Football success, future plans coming together for senior class

Hailey Ortega and Osborne Earl Smith

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As Greeley West’s football team primed for a battle with Montrose, two of its seniors were looking at potential college opportunties to play beyond Decemeber.

Head coach Jason Renouf stated that seniors Garrett Beckman and Joey Piacenza were two players that have worked hard, performed well and had colleges looking at them to come play at their schools next year.

Beckman went ahead and made it official before the game against Montrose. The offensive/defensive lineman has verbally committed to the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is more than excited for the opportunity to play Division I football in the Mountain West Conference.

“UNLV gets to play in the brand new Las Vegas Raiders stadium for their home games and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Beckman said.

UNLV will also have brand new football-only facilities that opens up in March. But Beckman was most taken by the personalities he encountered on his official visit. “The coaching staff has done so much for the school and town,” Beckman said.

While UNLV has had its sight set on Beckman since before the season started, Piacenza has drawn a lot of attention recently. The wide receiver/outside linebacker currently has offers from CSU-Pueblo, Montana State, and Western New Mexico.

While Piacenza has not committed, he is most interested in CSU-Pueblo at the moment.

Meanwhile, the goal for both players will be to lead the team toward the rare opportunity to practice on Thanksgiving. Only four teams from each division get the opportunity, which would mean West had qualfied for the 4A semifinals.