There’s a message around Green Mountain High School Football that Head Coach Jesse German wants to hammer home to his players — don’t eat the cheese. He tells his players people can be patting …
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There’s a message around Green Mountain High School Football that Head Coach Jesse German wants to hammer home to his players — don’t eat the cheese. He tells his players people can be patting them on the back, telling them how good they are, but once they get into a game thinking too high of themselves, they can get their “butt kicked.”
“If you think of a mouse trap and a piece of cheese on it — we know what happens when you go for the cheese. It’s like sacrifice for us,” said German, who comes from Houston where high school football is under the bright lights. He spent two years as the team’s defensive coordinator before becoming head coach last year. “We don’t eat the cheese. There’s a lot of good 3A teams in the state, and we’re trying to get to the highest level.”
The Green Mountain Rams football team has a cheesy No. 6 spot in the Colorado High School Activities Association 3A football rankings, voted on by the coaches. There’s optimism around the team after a 9-3 season last year that included a conference title. The season ended in a second round loss in the 3A state tournament against Erie High School. Despite high expectations, team members say they are focused on day to day work and improving.
“I just want to ride or die with my brothers. Wherever we’re going to end up this season, that’s where we’re going to be,” said Matthew Schlieper, a senior receiver and linebacker who was born and raised in the Green Mountain area. “Our goal is obviously to win state as a team, but as long as I’m with my brothers, that’s where I want to be.”
Schlieper is one of a handful of seniors who is returning to Green Mountain High School Football this year. The team hopes his and others experience will help when the season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Jeffco Stadium on Sept. 6 against Harrison High School — a team that beat the Rams 34-21 last year.
Other returning seniors include Trey Towndrow who is preparing for his third season as the team’s starting quarterback. Last year, Towndrow ran for more than 1,000 yards and nearly 1,500 passing yards. Aside from a state championship, Towndrow says he wants to improving his passing yards and decision making this season.
“We found it in ourselves and figured we have to work for what we want, and it’s not just going to be given to us. As a team, we’re trying to do the right thing every play and know our roles,” said Towndrow, who was also raised in Lakewood. Aside from quarterback, he also plays the safety position on defense. “We don’t have to worry about each other. We always trust each other.”
Jacob Chavez, a senior running back and safety, pointed to the importance of getting off to a good start as he reflected on the team losing its first two games last season. He said he’s excited for the team to travel to Palisade High School in its second game this year. Palisade defeated Green Mountain last year 42-26.
“We’re not the biggest, but we have the most heart and we’ll go toe to toe with anyone,”’ said Chavez.
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