Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m., Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy
Quick hits: The greatest day of December (though some might argue that) comes Saturday with the football state championships for the big schools, and for the first time the 3A game will take place at the Air Force Academy thanks to the Palmer Ridge Booster Club ... Gates will open at 11 a.m. and fans should be prepared to enter the North Gate of the USAFA with up-to-date identification and car registration ... As for the football game, it matches a vaunted Bears passing attack against Erie's run-heavy offense. The state's second-leading quarterback is PRHS' Ty Evans (3,318 yards) while Erie counters with Colorado's leading running back, Noah Roper (2,537 yards). Both are juniors ...
Bottom line: Any given... Saturday, as it applies here, is the mindset the Erie Tigers must take against what will arguably be its toughest opponent in the two years under Chad Cooper's guidance. The Bears might get a big strike or two, and it's up to Erie to shake them off and counter with what it has done all season — run the football and rely on a great offensive line to eat up some clock.
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