The Fairview Knights were still celebrating in their locker room, their joyous chants echoing through Shea Stadium, when head coach Tom McCartney took a moment to marvel over everything local area teams had overcome in order to reach the state football finals.
While coach McCartney lamented Monarch’s loss in the 4A state semifinals Saturday, he was proud to hear that Silver Creek had advanced to the 3A title game. Given that Fairview and Silver Creek were two of the more afflicted area schools during the September flooding, McCartney found it fitting that the two programs are among the final teams standing.
“After everything these schools went through, to have two of the schools most affected by the flooding in the finals is phenomenal,” McCartney said. “I’d like to tell (Silver Creek) that I’m proud of them and the entire community for persevering the way we have. It says a lot about the programs in the area.
“We would have liked to have linked arms with all three teams, but I guess we’d just like to link arms with them and really represent the region.”
Top-seeded Fairview will begin championship week with a press conference Tuesday morning at Sports Authority Field, the site of Saturday’s Class 5A finale against four-time defending champion Valor Christian.
Defending 3A champion Silver Creek will play in the title game for the third consecutive year when the Raptors host Coronado a 1 p.m. Saturday at Everly-Montgomery Field. It will be the first football state title game held in Longmont since the Longmont Trojans capped a three-peat with a shutout win against Pueblo Centennial in 1991.
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