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We’re gearing up for for our 12th season of 11-man football at FRCS! We look forward to participating once again in the very competitive Frontier League, which includes longtime rivals such as Clear Creek and Platte Canyon as well as new ones like Manual and Vail Christian (whom we battled to an overtime victory last season).

Program Improvements

Head Coach Paul Lowe leads us in his second season as head coach after a busy off-season of some notable improvements. The biggest improvement is the launch of our new performance center and weight training room (this benefits all FRCS athletes). Moving out of the basement and nearer the high school makes the program more visible as well as being more convenient for athletes and coaches.

Our helmets have been upgraded: they are no longer black, but a sleek white. The new color and gloss finish are more than just aesthetic improvements, however. The gloss white will reflect the sun’s heat much better than the matte black our helmets used to sport. This allows our players to stay cooler and not sweet as much, thus helping prevent injuries. The white also allows our new helmet decals to really stand out so others can see our unique, new helmet design.

There have also been a number of upgrades to the practice equipment. Among these improvements are six square agility pads which don’t roll and are therefore less likely to lead to rolled ankles. A new tackle wheel allows athletes to practice proper tackling without having to tackle each other, which should also help reduce the risk of injuries. In addition, the program has purchased an impact ball and agility hoop to teach players to get a low center of gravity, thus giving them better leverage to make tackles, block opponents, and stay safe.

The Upcoming Season

In addition to these amazing upgrades, there are also a number of special events to look forward to this preseason and season:

  • Leadership Retreat: August 3-4, noon to 4pm
    Seniors and a select number of Juniors and Sophomores will camp in the Vasquez Wilderness near Winter Park. This time of bonding is designed to prepare team leaders spiritually and mentally for the season ahead
     
  • Preseason (non-contact) Camp: August 7-11, 6-8pm
    Designed to prepare players for the upcoming season both mentally and physically, camp will be held late in the evening to avoid the summer heat.
     
  • Family Camp: August 12, 9am-noon
    This camp affords parents, siblings, cousins, girlfriends, etc. to get a taste of the hard work our players go through each day. For those new to football, there will be a basic introduction to the rules and objectives. There will also be training on how high school football is different from what you see on TV at both the collegiate and professional levels. The cost is $20 per participant and includes lunch at noon.
     
  • Parents’ Meeting: August 12, 1pm
    The annual parents’ information meeting immediately follows the Family Camp lunch. Parents can meet the coaches and ask questions of what to expect this season. At least one parent of each player should plan to attend this meeting.
     
  • First Official Day of Practice: August 14, 3:15-6:30pm
    This first practice will be longer than the typical practice; most will be 2 hours or less.
     
  • Team Pool Party: August 18, after practice
    We will continue our tradition of ending the first week with a pool party! The location is TBD.
     
  • Falcon FunFest & Scrimmage w/ Jefferson: August 25, 4:30pm
    The team and fans will get the chance to practice a new tradition called “The Falcon Walk”: as players exit the Athletic Building for on-field warm-ups, fans will line the sidewalk to encourage the mighty Falcons.
     
  • Patriot Day & Jr. Falcon Day: September 9, 1pm vs Lyons
    First responders and active military get FREE admission to the game and Junior Falcons will have the chance to storm the field at halftime for a punt, pass, and kick challenge.
     
  • Homecoming Week: September 11-15; game at 4:30pm on Friday vs Cornerstone Christian
    Homecoming comes a bit early this year, so make sure you ask your date to the dance early! There will be a tailgating party before and after the game in the parking lot between the east entrance to the high school and the Athletic Building.
     
  • Overnighter: September 22-23
    The team plays at Estes Park Friday night with potential for a JV game Saturday morning. If the JV game does occur, we will spend the night in Estes Park.
     
  • Friday Night Lights: October 6 vs Platte Canyon
    We will play a “home” night game at Denver Christian on their brand new field.
     
  • Fall Break: October 16-20
    There will be practice all week, and attendance at these practices is required for players to compete in the game at Vail Christian on October 21. The team will drive up October 20 and spend the night.
     
  • Senior Game: October 28 vs Clear Creek
    The regular season ends with recognition of all Falcon Seniors and their families for the hard work they’ve put in the past 4 years.

This season our sub-theme is RELENTLESS. The Lord relentlessly pursues us, so on The Journey (the all-school theme), we will relentlessly pursue our goals (which include the growth of the Kingdom of God) and share our stories of faith. Each week, the team will explore a topic related to being relentless in the context of The Journey. You can see those topics on the schedule below.

New and Continuing Traditions

As an important part of the athletic programs at FRCS, the Falcons will continue to Meet at the 7 after the game to encourage and pray with our opponents, win or lose.

Also new this year is the Falcon Walk for the scrimmage that accompanies the Falcon FunFest. Fans will line the sidewalk from the Athletic Building to the field in order to encourage players before their on-field warm-ups.

The team is also hoping to coordinate fans in the stands this season. In the schedule below, there are instructions for what colors to wear for each game. We will also encourage fans to do a first-down “Chop” when the team is on offense and a fourth-down “Chop” when on defense. Both will be explained at the Family Camp and parents’ meeting.

Other traditions new to this season include a Captain’s Cross sticker on helmets, The Nest student section, singing the fight song after games and a fifth quarter. All of which will be explained at meetings, practices, camps, and rallies.

In Conclusion

This is a lot of information, but we hope it gets you excited about the upcoming season...we sure are! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Coach Lowe at plowe@frcs.org.

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Or sign-up for the newsletter (weekly during season, monthly in off-season) by emailing me Coach Lowe (plowe@frcs.org) your preferred email address to be added to the list. (Please note that this is not an “official” FRCS newsletter, so unsubscribing from either the football list or one of the official FRCS email lists will not affect your subscription to the other.)

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Topic Opponent Fans Wear Location Date/Time Notes
Respect Scrimmage Black Home Friday, 8/25; 4:30pm Falcon FunFest
Excellence Highland White Away Friday, 9/1; 7pm  
Love Lyons Purple Home Saturday, 9/9; 1pm Patriot Day & Jr. Falcon Day (First responders and active military enter for FREE)
Efficiency CCA Black Home Friday, 9/15; 4pm Homecoming
Now Estes Park White Away Friday, 9/22; 7pm  
Trust Manuel Purple Away Friday, 9/29; 6pm  
Loyalty Platte Canyon Black Home Friday, 10/6; 7pm at Denver Christian
Enthusiasm Bennett White Away Friday, 10/13; 7pm  
Strength Vail Christian Purple Away Saturday, 10/21; 1pm at Battle Mountain HS
Serve Clear Creek Black Home Saturday, 10/28; 1pm Senior Game