Week 3 schedule
Thursday, Sept. 12
Legacy (0-2) at Lakewood (2-0), Trailblazer Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13
Prospect Ridge Academy (0-1) at Machebeuf (1-0), 4 p.m.
Justice (0-1) at Soroco (2-0), 7 p.m.
Evergreen (0-2) at Class 3A No. 3 Mead (2-0), 7 p.m.
Boulder (1-1) at Mountain Range (1-1), 7 p.m.
Littleton (0-1) at Centaurus (0-1), 7 p.m.
Class 3A No. 7 Erie (1-1) at Frederick (1-0), 7 p.m.
ThunderRidge (1-1) at Fairview (1-1), Recht Field, 7 p.m.
Fort Lupton (0-1) at Niwot (1-1), Everly-Montgomery Field, 7 p.m.
Clear Creek (0-1) at Lyons (0-1), 7 p.m.
Longmont (0-1) at Fort Collins (0-2), French Field, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14
Class 4A No. 2 Broomfield (2-0) at Standley Lake (1-0), North Area Athletic Complex, noon
Monarch (0-1) at Rampart (0-2), 6 p.m.

Blitz package:

— Could this be the breakout game for Legacy’s Dakota Key? The senior was held in check last week as the Lightning ventured up to Washington to play Bothell (a 39-20 loss), but the talented tailback will no doubt get going soon. Meanwhile, Legacy did see junior wideout Jaiden Peterson grab 12 receptions (school record) for 108 yards and a score and lineman Hunter O’Connor continues to make plays. They’ll need a concrete effort to get by the Tigers, who have proven to have two steady quarterbacks in Jason Doung and Max Schadler.

— Bryson Kenyon (six catches, 84 yards) emerged as a go-to player for Prospect Ridge last week, and despite a loss to Flatirons Academy the Miners proved they could moved the ball. The next step is completing drives with touchdowns and they have a chance to do that against the Buffaloes. Machebeuf’s Jack Farmer had six catches in this matchup last year and already had four in the team’s win last week against Manual — PRA should be aware of his talents.

— Justice was simply overmatched in a home game against Hayden last week and will be challenged against the Rams on the road in Week 2. Soroco’s Jesse Koler already has 380 yards rushing on just 24 carries, so he’ll be a prime focus of Nels Thoreson’s defense.

— The Mavericks of Mead High School could not have asked for a better start to the season — their defense has posted two solid efforts (0 points allowed in the first three quarters of either game so far) and the ground game (10.6 yards per carry) is flat-out dominating. Evergreen has put up 33.5 points per game but allowed 372 yards and six touchdowns to Lewis-Palmer’s Jake Martin last week.

— Boulder’s football game last week almost spilled into Saturday morning because of lightning delays, but the Panthers’ energy was overflowing until the final snap if their 30-14 win over Northglenn. Boulder racked up 528 yards of offense (!!) and made Salute to Service Night one to remember. Next up is a matchup against cunning Mountain Range, who gained traction last week through the efforts of Justin Levinson and Anthony Vieth.

— Surely, Centaurus thought it would come out better against Silver Creek last week but from the outset mistakes just added up quickly. It’s water under the bridge now, and Nick Faraca and Co. will be looking for a more well-rounded game against the Lions of Littleton, who were also blanked in their opener against Abraham Lincoln. Anthony Media totaled 117 yards of offense and appears to be CHS’ newest workhorse.

— The Miners Trophy, one of the few pieces of real hardware actually fought for in the area, is at stake once again as Frederick hosts Erie. Let’s be honest … it could be a tremendous game and Frederick will be looking to break a five-game losing streak in the series. Erie has opted not to post stats but we do know it allowed a shade under 400 yards of offense to Pueblo South last week in its first regular-season loss since 2017. While Frederick’s offense was unstoppable as a whole in Week 1 (it had a bye last week), Jake Green was particularly elusive accounting for 331 yards of offense. The Warriors, sitting just outside the top 10 in the coaches poll, totaled 49 rushing attempts against Kennedy and will not deviate from the multi-faceted ground game very much.

—  The Fairview Knights rarely put up as bad a game as they did last week, but the coaching staff seems to be able to regather the troops quickly and they’ll have an opportunity to get back on track at home against ThunderRidge — the team that knocked them from the 2018 playoff competition. Both teams were preseason top 10 teams and will be looking to weave their way back in, with the Grizzlies losing to Lakewood last week. ThunderRidge had 12 sacks in two games against FHS last year, so the Knights’ O-Line must be prepared for an aggressive game in the trenches.

— Having allowed just 35 points in two games so far, the Niwot defense is looking as good as it has in years and the Cougars very easily could be 2-0. That second win could come against Fort Lupton, a team that has five straight one-win seasons. So far, Niwot quarterback Ayden Bartko has done a nice job of distributing the football, completing passes to six receivers and has just one interception on the year. Still, the Cougars will look to establish the run and control the clock if they can.

— Lyons didn’t give up a lot of yards in its opener against Sheridan, however the stats from the Rams side of things indicate they dominated the line of scrimmage (eight sacks, 21 tackles for loss). The Lions will look to rebound against Clear Creek, who has a new coach in Landon Wright and who could only muster 20 yards of offense in a loss against Hotchkiss last week.

— Two of the state’s oldest teams get together as Longmont heads up to Fort Collins, and both teams will be looking for their first win of 2019. Both teams were close last week, with the Trojans giving up a lead in the late minutes of regulation against Pueblo East while Fort Collins lost in overtime against Fossil Ridge. The Trojans’ Sage Yazzie showed his versatility and it will be interesting to see what Doug Johnson does with the quarterback position moving forward. The series has seen LHS win three straight, but last year’s 36-35  victory at Everly-Montgomery Field was one of 2018’s wildest games.

— Blair Hubbard’s defense at Broomfield has allowed just 25 points to 5A Legacy and defending 4A champ Loveland, and this week’s game against Standley Lake appears to be another opportunity to extend the good start. On offense, Caden Peters has back-to-back 100-yard games and has not put the football on the ground in 40 carries — helping keep the Eagles’ offense moving the chains effectively. Grant Swenson’s 309 receiving yards leads all of 11-man football in the state, too.

— Monarch heads down south to take on 0-2 Rampart for the fifth time in the past four seasons, and the Coyotes need to get their offense charged up in a hurry after scoring just one touchdown and accumulating just 173 yards of offense in last week’s loss against Dakota Ridge. Kieran Singh was the leading ball-carrier for MHS, totaling 69 yards on 22 carries (3.1 ypc); MoHi averaged just 3.3 yards per tote.  The Rams have ran the ball three times as much as they have tried passing, as well — Chris Yoo and Cale Cormaney have been the featured backs and have combined for nearly 300 yards and five scores in two games.

Erie's Cameron Marcucci holds the Miners ...
Lewis Geyer/Staff Photographer
Erie and Frederick battle for the Miners Trophy on Friday night at Frederick High School.