Tuesday, July 22, 2008

PrepNation 101 Preseason FB Countdown: No. 72 Bear Creek

72. Bear Creek (Lakewood, Colo.)
Last season’s record: 10-3, lost in Class 5A semifinals
Coach: Tom Thenell
Key players: QB Zach Thenell (5-10, 175, Jr.), RB Tommy Flanagan (5-10, 190, Sr.), OT Jeremiah Sirles (6-8, 285, Sr.), WR Dajuan Mack (6-2, 205, Sr.), RB Lukas Lockett (6-1, 200, Jr.), OL Dylan Heitsmith (6-2, 290, Jr.)
Biggest strength: Returning offensive skill players
Question mark: Secondary
Outlook: Sixteen starters return for the Bears, who have appeared in three state championship games the last 17 seasons but are still searching for their first crown. Flanagan accounted for more than 2,300 combined rushing and receiving yards with 26 TDs as a junior. Thenell, the coach’s son, led the state in passing yards (3,168) and TDs (34). Mack, who caught 66 passes for 872 yards and 14 TDs, is a big-time playmaker. Sirles is a high-level recruit who anchors a big and experienced offensive line.
Toughest games: Aug. 29 at Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek, Oct. 10 at Columbine

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