Winning 96 percent of football games all-time will put any team in a category of their own and that’s how high the Colorado Greyhawks have built their nest in the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Football Conference.
Since 2014, the Greyhawks have only lost twice, boasting a 48-2 all-time record. This season, they’re currently sitting at 7-0, riding a 21-game winning streak and looking for their fourth consecutive CFC Championship.
“The continuous dominance comes from the defensive side,” Greyhawks quarterback Julian Banks told Developmental Football USA. “Our defensive unit has been together about four years now, just adding pieces here and there. That’s our foundation. Champions are built from the defense. We can’t do anything without the defense.”
The undisputed leader of the defense for the Greyhawks has been middle linebacker Jimmy Provost.
“He’s the heart and soul,” Banks said. “He’s a big hitter, always looking to force turnovers, fumbles. He’s always looking to hit you when you cross that middle and he’s a coach on the field.”
Defensive back Jo Jo Wilkerson, who plays both safety and cornerback for the Greyhawks as needed, leads the team with nine interceptions. Joining him in the secondary is a familiar name in former Colorado Buffaloes star running back Bobby Purify.
“Right now, we’re all getting up in age,” Greyhawks owner Rashad Ray told Developmental Football USA. “I’ve got Bobby limited on his role so I don’t have him running the football until the playoffs start. Right now I’ve got him at free safety.”
“Our wide receiving core, Stephen Mamuzich has really been coming on big for us these last two years,” Banks said. “We really have a four-headed monster in the backfield and that’s without even adding Bobby Purify back here yet.”
Since their inaugural season in 2014, the Greyhawks have always sought out competitive non-league games and this year was no different. To start off this season, the Greyhawks beat the defending Midwest Football Alliance Champions, Kansas City Bulldogs 28-6 to follow up a 28-0 win over the 2016 undefeated Texas United Football Association Champions, the Texas Colts in December.
So far in CFC play, the Greyhawks have pretty much rolled. They did have a slow start against the Northern Colorado Nightmare and led just 8-0 at halftime, but they finished it out with a 30-0 win.
This Saturday, the Greyhawks will finish up the regular season against the Colorado Panthers, then they will have a week off as they have already clinched a first-round bye and a spot in the semifinals.
“The team in our league that we probably won’t play until the championship game is the Raptors and they are 7-0,” Ray said.
“What it’s going to take for us to repeat is just consistency up front. Championships are won and lost in the trenches.”
“After the championship game, if we’re fortunate enough to get out, we will play in the Rocky Mountain Bowl,” Ray said. “Whoever the league brings in is who we will play. There’s talk right now about the Lubbock Liberty Eagles being interested in coming out here, but no plans have been set for that. If we can get past that, we will play champion versus champion in Colorado.”
Based on their reputation, the Greyhawks are always a coveted team, targeted to play in various “national championship” bowl games. This year, though, their plans aren’t as certain.
“As far as Vegas, for the money we spent the last two years and the service we got, the Greyhawks won’t be going to that game unless they change things,” Ray said. “Our goal right now is to play in a national game on the East Coast or in Florida.”
The Greyhawks games can be seen on ColoradoSports.TV and previous film can be found on Hudl.