Week 4 schedule
Thursday, Sept. 19
Longmont (1-1) at Greeley Central (1-1), District 6 Stadium, 6:30 p.m.
Centaurus (1-1) at Widefield (0-2), 7 p.m.
Justice (0-2) at Denver Christian (1-0), 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 20
Weld Central (1-1) at Class 3A No. 7 Frederick (2-0), 7 p.m.
Holy Family (1-1) at Class 3A No. 6 Discovery Canyon (2-1), 7 p.m.
Brighton (2-1) at Skyline (1-1), Everly-Montgomery Stadium, 7 p.m.
Greeley West (1-1) at Monarch (1-1), Spangenberg Field, 7 p.m.
Legacy (0-3) at Class 5A No. 7 Eaglecrest (3-0), Legacy Stadium, 7 p.m.
Silver Creek (2-0) at Class 4A No. 9 Windsor (1-1), 7 p.m.
Lyons (0-2) at Wiggins (1-1), 7 p.m.
Niwot (2-1) at Littleton (0-2), 7 p.m.
Class 5A No. 10 Fairview (2-1) at Doherty (0-3), Garry Berry Stadium, 7 p.m.
Denver East (2-1) at Boulder (2-1), 7 p.m.
Class 3A No. 2 Mead (3-0) at 3A No. 8 Roosevelt (1-1), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21
No local games scheduled
— Longmont’s 1-1 record includes a two-point win and a four-point loss, so needless to say it’s been an exciting start to the Trojans’ season. There’s a reason they play the games, but Longmont owns nine straight wins against the Wildcats including a 40-20 win in 2018. Sage Yazzie and Keegan Patterson have done an excellent job sharing the QB role, but they’ll be challenged as GCHS has allowed just 20 points per game.
— Centaurus had a rough start in Week 1 but the Warriors rebounded to shut out Littleton at last week’s Homecoming game. CHS had both a 100-yard rusher (Anthony Medina) and a 100-yard receiver (Titis Gebhardt) while Nathen Rodriguez completed 12 of 14 passing attempts. Widefield has scored just six points this season, but the Gladiators have generated turnovers and will be playing in front of their home crowd for the first time.
— Justice has a chance to gather its bearings against a Denver Christian team that just played its first game in several years last week. The Phoenix will need to keep an eye on freshman Thunder QB Zac Beijer, who threw for 209 yards on just six completions last week.
— The Frederick Warriors, Miners Trophy in hand, will host like-minded 2A Weld Central in what could be a quick game at the FHS stadium on Friday night. The Rebels have attempted just 13 passes in two games while accumulating 270 yards per game on the ground; meanwhile, Frederick runs for about 300 yards a game with some excellent complementary passing so far from Jake Green. As expected, Dylan Sindelar has been a beast on both sides of the football but is still looking for his first TD of the season.
— Holy Family settled down to beat Glenwood Springs at home last week but now faces another tough road test with Discovery Canyon — the Thunder have already scored 112 points in three games. Common in this short series? Scoring, lots and lots of scoring (Discovery Canyon won 52-34 last year, while Holy Family won 64-60 in a 2015 game). Tigers kicker Liam Gray has been busy already with four made field goals (second in the state) and 16 kicking points.
— Skyline has a fight on its hands as Brighton and its No. 10 RPI come to EMF. Both teams are coming off losses, but Brighton was in the game against Chatfield after one half of play before the wheels fell off. The teams have played just once in the MaxPreps database era, and it was a Falcons romp. Can SHS repeat that effort? They definitely will be motivated to get back on track after falling to Mead as hard as they did. Should be an interesting Friday night tussle.
— After mustering just 173 yards in Week 1, Monarch doubled that amount (342) in Week 2 at Rampart and saw an overall concerted effort to be better on both sides of the football. The Coyotes will get a challenge in the Spartans, who lost by just a point (14-13) to 5A Arapahoe in Week 1 and then dominated George Washington last week. Greeley West won this game last year 17-7… if the Coyotes can keep the game close this time, it could turn out to be a special night.
— Lost in Legacy’s heartbreaking loss at Lakewood last week was the performance of its kicker, John Hoyland, who nailed three field goals including two in the fourth quarter that gave the Lightning a late lead. Hoyland already has seven made field goals, easily the most in the state, but that has come at the expense of the offense not getting a ton of touchdowns, too (just five in three games). They’ll look to find paydirt a little more against Eaglecrest, a team that has won 32 of its past 33 regular season games.
— Unranked in the CHSAANow polls, Silver Creek has the No. 1 RPI in 4A and will look to prove their worth even more against the traditionally stout Wizards. The Raptors have allowed just 19 points (all 19 to Thomas Jefferson) and have produced nine turnovers (seven against Centaurus). Carter Closson has been impressive so far, and the Raptors will need to capitalize on any Windsor miscues. WHS (No. 24 RPI) likes the ball-control game that has produced 400 rushing yards a contest so far and could easily be 2-0 were it not for a 24-23 loss to Ponderosa last week.
— The Lyons Lions will try and get out of the gates early having but three first-half points to their credit in two games. Wiggins has dominated this series the past five, outscoring LHS by a cumulative 218-40.
— Niwot’s No. 31 RPI suggests the Cougars haven’t played the toughest schedule, but that matters little for this team that continues to play great football. Niwot did what it was supposed to do against Fort Lupton and now turns its attention to a Littleton team that has been shut out twice so far. The Lions have been good at pressuring the QB, so Ayden Bartko won’t be able to just sit back and pick apart the defense; the Cougars must continue to deploy a balanced offense if they want to move to 3-1 for the second time in four years.
— By RPI, the Doherty Spartans are the best winless team in 5A (sitting at No. 22) but they have not been close to winning against Cherry Creek, Pine Creek or Mullen so far. Fairview knows, however, that mistakes can cost football games and precision on defense is a must with Doherty’s attempts to stay balanced between pass and run offense. FHS’ Grant Page and David Howlett (30 catches combined) have continued to impress as sophomore wideouts with strong hands.
— A huge game for Boulder comes this week against a Denver East team that has had the Panthers’ number over the years. Boulder comes in 19th in 5A RPI while East is 12th, and BHS can get to 3-1 for the first time since 2011 with a dub. Hale Chargois is on pace for 1,400 passing yards which hasn’t been seen by a Boulder QB in a while, and it’s that balance on offense and a renewed mental strength on defense that has the Panthers looking good right now.
— Last on the Blitz package but arguably one of the state’s games of the week is Mead at Roosevelt — the 3A Nos. 8 and 13 teams according to RPI. One way or the other, these games in this series have typically not been close with the average margin of victory weighing in at 28.4 points over the past seven meetings. Roosevelt’s defense has come up against Pueblo East and Discovery Canyon and has allowed 56 points but the Roughriders have also caused eight opponent turnovers. Mead’s 47.5 points per game is seventh in the state while its 20 touchdowns scored is third. Can Mead blitz yet another formidable team?