Currently, the only football being played in the state of Colorado is by the Denver Broncos. Last night, that changed. The Colorado Rural Football League played its first game.
As the Colorado High School Activities Association (and many others) wrestled with decision making surrounding whether or not to allow a football season this fall, a group of coaches and players decided to not wait any longer. They created a club football league.
The Colorado Rural Football League is comprised of four teams from small towns in rural Colorado -- Raymer, Peetz, Walden and Briggsdale. The smallest of those, Raymer, has a population of just 110 people. The league plays 6-man football and is planning for each team to play four games. Because of CHSAA rules, the teams cannot be officially linked to the schools, are not funded through the schools, and are relying heavily on community support.
“The league was spearheaded by a couple of coaches, myself included, who were scared that we had seniors who aren’t going to be able to play in the spring season,” Justin Kerns, head coach of the Raymer Renegades told the Journal-Advocate.
Now that CHSAA has made a decision this week to allow high school football this fall, there's uncertainty if this new league will continue this fall or move to the spring but one thing is for sure, the Colorado Rural Football League reminds us about the best of football coaches, players, and fans-their ability to adapt, adjust and overcome.