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South Metro Football Players of the Year: Stanley, Stanton stood out

Seniors from Cherry Creek and Chaparral are offensive and defensive players of the year

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Cherry Creek’s Dimitri Stanley and Jacob Stanton of Chaparral headline the 2017 Colorado Community Media All-South Metro Football Team.

Stanley, the all-around senior wide receiver, was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year. Stanton, a senior linebacker, was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year.

The 26-player All-South Metro team was selected by CCM’s sports staff, with input from area coaches. Players were eligible from schools in the Littleton Public Schools District, all public and private schools in Douglas County, and Englewood and Cherry Creek high schools.

Stanley, the 6-foot, 178-pound University of Colorado commit, did a little bit of everything for the Bruins. He was a wide receiver, occasionally ran the ball, played some cornerback, returned kickoffs and punts, and was the team’s punter.

“I could have had a better year for the amount of targets I had but the time I actually had the ball I did pretty well,” said Stanley, whose father Walter played two seasons at CU and 11 seasons in the NFL. “It was better than last year definitely and it was kind of the way I wanted it to go.”

He finished with 81 receptions for 1,192 yards and 20 touchdowns. He had 1,526 all-purpose yards. As a junior, Stanley caught 65 passes for 970 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Despite being double and triple covered at times, Stanley made several highlight reel receptions.

“We work on those in practice, and practice makes perfect,” he said. “I strive to make those catches in a game, and when I do, that just makes it that much better.”

Stanton was the leader of the Chaparral defense and had 128 total tackles with 19 tackles for losses, including four sacks. He intercepted one pass, had three pass deflections, caused seven fumbles and recovered two.

The 6-foot-2, 220 pounder was also a force on special teams, with two blocked punts and two blocked field goals.

“With all the hard work I put in during the off-season, I came out and had a way better season,” Stanton said. “It was a pretty decent year for me.

“I didn’t set any goals for myself, I just wanted to go out and have a good season. So I guess that would be a goal of mine and I reached that for sure.”

Stanton averaged 11.6 tackles a game as a senior and 9.1 in four seasons at Chaparral.

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