BoCoPreps 4A/3A notebook

Marquee football showdown Friday, early season notes and more

CORRECTION: ERIE, CO – AUG. 21, 2019: Mead High School nose gaurd Kaleb Lee poses for a portrait on Tuesday in Erie. (Photo by Jeremy Papasso/Staff Photographer)

The Mead Mavericks delivered a statement Thursday night when they traveled south to face Lewis-Palmer and came away with a 47-7 win to open the season.

In Westminster, the Skyline Falcons came away with a 37-6 win in their season opener and is looking to make another run to the Class 4A state championship game this year.

The two teams will meet Friday night in Mead for a marquee football game that both head coaches feel will have a playoff atmosphere to it.

“I think it will be a really fun game,” Skyline coach Mike Silva said. “This is what high school football is all about. Both teams are pretty good teams and we both play different styles of football. It will be fun.”

Mead likes to control things with the run game and is coming off a performance where they rushed for 355 yards and four rushing touchdowns, but just when you focus on the run defensively, they can hit you with quarterback Brady Veltien, who completed two touchdown passes in the win.

“We like to do things that make the football move forward in a game,” Mead coach Jason Klatt said. “We can throw and run it, whatever it takes.”

Skyline can also run the football with senior running back Mike McKrola going for 110 yards on 21 carries versus Westminster, but they are expected to throw far more in the game with quarterback Chase Silva. The junior is coming off a game where he went 16-for-27 for 229 yards and five touchdowns without turning the ball over.

“I think it comes down to whoever can establish their system first,” Silva said. “If we get our thing going with our RPO game, we can catch them off-balanced to make them not sure what to defend and we can be in business.”

It may seem like a battle between Mead’s run game and Skyline’s passing attack, but much more will come into play to determine a winner, both coaches said.

“I think the team that plays the hardest, the team that doesn’t turn the ball over and the team that tackles the best will prevail in the end,” Klatt said.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at Mead High School.

Peak to Peak senior William Ledden ...
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Peak to Peak senior William Ledden finished third in the 3A boys race at the state cross country championships last fall and has an international mountain running race on his schedule even before the Pumas season gets in full swing.

Good week for cross country runners

In two races, Longmont has seen its top two runners from the boys team secure top 10 finishes in each race.

Connor McCormick was fourth at the D’Evelyn Dash and followed up with a second-place finish last weekend at the Lake County Cross Country Invitational in Leadville. Dominic Warner was 10th in D’Evelyn and improved to fifth place last weekend.

McCormick has been a welcome surprise for the team this season. Coming in raw having played football and basketball before, he is just starting to get base training for distance running since joining the track team this spring.

“With summer base training on his legs, (McCormick) is showing exactly how capable he is of developing into a top cross country runner,” Longmont coach Scott Dickinson said. “I haven’t discovered what his ceiling is, but he is always ready to encourage the team and work hard to get better.”

As for Warner, he had some success last year as a freshman distance runner and is seeing his progression continue. With their success at the top, Longmont is hoping to see a few more runners emerge to give them a shot at qualifying as a team for state.

“I am very excited to see them work hard and motivate their teammates to improve as runners,” Longmont coach Scott Dickinson said. “Hopefully I can have a full top five ready to break Longmont’s drought of three straight years not going to state as a boys team.”

There were plenty other top 10 finishes in Classes 4A and 3A last weekend for the area. William Ledden of Peak to Peak won the Andy Meyers Invitational at Greeley West and teammate Ryan Kuykendall was 10th. Mead saw four runners finish in the top 10, including Keegan Caldwell (third), Nathan Hoffman (eighth) and Nolan Hoffman (ninth) for the boys team and Evangelina Maeda (10th) for the girls at Platte Canyon. Centaurus went to Arapahoe and was led by Riley Geldean with her eighth-place finish for the girls and James Overberg coming in 10th for the boys. Jefferson Academy’s Jacob Crookston finished sixth to lead the Jaguars at Horizon.

Lyons softball upsets defending state champions

Sean Lynch felt going into the season that his Lyons team could be one of the more special ones in program history. So far this year, his team is backing up that claim.

The Lions, playing in the Patriot League in Class 3A, took top-ranked University to a tie game in the bottom seventh before losing in a walk-off 7-6. That loss turned out to be a positive and gave his players the belief they were the special group he envisioned.

Six days after coming up short at University, Lyons pulled off a huge league win over the defending state champion Strasburg Indians 14-8 on Tuesday. Lynch saw his team rally after giving up five runs in the top of the first to get the win.

“It’s their focus and their belief in what I was telling them that this could be a special team,” Lynch said. “With the history of Lyons, it’s hard to buy into that, but top to bottom they have bought into the program and that they can do this and hang with the big teams.”

Broomfield gymnasts Darcy Jew, left, and ...
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Broomfield gymnasts Darcy Jew, left, and Melanie Roberts are looking to build on 2018 state championship performances that included top-six finishes on balance beam for each and a top-eight all-around finish for Jew.

Other notes

All sports are underway, but the gymnastics teams in the area have yet to compete. That changes Wednesday night when Niwot hosts Elizabeth and Thornton for a home meet and Broomfield travels to face Mountain Range… Other football games to watch this week include: Longmont vs. Pueblo East (Thu.), Monarch @ Dakota Ridge (Thu.), Broomfield vs. Loveland, Frederick vs. Erie, Silver Creek vs. Centaurus… Broomfield defeated Sterling by four strokes to win the Estes Park Invitational, led by Ben Reifschneider taking first place individually… Holy Family, ranked No. 2 in the Class 4A preseason polls, is off to a slow start this year with a 1-4 record heading into Wednesday’s game with Valor Christian. The Tigers were also pulled from the CHSAA polls this week.

To see our notebook on teams in Class 5A released last weekend, click here.