MONUMENT — Any high school football coach in Colorado will tell you: Winning a state championship is harder than you think.
Winner two in a row, even more difficult.
But winning 3 in a row is unheard of, yet the Palmer Ridge Bears have a chance to do just that in 2019.
In 2017, after the Erie game I asked myself how hard was I willing to work. I (also) asked the team how hard are they willing to work if they lost that game. And I think that mentality that hunger is what has helped us in the past<" explained Palmer Ridge head Coach Tom Pulford. "We have to identify that again. How hard are we willing to work?"
Palmer Ridge lost 21 seniors from last year's state title team including star quarterback Ty Evans. But the pieces are still there for them to be dominant once again in the 3A ranks.
"We can throw the ball when we want, we can throw the ball when we want," said Bears junior quarterback Luke Mcallister. "We have so many weapons, I have some many weapons around me. It should be an exciting year."
One of those weapons also includes 3-star wide out Deuce Roberson, who posted 937 receiving yards last year.
But according to the team, it's the brotherhood that has kept the winning alive.
"Our brotherhood is like nothing else, added Mcallister. "We all have each others back here."
So pulling off the trifecta is the goal. But for the team that lives by the manta "Pound The Rock", it will be the stones of immortality that will set the stage.