The Montbello Neighborhood celebrates collectively after the highschool soccer staff wins the primary ever state championship – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – The Montbello community gathered on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the Far Northeast Warriors’ first state championship in football. The Warriors beat Boulder High School 34-0 in the 5A title shot, and it was a moment the boys would never forget when the community came together to honor the victory.
“It was wonderful. Just to see how the whole community gathers and likes the support from us. That’s great. That was really cool,” said the senior, who ran back Gregory Anderson.
The parade was the vision of Tony Lindsay Sr., who took over as head coach for Warriors in 2017 after a successful 10-year stint at Denver South High School. As the rebel coach, he was 78-33 and led them to appear in the 4A title game in 2012.
When Lindsay took over the Warriors soccer team, it was a jumbled program with four coaches in the last four seasons and a 3:27 record over three years from 2014 to 2016. Before becoming head coach at Denver South, he worked from 2004 to 2006 as assistant coach for the Warriors under Oliver Lucas.
“I fell in love with the students at the school and thought I was going to be the head coach here, but they were going in a different direction, which was fine because it should be. I didn’t know that at the time, but I was taken there to grow and people are preparing for this and that, and here I am now, “said Lindsay.
During the spring season, the Warriors were 6-2 and lost to Denver South and Vista Peak. The Warriors were able to win the rematch against Vista Peak 23-16 in the 5A semifinals.
A week later, the Warriors showed a dominant performance over Boulder High School behind the performance of Gregory Anderson, named the Most Outstanding Player of the Game. He hurried to do a touchdown, caught another, and threw a touchdown pass as well.
“Coach talked about the fact that we will take over the state. This is our dream and to bring this community back together. I think that was our driving force and that’s what brought us here today, ”said Anderson.
The Montbello community has another reason to celebrate. Montbello High School, which closed in 2010, will reopen in 2022 as part of the Denver Public Schools Reimagine Montbello campaign.
“We’re preparing to hit the restart button and say this is what the community wants,” said Tay Anderson, a Denver Public Schools board member.
“This is the time for us to get it right and give students a 21st century building so that when they compete they have the same resources and opportunities, so that we don’t care if they are Whether or not they are playing soccer or studying to become a neuroscientist, they can have the same skills in the same capacity and step up in greatness. “