Football caps: No. 5 Fairview (10-1) at No. 4 Pomona (9-2)

Andy Colwell / THE DENVER POST
Fairview quarterback Aidan Atkinson has thrown for more than 3,000 yards this season and leads the Knights to a second-round 5A playoff game at Pomona Friday night.

Class 5A, second round

Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m., North Area Athletic Complex (19500 W. 64th Parkway, Arvada)

Quick hits: First off, one has to tip their cap to Panthers head coach Jay Madden and Fairview head coach Tom McCartney for having their football programs among the perennial contenders in Class 5A. Now, for the first time since 2013, the two longtime coaches will get a chance to face each other after each team won their first-round game rather handily … Fairview’s complete effort against Arvada West in the first round included 513 total yards (348 passing, 165 rushing), and the Knights were ahead 38-7 by halftime at Recht Field … Aidan Atkinson completed 19 of his 24 attempts, his best completion rate of the season with at least 20 attempts. He also went over 3,000 yards … Pomona played Poudre, a team grieving from the loss of one of its athletes to a deadly car accident just the night before the game. The Panthers raised money for the family pre-game and the program showed a lot of class, but they had a game to win and ended up victorious 68-27 … Pomona quarterback Ryan Marquez returned to action after missing more than a month because of injury, throwing for 226 yards and three touchdowns … Madden’s Panthers are as balanced as it gets (2,290 passing yards, 2,235 rushing yards), but PHS’ Max Borghi and Theorius Robison have combined for 33 TD’s on the ground … Back to 2013 — Fairview beat Pomona twice that year, including the quarterfinal round, on the way to the state championship game.

Bottom line: Pomona has been to the past two state title games, and its balance is something that has kept it unpredictable for the last few seasons. Fairview’s ability to grind out a few drives might make a big difference.

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