Colton Goeas played just one season as a member of the Lewis-Palmer High School football team, but he left an indelible mark on the program.
As a sophomore in the fall of 2010, the fullback rushed for 1,026 yards on just 184 carries (5.58 yards per attempt) and 15 touchdowns in nine games. As a ferocious linebacker, he had 37 tackles and one interception return for 30 yards.
Goeas moved to his native Hawaii with his family after that season. Two years later he was a highly recruited linebacker out of Saint Louis High School in Honolulu and ended up playing four years in college for the University of Kansas and later the University of Hawaii. He originally committed to Tennessee, but pulled out after the coaching staff was let go.
This fall, Goeas, now 24, is back in Ranger orange and black and walking the sidelines as an assistant coach with the Lewis-Palmer football team. He moved back to the Tri-Lakes area with his family last fall. He is working with running backs and linebackers.
“I love it,” Goeas said. “Colorado has always felt like home. Even though I was born in Hawaii, I was raised here. I’m back in Colorado and loving life.”
Goeas happens to have a brother playing for the Rangers this fall. Elijah, a sophomore, is vying for a spot as a defensive end/linebacker. This is his first season of tackle football.
“He’s a heck of a player,” Colton said of Elijah. “I think he can have an impact. He’s kind of finding his way and he’s still growing into his body.”
Elijah (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) said the Pikes Peak region is quite a bit different from his normal surroundings of Hawaii.
“It’s harder to run here because of the altitude,” he said. “But I’m really excited about the opportunity to play.”
Elijah remembers watching Colton play for the Rangers.
“I remember one of the games where he got hurt,” Elijah said.
If the Goeas name sounds familiar, that’s because you probably heard it long before Colton played for the school. His older brother, Matt, was a star linebacker for the Rangers in the mid-2000s before playing in college for Portland State. Matt is now 32 and a police officer in Hawaii.
The boys’ father, Leo, played eight seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Baltimore Raves. He played in 111 games, starting 81. Following his career as a player, Leo worked as a player agent. Today, he is a financial advisor.
Colton is relishing his role as a coach.
“I’m trying to teach these guys character, leadership, and how to grow up to be mighty men,” Colton said. “This is a great opportunity and I am very excited.”