Soccer Leader of the Year: Brayden Dorman takes Vista Ridge’s programming to new heights in passing

Dec. 25: When construction soon begins on Vista Ridge’s new turf field, it will benefit future football, soccer, track and other programs.

Quarterback Brayden Dorman, whose efforts on and off the field helped propel the draft, will not get a chance to play. But that was part of his plan all along, to leave his school a better place than when he arrived.

“We wanted to build on that and change the culture,” said Dorman, whose 3,783 passing yards and 54 total touchdowns led the state and helped make him The Gazette’s Football Player of the Year. “Becoming leaders and being a part of Vista Ridge was very important. That was the biggest piece.”

So, football aside, Dorman set out to affect change.

He, along with his teammates, attended the cheerleading dance before the season. The football team was dedicated to going to events for football, softball and other men’s sports. Even now, with the season over, they will be seen regularly at basketball games.

Cliques were in place before Dorman arrived at Vista Ridge, and the football team was considered its own, apart from the other campus sports.

“When these guys first showed up, I thought how good this could be for the school and the program,” coach Mike Vrana said. “These guys bought right away that we’re a part of the school and they’re a part of us. They worked really hard because that’s how this experience should be.”

The return on investment, although not the target, was also high.

The bleachers at Vista Ridge filled each game day in a revenue-generating fashion, with fans even lining the hill behind the outfield with lawn chairs and sitting on top of car trunks to watch this team led by a passing game fueled by Dorman and wide receivers Brandon Hills and Keyshawn. Dooley.

A 56-20 home win in the playoffs against Fruita Monument will be the biggest home win of the year.

And even that success wasn’t the product of simply showing up, but in Dorman’s case, it was the product of making sure he could show up regularly.

He committed early to Arizona, freeing up his senior summer for Vista Ridge. Practices, 7-on-7 tournaments and being together outside of practice was a priority for the quarterback and the Wolves.

But when the group graduates and the Wolves pack splits, their goals and aspirations will still be seen in the impact they had during their four-year stay.

“When they’re gone, the impact will continue,” Vrana said. “Being wolves means something. You walk through the halls and everyone is talking and wanting to be a part of it too.”

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