When the Colorado High School Activities Association released the 2016 postseason brackets for football, it wasn't hard to locate teams from the BoCoPreps.com area.
With a total of nine local teams cracking the playoff brackets in the first year of the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) era, the Boulder County area will be well-represented this weekend when the state's best teams begin to square off. Particularly in the Class 3A bracket, where area teams make up five of the 16 teams, the northern Colorado area will certainly make its mark on way or another.
"It's crazy," Mead head coach Jason Klatt said. "I don't know what's going on in our area but it's just every team. It speaks highly of the St. Vrain School District and the quality of people they hire. It's great for northern Colorado and the community."
On Saturday, the 11th-seeded Mead Mavericks will hit the road to face sixth-seeded Palmer Ridge in search of their program's first playoff win. When the playoffs start on Friday, the Mavericks will be joined by a pair of conference opponents in seventh-seeded Holy Family and 15th-seeded Erie.
"Any time you have a schedule like we had and to come out of that schedule at 7-3 is just a real positive thing for our kids," Klatt said. "Our league is incredibly difficult and when you play the guys that we did, we're really proud of the kids for the 10-game stretch. It's one thing to do what we did for a week or two but to play the way we did in our league week-in and week-out says a lot about the character our boys have."
Erie will hit the road to face two-time defending champion Pueblo East on Friday. Holy Family earned the right to play at home and will host No. 10 Rifle on Saturday.
Also in the 3A bracket, the 3A Northern League is expected to make its mark as well. Resurgent Silver Creek won the Northern League title and will enter the playoff field as the No. 5 seed, playing host to No. 12 Durango. Perennial 4A power Longmont will enter the fold as the No. 13 seed and will travel to face No. 4 Lewis-Palmer.
In Class 5A, Fairview finished third in a tough Mt. Cameron League and enters the playoffs as the No. 13 seed with a first-round matchup against No. 4 Regis Jesuit. On the other side of the bracket, No. 11 Legacy will take on No. 6 Grandview in the first round.
After winning the 4A Longs Peak League, Broomfield comes into the postseason as the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Heritage in the first round. Monarch won the 4A Northern League and as the No. 7 seed will host No. 10 Fruita Monument.
(13) Fairview at (4) Regis Jesuit, 7 p.m. on Friday
(11) Legacy at (6) Grandview, 7:30 p.m. on Friday
(12) Heritage at (5) Broomfield, noon on Saturday
(10) Fruita Monument at (7) Monarch, 1 p.m. on Saturday
(13) Longmont at (4) Lewis-Palmer, 7 p.m. on Friday
(12) Durango at (5) Silver Creek, 11 a.m. on Saturday
(11) Mead at (6) Palmer Ridge, 1 p.m. on Saturday
(10) Rifle at (7) Holy Family, 1 p.m. on Saturday
(15) Erie at (2) Pueblo East, 7 p.m. on Friday