NO. 1 PUEBLO WEST (12-0) AT NO. 5 MONARCH (11-1)
Kickoff -- 1 p.m. Saturday, Warrior Stadium.
Road to the 4A semifinals -- Monarch: def. No. 12 Falcon 24-14; def. No. 4 Vista Ridge 28-21; Pueblo West: def. No. 16 Loveland 35-10; def. No. 8 Windsor 50-27.
Players to know -- Monarch: Running backs Ethan Marks (No. 7) and Kidd Soole (No. 34) lead the way for the methodical Coyotes rushing attack. Linebacker Colin Hart (No. 24), meanwhile, helps anchor the defense. Pueblo West: Running back Derek Jackson (No. 4) has piled up 3,149 rushing yards, just 267 shy of the all-time state record.
Quick hits -- This is a rematch of the 2007 4A state title game won by Pueblo West. ... Monarch is trying to reach the title game for the third time in program history. The Coyotes were state champions in 2002. ... Monarch is outscoring foes by an average of 36-11, while Pueblo West is doing so at a 39-18 clip. ... Monarch has won 10 games in a row since a Week 2 loss to Wheat Ridge, 12-7. ... Seeing fewer than 10 passes total in this game wouldn't be surprising given that both teams rely almost exclusively on the run game. ... The winner faces either No. 3 Denver South or No. 10 Mesa Ridge in the championship game on Dec. 1 at Sports Authority Field in Denver.
Lindenstein's line -- Monarch by 4.
NO. 10 SILVER CREEK (10-2) AT NO. 6 CONIFER (10-2)
Kickoff -- 1 p.m., Trailblazer Stadium.
Road to the 3A semifinals -- Silver Creek: def. No. 7 Elizabeth 33-14; def. No. 15 Pueblo Central 27-12; Conifer: def. No. 11 Northridge 38-31; def. No. 14 Eagle Valley 16-10.
Players to know -- Silver Creek: Quarterback Ben Sjobakken (No. 7) has thrown for 2,298 yards, while running back Josh Quiroz (No. 22) offers up just enough balance. Linebacker Andre Apodaca (No. 5) has piled up 137 tackles. Conifer: Juniors Matthew McClintock (No. 27) and AJ Eleniewski (No. 1) have both eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. Senior Drake Weber (No. 42) has 14 sacks.
Quick hits -- Silver Creek is trying to reach the state title game for the second year in a row. The Raptors lost to Windsor in last year's championship matchup 14-7. ... Conifer won the 3A Metro-West League title and has won five games in a row since a 38-7 road loss to No. 1 Rifle on Oct. 12. The Lobos' only other loss this season came to Evergreen. ... Silver Creek is outscoring foes by an average of 30-12 this season, while Conifer is doing so by an averae of 35-17. ... The winner of this game faces either No. 1 Rifle or No. 5 Pueblo East in the 3A championship game at Legacy Stadium in Aurora on Dec. 1.
Lindenstein's line -- Silver Creek by 2.
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