Even after this week, half the prep football season remains.
Yet, in the Class 1A Metro North League, the championship could be settled tonight.
Lyons (3-1) will host Resurrection Christian (3-1) in the league opener for both teams.
Considering the rest of the league — Nederland (2-2, with 12 straight defeats before winning its last two), Cornerstone Christian (1-3) and Clear Creek (0-5) — tonight’s game figures to determine who will wind up as the league champion
Coming into this game, Resurrection Christian is ranked No. 5 in Class 1A in the Denver Post media poll, while Lyons is No. 6.
The Resurrection Christian Cougars will bring a balanced attack to John “Jet” Johnson Field. Josh Mondt has thrown for 472 yards (and rushed for 146), while Taylor Dewald leads the ground game with 684 yards.
The Cougars have scored at least 42 points in every game. Their one loss was a forfeit in the opener — a game in which they defeated Denver Christian 54-6.
Lyons, meanwhile, will counter with its usual ground-first attack. Ever since a 14-11 loss to third-ranked Lutheran in the opener, the Lions have been on a roll, hitting the 50-point mark twice.
Quarterback Jordan Melani (322 rush yards, 185 pass yards) and running back Jayse Long (290 yards) lead a ground game that utilizes several different players.
In other St. Vrain area games this week …
Loveland (0-4, 0-1 in 4A Northern Conference) at Niwot (1-3, 0-2), 7 p.m. tonight at Everly-Montgomery Field: Niwot aims to get back on track after two straight losses. The Cougars will face an unusually down Loveland team, which has been outscored 155-28 and is going through the longest losing streak (five games) in coach John Poovey’s 34 years.
Longmont (5-0, 1-0 4A Northern) at Thompson Valley (0-4, 0-0), 7 p.m. tonight: The unbeaten Trojans are averaging 41.4 points per game. The winless Eagles are allowing 44.8 points per game.
Class 3A No. 5 Silver Creek (3-1) at 3A No. 4 Windsor (4-0), 7 p.m. tonight: One of the better matchups in the state this week, as two of the top teams in Class 3A duke it out.
Fort Lupton (0-4) at Erie (1-3), 7 p.m. tonight: Breaking out the orange jerseys for homecoming, the host Tigers have lost three straight and look to get healthy against the winless Bluedevils.
Frederick (3-1) at 3A No. 8 Roosevelt (4-0), 7 p.m. tonight: This is a re-match from the first round of the 2010 3A playoffs — a game won by Frederick. The Warriors, who have won two straight, look to keep the momentum going.
Skyline (1-3) at Sterling (0-4), 7 p.m. tonight: A golden opportunity for Skyline to pick up its second straight win as it travels to face the winless Tigers.
Longmont Christian (1-2, 0-1 in A-8 Man Plains Division) at A-8 Man No. 4 Caliche (2-1, 0-0), 7 p.m. tonight: A tough task for the Warriors, who have lost two in a row. Caliche’s only loss was a 13-7 defeat against a good A-11 man team (Yuma).
Mead (1-3) at Platte Canyon (0-4), 1 p.m. Saturday: Coming off their first win of the season, the Mavericks look to make it two straight against the winless Huskies, who have allowed at least 33 points in every game.
Brian Howell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.