The second round of the Class 5A football playoffs always promise marquee matchups.

But given the massive point totals that Fairview and Pomona put up in their first-round games, Friday's contest at North Area Athletic Complex could have even more fireworks than usual. In a win over No. 12 Arvada West last week, No. 5 Fairview (10-1) scored 55 points while No. 4 Pomona (9-2) hung 68 on No. 13 Poudre.

The two highest-scoring teams in this year's postseason will face off at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Fairview sophomore quarterback Aiden Atkinson will be looking to stay hot after going 19 for 24 for 348 yards and three touchdowns in the first round, as will senior running back Mariano Kemp after rushing for 124 yards and three touchdowns against Arvada West.

In Class 4A, No. 15 Broomfield (7-4) is still riding high coming off a massive shutout upset of No. 2 Windsor in last week's first round, in which quarterback Steven Croell scored four total touchdowns. Ready to take the field in the second round, the Eagles will face No. 7 Loveland (11-0) on Saturday afternoon.

Highlighting the local action in the 3A state tournament, No. 1 Mead (11-0) will host cross-town rival No. 8 Longmont (8-3) in the quarterfinals. Having taken different paths to the quarterfinals, Mead enters the game undefeated while the Trojans' eight wins include two victories over then No. 1-ranked teams.


Longmont quarterback Oakley Dehning threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns the Trojans' first-round win over Skyview while Mead running back Nathan Mackey ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns and also had a 48-yard receiving touchdown. When these two teams met on Sept. 22, Mead defeated Longmont 38-14. This will be the first time these Longmont-area programs have met in the postseason.

Elsewhere in the 3A bracket, No. 5 Erie (9-2) will travel in excess of six hours to face No. 13 Durango (8-3) in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The winner of that game, which begins at noon, will face the winner of Longmont and Mead's game in the semifinals. Behind 207 yards from running back Noah Roper, the Tigers took down defending champion Pueblo East by just one point in the first round last week.

Football playoffs

Class 5A

No. 1 Valor Christian vs. No. 8 Grandview, at Valor Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Pomona vs. No. 5 Fairview, at NAAC, Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Colulmbine vs. No. 6 Regis Jesuit, at Jeffco Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Cherry Creek vs. No. 2 Eaglecrest, at Legacy Stadium, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Class 4A

No. 1 Pine Creek vs. Nno. 8 Rampart, at District 20 Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Pueblo West vs. No. 5 Chatfield, at Cyclone Stadium, Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 14 Vista Ridge vs. No. 6 Pueblo South, at Vista Ridge HS, Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 7 Loveland vs. No. 15 Broomfield, at Broomfield HS, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Class 3A

No. 1 Mead vs. No. 8 Longmont, at Mead HS, Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 5 Erie vs. No. 13 Durango, at Durango HS, Saturday, 12 p.m.

No. 3 Roosevelt vs. No. 6 Palisade, at Roosevelt HS, Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 10 Rifle vs. No. 2 Palmer Ridge, at Rifle HS, Saturday, 1 p.m.

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