Remember how last week in this space we discussed how football’s Week 2 schedule would provide more drama and competition after the glut of Week 1 blowouts?
Shows what I know.
In the marquee matchup of Week 2, Class 4A No. 1 Monarch made a laugher of its showdown against No. 2 Wheat Ridge, recording a thorough 45-18 win that left little doubt the Coyotes once again are the team to beat in 4A.
While no Week 3 matchup quite reaches that level of star-power, there are more than a few intriguing showdowns in Week 3 that could separate contenders from pretenders.
One such pairing features Mead visiting 3A No. 4 Holy Family. The Mavericks are off to a head-turning start after posting 47 points in each of their two victories, and how the club fares in matching points against the explosive David Sommers-led offense of the Tigers could provide a measuring stick in evaluating Mead’s chances at landing a playoff berth out of the 3A Tri-Valley League.
Although local No.-1 ranked clubs Monarch (vs. Niwot) and Silver Creek (vs. Summit) probably will wait until another day to be truly tested, a number of 0-2 and 1-1 squads are facing key junctures of their young seasons.
After falling just short in a pair of fourth-quarter rallies against 5A teams, the Broomfield Eagles will be desperate for a win when they hosts 2-0 Loveland Thursday night. It’s a similar situation at Skyline, where the Falcons also have twice fallen short in the fourth quarter going into a tough Friday night visit to Erie. And finally Frederick, accustomed to making regular postseason appearances, has lost its opening two games by a total of 12 points going into what almost is a must-win situation Friday night at Berthoud.
Come Monday, we certainly won’t have a clear playoff picture just yet. But we’ll certainly have a much clearer idea of what direction many teams are headed.
Niwot (1-1) at Monarch (2-0)
Kickoff: 6 p.m., Warrior Stadium.
Last week: Niwot lost 41-7 at Standley Lake; Monarch defeated Wheat Ridge 45-18.
Quick hits: Defending 4A champion Monarch showed it once again is the team to beat after its dismantling of then-No. 2 Wheat Ridge … Coyotes coach Phil Bravo said running back Ethan Marks (ankle) and a number of suspended players would return this week after missing the Wheat Ridge contest … After opening the season with an emotional win against Skyline, Niwot will attempt to rebound from the drubbing it suffered at Standley Lake … The Cougars managed only 132 total yards at Standley Lake.
Rooney’s read: Monarch by 20.
Rangeview (0-2) at Fairview (2-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Recht Field.
Last week: Rangeview lost 26-6 at Arapahoe; Fairview won 53-32 at Overland.
Quick hits: Fairview’s offense has been every bit as electric as advertised, with QB Anders Hill completing 70 percent of his passes for 607 yards and seven TDs … The Knights’ rushing attack, which managed just 20.8 yards a game in 2012, has averaged 168 yards a game so far this season … Rangeview has struggled in a demanding opening slate, scoring just six total points in road losses against 5A No. 7 Regis and Arapahoe.
Rooney’s read: Fairview by 8.
Centaurus (0-2) at Roosevelt (1-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Roosevelt High School.
Last week: Centaurus lost 48-6 to Silver Creek; Roosevelt lost 34-28 at Loveland.
Quick hits: Centaurus has struggled out of the gate, scoring only six points while gaining just 154 total yards in its two losses … Roosevelt senior Randy Molinar has rushed for 370 yards on just 21 attempts — an average of 17.6 per carry.
Rooney’s read: Roosevelt by 12.
Loveland (2-0) at Broomfield (0-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
Last week: Loveland defeated Roosevelt 34-28; Broomfield lost 27-23 at Legacy.
Quick hits: Broomfield has fought valiantly despite opening the season with consecutive losses, nearly pulling off fourth-quarter comebacks against 5A foes Pomona and Legacy … The Eagles have displayed admirable balance on offense, recording 329 rushing yards and 341 passing yards … Loveland quarterback Mike Zweigle went 13 for 22 for 220 yards and four TDs in last week’s overtime win against Roosevelt.
Rooney’s read: Broomfield by 3.
Boulder (1-1) at Poudre (0-2)
Kickoff: 6 p.m., French Field.
Last week: Boulder lost 48-14 against Prairie View; Poudre lost 29-27 against Denver South.
Quick hits: Turnovers have plagued the Panthers, with Boulder QBs throwing five interceptions in the first two games … The Panthers have surrendered 59 total points so far … Despite missing portions of each game, BHS sophomore running back Todd Jones has rushed for 195 yards … Poudre’s defense has surrendered 87 points in two games … The Impalas boast a solid QB in senior Cody Limmer but are averaging just 1.4 yards per rushing attempt.
Rooney’s read: Poudre by 6.
Nederland (0-2) at Clear Creek (2-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Clear Creek High School.
Last week: Nederland was idle, lost 34-12 at KIPP Collegiate on Aug. 31; Clear Creek defeated Middle Park 33-13.
