Class 3A, second round
(5) Erie (9-2) at (13) Durango (8-3)
Kickoff: Saturday, noon
Quick hits: Erie's reward for ousting three-time defending 3A champ Pueblo East is a 356-mile adventure to the southwestern corner of this beautiful state of ours, thanks to Durango's upset win over Canon City that automatically got DHS a home game ... It is pretty obvious there is not a lengthy history between these teams, and in fact MaxPreps.com has no record of the squads ever playing each other ... Durango is currently in the same league as Pueblo East, and the Eagles defeated the Demons 38-16 in Week 6. The team has had a good run since, outscoring opponents 214-48 in five consecutive wins ... If starting a sophomore quarterback is rare — Erie has sophomore Dion Lucero at the helm — then Durango must feel it has a gem in freshman Jordan Woolverton. He took over at QB in the Pueblo East game and has been great, throwing for 857 yards and eight touchdowns against one interception ... Junior Dawson Marcum also has seven TD rushes in the past five games ... Erie's Noah Roper went over 2,000 yards for the season this past week, as he tallied his seventh 200-plus yard performance.
Bottom line: The trip is 10 times lengthier than anything Erie has had to do this year, and there's no doubt the coaches will have time to go over a few last-minute details along the way. One of those details might be trying to figure out how to get more pressure on a young quarterback.
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