Centaurus football coach Bob Carskie said he hasn't spent too much time studying the different scenarios it's going to take for his Warriors to make it into the Class 3A playoffs next week.
The simple fact of the matter is if Centaurus doesn't beat visiting Thomas Jefferson Friday, the team has no shot.
"If I get too deep into looking into it, I'll lose focus on Thomas Jefferson," said Carskie, who has led the Warriors to a 6-3 mark this season. "Thomas Jefferson is a good football team, a real quality football team that's going to be tough to beat.
"The kids have had a great week of practice and they're all in. They know what they have to do."
While the postseason doesn't officially start for another week in Class 4A and 3A football, Centaurus and a couple of other BoCoPreps area squads are already in win-or-go-home mode.
Only 16 squads make the playoffs in those two classes and it's all dependent on wild card points. In 4A, Longmont's postseason future is secure as the Trojans enter the final week of the regular season second in wild card points and there's no chance of them missing the tournament.
As things stand, Broomfield would be on the outside looking in, currently sitting 20th in wild card points. There's a slim chance the Eagles could sneak in with a win over Silver Creek and a lot of help from teams above them getting knocked off, but last week's loss at Fort Collins really hurt their hopes of getting in.
In 3A, Holy Family is currently sitting in 7th place and looks to be a lock for a spot in the postseason, as does Mead, which is slotted one spot behind the Tigers. The Mavericks have had a remarkable season and are looking to make the playoffs for the first time in the program's six-year history.
Things are much more up in the air at Centaurus, where the Warriors are currently in 18th place, two spots out of the playoffs.
A win over visiting Thomas Jefferson is a must, and then Centaurus would need a couple teams immediately above them in the standings to go down in defeat.
The Warriors currently have 71.444 wild card points. Pueblo County is in 17th place with 71.556 and then there is a three-way tie for 13th-place with 73.33 points between Berthoud, Discovery Canyon and Pueblo Central.
Berthoud has a tough game against Roosevelt (second in wild card points), Discovery Canyon faces a 4-5 Canyon City squad and Pueblo Central battles a very good The Classical Academy team that is 10th in wild card points.
Pueblo County, meanwhile, takes on a 4-4 Battle Mountain club.
"The truth is from 10 down (in the wild card points), it's all up for grabs," Carskie said.
Prime time exposure
The Legacy and Fairview football teams found themselves in the national spotlight last week when NBC showed highlights of last Friday's game when Sunday Night Football came back from commercial during the Denver Broncos beat down of the Green Bay Packers.
The footage include Fairview running out to start the game and several shots action shots, including a touchdown pass from Legacy quarterback Matt Lynch.
Showcasing local teams in a short bump package like that is a regular feature on SNF and it was pretty cool to see two BoCo teams featured like that.
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