Thursday, Oct. 17
Class 5A No. 9 Fairview (6-1, No. 12 5A RPI) at Fossil Ridge (2-5, No. 34 5A RPI), French Field, 6 p.m.
Greeley Central (1-5, No. 34 4A RPI) at Silver Creek (3-3, No. 20 4A RPI), Everly-Montgomery Field, 6:30 p.m.
Rocky Mountain (4-3, No. 21 5A RPI) at Legacy (1-6, No. 31 5A RPI), North Stadium, 7 p.m.
Northfield (1-5, No. 36 Class 3A RPI) at Class 3A No. 2 Mead (6-0, No. 1 3A RPI), 7 p.m.
Holy Family (3-3, No. 16 3A RPI) at Class 3A No. 6 Frederick (6-0, No. 10 3A RPI), 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18
Skyline (4-2, No. 6 4A RPI) at Monarch (2-4, No. 24 4A RPI), Spangenberg Field, 7 p.m.
Erie (3-3, No. 13 3A RPI) at Niwot (3-3, No. 39 3A RPI), Everly-Montgomery Field, 7 p.m.
Rangeview (3-4, No. 29 5A RPI) at Boulder (2-5, No. 30 5A RPI), 7 p.m.
Class 4A No. 2 Broomfield (6-0, No. 8 4A RPI) at Mountain View (2-4, No. 17 4A RPI), Ray Patterson Stadium, 7 p.m.
Lyons (0-6, No. 36 1A RPI) at Estes Park (3-3, No. 22 1A RPI), 7 p.m.
Longmont (4-2, No. 16 4A RPI) at Windsor (1-5, No. 36 4A RPI), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Class 4A No. 6 Vista PEAK Prep (6-0, No. 4 4A RPI) at Centaurus (2-4, No. 35 4A RPI), 1 p.m.
Front Range Christian (4-2, No. 14 1A 8-man RPI) at Justice (0-5, No. 40 1A 8-man RPI), Recht Field, 1 p.m.
University (2-4, No. 22 2A RPI) at Prospect Ridge Academy (2-4, No. 34 2A RPI), North Stadium, 1 p.m.
— Fairview is looking to roll through the Front Range League, but the Knights have to be aware of this Fossil Ridge team that has lost back-to-back league games by just three points apiece. Aidan Atkinson is rolling up the passing yards, but we would be remiss to forget pointing out the running attack for FHS has produced a healthy 6.2 yards per carry this year.
— Legacy got a nice win last week behind 35 carries from Dakota Key and Ardarius Edwards’ best game so far. The Lightning are tasked with facing Rocky Mountain (2-0 Front Range), a team that has its league wins against city rivals Fossil Ridge and Poudre. The Lobos don’t have any standout players but rather a bunch of tough-nosed kids who have excelled, especially the past two games.
— Silver Creek has a chance to get back on track against Greeley Central, as the Wildcats have scored just 33 points over the past five games. The Raptors themselves got roughed up by Skyline last week, but Caleb Sedegan had a breakout game with six catches of offense and a sack on defense. He’ll present a mismatch that could help Carter Closson to a big game.
— Mead is likely in store for another big performance Thursday night. The Mavericks scored 35 points in the first quarter against Skyview last week and averaged 12 yards a pop on the ground. Northfield has been outscores 118-23 the past three games.
— Holy Family and Frederick could easily pass as the game of the week in the area, as the Tigers are just outside the top 10 in the CHSAANow.com coaches poll and have a playoff-worthy 16 RPI, while Frederick is searching for some competition after rolling the past four weeks. The Warriors’ Dominik Schleif had a career day with 157 yards on just five carries with two scores last week, and FHS is averaging 14.2 yards per play this season. HFHS had nine players catch passes last week, and Calahan Carter went 17-for-20 for 254 yards in a shutout win against Denver North. The Tigers will look to ride that momentum against a 2019 juggernaut.
— Skyline and Monarch clash at Spangenberg Field on Friday night, and the Falcons looked all the part of the defending Class 4A runners-up last week against Silver Creek. The Falcons’ Chase Silva has passed for 604 yards combined the past two games, with seven touchdowns to just one pick. Monarch got stuffed at Loveland last week, but Keiran Singh continued his fine season with 91 yards and a score on 14 carries. He might have to be closer to the 200-yard mark for MoHi to keep close.
— Erie and Niwot are a couple of teams going in opposite directions. The Tigers have won two of three games and have a No. 13 RPI in 3A while Niwot has lost three straight and have struggled offensively. But the Cougars have more balance this year than they’ve had in a long time, which means Erie has to be disciplined. The Tigers did allow just 140 yards to Northridge last week and are looking to keep in the playoff hunt.
— Boulder is looking to stop the bleeding Friday night against Rangeview, and both teams appear on the same plane right now as indicated by their RPI. Last year, the Panthers won this series meeting 20-0, and there is hope for BHS that a balanced offense can keep the Raiders on their heels.
— Mountain View already took down one team (Silver Creek) when it was undefeated and has a chance to ruin Broomfield’s run at perfection on Friday night. That said, Broomfield is in freight-train-running-full-power mode right now, as the Eagles have outscored opponents 221-72 so far and have a running back in Caden Peters that has rushed for 763 yards three past three outings (three straight 200-plus yard efforts). Mountain View will look to bounce back from a game against Brighton that saw just 23 yards of offense.
— Lyons has dominated the series with Estes Park, but last year the Bobcats won the game 49-2. Unfortunately for the Lions, EPHS appears to be even more balanced than last year.
— Windsor dropped its fifth straight game last week, but make no mistake the Wizards are not a team Longmont cannot overlook having taken Broomfield to the brink in a 20-16 setback. WHS had the lead at halftime of that game. Longmont put Greeley West away in the fourth quarter last week and probably will need to come through again in the late stages of the game to tack win No. 5 to their resume.
— Centaurus gets Vista PEAK at home on Saturday afternoon, and it’ll be a challenge to knock the Bison from the ranks of the undefeated. Vista PEAK’s Ja’Derris Carr-kersh has over 1,000 total yards and 15 touchdowns so far this year, and Centaurus has not been able to stop many top rushers from having big games. The Warriors hope to rely on spreading out the defense and maybe get a long score or two early on to gain some momentum.
— Justice will look to continue building against Front Range Christian Saturday, and at this point just having a game of 10 or more points on the board would represent great improvement for the Phoenix.
— Prospect Ridge proved no match for Berthoud last week, but the Miners have a chance to avenge last year’s shutout loss to University at North Stadium Saturday and match 2017’s three-win total that remains the highest the team has achieved since becoming varsity. Lost in the mix of last week’s game was that Seth Hagan still continues to run well and is on pace for 1,250 rushing yards this year.