This has been a tough season for the Erie football team.
During the past six seasons, the Tigers have established a winning tradition and set a high standard for themselves. Not since 2004, when they finished 2-7, have the Tigers posted a losing record. From 2005-10, they were 49-17 and have made the playoffs in each of the past five seasons.
Sitting at 4-5 (2-2 in the 3A Northern League) with one game to play, the Tigers aren’t going to the playoffs this year. But, facing a road game at Mountain View (6-3, 3-1) tonight, they still have a chance to finish on a high note.
With a win tonight — coupled with a Silver Creek win over Roosevelt — the Tigers would finish in a tie for second place in the league. They’d also hit the .500 mark and avoid that losing season.
With an offense led by junior running back Ryne Atkins (1,005 yards), the Tigers have the ability to pull the upset and spoil Mountain View’s playoff bid.
In other games this week …
No. 9 Roosevelt (8-1, 3-1 3A Northern) at No. 3 Silver Creek (8-1, 4-0), 7 p.m. tonight, at Everly-Montgomery Field: The conference title is on the line tonight when two of the state’s best meet up.
No. 6 Windsor (8-1, 4-0 3A Tri-Valley) at Frederick (8-1, 4-0), 7 p.m., Friday: The winner gets the TVL title. For Frederick, it’s a must-win so it can secure a playoff spot.
Berthoud (3-6, 0-4 3A Northern) at Skyline (1-8, 0-4), 7 p.m., Friday at Everly-Montgomery Field: Both teams have struggled throughout the season, but both have a chance to finish the season on a good note.
Niwot (2-7, 1-4 4A Northern) at No. 8 Broomfield (7-2, 4-1), 7 p.m., Friday: Broomfield is looking for momentum going into the playoffs, while Niwot is hoping to pull off an upset.
Middle Park (6-3, 2-2 2A Flatirons) at Mead (2-7, 1-3), 7 p.m., Friday: Middle Park was ranked until a loss last week, so Mead faces a tough task in the season finale. But, the Mavericks have momentum from a big win last week.
No. 13 Peyton (6-3) at No. 4 Lyons (8-1), 1 p.m., Saturday: The Lions open the Class 1A playoffs against a Peyton team that has lost two in a row. Lyons has won eight straight.
Brian Howell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.