Cowboys continue their quest for Meeker’s first state football title

MEEKER | The Meeker High School football team continues its quest to make local history by winning the school’s first state football title The Cowboys are hoping seven is their lucky number as Saturday will be the seventh time Meeker has played in the title game. Starbuck Stadium, where the 2016 1A Colorado Football State Championship game will be played this Saturday, is named after former Meeker coach Paul Starbuck, who led Meeker to three title games in 1952, 1953 and 1954. Meeker hosted the title game in 1953 and would not host a title game again until 1996. Meeker lost to Wellington both in 1952 (24-9) and 1953 (19-0), before losing to Grover 26-13 at home. Meeker played in the title game again in 1968 against Sheridan High School in Denver, then lost in Burlington to the Cougars (55-22) in 1995. The last year (1996), Meeker hosted and the last time the Cowboys played in a championship game, current head coach Shane Phelan was an assistant under then-head coach Craig Paschal and Meeker’s current offensive coordinator Andy Coryell was the Cowboys’ quarterback when they lost 14-0 to Bayfield. Good luck Cowboys!