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Craig Jagger

John Knauf

Spotlight on: Craig JaggerBy John KnaufAs the fall sports season comes to an end for local high schools, The Vail Trail has followed area teams making playoff runs. One of those squads is the Eagle Valley football team. With an undefeated record and a top-three state ranking, the Devils have relied on a strong running game and consistent passing attack to propel them into a second round playoff game against Pagosa Springs Saturday, Nov. 9 (see Prep Briefs, page 13).One of the leaders of the Eagle Valley team is senior running back Craig Jagger. He’s your all-American high school athlete. You’ll find Jagger excelling on the football and baseball fields and the basketball court. As a National Honor Society member, Jagger rounds things out in the classroom, as well. This week, then, theSpotlight section goes back to school. Meet Eagle Valley High School’s Craig Jagger:VT: What is it about your offense that allows you to have so much success?CJ: I think it’s all the misdirection and having a good push up front by the linemen.VT: What were your individual and team goals coming into the season?CJ: First, we wanted to repeat as league champs and we wanted to get past the first round of the playoffs.VT: How disappointed will you be if you don’t win a state championship?CJ: There’s a point where you want to win a championship, but knowing there’s so many good teams out there, it’s difficult.VT: What’s your favorite part about high school outside of football?CJ: Just coming to school and hanging around with my friends. (High school) is just a really good time.VT: How do you make sure that senior year of high school isn’t the high point of your life?CJ: You just have to know that sports can lead you either way. It’s like life, where some days you have good days and some days you need to be picked up.VT: What’s the best thing about growing up in a small mountain town?CJ: Everyone knows each other. I grew up with all these guys and we all got real close. That also makes our teams better.VT: Is it easier to pick up girls when your team’s undefeated?CJ: (Laughter) I don’t know about that. I think it probably is.VT: What will you be doing at this time next year?CJ: I’ll probably be in college somewhere. I’m thinking about University of Northern Colorado, but I don’t think I’ll play college sports.


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