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THURSDAY’S GAME


Legacy (2-3, 1-0) at Pomona (4-1, 1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., North Area Athletic Complex.

Last week: Legacy 38, Arvada West 21; Pomona 51, Boulder 7.

Quick hits: Legacy gained traction next week with a much-needed victory. Capitalizing on it won’t be easy. Three of the Lightning’s final four games are on the road against Pomona, Fairview and Ralston Valley. … Pomona, ranked second in the Denver Post media and coaches poll, got back on track last week after a loss to top-ranked Chaparral. The Panthers will need to be careful not to peek ahead to next week’s clash with Ralston Valley that could decide the league title.

Lindenstein’s line: Pomona by 16.





FRIDAY’S GAMES


Fairview (3-2, 0-1) at Arvada West (1-4, 0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., North Area Athletic Complex.

Last week: Ralston Valley 57, Fairview 14; Legacy 38, Arvada West 21.

Quick hits: Despite allowing 108 points over the past two weeks, the Knights still have plenty of winnable games remaining. Say, 6-3 and a home game in the first round of the playoffs aren’t out of the question. But FHS can ill-afford to lose this one to make it happen. … Arvada West has played some solid teams like Overland and Chatfield tough behind a solid rushing attack. But after a 2009 state semifinal appearance, the Wildcats have fallen on tough times, going 4-6 in 2010 and 2-8 in 2011.

Lindenstein’s line: Fairview by 8.


Ralston Valley (4-1, 1-0) at Boulder (2-3, 0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Recht Field.

Last week: Pomona 51, Boulder 7; Ralston Valley 57, Fairview 14.

Quick hits: Some luck. Boulder expects to be close to full strength next week after a spate of injuries and other issues. But for the second week in a row the Panthers figure to face the North Metro League’s best with a depleted lineup. … Fifth-ranked Ralston Valley brings 6-10, 285-pound Tennessee offensive line recruit Dan Skipper to town and boasts great balance. The Mustangs have rushed for 899 yards on the season, while junior quarterback Jacob Knipp has completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,324 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Lindenstein’s line: Ralston Valley by 20.


Mountain View (4-1, 1-1) at Niwot (2-3, 2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Everly-Montgomery Field.

Last week: Niwot 22, Loveland 19; Mountain View 40, Greeley Central 6.

Quick hits: Niwot is flying high after opening Northern League play with wins over Greeley West and Loveland. … After surrendering 131 points in three games to start the season, the Niwot defense has buckled down and allowed only 29 in the last two weeks. … Mountain View is off to a strong start after moving up from Class 3A. But the Mountain Lions are still a bit of an unknown with only one of their wins coming against 4A competition. QB Adam Baumann has thrown for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Lindenstein’s line: Niwot by 3.


Longmont (2-3, 1-1) at Th. Valley (3-2, 1-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Ray Patterson Field.

Last week: Windsor 27, Longmont 17; Thompson Valley 10, Greeley West 7.

Quick hits: Thompson Valley could be 4-1 if not for a Week 1 forfeit to Golden for using an ineligible player. … Longmont is in a tough spot after entering the season as a league favorite. But the toughest part of the schedule is behind the Trojans, and ending the season with a five-game win streak is within reach if they can right the ship here.

Lindenstein’s line: Longmont by 17.


Silver Creek (5-0, 0-0) at Northridge (5-0, 0-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., District 6 Stadium.

Last week: Silver Creek 24, Frederick 0; Northridge 42, Erie 28.

Quick hits: Unless another team enjoys a major second-half surge, the Tri-Valley League opener for both of these teams will decide the conference crown. … Silver Creek enters ranked third in Class 3A and Northridge is sixth. … While balance has been the name of the game for Silver Creek, Northridge’s offense is carried by the 1,478 passing yards of quarterback Robert Fulton. … Northridge is well-versed in close games, winning all five of its contests by 14 or fewer points. … Northridge is playing its fifth home game in a row.

Lindenstein’s line: Silver Creek by 4.


Roosevelt (1-4, 0-0) at Skyline (2-3, 0-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Mead HS.

Last week: Skyline 34, Centaurus 9; Elizabeth 20, Roosevelt 10.

Quick hits: Both teams no doubt enter Tri Valley play hoping to be the team that can maybe upset Northridge or Silver Creek. Skyline has quarterback Garret Angstead back and rolled last week with him in the lineup. … Roosevelt’s record is rough but the RoughRiders have played a solid schedule that includes Frederick and 4A Loveland.

Lindenstein’s line: Skyline by 6.


Mead (2-3, 0-0) at Berthoud (1-4, 0-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Max Marr Stadium.

Last week: Mead 14, Skyview 12; Holy Family 51, Berthoud 19.

