Undersized Poudre star Leal fights recruiters' 'eye test'

Undersized Poudre star Leal fights recruiters' 'eye test'

The eyes lie.

At first glance, Zach Leal doesn't look like a college football player. Heck, the eye test says Leal doesn’t have the stature to stand up to other high school athletes.

But once the whistle blows, it's easy to forget that the Poudre High School senior is 5-foot-8 and 145 pounds....

JT Erickson runs wild as Poudre pulls away from Mountain Vista in Week 1 football action

JT Erickson runs wild as Poudre pulls away from Mountain Vista in Week 1 football action

Senior JT Erickson ran wild for four touchdowns as Poudre made the most of its Week 1 road trip with a 35-21 victory over Mountain Vista on Thursday night at Shea Stadium.

Mountain Vista took the opening kickoff back to the house, but the play was negated by a penalty. The Golden Eagles were able to find the end zone on their first drive anyways, with junior quarterback Campbell Lancaster’s touchdown pass to senior wideout Tristan Smith giving them the early 7-0 lead.

Poudre football defined by depth as Impalas chase first winning campaign since 2008

Poudre football defined by depth as Impalas chase first winning campaign since 2008

Poudre head football coach Marty McVicker believes his team is capable of much more than simply turning in a winning record this season, something the Impalas haven’t done since 2008.

Poudre has its eyes set on November — and a postseason performance similar to that of its 2008 team, which also recorded the program’s last playoff victory en route to a Class 5A semifinal appearance.

The last Football Team to Win A State Championship in Fort Collins

The last Football Team to Win A State Championship in Fort Collins

On Nov. 29, 1969, the Poudre High School football team did what no football team within city limits has been able to do since. It brought home a state championship, capping off a Cinderella run through the playoffs with a title victory on an abnormally warm fall afternoon in Grand Junction.

Road Warriors - Poudre with the win over Legacy

Road Warriors - Poudre with the win over Legacy

The Poudre High School football team is throwing an impromptu dance party on a Thursday night.

Rap music reverberates off the walls of the visitors’ locker room at EchoPark Stadium as players bounce to the beat while changing out of uniforms and into street clothes.

Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz” is the soundtrack to Poudre’s 24-7 conference road win at Legend High School.