No. 1 Valor Christian (6-0) vs Castle View (5-1)
when and where: Friday at 6 p.m. at Douglas County Stadium
last meeting: Valor 63, vs Castle View 21, October 30, 2020
Eyeing their second straight unbeaten regular season, Valor have two teams with winning records remaining on the schedule – Castle View and Thunderridge (Week 10). The Sabercats came back from their lone loss of the season (16–0 to rival Douglas County in Week 4) with back-to-back victories. The two-headed running back tandem of Mark Weisbecker (83 carries, 522 yards) and Joe Ursetta (74-544) have been dominant for Castle View, but can they find the hole against a Valor defense that pays for damage per Makes about several tackles on average. The game (5.2) as it allows points (7.83)?
No. 4 Grandview (5-1) vs. No. 2 Cherry Creek (5-1)
when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. at Stuttler Bowl
last meeting: Creek 37, vs. Grandview 0, October 22, 2020
The Bruins’ regular-season gauntlet continues with their third-ranked rival in as many weeks – and the fifth straight team is currently sporting a winning record. Despite that tough schedule, no team in the state has played the Creek to within 20 points this fall. Junior quarterback Christian Hammond replaced older brother, Julian, at the head of Creek’s balanced offense (921 yards, 907 runs). A Grandview defense that has shown a penchant for big plays (45 TfL, seven turnovers) will have their hands full.
No. 5 Regis Jesuit (4-2) vs No. 6 Legend (5-1)
when and where: Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ecopark Stadium
last meeting: legend 31, at Regis 7, October 23, 2020
The title of 5A/4A South League can probably be achieved in this. While the Raiders have two losses, they came in 5A against teams ranked first and second. Regis outplayed four of his other opponents 185–59, with Junior Xander Carroll (1,125 total yards, 10 TD passings, no interceptions) emerging as a skilled double-threat QB. Legend 4A No. 3 coming off a down-to-the-wire victory over Pine Creek. The trio of QB Colton Warner (1,050 pass yards, 11 TD), RB Bryce Vaz (791 rush yards, 11 TD) and WR Jackson Brush (434 receiving yards, 7 TD) are formidable.
No. 10 Douglas County (6-0) vs. 4A No. 3 Pine Creek (5-1)
when and where: Saturday at 6 pm at District 20 Stadium
last meeting: First meeting
In another 5A/4A South showdown, an unbeaten Douglas County Eagles look to get their best start in 15 years. The way the defense has played over the past three weeks – 15 points allowed, 13 TFLs, six turnovers – the Husky promises a tough out. However, most of the focus will be on the quarterback. The game features two of the most dynamic double-threat QBs in the state, between Pine Creek’s Josiah Roy (1,431 total yards) and Douglas County’s Antwuan Jackson Jr. (1,438).
No. 5 Palmer Ridge (5-1) vs No. 8 Ponderosa (5-1)
when and where: Friday at 7 pm at Ecopark Stadium
last meeting: First meeting
A week after Montrose knocked out their top-order perch, Palmer Ridge faces a Ponderosa event that has come under fire since losing its opening game of the season. RB Zachary Pekarek has amassed 100 yards running in three of the last four games, new QB Andrew Heidel has a touchdown pass in five straight wins and the defense has dropped a TD in his final eight quarters. . The latter will be tested by sophomore QB Derek Hester (1,322 pass yards, 15 TD) and Bear’s array of weapons.
No. 6 Loveland (5-1) vs Skyline (4-2)
when and where: Saturday at 1 p.m. at Everly Montgomery Field
last meeting: Loveland 27, vs Skyline 26 (OT), November 12, 2020
It could be argued that the game decided the 4A champion to fall last. The Red Wolves held on in overtime, the Falcons missed the brief 4A bracket, and no one came close to defeating Loveland the rest of the way. Many names have changed since then, but it remains a huge opportunity for Skyline, who Arie captured two weeks ago (49-0) and could use that boost to give Loveland a chance after 2019. Se 4A would come up with a handing his first loss against the competition.
No. 2 Mead (4-0) vs. No. 1 Roosevelt (5-0)
when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. at Peterson Field
last meeting: Roosevelt 21, vs. Mead 20 (OT), October 16, 2020
A matchup of the two top-ranked teams in 3A should produce another instant classic. Last year’s meeting came down to a failed two-point conversion for the Mavericks, who never got a rematch in the 3A playoffs due to a COVID forfeiture. Both teams have played nothing but this fall. Roosevelt is riding a streak of four straight shutouts, while Mead’s defense has surrendered just 15 points through four games. Expect a white knuckle in Jonestown.
No. 3 Lutheran (5-0) vs No. 7 Evergreen (5-0)
when and where: Friday at 7 p.m. Evergreen High
last meeting: Evergreen 51, Lutheran 17, October 13, 2017
Another matchup of 3A heavyweights pits a Lions team that has beaten all five of its opponents by at least 21 points and the Evergreen squad has nothing but a resumption to make of it. Lutheran senior QB Clayton Jacobs is on the verge of his second straight 1,000-yard passing season, and the Lions’ run is a big part of the game that is already for 1,194 yards. Cougar QB Tommy Poholsky, on the other hand, has thrown 539 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the last two games.