" and went on to praise the coaching staff. "Coach Casebier and the rest of the staff and team focus on 'control'. Coach Casebier has been saying it since the first day that we can only be great if we control what can and to do our jobs. Coach being a strong believer in that message is what has helped push this program through this interesting time."
The Sabercats are 2-0, but will face the state's top ranked team next week when they travel to Valor (3-0). Valor has scored 156 points in 3 games without surrendering a single point. In a season which is abbreviated and will only take 8 teams to the state 5A playoffs, this game will certainly have big playoff implications.
The Sabercats will enjoy this one tonight, but you can count on the fact that the CV coaching staff has already begun preparations for next week's game.
Highlands Ranch, CO
The Castle View football team (1-0) showed they were hungry to play their first game and that they were well prepared, defeating Thunder Ridge (0-2) 42-28 at Shea Stadium. After having to sit out of week one, the Sabercats demonstrated they could be a 5A force to be reckoned with in the shortened Colorado Prep season.
The Offense was steamrolling, scoring on every possession through the 3rd quarter, not having to punt until mid-way through 4th quarter when it was obvious they slowing the game down and bleeding the clock, while getting some backups into the game. The Offensive Line was dominant in both the passing and running game, allowing Castle View to open up the passing game early. Johnny Columbi looked sharp as he connected with Blake Hagggerty on a 66 yard beauty in the first and again on a TD pass strike later in the quarter. Zane Wodark was impressive, racking up well over 100 yds and multiple TD's.
The Defense was sterling, allowing only one big play at the end of the 1st quarter setting up Thunder Ridge to score on the opening play of the 2nd quarter. TR also scored on a 96 yd Kickoff return after the Sabercats extended the lead to 42-7 in the 4th quarter before backups were put into the game. The CV Defense forced 6 turnovers in the impressive Castle View performance.
3rd year Castle View Head Coach Todd Casebier stated on Sunday morning, "We made some first game mistakes but overall I was pleased. I thought we were physical and didn’t have any turnovers. We’re excited to play at home on Friday". Casebier enters his 23rd season as a Head Coach and continues to climb the ladder as one of the winningest head coaches in state history.
The Sabercats will play Rock Canyon at home on Friday in Castle Rock.