In its 93rd season, Colorado high school football churned out another batch of championship teams — seven in all, including two from Colorado Springs (Class 4A Pine Creek and 3A Coronado). Individually, we may remain a state of linemen and pale in comparison with the top-tier talent beds of California, Florida and Texas, but here are The Denver Post's top 25 players of the 2013 season, from the record breakers and skill players to those who starred on defense and were pillars up front and in the trenches.

Player of the year: RB Christian McCaffrey Valor Christian, Sr., 6-0, 195

One of the state's best running backs in decades, with extraordinary career numbers (11-man record 141 touchdowns, including 47 on receptions, and four state championships) to back it up. Bound for Stanford, McCaffrey is The Denver Post's 63rd Gold Helmet Award winner. He is the son of former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.

Coach of the year: Todd Miller, Pine Creek

Down-to-earth, disciplined leader who's patient and knows what to do with talent when he gets it. With only one losing season in his nine-year run, the 41-year-old native of Evansville, Ind., stands 87-12 — including a 12-2 record and the Class 4A state championship this season. The Eagles were the 4A state runners-up in 2011.

WR Kalen Ballage
Falcon, Sr., 6-foot-2, 215 pounds

Intriguing, physical specimen who has athleticism and a lot of major-college offers.

WR Ethan Brunhofer
Arapahoe, Sr., 6-2, 200

Standout receiver who grabbed 65 passes for 1,144 yards and nine touchdowns; two-time All-Colorado choice.

Athlete Austin Conway
Overland, Jr., 6-0, 175

Valor Christian running back Christian McCaffrey uses a straight-arm move to try to get past Fairview defender Jonathan Schwartwelter on a run during the
Valor Christian running back Christian McCaffrey uses a straight-arm move to try to get past Fairview defender Jonathan Schwartwelter on a run during the 5A state championship game. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

Multitalented player who ran and passed for 2,977 yards and 31 touchdowns as a quarterback.

LB Justin Falls
Valor Christian, Sr., 5-11, 200

Top tackler on a rugged defense that allowed an average of only 11 points per game.

WR John Freismuth
Loveland, Sr., 6-4, 205

Averaged 27.8 yards per catch; also played well at defensive back.

DL Terran Hasselbach
Regis Jesuit, Sr., 6-2, 235

Good bloodlines (his father, Harald, played for the Broncos); noticed regularly on the defensive line.

QB Anders Hill
Fairview, Sr., 6-4, 210

Threw for 3,878 yards and 36 touchdowns, also rushed for four TDs; possibly an Ivy League player.

OL Isaiah Holland
Valor Christian, Sr., 6-5, 310

His father, Darius, is a former CU star; has the size and know-how to play regularly on the next level.

OL Sam Jones
ThunderRidge, Sr., 6-5, 285

Arizona State-bound plow horse starred for the Grizzlies.

RB Chris Marquez
Pomona, Sr., 5-5, 160

Monster senior season (2,448 yards rushing, 32 touchdowns) made him an obvious selection.

DB Jay MacIntyre
Monarch, Sr., 5-11, 185

Son of CU's head football coach brought all-around, dynamic factor to the Coyotes, including on defense.

DL Jacob Martin
Cherokee Trail, Sr., 6-3, 220

Every team that played the Cougars had to deal with him; they didn't like it or handle it.

WR Sam Martin
Fairview, Sr., 6-foot-3, 180 pounds

Set state season records with 112 catches and 1,860 yards receiving.

RB Bernard McDondle
Columbine, Sr., 5-8, 175

Three-time All-Colorado rusher was consistent and tough as a $3 steak — 4,654 yards rushing and 57 TDs in his career.

OL Isaac Miller
Silver Creek, Sr., 6-7, 245

CU-bound tackle has great range and the size necessary to compete in major-college football.

OL Trenton Noller
Windsor, Sr., 6-2, 335

Probably best when playing on the interior line; bulky and strong.

OL Dalton Risner
Wiggins, Sr., 6-5, 300

Small-school lineman headed to Kansas State; considered one of the Big 12's top prospects.

OL Alec Ruth
Valor Christian, Sr., 6-6, 305

Kansas State landed a big part of the Eagles' machine.

OL Kendall Ryan
Pomona, Sr., 6-4, 305

A major reason the Panthers' offensive line was no worse than second-best on any level.

OL Jamin Smith
Douglas County, Sr., 6-2, 270

Knee injury sidelined him for three games, but the New Mexico State-bound lineman has plenty of talent.

LB Tre Thomas
Overland, Sr., 6-2, 225

Athletic player who led the state with 180 solo tackles.

DB Evan White
Cherokee Trail, Sr., 6-2, 190

Arguably the state's best defensive player; bound for CU and has major upside.

DB Marcus Wilson
Valor Christian, Sr., 6-0, 180

Quick and speedy; CSU recruit can cover and close.

K-P J.K. Scott
Mullen, Sr., 6-4, 180

Hands down, the best leg in the state; bound for Alabama.


All-Colorado honorable mentions

Brian Dawkins Jr., Valor Christian, Jr., DB;
Matt Fujinami, Standley Lake, Sr., WR;
Jaeden Graham, Cherry Creek, Sr., DB;
Milo Hall, Cherry Creek, Sr., RB;
Mark Hopper, ThunderRidge, Sr., WR-K;
Carlo Kemp, Fairview, So., DL;
Jacob Knipp, Ralston Valley, Sr., QB;
Garrett Krage, Pueblo South, Sr., RB;
Zachary Lindsay, Denver South, Sr., RB;
Matt List, Pine Creek, Sr., LB;
Miles Rivera, Longmont, Sr., DL;
Mike Rocha, Montrose, Jr., FB;
Ben Sjobakken, Silver Creek, Sr., QB
Zach Stefo, Pomona, Sr., OL;
Zach Young, Doherty, Sr., RB.