MEAD — The four teams remaining in this year's Class 3A playoff bracket are Discovery Canyon, Silver Creek, Pueblo East and Mead.
One of those teams stands out a bit from the others: the Mead Mavericks.
Discovery Canyon is the No. 1 overall seed, Pueblo East has won the past two state championships and Silver Creek appeared in three state title games from 2011-13 and is currently undefeated. The Mead Mavericks picked up their young school's first playoff win a little over a week ago.
The Mavericks' resume doesn't boast the type of recent postseason success as the others. But the program has come a long way since it re-emerged in 2010, and have played their way into the Final Four and they are itching to prove that they belong.
"It's crazy. It's crazy," Mavericks head coach Jason Klatt said after Saturday's quarterfinal win. "There are times when my dad and I look back and we think about being on this field with 30 kids total and four coaches. Where we've come from that point is just insane. It's a credit to the administration here, our school, the kids, the community and it's a credit to everybody involved in what we're doing."
While they are the newcomers, the 11th-seeded Mavericks (9-3) find themselves in an enviable position. For their first time playing in the state semifinals, against the two-time defending champions no less, they will be playing at home. With that advantage, the Mavericks hope they can tap into the same home-crowd energy that helped them win 44-40 against No. 3 Palisade in the quarterfinals.
"We're going to be the 11th seed every game," Klatt said. "But we have a small-town atmosphere here at Mead and a great crowd. It's awesome and it really helps us a lot. It's huge for us because we love our crowd. It's a big deal."
The Mavericks will host No. 2 Pueblo East (11-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Also at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the fifth-seeded Silver Creek Raptors (12-0) will travel to face No. 1 Discovery Canyon (12-0). The Raptors defeated fourth-seeded Lewis-Palmer 28-27 in the quarterfinals.
It hasn't exactly been a long wait, but the Broomfield football team is back in the 4A state playoff semifinals. Seeded fifth, they Eagles (10-2) will host No. 8 Windsor (9-3) at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The last time the Eagles reached the semifinals, they lost 21-14 to Longmont in 2014.
Class 4A semifinals
No. 8 Windsor at No. 5 Broomfield, Saturday, 1 p.m. at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium
No. 3 Pine Creek at Non. 2 Chatfield, Saturday, 1 p.m. at Jeffco Stadium
Class 3A semifinal
No. 5 Silver Creek at No. 1 Discovery Canyon, Saturday, 1 p.m. at District 20 Stadium
No. 2 Pueblo East at No. 11 Mead, Saturday, 1 p.m. at Mead High School