We've reached the time of every fall when every game is a playoff game, or in the case of the final week of the football regular season, has significant postseason implications.
While boys soccer, gymnastics and volleyball playoffs are in full swing, football teams across the state battle to end the season among the top 16 football teams in terms of RPI, which would qualify them for the playoffs. Of course, several BoCoPreps.com area teams have hugely important games this week.
Here's a look at some of the action coming up over the next several days.
Class 5A/4A/3A state tournaments
The quarterfinal round of the state championships are on deck for the weekend and a number of local teams remain alive. Quarterfinals for all three classifications will be on Saturday.
Longmont at Fort Morgan, Friday, 7 p.m.
This game could end up dictating the postseason fates of both teams. The Longmont Trojans (6-3) are currently 14th in the RPI standings, but could very well fall out of the top 16 with a loss. That's what Fort Morgan (6-3) is counting on, as it sits at 18th and a win over Longmont could be exactly what the Mustangs need to crack the playoff bracket.
Erie at Frederick, Friday, 7 p.m.
At No. 6 in the Class 3A RPI, Erie (7-2) looks to be safely in the postseason. But Frederick (6-3), on the other hand, is right on the bubble entering the final week. Scenarios exist in which the Warriors could lose and still make it in, but they would be dependent on other teams losing. An upset victory would likely guarantee the Warriors their first posteason berth since 2013.
Roosevelt at Holy Family, Friday, 7 p.m.
A season that began with such promise has since gone off the rails for the Holy Family Tigers. But there's still a chance it can be saved. At No. 21 in the RPI standings, the Tigers (4-5) would need a win over the Roughriders (7-2) and probably a little help from some other teams to jump up into the top 16.
Broomfield at Brighton, Friday, 7 p.m.
At No. 20 in the RPI standings, the Broomfield Eagles (5-4) enter the final week of the regular season as longshots to end up among the top 16 teams in 4A. But a win over a higher-RPI team would keep the Eagles' hopes alive. Realistically, a number of other dominoes would have to fall for the Eagles to jump four spots, but a loss on Friday would certainly seal their fate.
Class 5A/4A state championships, Thursday-Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Niwot will be competing in the 4A state meet, which begins with preliminaries on Thursday at Thornton High School. On Friday, it will be Broomfield and the rest of the 5A teams' turn to take center stage. Finals for both classifications will be held on Saturday afternoon and both local teams are expecting to leave with plenty of hardware.
The volleyball playoffs are here and they begin with the regional round on Friday. Niwot, Holy Family, Longmont and Lyons have earned the right to host regional tournaments. Boulder, Legacy, Holy Family, Niwot, Longmont, Lyons and Dawson will all play on Friday. Broomfield, Fairview, Erie, Peak to Peak and Prospect Ridge will play on Saturday. The twelve regional champions in each classification will advance to the state tournament.