Dunivan: What they’re saying about this week’s matchups

Mitch Webster and his teammates at Silver Creek are going to need to be ready to wrap up Pueblo East’s physical football squad this Saturday in the Class 3A quarterfinals.

Both Fairview and Silver Creek poured it on this past week against their opponents in the football playoffs, the Knights smoking Douglas County 45-17 and the Raptors waxing Evergreen 47-14. By the time the clock had expired in their games, they already had a good idea of who their next respective opponents were.

Pomona dropped Chatfield on Friday night in a shootout, 49-35, setting up a rematch of one of the season’s best games in 5A. In 3A, the Raptors heard rumors of top-seeded Discovery Canyon losing big at halftime to 16th-seed Pueblo East, and that result carried through to the end as the Eagles dominated on Saturday afternoon.

For Fairview (10-0), the Panthers are another formidable opponent, one that held FHS to its fewest point total (33) of the season. It was interesting to hear from coach Tom McCartney on Friday how much the Panthers game played into the way they prepared for the Huskies.

“You saw how big (Douglas County was), they were big and physical and a weight-room team, and we thought our Pomona matchup helped us prepare for them because Pomona is the same way,” McCartney said. “We got our work cut out for us, but we’re going to be excited to play at home and try and get to the final four.”

“We played them before so we know what to expect, but we just have to continue to get better through the playoffs and keep doing what we do,” senior Bridger Dunn said. “They like to run, so we’ll see.”

Interestingly, Pomona has won four of the past five meetings between the teams.

While Fairview-Pomona is a rematch, Silver Creek-Pueblo East will be a brawl of a different sort as the teams aren’t exactly going at it every season. Despite that, the consensus was that Pueblo teams in general are typically scrappy.

“Every team from Pueblo is really physical. We played one last year and they were a very physical team, so we’re going to be ready for that next week,” Silver Creek senior Donovan Rodriguez said. “I think our team and our coaches are ready for it.”

The Eagles have allowed just 38 points in the past four outings.

“I think they had four losses and all of them were to playoff teams, one of them a 4A team, so their seeding has nothing to do with what a good football team they are,” head coach Mike Apodaca said. “We know we have our hands full. They play physical football, and we’re going to have to step it up one more notch defensively.”

Fairview takes the field at Recht on Friday night, while the Raptors once again play Saturday afternoon.

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