Amazingly already a third of the way through the unusual 2020 regular season, BoCoPreps.com team went 7-7 in Week 2.
Local Week 2 winners were Broomfield, Erie, Fairview, Holy Family, Legacy, Lyons and Skyline. The losing teams were Frederick, Longmont, Mead, Monarch, Niwot, Prospect Ridge and Silver Creek.
Teams continue to adjust to the new guidelines and now have a better idea of their potential. As they play their way through this six-game campaign, each game becomes more important than the last.
“You always want to take a big step between game one and game two, especially in a year when you don’t have a scrimmage and you don’t have a summer camp,” Broomfield head coach Blair Hubbard said after his team’s 30-21 win over Brighton in Week 2. “Our young guys rose to the occasion tonight. We made some mistakes but we overcame them in the second half. I couldn’t be prouder and hopefully we’re putting some momentum together here.”
Here is a game-by-game look at what’s in store for local teams in Week 3.
Fairview vs. Fossil Ridge
Details: At Fossil Ridge on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.
Outlook: Fairview football (2-0) has long been known for its offensive prowess but it is the Knights’ defense that has them 2-0 and ranked No. 9 in 5A by the CHSAANow.com poll so far this fall. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter of last week’s 26-7 win over Rocky Mountain, in which Brayden Wood led the team with 11 total tackles, last week that Fairview allowed its first points in 2020. Though Fairview is 4-0 against Fossil Ridge dating back to 2014, the Sabercats should prove a tougher test for the Knights this Thursday.
Legacy vs. Prairie View
Details: Adams 12 North Stadium on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
Outlook: The Legacy Lightning has started a season with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2010 and the team will look to stay unbeaten when it hosts winless Prairie View in Week 3. Running back Braelon Tate leads the Lightning with 303 rushing yards and four touchdowns and the Legacy defense has allowed an average of just 15 points through the team’s first two games.
Longmont vs. Skyline
Details: Everly-Montgomery Field on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: We’ve got an exciting cross-town rivalry on deck between No. 10 Skyline (2-0) and Longmont (1-1), the latter of which has won nine of the past 10 meetings between the two teams except for the most recent one. This year’s contest will feature an exciting match at quarterback between Longmont junior Keegan Patterson (701 passing yards) and Skyline senior Chase Silva, who has thrown for 414 yards in two games. Aiden Gaddis (28 tackles) and the Longmont defense might want to keep close tabs on Skyline’s versatile Grayden Bridwell while the Skyline defense will look to improve on the four interceptions it already has.
Monarch vs. Greeley Central
Details: Spangenberg Field on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.
Outlook: In this battle of winless teams, at least one will leave with its first victory of the season. Monarch has lost a pair of close games to Broomfield and Longmont but Greeley Central has lost big to Loveland and Windsor while only scoring eight points between the two games. Monarch junior running back Cole Carlucci will be a player to watch in this one, as he has racked up 354 yards on 52 carried while filling in for injured starter Kieran Singh.
Erie vs. Windsor
Details: At Erie on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
Outlook: Both teams are 2-0 and just outside the top 10 in Class 3A, so this should be a critical contest for Windsor and Erie. The visiting Wizards come to Erie with a defense that has allowed just 10 total points to Windsor’s first two opponents. Against that tough Windsor defense, expect Erie to lean heavily on senior running back Mason Veve, who has already amassed 460 yards and six touchdowns with just 18 carries through two games.
Mead vs. Fort Morgan
Details: At Mead on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
Outlook: As the No. 1 team in Class 3A last week, the Mavericks were stunned 21-20 in overtime by Roosevelt for the first loss of the season. Now the No.5 Mavericks will look for a bounce-back week in a matchup against an unbeaten No. 6 Fort Morgan team that prides itself on its defense. Mead will look to pick apart that defense with its three-headed rushing attack led by Nathan Bailey (144 yards), Evan Morris (97) and Brayden Keys (72) that has put up 461 yards on the ground already in 2020.
Holy Family vs. Discovery Canyon
Details: At Air Academy on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.
Outlook: The ninth-ranked Holy Family Tigers (2-0) haven’t really been tested yet in 2020, winning each of their first two games by 26 points or more. This week’s game against Discovery Canyon (1-1) will be much tougher than the Tigers’ previous two, as the Thunder’s only loss this season came against No. 4 Lutheran last week. For Holy Family, senior tailback Trevin Johnson leads the offense with 332 yards on 24 carries while senior Justin Trostel (three interceptions) and the Tigers defense have feasted so far to the tune of eight takeaways in two games.
Broomfield vs. Silver Creek
Details: Everly-Montgomery Field on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.
Outlook: Defending runner-up Broomfield (No. 7) has won a couple close ones against Monarch and Brighton in order to get to 2-0. The Eagles will put that record on the line when they head to Longmont and face Silver Creek, a team that is 0-2 but has faced tough opponents in Erie and No. 10 Skyline. Sophomore quarterback Cole Lacrue has been great so far for Broomfield, completing 15 of 24 attempts for 329 yards and five touchdowns, and senior Hall Edmonds leads the team with 107 rushing while anchoring the Eagles defense. Silver Creek junior Eli Hubert is a threat to make plays all over the Raptors’ defense and senior quarterback Logan Veeder has passed for 366 yards in two games.
Frederick vs. Northridge
Details: At Frederick on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
Outlook: Following several emergent seasons, the Frederick Warriors have gotten off to a rough 0-2 start in 2020. It’s worth noting, however, that those losses have come against No. 6 Fort Morgan and No. 1 Roosevelt. Looking for their first win of the season against the Grizzlies (0-2), the Warriors have three players who have rushed for over 100 yards in Bryce Conover, Parker Ayres and Tyler Weston. Defensively, Michael Espindola and Kooper Anderson lead the Warriors with 22 and 21 total tackles, respectively.
Niwot vs. Wray
Details: At Wray on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.
Outlook: Niwot took a beating at the hands of Holy Family in Week 1 but the Cougars nearly picked up their first win of the season last week, losing 14-7 in overtime to Riverdale Ridge. Through two games, Cougars senior quarterback Ayden Bartko is 16 for 45 with 277 passing yards and sophomore Ben Classen leads the Cougars defense with 11 total tackles. Originally scheduled to play Canon City, the Cougars will now take on Wray, which is the No. 6 team in Class 1A, according to the latest CHSAANow.com poll.
Prospect Ridge vs. Platte Canyon
Details: North Stadium on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.
Outlook: Last week was a rough one for the Prospect Ridge Miners, who fell 60-0 at the hands of No. 2-ranked Strasburg. This week, they’ll take on a winless Platte Canyon team that has yet to score in 2020. Miners senior quarterback Dylan Meredith has accounted for 258 yards of offense and five touchdowns for Prospect Ridge while senior Deklan Wilk is pacing the Miners’ defense with 15 total tackles.
Lyons vs. South Park
Details: At South Park on Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.
Outlook: Jason Yantzer’s Lyons Lions are coming off a big 52-8 win over Denver Christian and will look to climb over the .500 mark against South Park (0-2) in Week 3. Lions senior quarterback Sean Stevelinck has passed for 257 yards and rushed for 226 yards already through two games. Defensively, Monte Pickering has 19 total tackles, including three sacks for the Lyons defense, which has sacked opposing quarterbacks eight times already.