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Class 4A quarterfinals
(5) Broomfield at (4) Ponderosa
Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m. at Echo Park Stadium
Records: Broomfield 9-2, Ponderosa 10-1
Quick hits: Broomfield, the Longs Peak League champion, beat visiting Heritage 27-14 in the first round…Sophomore quarterback Steven Croell had a pair of touchdown passes in the game and now has 19 on the year…The Eagles controlled the contest, never trailing in the game…Broomfield is equally as effective on the ground as they are in the air…The defense has shown a knack for coming up with plays when needed, and had crucial sacks and interceptions against Heritage…Ponderosa, the Foothills League champ, brings a 10-game winning streak into the contest…The Mustangs pounded visiting Mesa Ridge 40-14 in the first round…Ponderosa set new school records for points scored (470) and points allowed (82) during the regular season…The Mustangs scored at least 40 points in nine games, and broke the 60-point barrier twice…They’ve also shut out five opponents, and held two others to just six points…Junior quarterback Sterling Ostdahl has thrown for 2,288 yards and 22 touchdowns…He also has 553 yards rushing, second-most on the team.
Bottom line: This is big-boy football right here. Broomfield is going to have to play it’s best game of the season and stay relatively mistake-free, but the Eagles have the talent to pull off the upset.
Class 3A quarterfinals
(5) Silver Creek at (4) Lewis-Palmer
Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. at Don Breese Stadium
Records: Silver Creek 11-0, Lewis-Palmer 10-1
Quick hits: Silver Creek, the Northern League champions, beat visiting Durango 27-19 in the first round…Senior quarterback Dylan Ordway threw for 198 yards and a score in the win over the Demons…Junior Andreik Knechtel ran for 137 yards and another score…Tyler Gibbs returned an interception for the Raptors’ other TD…The last three times Silver Creek was in the 3A playoffs (2011-13), the Raptors reached the title game, winning it all in 2012…Lewis-Palmer got all it could handle from 13th-seeded Longmont in the first round before pulling out a 28-23 victory…Charley Young ran for 144 yards and Dieudonne Chea added 134 in the win over the Trojans…Lewis-Palmer lost three fumbles in the win over Longmont.
Bottom line: Silver Creek felt like it didn’t play up to its capabilities in the win over Durango. The Raptors will have to play better against the Rangers to keep their championship dreams alive.
(3) Palisade at (11) Mead
Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m. at Mead High School
Records: Palisade 10-1, Mead 8-3
Quick hits: Palisade, the Western Slope League champions, bring a nine-game winning streak into the contest…The Bulldogs beat No. 14 Evergreen 44-3 in the first round…Quarterback P.D. Riddle threw for 160 yards and two scores against Evergreen…Junior Austin Bernal ran for two scores and caught another in the win…Kyle Hall, a 325-pounder, anchors the Bulldogs defensive front…Palisade’s only loss was a 52-48 defeat at Holy Family in Week Two…Holy Family also defeated Mead, 43-35 on Oct. 21…The Mavericks are hosting a playoff game for the first time in the program’s history…Mead upset No. 6 Palmer Ridge 28-24 in the first round…The win over the Bears was the team’s first postseason victory in school history…The Mavericks overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to get the win…Mead finished with 457 yards of offense and quarterback Riley Glynn threw for 259 yards and three scores.
Bottom line: Palisade has been a 3A favorite all season, but Mead brings a ton of momentum into the contest. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the Mavericks pull off a second-straight upset.
(7) Holy Family at (2) Pueblo East
Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. at Dutch Clark Stadium
Records: Holy Family 9-2, Pueblo East 10-1
Quick hits: Holy Family, the Tri-Valley League champs, pounded visiting Rifle 47-0 in the first round…The Tigers are known for their explosive offense, but it was the defense that impressed in the playoff opener, throwing a shutout…Michael Zeman and Dilan Gonzalez each had an interception against Rifle…Quarterback Stone Samaras threw for 181 yards and three scores…Zeman ran for 126 and three TDs…The win was Holy Family’s first in the first round of the playoffs in six seasons…Pueblo East, the South Central League champs, are the two-time defending 3A state champions…The Eagles beat No. 15 Erie 27-15 in the first round…Erie actually outgained Pueblo East, 337-267…Holy Family beat Erie 43-20 on Oct. 14…The Eagles are on an eight-game winning streak…Pueblo East’s only loss was to No. 1 Discovery Canyon.
Bottom line: While Pueblo East is on a mission to three-peat, they’d be wise to not overlook Holy Family. The Tigers can beat you through the air and on the ground, and the defense is better than they get credit for. Should be a good one.