Chris Brown, Scott Yates enter 2017 football season tied with most wins in state history

Scott Yates Chris Brown side-by-side

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Scott Yates and Chris Brown enter the 2017 season as the two winningest coaches in Colorado high school football history.

Yates, the coach at Kent Denver, and Brown, the head man at West Grand, have each amassed 315 career victories. They spent the 2016 season trading the top spot in the record book.

But neither one sees it as a chase, and in fact each wants the other to hold the record.

"He'll blow by me in a Wyoming wind because he'll coach for a long time, too," Brown said of Yates when he held the record last fall. "It's fine. It's okay when he goes right on by me."

"I hope he breaks it," Yates said when he tied the record last September. "That'd be good for him."

It's been a 40-year journey for Brown that includes four titles. After this season, Brown will move into a tie for second place in years head coach.

Yates began in 1981 — a 36-year tenure.

Yates came oh-so-close to winning his fourth title last year, but his Kent Denver squad fell short in the Class 2A championship game against La Junta.

Yates will get the first crack at owning the all-time wins record, if only for a week. Kent Denver plays Prospect Ridge Academy at home on Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.

Five days later, Brown and West Grand take on Sanford on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.