Boys Football

AURORA | Tanner Gentry wasn’t among the 253 players taken over three days of the National Football League draft, but the former Grandview star took a step towards his pro dream Saturday. Gentry, a talented wide receiver out of the University of Wyoming, reportedly signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Chicago Bears, shortly after the draft concluded in Philadelphia.

AURORA | Justin Hoffman’s lengthy football coaching history in Aurora has come to an end, at least for now. For the first time in 20 years, Hoffman — an Aurora Central graduate who has coached at Gateway, Smoky Hill and Rangeview — won’t be on an Aurora sideline in some capacity come the 2017 season as he and his family will move to South Carolina at the end of the school year. Hoffman told the Sentinel he resigned from the Rangeview job he held for the past two seasons just prior to spring break.

AURORA | After sifting through a pool of around 50 legitimate candidates for its head football coaching job, Cherokee Trail announced the hiring of veteran coach Joe Johnson Tuesday. Cougars athletic director Steve Carpenter was pleased to welcome Johnson, who has spent 16 successful seasons as head coach at ThunderRidge High School. He will also serve as an upper level science teacher at Cherokee Trail.

AURORA | An injury kept Elijah Reed from playing his senior season with the Vista PEAK Prep football team, but it didn’t prevent him from continuing his playing career at the next level. Just a few days after he verbally committed, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Colorado-State Pueblo at a morning ceremony in the school’s auditorium Wednesday.

So. Much. Talent. Aurora’s state football championship drought is just shy of a decade (Grandview won the city’s last state crown in 2007), but the city consistently is chalk full of much of the best grid talent in Colorado as evidenced again in 2016. A total of 104 Aurora players earned all-league first or second team honors and found their way onto various spots on the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Football Team, which was selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of city coaches.