In the last five years, Pueblo East has played for a state championship four times, so the expectations this season are obvious and even after losing two of the schools all-time greatest players, nothing has changed. Jack Helzer is the new quarterback, and he looks the part, he's a big kid with a strong arm and a confident coach, "Jack's an outstanding leader and an outstanding quarterback. He's got a strong arm and a great attitude. I'm very excited for Jack," says Pueblo East head coach Andy Watts. "Oh I'm thrilled. I've never experienced this kind of excitement going into a season. My confidence is through the roof. I've seen the work my receivers and my lineman have put in and I'm ready to go," added Jack Helzer.
I'd be excited too if I had the weapons he has, Marvin London is coming off a huge season where he had more than 1,200 yards receiving and there's Kaeden Bowman who is big and strong and can fly. That's not everyone but this offense is loaded, "I believe we can go to another state championship. That's always the top goal. Our coaches believe us. Our school believes us. Our community believes us, and we're going to put in the work," says Marvin London.
Throw in players like safety Jaxon Herring on defense and there's no doubt the Eagles have the talent to make a deep run and then there's the added motivation they have from losing to Palmer Ridge in last year's state final, "Even though last year we lost, there's a bunch of fire in me that make me want to go back and kick some butt," says Jaxon Herring.