It’s starting to come together for the Rocky Mountain Renegades. And coming together means a decided home field and 32 newly signed players. Rocky …
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It’s starting to come together for the Rocky Mountain
And coming together means a decided home field and 32 newly
Rocky Mountain Renegades, the Castle Rock-based football team in
the North American Football League, committed 31 players to its
inaugural roster during a signing party at the Fowl Line in Castle
Rock. While more players are expected to sign between now and the
start of the Renegades’ season in May, the roster includes 10
players from Aurora, three from Parker and the rest from Castle
John Byrd, one of the team’s players and one of its ownership
families, said he wants to keep the roster at around 40. More than
40 players means it would be tough to get everyone time on the
In addition to the roster, the Renegades have found a home. Byrd
said the team’s home games will be played at Castle View High
School’s turf in Castle Rock. The sideline staff for the Renegades
also continues to grow, even though the operation still is seeking
Dave MacDonald has been added to the team as its offensive
coordinator, and Terry Mares will serve as assistant head coach and
Based on what he has seen at tryouts, MacDonald said the team
should have plenty of size and strength, and given its beef, will
As an offensive coordinator of a team in a community-built
football league in western New York, MacDonald developed an
offensive system which he feels the players signed to the team thus
far should fit. He said in his final two seasons in New York, the
team went undefeated.
Heart is the most important quality MacDonald is hoping to see
from the 32-strong thus far.
“If you don’t have the heart, you have nothing,” he said.
Mares, who is from another one of the Renegades’ ownership
families, said heart also was something he looked for from the
team’s hopefuls during tryouts.
“I want guys who just want to play and are eager to learn,” said
Mares, who has years of coaching youth and other levels of
football. “I expect them to be motivated, go above and beyond, and
learn what we’re teaching them.
“I’m used to winning. I want to win. If they are willing to
learn, I’m willing to teach. They don’t want to learn, then they
From the already signed players, Mares estimates the team’s
defensive linemen should average 300-plus pounds in a 3-5-3 system.
The rest of the defensive strength will come from the backfield and
what he calls his “dogs,” or linebackers.
Come the Renegades season home opener, Mares is most excited to
see the turn-out from Castle Rock and surrounding communities. He
wants to see the stands at Castle View High School’s football field
filled at the home opener at 3 p.m. May 15 against the Colorado
“We’re the home team,” Mares said. “As far as I know, no other
community this size in Colorado has its own football team like
this. They should come out and support and have a good time.
“We’re just trying to provide opportunities for the players in
For more information on the Rocky Mountain Renegades, visit the
team’s Web site at www.rockymountainrenegades.com.
Contact information is available on the site for persons interested
in applying for a coaching position.
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