No. 2 Cherokee Creek (4-1) vs. No. 8 Cherokee Trail (4-1)
when and where: Friday at 7 pm at Legacy Stadium
last meeting: Cherry Creek 49, at Cherokee Trail 7, October 16, 2020
The two-time defending 5A champion Bruins played the Open League against a Cougar team riding a three-game win streak. The Bruins have won 26 straight against Colorado teams and five in a row versus CT. Creek’s strong defense would be challenged by a Cougar attack anchored by CU-bound tackle Travis Gray and a series of weapons that included QB Logan Brooke (1,242 passing yards, 16 TD), WR Jack Pierce (31 receptions, 506 yards) and RB Ciaran. Hyslop (97 carries, 639 yards).
No. 3 Columbine (4-1) vs. Arvada West (4-1)
when and where: Friday at 7 PM at NAAC Stadium
last meeting: Columbine 34, vs A-West 10, October 16, 2020
A resurgent Wildcats program gets another crack two weeks after hanging at the half with No. 2 Cherry Creek, one of the top 5A teams in the state. A-West’s 21 points in that 53–21 loss were the most scored in 14 games against the Bruins. While Columbine’s defense is not as impressive, the rebels have once again joined the 5A elite. His only loss of the season came last week to top-ranked Valor Christian (35-21), and it was a one-off affair entering the fourth quarter.
No. 4 Ralston Valley (5-0) vs Mullen (2-3)
when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. at De La Salle Stadium
last meeting: Ralston Valley 21, vs. Mullen 3, October 15, 2020
Don’t let Mullen’s record fool you. No team in the state has played a more difficult schedule than this. The private school Mustangs face four of the top eight teams in the current CHSAANow.com 5A poll, beating one (Number 7 Legend). Things are not easy with Ralston Valley. The public school Mustangs have only allowed 9.2 points per game over the course of five weeks – an effort they will need to repeat as they start the 5A JEFCO League gauntlet.
4a No. 2 Pine Creek (5-0) vs No. 7 Legend (4-1)
when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. at Ecopark Stadium
last meeting: Legend 21, vs. Pine Creek 20, November 7, 2020
The Eagles began playing a classification in league play last fall, and paid the price with a heart-wrenching defeat to the Legends that began a three straight losing streak to end the previous season. They now return to the scene with a red-hot QB (Josiah Roy, 1,177 yards total) and defense, which has more tackles for damage (57) than for allowed points (49). Bryce Vaz (101 carries, 700 yards, nine TD) The trailing legend should expect considerable resistance.
No. 4 Montrose (5-0) vs No. 1 Palmer Ridge (5-0)
when and where: Friday at 6 p.m. at Don Breeze Stadium
last meeting: Palmer Ridge 42, vs Montrose 20, October 30, 2020
The top-ranked beers are facing the toughest test ever, with Indians set to visit the monument. Montrose has one of its five opponents on touchdowns or less, which should make for an interesting matchup against a bear offense that averages 40.8 points and over 200 with three pass catchers for 446 yards per game. More yards is received in Anthony Costanzo (15-246), Aiden Snow (6-258) and Casey Faccarrell (20-269).
Bear Creek (4-1) vs. No. 3 Dakota Ridge (5-0)
when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. at JEFCO Stadium
last meeting: Dakota Ridge 48, at Bear Creek 14, October 15, 2020
Since surviving a slugfest in Jacksonville, Fla. (23-20 on the First Coast), the Eagles have been a force of nature, knocking out teams 187-36 in four games. Junior RB Noah Triplett has a total of 740 yards and 15 TDs, while senior QB Adam Graves has 817 yards and 10 TDs on his 48-in-75 passing. The Bears, who have an explosive attack of their own led by QB Jaden Minter (1197 passing yards), must match Dakota Ridge’s fireworks to stand a chance.
No. 8 Eagle Valley (3-0) vs No. 5 Frederick (3-0)
when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. at Frederick High
last meeting: Eagle Valley 14, vs Frederick 8, November 7, 2020
Eagle Valley has come a long way from a winless 2017, with first-year coach John Davis guiding the Devils to a pair of overtime wins and their best three-game start in seven years. Now comes a date with the fifth-ranked Warriors, who have been impressive in outscoring opponents 152–41 so far this season, but have played only once in the past three weeks (53–12 over Palmer).
George Washington (3-1) vs No. 7 Evergreen (4-0)
when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. Evergreen High
last meeting: Evergreen 59, 36 at George Washington, October 12, 2019
The Patriots carry the DPS banner in their final non-conference game of the season, fresh from a dramatic 41-34 victory at Monarch. Junior RB Selous Honeycutt is a big play waiting to happen with a touchdown run of 91 yards and an average of 11.1 yards per carry (47-522). Running room will likely be hard to come by against an evergreen defense that has allowed just 22 points through four games and has dropped the ball carrier for 29 losses this season.