Brighton (2-1) at Boulder (2-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Recht Field.
Last week: Poudre 45, Boulder 7; Brighton 28, Rocky Mountain 18.
Quick hits: Boulder could use a win in a big way with a nasty league slate beginning next week. The question will be whether the Panthers can shake off last week’s defeat — not to mention plenty of injuries. … The Panthers will need to be clean up the turnovers after committing five last week in the absence of injured starting quarterback T.J. Patterson. … Brighton is a program that struggled at the 4A level last season but has held its own in a move up to 5A this fall.
Lindenstein’s line: Boulder by 2.
Fort Collins (0-3) at Legacy (1-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., North Stadium.
Last week: Chaparral 38, Legacy 10; Arapahoe 38, Fort Collins 10.
Quick hits: Both teams have been bruised and battered by nasty schedules so far. … Legacy lost quarterback Patrick Medina to a knee injury early in last week’s game. But Steven Yoshihara filled in to throw for 275 yards and a touchdown. And running back Phydell Paris has rushed for 372 yards so far this season, leaving the Lightning with some weapons on offense.
Lindenstein’s line: Legacy by 9.
Greeley West (1-2, 0-0) at Niwot (0-3, 0-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Everly-Montgomery Field.
Last week: Monarch 53, Niwot 19; Mountain Range 49, Greeley West 14.
Quick hits: Northern League play is no place to try and learn how to win, but it’s the task Niwot faces. If ever there was a time to catch Greeley West questioning itself, this might be it, though, after the Spartans suffered a drubbing against Mountain Range last week. … David Eddy’s 326 rushing yards lead the Greeley West attack.
Lindenstein’s line: Greeley West by 11.
Lakewood (2-1) at Fairview (3-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Recht Field.
Last week: Fairview 45, Rangeview 26; Pomona 48, Lakewood 28.
Quick hits: Fairview is ranked in the Denver Post media and coaches poll for the first time this season, checking in at No. 10 this week. … Lakewood was last year’s postseason surprise, advancing all the way to the 5A title game before losing to Columbine. … The Tigers lost several starters, but feature some talent nonetheless. Taz Arguello leads a balanced rushing attack with 220 yards on the season. Wyoming offensive tackle recruit Taylor Knestis (6-5, 280) helps pave the way.
Lindenstein’s line: Fairview by 6.
Kennedy (1-2) at Monarch (2-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Warrior Stadium.
Last week: Monarch 53, Niwot 12; Pueblo Centennial 56, Kennedy 8.
Quick hits: Kennedy made a nice run in Class 3A the last two years but has struggled in its bump back up to 4A. Monarch figures to provide no relief. The Coyotes are surrendering just 10 points per game.
Lindenstein’s line: Monarch by 42.
Littleton (0-4) at Broomfield (2-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
Last week: Broomfield 34, Loveland 3; Wheat Ridge 54, Littleton 0.
Quick hits: This should be a week to heal after Broomfield saw top running backs Ryan McCulley and D.J. Zissimos go down with injuries. … It’s homecoming, and Broomfield will be honoring its class of 1962, the first to graduate from the school. No word on whether any of the first alumni will be called in for fourth-quarter mop-up duty.
Lindenstein’s line: Broomfield by 39.
Longmont (1-2, 0-0) at Mountain View (3-0, 0-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Ray Patterson Field.
Last week: Westminster 38, Longmont 30; Mountain View 46, Weld Central 13.
Quick hits: The margin for error has grown slim for a Longmont squad ranked second to start the season. But make no mistake. The Trojans remain a favorite in the 4A Northern League. … Mountain View has moved back up to 4A and is off to a solid start, though this will be the Mountain Lions’ first true test. So far they’ve beaten two 3A schools and a 2A squad. … Jeremiah Clymer paces a balanced offense with 395 yards rushing.
Lindenstein’s line: Longmont by 12.
Holy Family (3-0) at Silver Creek (3-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Everly-Montgomery Field.
Last week: Holy Family 42, Mead 20; Silver Creek 35, Summit 0.
