Sunday, October 24, 2021

8 Colorado High School Football Games To Watch In 5 Weeks

class 5a

Chaparral (2-2) vs Fairview (3-1)

when and where: Thursday at 7 p.m. at Recht Field

last meeting: Chaparral 37, vs. Fairview 8, November 6, 2015

The Wolverines took down 5A Blue Bloods in Week 1 (35-21 vs. Eaglecrest), and had a chance to beat the other on the road on Thursday. The Knights came back from a Week 2 loss at Castle View with back-to-back shutout victories. Freshman de Brock Kolstad (4.0 TfL) is one of four Knights with three or more tackles for a loss. Challenge against Chaparral: Quarterback Kylan Wilson, who has run and passed for more than 100 yards in all four games this season.

No. 3 Columbine (4-0) vs No. 1 Valor Christian (4-0)

when and where: Friday at 7 pm at Velor Stadium

last meeting: Columbine 37, Valor Christian 30, November 22, 2019. Feather

Two 5A heavyweights meet in a game that will say a lot about both teams’ state title hopes. Columbine is one of only two Colorado events to beat Valor in the past four years (Cherry Creek is the other). If the Rebels are going to trouble again, Ironman Seth Cromwell (501 yards run, 10 TD) and Columbine’s ground-and-pounder should control the ball. Given that Valor has held all of their opponents to a combined 20 points through four games, this is easier said than done.

No. 2 Cherry Creek (3-1) vs. No. 5 Regis Jesuit (3-1)

when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. at D. Kellogg Stadium

last meeting: Cherry Creek 29, vs. Regis Jesuit 6, November 20, 2020

For the second time in five weeks, the Raiders will take on one of the top two teams in 5A. In Week 1, the Regis defense hung with top-ranked Valor Christian, but eventually lost 24–6. Now comes a test against the Creek team that has won 25 games in a row against Colorado opponents. The Raiders have led the teams 129-45 since losing to Valor, with quarterback Xander Carroll throwing eight touchdown passes and rushing for 187 yards and two scores.

class 4a

Vista Peak Prep (3-1) vs No. 10 Ponderosa (3-1)

when and where: Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ecopark Stadium

last meeting: First meeting

The Mustangs have come a long way since their 42-0 loss to the 5A Legend in Week 1. The offense scored 35 or more points in the subsequent three games – all wins. Freshman QB Andrew Heidel, who threw four interceptions versus Legend, has completed 22 of 37 passes for 291 yards and three TDs, and Zachary Pekarek has 315 yards and five TDs. The Bison are coming off their first loss, 27-26 versus Heritage, with QB Jordi Ruiz throwing 554 yards and eight TDs over the past two weeks.

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No. 1 Palmer Ridge (4-0) vs Lakewood (3-1)

when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. at JEFCO Stadium

last meeting: First meeting

The ascension of Palmer Ridge football continues with its first meeting against a 5A opponent in the program’s history. The 3A power-turn-4A contender thus far has been a wrecking ball, with sophomore QB Derek Hester (908 yards, nine TDs) and senior WR/DB Anthony Costanzo (getting 218 yards, three) among the main reasons. interception). The Tigers have plenty of firepower of their own, including senior RB Connor Ladd, who has a total of 844 yards and 12 TDs this season.

No. 4 Chatfield (4-0) vs No. 2 Pine Creek (4-0)

when and where: Friday at 7 pm at District 20 Stadium

last meeting: at Chatfield 50, Pine Creek 39, September 2, 2016

This meeting will offer a preliminary litmus test for a pair of 4A contenders starting the season outside the state rankings. Pine Creek has been challenged in barely four weeks. Senior QB Josiah Roy (546 yards, 362 running) has taken another step in his development, and the defense has been blown out of light, keeping the teams on 27 total points. However, the Chargers will offer the tightest test ever with the ground game compiling 1,019 yards and 14 TDs.

No. 7 Erie (4-0) vs Skyline (3-1)

when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. at Everly-Montgomery Field

last meeting: aerie34, on Skyline 17, September 14, 2012

A week after steaming short-handed Longmont squad 50-6, the Tigers’ degree of difficulty goes up a notch with a matchup against Skyline. 8 Golden, the Falcons’ defense has been excellent, led by Junior Maddox Leggett (31 tackles, 5.0 for the loss). He should provide plenty of resistance for sophomore QB Blake Barnett (659 yards, five TDs) and an Eerie run game that averages 9.0 yards per carry.

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