No. 5 Monarch (12-1) vs. No. 3 Denver South (12-1)
Kickoff -- 11 a.m. Saturday, Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
Road to the final -- Monarch: def. No. 12 Falcon 24-14; def. No. 4 Vista Ridge 28-21; def. No. 1 Pueblo West 14-6. Denver South: def. No. 14 Standley Lake 26-21; def. No. 6 Wheat Ridge, 27-14; def. No. 10 Mesa Ridge 38-22.
Players to know -- Monarch: Running backs Ethan Marks (No. 7) Kidd Soole (34) spearhead the Coyote rushing attack, while linebacker Colin Hart (24) and lineman Jon Sanders (51) help lead the defense. Denver South: Quarterback Malik Tollerson (6) has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards, while running back Pete Williams (28) has balanced things out with 1,474 yards rushing. Cameron French (2) has made 13 interceptions.
Quick hits -- The two teams have never met in football, though have several common opponents this season. Both beat Standley Lake, Montbello and Kennedy. Monarch beat Broomfield, while Denver South lost to the Eagles. But Denver South has twice beaten Wheat Ridge, the only squad to top Monarch this season. ... Williams' big season has come in the wake of Colorado Buffaloes recruit Phillip Lindsay suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 3. ... Should Monarch win, it will do so exactly 10 years and one day after winning its first state title, a 42-35 win over Golden in 2002. ... Denver South's lone football title came in 1958, a 7-6 triumph over Pueblo Central. ... Denver South is champion of the Plains League, while Monarch won the 4A Mountain League. ... Monarch is outscoring foes by an average of 35-10, Denver South by an average of 38-15.
Lindenstein's line -- Monarch by 9.
No. 10 Silver Creek (11-2) vs. No. 1 Rifle (13-0)
Kickoff -- 1 p.m. Saturday, Legacy Stadium in Aurora.
Road to the final -- Silver Creek: def. No. 7 Elizabeth 33-14; def. No. 15 Pueblo Central 27-12; def. No. 6 Conifer 24-7. Rifle: def. No. 16 Erie 42-0; def. No. 8 Roosevelt 48-34; def. No. 5 Pueblo East 56-6.
Players to know -- Silver Creek: Quarterback Ben Sjobakken (No. 7) has thrown for 2,452 yards and 24 touchdowns, while running back Josh Quiroz (22) has 1,231 yards rushing and 11 scores to lead the offense. Linebacker Andre Apodaca (5) and his 144 tackles lead the defense. Rifle: Ryan Moeller (5) has piled up 2,857 yards and 41 touchdowns rushing, while Kellin Leigh (22) complements him with 1,057 yards of his own. Cody Beuaford (53) leads the defense with 122 tackles.
Quick hits -- Silver Creek is trying for its first football championship in school history after a runner-up finish last year. Rifle won titles in 1961, 1973 and 2004. ... The two teams have faced two common opponents this season. Rifle topped Roosevelt 48-34 and Conifer 38-7, while Silver Creek beat Conifer 24-7 but lost to Roosevelt 21-14. ... In addition to his gaudy rushing numbers, Moeller has also intercepted eight passes on defense and is third on the team in tackles. ... Rifle won the Western Slope League. Silver Creek finished in a three-way tie for second in the Tri-Valley. ... Rifle is outscoring foes by an average of 45-6, while Silver Creek is doing so at a 30-12 clip. ... Silver Creek, which opened in 2001, boasts state titles in boys golf (2011), girls soccer (2008) and boys swimming (2008).
Lindenstein's line -- Rifle by 11.
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