PUEBLO — Meet the champions of Colorado, in football helmet form.
"Classic, traditional, it's a clean look and I think more than anything else the buy-in from the community and kids, that's what makes it really special," Colts head coach Ryan Goddard said.
For the past 61-years, the Black and White horseshoe has held supreme in the Centennial State, and now, they're putting that to the test in the National Helmet Tournament.
"It's a big part of what we do, try and promote our program and this was another opportunity to do that," Goddard said.
A winning "Colture", South bested nearly 200 schools including Pueblo West and Steamboat Springs to claim the state title, now it's on to the national bracket Monday. Pitting their style and fandom against 45 other states.
"I think we're all competitors and take pride in what we have, but I think whether it's a Twitter poll or between the lines, I think you always want to do your best and strive to win," Goddard said.
Next week, it's back to work for the Class 3A state runner up, the first practice for the Colts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We're working towards August 28th when we can put that helmet back on," Goddard said.
With those who proudly wear it, ready to defend its honor against all worthy challengers.
"After a win, we put the shoes up and that is a tradition and source of pride for us," Goddard said. "I think it has a special place in a lot of people's hearts."