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    Silver Creek's George Ramirez and the Raptors travel to Colorado Springs to battle No. 1 seed Discovery Canyon in Saturday's Class 3A semifinals.

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    Broomfield quarterback Steven Croell and the Eagles will host defending champion Windsor in the 4A semifinals Saturday.

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    Mead's Tyler Keys, left, and the Mavericks host two-time defending champion Pueblo East in Saturday's Class 3A semifinals.



Class 4A semifinals

(8) Windsor at (5) Broomfield

Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m. at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium

Records: Windsor 9-3, Broomfield 10-2

Quick hits: Windsor, the defending 4A state champs, advanced by knocking off top-seeded Denver South 42-21 in last week’s quarterfinals…The Wizards forced five turnovers, all interceptions, and scored twice on defense to beat the previously undefeated Rebels…Windsor ran for 194 yards in the win, getting 96 from Brandon Ramirez and 65 from Brad Peeples…Broomfield pulled off the most impressive win of the quarterfinal round, crushing No. 4 Ponderosa 61-32 on the road…The Mustangs had only surrendered 96 points in it’s first 11 games before giving up 61 to the Eagles…Broomfield had three pick-6s in the rout of Ponderosa…Jalon Torres ran for 160 yards on the ground and two touchdowns…Broomfield went to Windsor and beat the Wizards 37-25 in Week Three…Steven Croell threw for 187 yards and three scores in the win…The Wizards were able to rack up 225 yards on the ground against the Eagles, including 130 by Peeples.

Bottom line: Both teams head into the showdown with a ton of momentum, and Windsor knows what it takes to win it all after hoisting the championship trophy last year. But that may not be enough to derail the Eagles, who seem to be getting better each week.


Class 3A semifinals

(5) Silver Creek at (1) Discovery Canyon

Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m. at District 20 Stadium

Records: Silver Creek 12-0, Discovery Canyon 12-0

Quick hits: Silver Creek held off No. 4 Lewis-Palmer 28-27 on the road in last week’s quarterfinals, as the Rangers missed a game-tying extra point with 1:24 to play…Senior wide receiver Khari Harrison had a huge game, finishing with six catches for 146 yards and three scores…Andreik Knechtel was having a big game on the ground, picking up 80 yards on just eight carries, before leaving the game following a violent hit…The Raptors are averaging more than 34 points a contest while only surrendering 14.3…Discover Canyon beat No. 9 Fort Morgan 33-26 in the quarterfinals…The Thunder trailed 26-13 late in the third quarter before storming back against the Mustangs…Silver Creek beat Fort Morgan 28-14 earlier in the season…Discovery Canyon has rushed for more than 3,700 yards this season, with four players gaining more than 600 and none more than 900…The Thunder average 42.5 points a game and only surrender 15.2.

Bottom line: Something has to give when these two undefeated teams square off. Discovery Canyon has been a favorite to win it all since the start of the season, but Silver Creek has the weapons to pull off what would be a slight upset.


(2) Pueblo East at (11) Mead

Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m. at Mead High School

Records: Pueblo East 11-1, Mead 9-3

Quick hits: Pueblo East, the two-time defending 3A state champions, beat visiting No. 7 Holy Family 41-21 in the quarterfinals…The Eagles rode Bryson Torres to the win, as he picked up 230 yards and six scores on 52 carries…Pueblo East built an early 21-0 lead, only to see Holy Family battle back to tie it in the third quarter…The Eagles blocked a Holy Family punt in the fourth quarter, and that played proved crucial in the team’s ability to pull away from the Tigers…Pueblo East’s only loss was to No. 1 Discovery Canyon…Mead pulled off its second consecutive upset, knocking off No. 3 Palisade 44-40 in a wild affair in last week’s quarterfinals…Junior quarterback Riley Glynn threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns…Mead had a 17-point lead in the third quarter, only to see Palisade battle back to go up 40-38 with just more than four minutes to play…Ryan Lavanchy scored the game-winner on a 56-yard screen pass with 2:44 left…The Mavericks forced five fumbles, recovering three of them.

Bottom line: Pueblo East has been a force in its quest for a third-consecutive crown, but there’s something magical about what the Mavericks are doing. If Mead can keep the game close in the fourth quarter, a trip to next week’s finals could be in the cards.


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