Week 1 football schedule
Thursday, Aug. 29
Boulder vs. Fairview, Recht Field, 5:30 p.m.
Sheridan at Prospect Ridge Academy, North Stadium, 6 p.m.
Silver Creek at Thomas Jefferson, All-City Stadium, 7 p.m.
Mead at Lewis-Palmer, 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 30
Frederick at John F. Kennedy, All City Stadium, 4 p.m.
George Washington at Niwot, Everly-Montgomery Field, 7 p.m.
Broomfield at Legacy, North Stadium, 7 p.m.
Skyline at Westminster, 7 p.m.
Evergreen at Erie, 7 p.m.
Holy Family at Pueblo South, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31
No local games scheduled
— Boulder and Fairview will host Youth Night tonight in which young football players wearing their team’s jerseys get in free with a paying adult. Typically a game with plenty of fireworks — literally — Fairview on the football field has scored at least 35 points in the rivalry game each of the past eight meetings.
— Prospect Ridge is still going through growing pains as a young varsity program and will look to shed an ongoing shutout streak that goes back through the final five games of last year. Meanwhile, Sheridan finished just 2-7 last year.
— Silver Creek has a chance to start afresh against the same Thomas Jefferson team that beat the Raptors 28-16 a year ago. The Spartans are sure to have talent, but one kid the Raptors will not have to worry about this matchup that torched them last year is Dae Dae Hunter — he transferred to Chandler HS (Arizona) for his senior season.
— Mead’s 8-4 campaign last season started with a home win against LP in which half of Brady Veltien’s pass completions (3 of 6) went for touchdowns. But count on the multi-faceted run attack to shoulder the load on Mead’s pursuit of 1-0.
— It didn’t take long last year for Frederick to show what it was all about last year, running 12 different players in the backfield for a combined 52 carries and 432 yards against the Commanders in a 37-6 blowout. Will it be any different in 2019?
— Niwot last won an opener in 2016, and the Cougars this year could us a shot in the arm. Maybe it comes in the form of Liam Flanagan, who turned in a fine season (702 yards, five touchdowns) in 2018 after opening with just 33 on 12 carries against the Patriots.
— Broomfield and Legacy won’t meet the next few years, so this is one to relish in for both teams. While the Broomfield backfield will be chock full of fresh faces, Legacy’s Dakota Key will likely see a ton of touches coming off the tremendous junior season he had. Legacy will also be breaking in a new QB.
— Skyline is still getting mad respect from coaches (ranked sixth preseason) and the Falcons will be eager to continue building rather than hoping in 2019. They open once again against 5A Metro League’s Westminster, who finished 7-3 last year but saw one of those losses come to SHS in Chase Silva’s eye-opening debut.
— Erie begins the season ranked fourth by coaches, while Evergreen received a few votes following a 6-5 season ended in the playoffs by Mead. Most of Evergreen’s skill guys are back, while Erie will be looking to find the next batch of studs but at the same time have an experienced QB in Gavin Mendoza leading the way. Last year’s opener was a romp for the Tigers.
— Holy Family, ranked ninth in preseason, has a doozy of an opener having to travel to take on No. 8 Pueblo South. It’s just the second time the teams have played in MaxPreps.com’s database, and last year’s get-to-know featured both quarterbacks (HF’s Calahan Carter and the Colts’ Logan Petit) throwing for more than 300 yards.