Friday, Oct. 11
Niwot (3-2) at Thompson Valley (2-3), 7 p.m.
Silver Creek (3-2) at Skyline (3-2), Everly-Montgomery Field, 7 p.m.
Windsor (1-4) at Class 4A No. 2 Broomfield (5-0), 7 p.m.
Prospect Ridge Academy (2-3) at Berthoud (0-5), 7 p.m.
Boulder (2-4) at Prairie View (3-3), 7 p.m.
Denver North (4-1) at Holy Family (2-3), 7 p.m.
Horizon (2-4) at Class 5A No. 9 Fairview (5-1), Recht Field, 7 p.m.
Northridge (4-1) at Erie (2-3), 7 p.m.
Centaurus (2-3) at Fruita Monument (2-3), 7 p.m.
Class 3A No. 2 Mead (5-0) at Skyview (2-3), 7 p.m.
Flatirons Academy (4-1) at Lyons (0-5), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Greeley West (3-2) at Longmont (3-2), 1 p.m.
Class 3A No. 6 Frederick (5-0) at Northfield (1-4), 7 p.m.
— Games between Thompson Valley and Niwot have been good the past dozen years or so, with Niwot holding a slight 5-4 record since 2006. And while Thompson Valley has won three straight against the Cougars, Niwot has shown vast improvement this year. The Cougars did fall last week against Eagle Valley, but the team still moved the ball well with 322 yards of offense. Thompson Valley will be looking to rebound from a shutout loss at Thomas Jefferson.
— Berthoud has managed just 40 points this season (eight per game) but has a chance to get going against a young program that is Prospect Ridge out of Broomfield. The Miners surrendered 486 yards to The Academy a week ago as they dropped to 2-3. Seth Hagan (84 carries, 755 yards) is PRA’s go-to rusher, while Berthoud has favored Cooper Stratmeyer (81 carries, 381 yards) in the run game.
— For the second straight week, the Silver Creek Raptors will butt heads with a city rival as Skyline hosts their 4A Longs Peak League opener at EMF. The Falcons were in a wild one last week, holding on to beat Holy Family by a single point, 35-34, as both quarterbacks threw for more than 400 yards. Chase Silva should surpass 1,000 yards passing this game (he’s just 16 yards shy of the mark) and has 14 TDs and five interceptions so far in 2019. Silver Creek has just one game in the past three of scoring more than 20 points, which seems to be a reasonable amount they’ll need in this one to scratch out win No. 4.
— Broomfield has been pounding opponents into the ground so far with an average margin of victory of 30 points. Hosting Windsor would seem like a tough matchup in typical years, as the Wizards have always been formidable, but in 2019 WHS is young and have posted just about 18 points per game. They do remain pretty disciplined on defense, so sophomore quarterback Zachary Kapushion is going to have to choose his targets wisely. Caden Peters is looking for a third-straight 200-plus yard rushing performance, as well.
— Boulder put up a great performance against Smoky Hill last week and the Panthers could really use a win over Prairie View to reward the team for the work they’ve put in. Hale Chargois bounced back in a big way with four touchdown passes against the Buffaloes, and he’ll have to be on point again as BHS tries to maintain balanced efforts offensively. Prairie View has won two games in a row.
— Holy Family’s homecoming game features 4-1 Denver North, but the Vikings are 25th in 3A RPI with 10 sub-.500 teams ranked ahead of them. The Tigers (No. 20 RPI) offense kept up with 4A Skyline every step of the way last week but fell just short of victory; however, that performance could be the breakout effort HFHS needed to see as they enter league play.
— Horizon and Fairview clash in Front Range League play Friday, and the Knights are looking to continue a streak of impressive offensive performances. In all five wins, FHS has posted at least 471 yards of offense. Unheralded in general has been a defense that has produced 17 turnovers and blocked three field goals. Horizon is No. 34 in 5A RPI while the Knights are currently 11th.
— Erie hosts Northridge in what could be a really good 3A North Valley opener. The 2-3 Tigers sit among the most challenged 3A teams (No. 16 RPI) while the Grizzlies are No. 11 as it stands, and NHS has won four straight since opening up with a loss to Hinkley (now ranked in 5A). Erie will need to capitalize on any mistakes and hope Mason Veve (79 carries, 547 yards) continues to churn out yards and eat up some game clock time.
— Centaurus travels across the state to the Western Slope for its league opener and will be looking to get its offense going after posting just seven points in two recent losses to Wheat Ridge and Heritage. Mind you, those are tough teams to face, but the lack of production is still somewhat surprising. Last year, Fruita posted 54 points on CHS and the Wildcats (No. 14 in 4A RPI) score 22.8 points per game, so the Warriors will need to be efficient in their attack to keep up.
— Mead goes on the road to face Skyview looking to put a hurting on a sixth consecutive opponent after posting 34 points yet again last week. Jake Wachter has seven touchdown rushes in the past two games alone and now has 10 on the season, while he and Nathan Bailey have eclipsed 500 yards on the ground. Skyview has thrived on turnovers and getting to the quarterback.
— The tough schedule for Lyons continues Friday with a meeting against Flatirons Academy, who has outscored opponents 151-53 so far. The biggest thing for Lyons right now is gaining confidence with a sustained drive or two that ends up in six points, as those opportunities have been few and far between thus far.
— The matchup of Longmont and Greeley West has an old-school feel, and a Saturday afternoon game should provide both teams with the chance to prepare adequately for the battle. Greeley West does not have updated stats in MaxPreps, but their two losses have come by just seven points (14-13 at 5A Arapahoe and 21-15 to 5-1 Chatfield). Keegan Patterson, meanwhile, continues to show a knack for playmaking skills as the Trojans QB. Last week, he threw for 183 yards and ran for 136 more, both totals marking career bests.
— Frederick has scored 40 or more points in four games this season, and the Warriors face a Northfield team that is 38th in RPI and have allowed 32.4 points a game. Look for FHS to continue to build depth in this one to prepare for the tougher league games including next week’s battle against Holy Family.