Class 5A, second round
Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m., North Area Athletic Complex (19500 W. 64th Parkway, Arvada)
Quick hits: First off, one has to tip their cap to Panthers head coach Jay Madden and Fairview head coach Tom McCartney for having their football programs among the perennial contenders in Class 5A. Now, for the first time since 2013, the two longtime coaches will get a chance to face each other after each team won their first-round game rather handily ... Fairview's complete effort against Arvada West in the first round included 513 total yards (348 passing, 165 rushing), and the Knights were ahead 38-7 by halftime at Recht Field ... Aidan Atkinson completed 19 of his 24 attempts, his best completion rate of the season with at least 20 attempts. He also went over 3,000 yards ...
Bottom line: Pomona has been to the past two state title games, and its balance is something that has kept it unpredictable for the last few seasons. Fairview's ability to grind out a few drives might make a big difference.
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