Barbara Lawlor, Gilpin County. The Gilpin High School Eagles’ football team had a great season which ended with a winning record and a chance to compete in the playoffs. The Gilpin boys ended the season with a 7-3 record after being brought down by the undefeated West Grand team in their third playoff game.
A banquet was held in the Eagles’ honor at the Elks Lodge and over 70 people showed up to congratulate and celebrate with the athletes.
The Eagles had seven wins in a row before the playoff defeat; they also won their Homecoming game in front of hometown fans. They beat the number four team and came in 4th in Total Yards with 4,054; 3rd in Tackles with 739; and 7th in Interceptions.
It has been a long time since the Eagles were invited to State Playoffs. Four Eagles made All-Conference for defense and two boys made All-Conference for offense.
Jack Ball and Austin Boulter worked in tandem, accruing 3,500 yards of offense and scoring 272 points, top in 8-man football.
Austin went on to earn a spot on the state All-Star team. The game will be played sometime in June. Austin received the most points in the voting, which gives him the top spot in our league when representing the league in the state All-Star game.
Academic All-Conference Awards went to Angel Gomez, Josh Trujillo, Jake Duncan and Austin Boulter.
All-Conference went to Freshman Stephen King, Honorable Mention for Special Teams Deep Back on Returns. Junior Jake Duncan earned First Team All-Conference Nose Guard. Junior Angel Gomez made First Team All-Conference Cornerback.
Team captains Jack Ball, Manny Gomez, Josh Trujillo and Austin Boulter were honored for their leadership.
Manny Gomez made First Team All-Conference. Josh Trujillo was named First Team All-Conference Linebacker.
Coach Craig Ball told the audience that Jack Ball and Austin Boulter have been long-time friends, as the met on the day that Jack was born.
This pair had more yards than any tandem in 8-man football this season. Coach Ball says, “As an Offensive Coordinator, it is special to have your quarterback and running back make All-Conference. Austin scored the First TD of the season and Jack scored the Last TD of the season.”
Ball averaged 11 yards per touch of the football, the highest average for all 8-man backs with over 100 carries.
Jack was the Player of the Game in the playoff game. He is the only runner to gain 100 yards against West Grand. He broke the Gilpin High School record and was the Player of the Year in the league.
After the short Thanksgiving break, many of the football players will switch their cleats on the field for sneaker squeaks on the court.
Congratulations to the Eagle coaches and players for a great season.
(Originally published in the December 23, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)