Brad Cochi tackles his favorite area rivalries

Which is best? That depends, which side are you on?

Silver Creek's Sam Dirks tackles Longmont's ...
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The Longmont Trojans and Silver Creek Raptors will get after each other once again this season, this time on Oct. 4 at Everly-Montgomery Field..

Who doesn’t like a good rivalry, am I right? I sure do.

With the 2019 high school football season right around the corner, here’s a quick look at a few of my favorites in the area.

This battle between Broomfield’s two biggest schools is always a good one, and six of the last 11 games between these teams have been decided by five or fewer points. Last year, however, Broomfield won 55-14 to snap a five-year streak of Legacy holding onto the Mayor’s Cup.

Sadly, it sounds like this cross-classification clash between the Eagles and the Lightning will not be renewed for the upcoming two cycles. So for fans of this rivalry, come out to next Friday’s season opener to see where the Mayor’s Cup will rest for at least the next few years.

“I’ve been through three of those games and the atmosphere is just incredible for the community,” Broomfield coach Blair Hubbard said. “You get a lot of alumni coming back and it’s a big boost for our booster club whenever we host it. It’s a big game every year but it’s got a little extra this year because it’ll be the last one, at least for a couple cycles.”

The Miners Trophy! From 2011-13, Frederick dominated this series but Erie has won the past five contests including a 43-16 victory in last year’s game. But I, for one, am expecting this year’s game on Sept. 13 to be much closer with Frederick looking stronger coming off an 8-3 season and Erie looking to reload after graduating a ton of talented seniors including all-everything star Noah Roper.

Dating back to 2005, Fairview has won 13 of 14 meetings between these two cross-town rivals and the games have grown increasingly lopsided in recent years including a 42-7 victory over the Panthers last season. But with the Boulder program seemingly on an upswing, Panthers head coach Ryan Bishop thinks there’s reason to be hopeful they can make this annual contest a bit more competitive in the coming years.

“One of our ultimate goals is to start putting it all together and put a competitive product out there and luckily for us, that starts with them because we get them Week 1 this season,” Bishop said. “I think that this year, more than any other recent year, we’re more confident than we have been.”

Seventh-ranked Fairview’s stable of Division-I talent led by record-setting quarterback Aidan Atkinson and two-way stud Henry Blackburn will have something to say about that when the Knights host the Panthers to kick off the 2019 campaign next Thursday at Recht Field.

Pretty much all the teams in the Longmont area
This may seem like a weird one because the ever-changing classification and league alignments make developing consistent rivalry series tricky between these teams. But especially with Skyline playing in last year’s 4A title game, Mead’s emergence and historically strong programs like Longmont and Silver Creek all playing in the same area, it’s always fun to see which team makes it the furthest.

“Anybody within the Longmont area, the teams that all play at Everly-Montgomery, those are all great rivalry games,” Longmont coach Doug Johnson said. “We’ve got a good tradition of football around here so those rivalries have been around a long time and it gets really good when all the teams around here are good.”

A touch of rivalry always adds a dynamic that makes any contest a bit more intriguing and there are plenty of other good ones in the area like a fun thing developing between Holy Family and Mead in recent years, Centaurus and Thornton looking forward to seeing one another after last year’s 40-35 conference slugfest … the list goes on.

So here’s to an exciting 2019 season. May all your scores be settled.

Rivalry games get going as soon as opening week in 2019. Here’s a list, by date, of some sure-to-be hotly contested affairs:
Aug. 29 — Boulder vs. Fairview, Recht Field, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 30 — Broomfield at Legacy, North Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 — Skyline at Mead, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 — Erie at Frederick, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 — Monarch at Broomfield, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 — Skyline at Longmont, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 — Longmont at Silver Creek, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 — Holy Family at Mead, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 — Thornton at Centaurus, 7 p.m.