History won't smile on 2013 at Fountain-Fort Carson, a 4-6 campaign that marked the Trojans' first losing season in nine years.
That record, however, didn't overshadow individual performances that allowed two of its senior leaders to continue their careers at the college level.
Defensive end Kadim Phillip and linebacker Jake Harmon signed national letters of intent Thursday to Northern Colorado and Eastern New Mexico, respectively, in an after-school ceremony that continued a long tradition of Trojans who have impressed enough to earn college scholarships.
"They're both great young men, good students and athletes," longtime Fountain-Fort Carson football coach Mitch Johnson said. "It's really wonderful to see these two deserving players receive scholarships and move onto the next level."
Phillip, a native of Barbados who started his prep career at Perspectives Charter/Calumet Tech in Chicago, spent the final two years of high school at Fountain-Fort Carson.
He earned a starting spot both years and was all-conference twice, accumulating 132 career tackles with two fumble recoveries.
In Greeley, he'll join Anthony Davis, a former Trojan, on the Northern Colorado defense.
"When he moved in, I knew he was a great player, and he proved how good he was," said Davis, a 2013 Fountain-Fort Carson graduate. "When he came for his official visit, I hosted him and showed him around. I'm proud of him and am excited for what he'll be able to do for us."
Harmon, a three-year starter and two-year captain, earned honors as Pioneer League Defensive Most Valuable Player last season and was named all-conference all three years. During his career, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker had 210 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interceptions.
I'm excited for Jake, too," Davis said. "When anyone can play at the next level at Division 1 and they come from Fountain, that's an accomplishment by itself."
He is projected to play inside linebacker for the Greyhounds, last season's co-champions of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference.
"Jake is a big interior linebacker that is able to take-on offensive lineman," ENMU coach Josh Lynn said in a release. "He does a phenomenal job making plays in the open space."