Quick hits: It’s Class 3A No. 3 (Silver Creek) vs. No. 4 (Holy Family) in a matchup that makes the winner an instant state title contender. … Silver Creek quarterback Ben Sjobakken and Holy Family QB David Sommers have combined for 1,539 yards of total offense so far through three weeks.
Lindenstein’s line: Silver Creek by 2.
Mead (1-2) at Erie (3-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Tigers Stadium.
Last week: Holy Family 42, Mead 20; Erie 34, Skyline 17.
Quick hits: After a pair of easy wins, Erie got a gauge on its resilience last week in a come-from-behind victory over Skyline. … The Tigers are ranked eighth in 3A, and a win here sets up a showdown at No. 9 Northridge next week. … Mead proved tough last week in hanging with Holy Family early. This week gets no easier, though a couple of winnable games follow.
Lindenstein’s line: Erie by 16.
Skyline (1-2) at Fort Morgan (1-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Legion Field.
Last week: Erie 34, Skyline 17; Thompson Valley 24, Fort Morgan 14.
Quick hits: Skyline’s success this week could hinge on whether the Falcons have the services of quarterback Garret Angstead, who left last week’s game injured at halftime with the Falcons leading 17-6. … Fort Morgan’s two losses came against 2A No. 4 Brush and 4A Thompson Valley, which also beat two weeks ago, 34-14.
Lindenstein’s line: Fort Morgan by 4.
Frederick (2-1) at Roosevelt (1-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Peterson Field.
Last week: Frederick 41, Berthoud 14; Roosevelt 50, Centaurus 20.
Quick hits: The last two years have been a revenge tour of sorts for Frederick as the Warriors rose to prominence after years of struggles. But one team they’re still seeking some payback with is Roosevelt, which has outscored Frederick 110-29 over the past four years. … The Roughriders lost a pair of close games early to Eaton and 4A Loveland. … Frederick rebounded in a big way last week after a tough road loss to Pueblo East.
Lindenstein’s line: Frederick by 3.
Lyons (2-1, 1-0) at Clear Creek (2-1, 1-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Golddiggers Stadium.
Last week: Lyons 41, Estes Park 12; Clear Creek 38, Nederland 0.
Quick hits: Quarterback Logan Watson and running back Justin Boldt have proven a solid 1-2 rushing punch for Lyons, combining for more than 200 yards on the ground last week. But what in the past has been a sure victory for Lyons is now a Clear Creek squad looking like it might have the goods to make some waves in 1A Metro League play. We’ll find out this week.
Lindenstein’s line: Lyons by 7.
Rocky Mountain Lutheran (0-4, 0-0) at Longmont Christian (0-3, 0-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Sandstone Ranch Park.
Last week: Vail Christian 58, Longmont Christian 16; Hayden 48, Rocky Mountain Lutheran 6.
Quick hits: It’s been nothing but struggles for both teams so far this season, but both have the opportunity to get off to a solid start in I-25 Division play in this one. The division is a combined 0-14 to start the season, so the top spot is anyone’s to grab.
Lindenstein’s line: Longmont Christian by 6.
Centaurus (0-3) at Northridge (3-0)
Kickoff: 1 p.m., District 6 Stadium.
Last week: Roosevelt 50, Centaurus 20; Northridge 28, Evergreen 24.
Quick hits: Class 3A ninth-ranked Northridge is on fire to start after going 1-9 a year ago. The Grizzlies are experienced and already own two wins over palyoff teams from a year ago — Evergreen and Lewis-Palmer. Quarterback Robert Fulton has thrown fo 933 yards and eight touchdowns. … Centaurus has enjoyed flashes of success early but have committed to many mistakes to overcome.
Lindenstein’s line: Northridge by 12.
Platte Canyon (3-0, 1-0) at Nederland (0-3, 0-1)
Kickoff: 1 p.m., Nederland HS.
Last week: Clear Creek 38, Nederland 0; Platte Canyon 42, Front Range Christian 6.
Quick hits: Platte Canyon, a former 2A power, has dropped down this season and is looking like a playoff team — if not 1A Metro League favorite. … This game should go quickly as both teams like to run the ball. Platte Canyon already owns 1,076 rushing yards this season. … A lack of bodies has added up to a tough go so far for Nederland.
Lindenstein’s line: Platte Canyon by 20.