Quick hits: Mead gets a perfect chance to open Tri Valley play with a victory. After struggling to score points in recent weeks, even in victory last week, the Mavericks face a Berthoud squad that has allowed 39.2 points per game and never fewer than 28.

Lindenstein’s line: Mead by 9.


Frederick (3-2, 0-0) at Erie (4-1, 0-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Tigers Stadium.

Last week: Silver Creek 24, Frederick 0; Northridge 42, Erie 28.

Quick hits: 3A Northern League play opens with these two old rivals facing each other as conference foes for the first time since 2003. … The two teams split a pair of non-league games over the past two years. … Erie allowed more than twice as many points last week as it had all season, but the bigger blow was losing team leader Ryne Atkins to a season-ending leg injury. … The winner here figures to be one of the chief challengers to Holy Family in league play.

Lindenstein’s line: Frederick by 2.


Denver North (1-4, 0-0) at Centaurus (0-5, 0-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Warrior Stadium.

Last week: Skyline 34, Centaurus 9; Fort Morgan 27, Fort Morgan 12.

Quick hits: It’s been a tough season for Centaurus, especially with three top-10 teams on the Warriors’ schedule in the first five weeks. This looks like the Warriors’ best shot for a win as both teams face a nasty slate the rest of the way in 3A Northern League play.

Lindenstein’s line: Centaurus by 8.


Nederland (0-5, 0-3) at Lyons (3-2, 2-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m., Jet Johnson Field.

Last week: Lyons 28, Front Range Christian 6; Denver Christian 56, Nederland 6.

Quick hits: Lyons is one of four teams in the 1A Metro League tied for second place at 2-1 along with Denver Christian, Jefferson and Clear Creek. So a victory here is necessary to keep pace, especially with a road trip to league-leading Platte Canyon next week. … Nederland’s struggles continue and might keep doing so until a Week 8 mountain meeting with Estes Park.

Lindenstein’s line: Lyons by 22.





SATURDAY’S GAMES


Golden (1-4, 0-0) at Monarch (4-1, 0-0)

Kickoff: 10 a.m., Warrior Stadium.

Last week: Monarch 28, Montrose 12; Littleton 34, Golden 27.

Quick hits: It’s the Mountain League opener for both teams. … Fitting that these two meet as No. 4 Monarch honors its 2002 state championship team that beat Golden in a thrilling finale. The only thrills in this one though figure to come on the Monarch side. Golden’s only victory this season was a forfeit vs. Thompson Valley. Since then the Demons have been outscored 142-34.

Lindenstein’s line: Monarch by 35.


Broomfield (4-1, 0-0) at G. Washington (2-3, 0-0)

Kickoff: 10 a.m., Evie Dennis Stadium.

Last week: Broomfield 31, Denver South 6; George Washington 26, Kennedy 21.

Quick hits: Broomfield enters Mountain League play coming off a bit of a statement win against a good Denver South squad despite missing multiple players. Running back Connor Eakes is doing his best Tim Tebow impersonation in the absence of starting quarterback Angelo Perez. … George Washington is playing its first true home game, though this one comes at the new Evie Dennis Stadium in the Green Valley Ranch area of Denver. … The Patriots are led by 600-yard rusher Garry Hill.

Lindenstein’s line: Broomfield by 24.


Holy Family (4-1, 0-0) at Th. Jefferson (3-2, 0-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m., All City Stadium.

Last week: Holy Family 51, Berthoud 19; Mitchell 20, Thomas Jefferson 14.

Quick hits: Thomas Jefferson is a major wild card in the 3A Northern League, a former 5A power dropping down to Class 3A. But the Spartans have also been an up and down bunch, falling last week at Mitchell. … Fifth-ranked Holy Family and its high-powered rushing attack got back on track last week after falling at No. 3 Silver Creek.

Lindenstein’s line: Holy Family by 19.


Longmont Chr. (2-3, 1-0) at Gilpin County (0-5, 0-2)

Kickoff: 2 p.m., Gilpin County HS.

Last week: Longmont Christian 46, Resurrection Christian JV 25; Justice 56, Gilpin County 0.

Quick hits: Early results in the 8-man I-25 Division indicate that Longmont Christian and Justice could meet for first place in the Week 8 finale. In the meantime, Longmont Christian needs merely to take care of business and shouldn’t have a problem here against a Gilpin squad that’s been outscored 254-20 on the season.

Lindenstein’s line: Longmont Christian by 45.


Justice (1-1, 1-0) at Belleview Chr. (1-4, 1-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m., Shadow Ridge MS.

Last week: Justice 56, Gilpin County 0.

Quick hits: Justice looks like it should be able to roll into Week 8 with a chance to face Rocky Mountain Lutheran for the 8-man I-25 Division crown, though the Phoenix will need to be careful not to stumble this week or vs. Rocky Mountain Lutheran.

Lindenstein’s line: Justice by 12.

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