SUBMITTED BY ANNA C. DOLAN
CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS
Dave Logan and Andy Lowry know a thing or two about state championship football here in Colorado. Logan, the head coach at Cherry Creek and three other area schools since 1993, and Lowry, head man at Columbine since 1994, will face each other on Saturday as the Bruins and Rebels vie for the 2019 state crown. The two veteran head coaches have participated in 15 5A State Championship games in the last 25-plus years. Both were part of a preview press conference on Tuesday at Empower Field at Mile High.
“I have a lot of respect for Andy,” Logan said. “When you coach against a guy and watch him work with his staff and his kids over decades, you admire how they do things.
“This is a pretty good football state. It’s a smaller state, but there are some really good coaches here,” Logan added. “Like Andy, these guys are excellent coaches, and now, even though we’re competitors on Saturday, we’re friends as well.”
Coach Logan has won seven state titles with Cherry Creek, Mullen, Chatfield and Arvada West. Lowry has been to the final game five times and won all five, including in 2006, when his Columbine Rebels beat Logan’s’ Mullen team 13-10 in a hard-fought contest.
“I have great respect for Dave and his staff and it’s been fun getting to know him and competing against him through the years,” Lowry said. “He’s somebody I respect and admire. I was just talking to my kids about him the other day. He’s probably the best athlete to come through our state and was drafted in three sports and that’s just unheard of. In this generation, with everyone being just one-sport athletes, it’s amazing to be able to use him as an example.”
Both coaches noted how their respective programs have great backing from their schools and districts.
“You have to have support from the administration, coaches, teachers and the principal, because when you play this level of football it’s a big operation,” Logan said. “There are a lot people behind the scenes. You do it because you love kids and you love the game and that’s why I think all of us do it.”
Coach Lowry agreed. “I think we both have great administrations and our assistant coaches do so much,” he said. “There’s no way that we could ever take that responsibility on by ourselves. We both have large staffs and a lot of them volunteer just to be part of young people’s lives.”
Columbine and Cherry Creek meet for the 5A State Championship at 2:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 7 at Empower Field at Mile High. Cherry Creek Football fans can buy tickets for the game this Wednesday through Friday outside the CCHS Athletic Office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the 1,000 tickets the school has are gone. Tickets will be $15 for anyone, cash only. No service charge.
Tickets are also available online at https://www1.ticketmaster.com/chsaa-4a5a-championship/event/1E00575295DC7014.
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