Week 2 football schedule
Thursday, Sept. 5
Monarch (0-0) at 4A No. 9 Dakota Ridge (1-0), Jeffco Stadium, 6 p.m.
Lyons (0-0) at Sheridan (0-0), 6 p.m.
3A No. 9 Pueblo East (1-0) at Longmont (0-0), 7 p.m.
5A No. 8 Ralston Valley (1-0) at 5A No. 7 Fairview (1-0), Recht Field, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 6
4A No. 7 Skyline (1-0) at 3A No. 3 Mead (1-0), 7 p.m.
4A No. 2 Loveland (0-0) at 4A No. 4 Broomfield (1-0), 7 p.m.
Northglenn (0-1) at Boulder (0-1), 7 p.m.
Centaurus (0-0) at Silver Creek (1-0), Everly-Montgomery Field, 7 p.m.
Glenwood Springs (0-0) at Holy Family (0-1), 7 p.m.
Niwot (1-0) at Greeley Central (0-0), District 6 Stadium, 7 p.m.
3A No. 7 Pueblo South (1-0) at 3A No. 4 Erie (1-0), 7 p.m.
Legacy (0-1) at Bothell (Wash.) (0-0), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Flatirons Academy (0-0) at Prospect Ridge Academy (0-0), North Stadium, 1 p.m.
Hayden (0-0) at Justice (0-0), Recht Field, 1 p.m.
— The Monarch Coyotes have won three straight season openers against three different opponents, but their last opening game loss in 2015 came against — you guessed it — Dakota Ridge. Look for MoHi to once again rely on a steady defensive effort as it tries to keep Ridge’s Ben Gutlig (11-for-19, 169 yards, three touchdowns in Week 1) from finding his targets accurately.
— Lyons battles numbers and depth every year, but the Lions are hoping the shed the weight of a winless 2018 season with a fresh start against a Sheridan team that was 2-7 itself last season (one W being a forfeit). The Lions have an enormous junior class looking to build something and it gets started Thursday night.
— What has become an interesting rivalry over the past few years, the Trojans (0-0) and Eagles (0-1) are playing for the sixth straight season with PEHS holding a 3-2 series edge including last year’s 42-26 win at Dutch Clark Stadium. East, however, will be making the tough trip up north for a second straight week and the Trojans hope they can replicate what Roosevelt did in Week 1 as LHS opens its season. The Trojans will have a new look with Sage Yazzie at QB and a host of new backfield runners.
— The last time the Fairview Knights matched up against Ralston Valley … um, you don’t want to remember if you’re a Knights fan (MaxPreps has the box score from the 2014 Class 5A quarterfinal if you’re curious). Just think major disappointment and one of Andrew Wingard’s finest prep games ever — of note, Wingard is now a Jacksonville Jaguar. Fast forward to 2019 — and you have an early matchup of teams eyeing a Class 5A state championship once again. Behind a bunch of emerging skills guys, FHS ferociously handled Boulder last week, while RV had no trouble against Mountain Vista. Should be a good one.
— Skyline and Mead butt heads Friday night in a game that features two teams that really have their respective programs in great position and who both stomped their opening week opponents. Jake Wachter and Nathan Bailey vaulted the Mavericks past Lewis-Palmer, while Chase Silva’s five touchdown passes against Westminster makes one think the Falcons are going to be okay despite losing a lot of talent on the edges last year. This game last year was 21-21 at half before SHS shut out the Mavs over the final 24 minutes … what’s in store this year?
— Remember that article we did for the preview about the 4A Longs Peak League vs. the 4A Northern League? Well, Week 2 provides an excellent example of a battle of potential late-round playoff teams from those leagues as Broomfield hosts Loveland. The Eagles flexed their muscles against 5A Legacy last week (new QB Zachary Kapushion did OK), while the Indians have had a long time to prepare specifically for this opening game coming off its 2018 4A state title. Loveland has a new head coach, and stalwarts Riley Kinney and Zack Weinmeister are gone, but Loveland has the reputation of reloading not rebuilding.
— The big deal for Boulder right now is beating Northglenn and starting the Metro League slate 1-0 after the Panthers fell to Fairview last week. But Friday’s game at Recht also has so much more surrounding it as BHS hosts Salute to Service night to honor men and women of all branches of military and civilian service — and will specifically dedicate the game to the family of BHS alum Larry Harris, who was killed in active duty in Afghanistan in 2009.
— Centaurus and Silver Creek continue what was a league matchup the previous cycle — the teams split the two games with defenses stepping up in low-scoring affairs — and while the Warriors are looking to start 2019 on fire, the Raptors are already heated up after beating Thomas Jefferson on the road in Week 1. SC’s Carter Closson hit six different receivers on his way to 200 yards and three touchdowns against the Spartans.
— Pueblo South was a tough opening opponent for Holy Family, and the Tigers will look to shake off a spotty defensive effort that saw the Colts rack up 475 yards of offense. HFHS did get a huge game from Braedon Peters (six catches, 126 yards, two touchdowns) and the team’s offensive line will look to help Calahan Carter under center a little bit more against Glenwood Springs.
— Niwot’s 2019 season begins much the same as 2018 with games against George Washington and Greeley Central back-to-back. After beating the Patriots with an impressive shutout in 2019 Week 1, the Cougars now look toward a 2-0 start against a young Wildcats squad that has not seen much success themselves of late. Look for Liam Flanagan to continue being a workhorse for NHS.
— Another juicy matchup comes our way as the aforementioned South Colts head to Erie, both teams coming off Week 1 wins. George Longoria and Jackson Dickerson were money for PSHS as the Colts were balanced in run/pass offense against Holy Family; for Erie, it was Mason Veve that got it done from the running back position as well as special teams. Another ST touchdown of some sort could prove to be a difference-maker in this tussle.
— A week after facing Broomfield, Legacy gets a chance to avenge a loss against Bothell of Seattle, Wash., from last year. The Cougars were a big-school playoff team from the Evergreen State last year and appear to have a strong returning rushing attack as they open their season. For the Lightning, the trip up Northwest can provide some good team bonding, and they also will look to find balance.
— Prospect Ridge appears short on numbers this year, but at least for the opener multiple players should be healthy and conditioned to play both ways as it opens against Class 1A Flatirons Academy (formerly Cornerstone Christian). The Miners are considerably more senior-heavy than the Bison, and with that comes the possibility there’s just a bit more hunger to succeed in their swan song as prep players.
— Hayden and Justice get the chance to put their cleats on the (fake) grass on Saturday afternoon, and for Justice it’s another year Nels Thoreson is looking to shape young men as they battle together on the gridiron. The Phoenix roster could be different today than it is tomorrow or Saturday — it’s an adventure that Thoreson embraces to the fullest, to be true.