W ondering about the state of high school football in the area?
The locals made a pretty strong statement last week.
Of the eight BoCoPreps-area (Boulder County and slightly beyond) teams that made it to Week 11, six are still playing.
But it’s maybe not just the fact that they won that’s so impressive. It’s that for the most part all found different ways to advance in the postseason.
Name a coaching cliché, and it’s being pounded into kids’ brains this time of year at double the usual frequency. Take care of business. Dig deep. Go the extra mile. Want it more than your opponent.
Six local teams found the right combination to get victories, which is all that matters this time of year no matter the methods or flair.
Undefeated Monarch and Longmont in Class 4A cruised as expected. But while MHS bludgeoned Durango with its usual patient ground attack, Longmont came through with its big-play ability.
Broomfield turned a close game at halftime into a rout with a balanced approach.
Silver Creek in 3A had to use a last-minute scoring drive to avoid an upset, with hero Greg Reynolds atoning for a costly fumble just minutes earlier by scoring the winning touchdown.Frederick proved that guts really do matter in the playoffs by knocking off 3A No. 1 Canon City 7-6 on the road thanks to a gritty performance by its defense.
And Lyons rallied to beat an old rival without throwing a single pass.
Faced with varying challenges, all found ways to win. Of course, none of it means anything heading into this week.
Enjoy that Akron win a little too much Lyons, and No. 1 Burlington will be happy to bring you down to earth. Lose that us-against-the-world edge Frederick, and the fairy tale season will be done. Take an old rival in Broomfield for granted after beating the Eagles by 28 earlier in the season Monarch, and an early exit awaits.
And so on.
The only guarantee this week is that area prep football fans have plenty of options for getting their playoff fix, which speaks well to the state of the sport locally.
But given the moxie displayed a week ago, the hunch here is that we fans might just get a couple of more weeks of fun.
No. 7 Broomfield (9-2)
at No. 2 Monarch (11-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Warrior Stadium.
4A first round: Monarch 53, Durango 3; Broomfield 44, Cheyenne Mountain 10.
Quick hits: These two rivals meet for the second time this season, with Monarch winning 42-14 in Week 3. There is much more on the line in this quarterfinal matchup. Monarch’s defense has been suffocating all season, having not allowed more than 14 points in a game. Broomfield counter’s Monarch’s grind-it-out approach on offense with a balanced attack. All-time series is tied 5-5.
Lindenstein’s line: Monarch by 7.
No. 5 Longmont (11-0)
at No. 4 Castle View (10-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Douglas County Stadium.
4A first round: Longmont 42, Falcon 21; Castle View 35, Green Mountain 27.
Quick hits: Longmont will be looking for its second trip to the semifinals in three years, while Castle View is a relatively new school on the rise. With playmakers all over the field, Longmont’s dream season has kept rolling. Castle View has some nice wins, including over Wheat Ridge. But the lone loss to No. 1 Valor Christian was a 55-9 drubbing, showing that the run-oriented squad is vulnerable to giving up a big number.
Lindenstein’s line: Longmont by 9.
No. 3 Silver Creek (10-1)
at No. 11 Lewis-Palmer (9-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Don Breese Stadium.
3A first round: Silver Creek 28, Palmer Ridge 24; Lewis-Palmer 39, Vista Ridge 33.
Quick hits: Both teams fell in the quarterfinals a year ago. Now one will get past that step. For Silver Creek, that would mean another first in what’s already been the program’s best season ever. Both teams have prolific quarterbacks, meaning this could be a long game with plenty of passes thrown. The Raptors’ defense could prove the difference.
Lindenstein’s line: Silver Creek by 4.
No. 8 D’Evelyn (9-2)
at No. 16 Frederick (8-3)
Kickoff: 1 p.m., Al Tesone Field.
3A first round: Frederick 7, Canon City 6; D’Evelyn 40, Battle Mountain 38.
Quick hits: Frederick is riding high after knocking off 3A No. 1 Canon City. But just because this week’s opponent is seeded lower doesn’t mean the game will be easier. While the Warriors are allowing just 16 points per game, D’Evelyn is scoring 37 a week thanks to the QB duo of Cody Marvel and Caleb Flack. The Warrior defense will need another stellar performance if FHS is to play Cinderella for another week.
Lindenstein’s line: D’Evelyn by 6.
No. 4 Lyons (10-1)
at No. 1 Burlington (11-0)
Kickoff: 1 p.m., Consbruck Field.
1A quarterfinals: Lyons 15, Akron 8; Burlington 14, Wray 7.
Quick hits: The last time Lyons reached the semis they knocked off another No. 1 defending champ. That year it was Limon, which was on a state-record win streak at the time. Both teams love to run the football. Burlington is out-scoring foes 41-7. But Lyons has proven it can control the clock with an offense that didn’t have to attempt a pass in last week’s win.
Lindenstein’s line: Burlington by 7.