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Football caps: No. 9 Monarch (8-2) at No. 8 Rampart (8-2)

Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer
Justin Kiss and the Monarch Coyotes head south to take on Rampart in the first round of the 4A playoffs on Saturday.

Class 4A, first round

Kickoff: Saturday, 1 p.m., District 20 Stadium (Liberty High School, Colorado Springs)

Quick hits: Saturday’s playoff matchup down in the Springs represents another rematch of an earlier season game, with Monarch squeaking out a 14-7 win back on September 8 … That game was a defensive tussle with both teams finishing with less than 200 yards of offense … Rampart won the right to host by winning the Pikes Peak League at 5-0, and the Rams have outscored foes 325-140 overall … The ball touches a lot of hands at RHS, but Keion Cross, Jared Behm, Chris Yoo and Jackson Beale each have 400-plus yards and 23 combined TD’s … An aggressive RHS defense has 27 team sacks … After one 100-plus yard rushing game through seven weeks, MoHi’s Cole Polluconi has three straight 150-plus yard games including a season-most 224 on 37 carries last week against Greeley Central … Defensively, MHS has racked up 13 interceptions while Ben Cole and Trey Storm have wreaked havoc along the line with eight combined sacks and four fumble recoveries … Monarch’s defense has allowed just 49 points the past three games.

Bottom line: Both teams will look back on the early game against each other and know they’ve grown since then, so more points could be expected this go-round. For Monarch, the playoff experience on the roster should come in handy.

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