Quick hits: Nederland, still looking to snap a 12-game losing streak, has struggled in the passing game. The Panthers’ two QBs have completed just 13 of 29 passes for 106 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns … Clear Creek QB Jordan Howard completed 10 of 16 passes for 260 yards and two TDs last week.
Rooney’s read: Clear Creek by 13.
Mead (2-0) at Holy Family (2-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Mike G. Gabriel Stadium.
Last week: Mead defeated St. Mary’s 47-6; Holy Family defeated D’Evelyn 42-7.
Quick hits: Holy Family QB David Sommers has put together a sizzling start with a .571 completion percentage, 467 passing yards, and 196 rushing yards … Mead suffered a 42-20 loss against Holy Family last year but the Mavericks hope they have closed the gap after outscoring their first two opponents 94-6 … Mead QB Griffin Nelson has completed 20 of 26 passes … Holy Family takes on 3A No. 1 Silver Creek next week.
Rooney’s read: Holy Family by 8.
Skyline (0-2) at Erie (2-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Erie High School.
Last week: Skyline lost 29-28 at Thompson Valley; Erie defeated Berthoud 35-28.
Quick hits: Erie’s vaunted rushing attack already has produced two RBs with at least 220 yards in Joe Ramey (297 yards) and Christian Mickey (223) … After harboring preseason expectations of competing for a playoff spot, Skyline is desperate for a victory after suffering a pair of late losses … Thompson Valley scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to upend Skyline last week.
Rooney’s read: Erie by 10.
Westminster (1-1) at Longmont (1-1)
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m., Everly-Montgomery Field.
Last week: Westminster lost to Mountain Vista 35-20; Longmont defeated Grand Junction Central 47-7.
Quick hits: Junior Cling Sigg is off to a fine start in his first full year as Longmont’s starting QB, going 18 for 30 for 232 yards and three TDs with no interceptions in the first two games … Sigg threw all three of those TDs last week against G.J. Central, going 6 for 7 for 102 yards while also adding a 30-yard touchdown run … Westminster RB Ryan Belearde has gained 255 yards while averaging 7.7 yards per carry.
Rooney’s read: Longmont by 4.
Summit (1-1) at Silver Creek (2-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Lyons High School.
Last week: Summit lost 37-32 against Steamboat Springs; Silver Creek defeated Centaurus 48-6.
Quick hits: 3A No. 1-ranked Silver Creek has done little wrong in its first two games, outscoring their opponents 89-31 … Raptors QB Ben Sjobakken has completed 22 of 27 passes for 420 yards with six TDs and no interceptions … The Raptors’ strong defense likely will key on Summit’s Tristan McDonald, who is averaging 8.6 yards per rushing attempt.
Rooney’s read: Silver Creek by 21.
Frederick (0-2) at Berthoud (0-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Berthoud High School.
Last week: Frederick lost 14-7 against Pueblo East; Berthoud lost 35-28 at Erie.
Quick hits: Frederick has weathered a tough opening slate, losing to solid opponents Elizabeth and Pueblo East by a total of 12 points … The Warriors have been unable to find consistency on offense, with QB Michael Broz completing only 39 percent of his passes and the running game managing just 3.7 yards per carry … Berthoud nearly pulled off an improbable comeback at Erie last week after trailing the Tigers 35-7 late in the third quarter.
Rooney’s read: Frederick by 4.
Lyons (2-0) at Estes Park (1-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Estes Park High School.
Last week: Lyons defeated Yuma 23-14; Estes Park defeated Highland 44-20.
Quick hits: Lyons has combined a steady offense with an opportunistic defense in putting together its 2-0 start … The Lions’ defense has grabbed four interceptions, including two from senior Trent Poulsen. Poulsen also has combined with QB Logan Watson to record 154 of Lyons’ 187 rushing yards … Watson connected with Poulsen for three TD passes in a 41-12 win against Estes Park last year.
Rooney’s read: Lyons by 10.
Legacy (1-1) at Chaparral (0-2)
Kickoff: 4 p.m., Sports Authority Stadium (Parker).
Last week: Legacy defeated Broomfield 27-23; Chaparral lost to Grandview 14-0.
Quick hits: Senior RB Taten Petersian is off to a solid start for the Lightning with 208 yards on 42 carries … This is the first of three consecutive road games for Legacy, which then plays three of its final four at home … Chaparral put up a fight last week, surrendering just 161 total yards against 5A No. 4 Grandview.
Rooney’s read: Chaparral by 7.
Longmont Christian (0-2) at Vail Christian (2-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Battle Mountain High School
Last week: Longmont Christian lost 56-7 against Kiowa; Vail Christian defeated Rocky Mountain Lutheran 52-18.
Quick hits: Defense has been absent so far for Longmont Christian, which has been outscored 103-7. That’s bad news for the Warriors against a Vail Christian team that has scored 104 points in two games.
Rooney’s read: Vail Christian by 20.
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