• Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    The Skyline Falcons take to Everly Montgomery Field on Saturday to host top-seeded Pine Creek in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Mead's Jake Wachter (No. 23) and Ryan Bullock (34) have helped their team to 25 rushing touchdowns over the past four games. Mead plays at Palisade on Saturday afternoon in the Class 3A quarterfinals.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Erie's defense faces another tough test on Friday night as the Tigers host Green Mountain in the Class 3A quarterfinals.



Upsets and disappointing finishes plagued BoCo’s football teams last week, with six of the nine playoff teams coming up short in their early-round games. However, for three teams the process of preparing continues this week. Skyline in Class 4A, and Mead and Erie in 3A, are in the quarterfinals and looking for that opportunity to be practicing through Thanksgiving. Here’s a look at game matchups for each school.

Class 4A quarterfinals

No. 1 Pine Creek at No. 9 Skyline

Details: Saturday, 1 p.m., Everly Montgomery Field

What to know: By seeding’s standards, the Falcons are one of just two 4A teams to have scored an upset in the first round, and in all honestly Skyline manhandled Pueblo West last week. Fully healthy, SHS has been one of the more fun teams to watch this season and there will be plenty of excitement surrounding a home game against the Eagles, who come from the Colorado Springs area. Pine Creek is a heavy favorite to win it all — its lone loss of the season came against 5A Valor Christian — but there are reports out there that star running back David Moore III is done for the year with an elbow fracture. His absence will be felt.

Who to watch: The Drewes brothers, Ethan and Will, have been menacing opposing quarterbacks all year and last week combined for 14 tackles, four sacks and an interception.

Class 3A quarterfinals

No. 9 Mead at No. 1 Palisade

Details: Saturday, 1 p.m., Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction

What to know: A 500-mile round trip to Grand Junction is Mead’s reward for hosting No. 8 Evergreen this past week — quirky, right? — but the Mavericks are dead set on running over the 10-1 Bulldogs and into the semifinals no matter where they play. Mead has rushed for 427, 271, 286 and 442 yards as a team the past four weeks (4-0), collecting 25 TD’s on the ground with that. Palisade, meanwhile, has also bulldozed through opposing front sevens to the tune of 333 rushing yards per game.

Who to watch: Cam Tucker is Palisade’s dual-threat quarterback who has accounted for 31 touchdowns this year (25 rush, six pass). He also has three interceptions defensively.

No. 6 Green Mountain at No. 3 Erie

Details: Friday, 7 p.m., Erie HS

What to know: One more time for Friday night lights at Erie High School, and one more home game for the seniors that have brought so much success to the program under coach Chad Cooper. Yes, it will be emotional, but the hope is there’s a lot of ‘bite’ to go with the ‘bark’ as the Tigers play the Rams with a chance to get to 12-0. Green Mountain ran its win streak to nine straight after beating a good Thomas Jefferson team in the first round, and the Rams have one of the more balanced teams Erie will face all year.

Who to watch: Erie’s defense. If the first round is any indication, the EHS defense has a fire in its belly and is ready to rock against another talented team. Can they expect to produce four turnovers as they did this past week? Probably not, but even a couple will help the cause.

All dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please check with schools for up-to-date information.

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