The Pueblo Central vs Pueblo Centennial game is the oldest high school football rivalry west of the Mississippi River. This year’s meeting marked the 117th between the two teams dating back to 1892. It is a game that regularly draws a crowd of 15,000 fans to Dutch-Clark Stadium. This season, both teams are going into the game looking for their first win on the season.
Payton has been the kicker on the football team all four years at Central and has earned 15 varsity letters while participating in five sports each year. Payton is also the Student Body President at Central High School and participates in several club and service organizations. Payton has a 4.57 GPA and plans to attend the University of Southern California or the University of Colorado to study architecture.
Lucas is a senior with a 4.52 GPA. He is currently ranked sixth in his senior class. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Annual Staff, Student Government, and DECA. He plans to attend Colorado-Boulder.
Justin played in the Bell Game for the Wildcats his sophomore, junior, and senior years. As team captain in 1999, during a historic Bell Game he led his team with 17 tackles, over 100 yards receiving, 50 yards rushing, and two touchdowns. Justin ended his career as the all-time leading tackler in Pueblo Central history and went on to be an assistant coach for the Wildcats for 15 years.