Memorial Park was the site of Dominic Rufran's earliest football memory.
He recalls being 8 years old and putting on the pads and helmet for the first time. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Rufran left an arc of memories that stretches from those early childhood days through a standout career at Palmer.
On Saturday, Rufran will play in view of Pikes Peak for the last time, as he leads Wyoming into Air Force.
"I've thought about it a little bit," said the junior receiver, who is tied for fourth in the nation with 25 catches and tied for fifth with four touchdown receptions through three games. "I'm sure I'll do a lot of reminiscing about my hometown and memories on the bus and after the game, but during the game I'll just be focused on Air Force and executing the game plan."
Rufran has excelled from the beginning with Wyoming. He caught a pass in each of the team's 13 games as a freshman and along the way earned Mountain West Academic All-Conference honors.
Through 28 games, Rufran has 108 catches for 1,199 yards and 11 touchdowns. Earlier this year he caught 11 passes for 120 yards against Nebraska. His current pace would put him in the top five of nearly every Wyoming receiving record, but he intends to up that pace.
"I kind of felt like I was thrown into the fire a little bit," said Rufran, who was added to the Biletnoff Award watch list on Tuesday. "Going back and watching film from my freshman year it's definitely night and day from the athlete I was then to the athlete I am now."
He's also found a home in Laramie, Wyo. He lives in a house with a pair of defensive players and quarterback Brett Smith, a kindred Christian spirit.
"He's one of my best friends," Smith said. "We hold each other accountable and try to build each other up."
Aside from a few patches of homesickness in his first year, Rufran has grown to "love everything about this place."
None of this has detracted from Rufran's affection for his first home.
This past summer he joined a group of Palmer players and Terrors coach Justin Rich for the 9-hour drive to Arizona for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp.
"Whenever he comes around, they get to know who he really is," said Rich, who was an assistant during Rufran's senior season. "You hear it all the time, especially at the high school level, that a guy is a better young man than he is an athlete - that's definitely true with Dominic.
"It's great that he's achieving what he is. It's also great to be able to tell these kids that I never saw him lose a sprint. I never saw him slack off in practice."
Rufran has already played a role in building a link between his two homes. He invited Dalton Fields to his house during the Pine Creek lineman's official visit to Laramie. Fields wound up signing and is currently redshirting during his first year at Wyoming.
"It's a good opportunity for people who want to play Division I sports and still have their friends and family watch them play," said Rufran, who had one catch for 8 yards when he played at Air Force as a freshman. "So I hope it's a pipeline that continues to be a trend, because this is a great university to go to."
Air Force once had Rufran on its radar, though Troy Calhoun said there was never a major push to get him.
Rufran remembers the attention he got from Falcons coaches after a camp at the academy. It was the first time he had showcased his abilities in front of a collegiate staff and he'll never forget the feeling of excitement.
It's yet another part of a line of memories Rufran made on football fields in this area. He said "lots and lots and lots and lots" of his friends and family will be there to watch on Saturday night, as there is one more memory yet to be made.