(3) Legacy Lightning at (2) Regis Jesuit Raiders
Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m., Lou Kellogg Stadium at Regis Jesuit High School
Records: Legacy 8-2, Regis 8-2
Last week: Legacy defeated Boulder 38-14; Regis knocked off Rangeview 33-7
Quick hits: The Raiders feature one of the best players in the state in tight end Jack Stoll, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound senior who has committed to the University of Nebraska…Stoll caught three touchdown passes in the second quarter of Regis’ first-round win over Rangeview…Senior quarterback Michael Pavlakovich has thrown for 1,494 yards and 15 touchdowns, while only being picked off three times…The Raiders have an aggressive defense that has 26 sacks and 17 interceptions through their first 10 games…Legacy has it’s own DI talent in quarterback Matt Lynch, who has committed to UCLA…Lynch has set single-season school records this year for passing yards (1,749), completions (147), TD passes (19) and total yards (2,226)…The Lightning enter the game as one of the hottest teams in the state, having won their past six contests, scoring at least 30 points in each of those games…Senior running back/linebacker Even Baugh is coming off a great performance against Boulder, where he ran for 116 yards and a score and also made four tackles and had a fumble recovery.
Bottom line: Regis entered the postseason as one of a handful of teams considered legit championship contenders, but Legacy is on a great run and has shown they can play with anyone. This one could come down to the final drive.
Class 4A, first round
(15) Pueblo South Colts at (2) Longmont Trojans
Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. at Everly Montgomery Stadium
Records: Pueblo South 6-4, Longmont 10-0
Quick hits: Pueblo South enters the game coming off a 27-24 OT loss to Pueblo Centennial in a game that decided the Southern League title…The Colts and Trojans had two common opponents — Pueblo East, which Longmont beat 48-27 and South lost to 54-21, and Falcon, which the Trojans beat 45-26 and the Colts topped 24-21…Offensively, South mostly relies on its ground game, which has rolled up 2,434 yards this season…Sophomore Steve Brock is their top rusher, averaging more than 136 yards a contest…The Colts are giving up 24.3 points per game…Longmont has been one of the most dominant teams in the state all season, rolling to a perfect regular season…The Trojans have scored 40 or more points in all but two games…Starting quarterback David Speidel returned from a shoulder injury in last week’s win over Northridge…Longmont has rushed for 2,820 yards and 37 TDs, led by Conlan Berger’s 1,017 and 15 scores…The Trojans haven’t given up more than 14 points in a game since Week 2…Longmont has 30 sacks and 12 interceptions on the year…multi-talented senior Cooper Rothe has 8 picks.
Bottom line: Since falling in last year’s state title game, Longmont has been playing like a team possessed and seem destined for another trip to the championship game. It would be an upset of monumental proportions if the Colts found a way to get the win.
Class 3A, first round
(10) Holy Family Tigers at (7) Evergreen Cougars
Kickoff: Saturday, 12 p.m. at Trailblazer Stadium
Records: Holy Family 8-2, Evergreen 8-2
Quick hits: Evergreen won the Metro North League title by knocking off D’Evelyn 28-7 last week…It was the team’s third conference crown in the last four seasons…Cougars coach Rob Molholm became the school’s all-time winningest coach this season…Evergreen started the year 3-2, but has reeled off five straight wins since…Holy Family suffered a huge blow when senior quarterback Chris Helbig went down with a knee injury two weeks ago…Freshman Stone Samaras took over under center and threw five touchdown passes last week…key to the game may be how Samaras and the Tigers’ air attack fairs against Cougars stingy defense…Evergreen shut down D’Evelyn’s potent attack last week, holding the Jaguars quarterback Owen Burke, who entered the game with more than 3,200 yards passing and 35 TDs, to under 200 yards and one score in the air.
Bottom line: The injury to Helbig really changed the narrative for Holy Family as the Tigers were a threat to win it all when he was taking snaps. Samaras showed last week that he has the skills, now he’ll have to deliver on a big-time stage.
(11) Mead Mavericks at (6) The Classical Academy Titans
Kickoff: Saturday, 5 p.m. at The Classical Academy
Records: Mead 8-2, TCA 7-3
Quick hits: Mead is in the playoffs for the first time in the team’s six-year history…The Titans started the year 0-2 but have won seven of their final eight games…TCA has a stingy defense, surrendering less than 14 points per contest…Offensively the Titans feature a fairly balanced attack, having rushed for 1,931 while picking up another 1,233 through the air…They have five players with at least 100 yards rushing on the year, headed by Jayce Hall’s 645…TCA spreads the ball around even more in the passing game, with six receivers with at least 100 yards…Mead likes to grind it out on the ground, rushing for 2,455 yards…The Mavericks defense is only surrendering 13.1 points per game…Mead’s only two losses on the season came against playoff teams Holy Family and Roosevelt.
Bottom line: If the Mavericks can control their nerves from being in the postseason for the first time, they should be able to hang with the Titans. Mead is battle-tested, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see them pull off the upset.