The National Football League has the New England Patriots, NCAA Division I has the University of Alabama and the developmental football West Region has the Colorado Greyhawks. While these organizations aren’t entirely invincible, their overall dominance is unrivaled.
Last season, the Greyhawks dominated the Colorado Football Conference Championship Game against the Steele City Rage 54-7 to complete their three-peat as CFC Champions. This year, they’re working to make it four in a row.
Following the League Championship, the Greyhawks routed the Las Cruces Kings, 34-0, in the Rocky Mountain Bowl Game. Then, to put icing on their cake, they pitched another shutout, 28-0, against the Texas Colts of the Texas United Football Association in the Minor League Football News National Championship in Las Vegas, which they had lost the year before on a last second field goal to the Central Coast Barnstormers, 17-14.
“We faced an 18-0 Texas Colts team,” Greyhawks owner Rashad Ray told Developmental Football USA. “They won their league two years in a row and the guys stepped up and we shut them out.
“Every year, that’s our intentions. First, we build the team and get the team right, then win our division, then win the championship, play in the bowl game and then play for the national championship.”
The Greyhawks don’t appear to be slowing down, either.
“We’re returning everybody and picking up more guys,” Ray said. “We have some promising newcomers. We did some recruiting and picked up a former professional indoor player and got him back into football. I’m looking for some nice competition this year, there’s a lot of guys that leave other teams to come to the Greyhawks, because we’re stepping outside the state to play other teams so that will test us to see where we’re at.”
Once the season starts in April, CFC rules prevent them from playing non-league opponents, but between now and then, the Greyhawks already have two big games to look forward to.
“Right now, I’ve got a team from Kansas City coming out here,” Ray said. “The Kansas City Bulldogs are coming out here the third weekend in April.
“In February, I’m going to venture out into the indoor football world and play the Colorado Crush of the Indoor Football League. It’s 8 on 8 indoor, I’ve booked a place. A former Bronco, Al Wilson, is one of the owners and he wants to play to get a little tune-up game before they start the season and he thinks we will be good opponent. It’ll be in Fort Collins at the Budweiser Event Center.”
As far as personnel goes, the Greyhawks are still loaded, and may even be better than they were one year ago.
“On the offensive side, the offensive line was great, and our quarterback Julian Banks and our three-headed monster at running back did well in tandem,” Ray said. “A guy that stood out in his first year with us was Stephen Mamuzich, he was our big-play receiver this past year.”
Along the Greyhawks’ road to picking up championship hardware, several players also raked in individual awards.
“Jimmy (Provost) is a tackling machine,” Ray said. “Banks was the league MVP on offense, along with Jimmy on defense. Those guys put together a great season with the leadership they’ve got. I did have an offensive lineman, Aundrea Liddell, who was the anchor of the offensive line, too.”
The University of Colorado’s second all-time leading rusher and former San Francisco 49er, Bobby Purify, returns at safety for the Greyhawks.
“He brought a lot to the table with his leadership and his football knowledge on the defensive and offensive side of the ball,” Ray said. “Cornerback Devon Cox had an outstanding year and we found a rookie who had an outstanding year for us, Rob Hillsinger, he did pretty good.”
Aside from routing teams on the field, the Greyhawks also give back to the community through Bobby Purify’s foundation, Purify Sports.
“We hold free camps to kids, visit hospitals and children’s hospitals, we do can drives, toy drives for the kids and coat drives for the homeless during this holiday season,” Ray said.
Look for more coverage of Greyhawks at DFUSA when their pre-season is in full swing.