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Holy Family High School junior defensive end Dominic Mazzulla (88) celebrates sacking Lutheran High School junior quarterback Clayton Jacobs (10) with teammate Dominic Neely (55) on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Parker, Colo.
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The 2020 high school football season in Colorado appears to be in for a photo finish, but the teams that remain are ready to go for the campaign’s final weeks.

When the Colorado High School Activities Association released the postseason brackets on Sunday, four local teams – Fairview, Broomfield, Holy Family and Mead – were in the field. Mead already announced its game against Pueblo South would have to be canceled because the Mavericks are in quarantine.

That leaves three teams still alive in the playoff field, which could change on a dime in the days leading up to the start of quarterfinals play on Thursday night.

Below are capsules of each state quarterfinals game from the BoCoPreps.com area. Dates, times and sites are in correlation with MaxPreps and are subject to change.

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Fairview High School junior recover Grant Page (23) attempts to dive for the pylon past Legacy High School defenders after stepping out of bounds on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

Class 5A

No. 6 Fairview vs. No. 3 Legend

Details: Nov. 21 at EchoPark Automotive Stadium at 2:30 p.m.

Outlook: Both finishing the regular season with 6-0 records, the Fairview Knights and Legend Titans will be the last two teams in Class 5A to kick off their postseasons. When they do, both teams bring a lot of offensive firepower and opportunistic defenses to the table. Fairview averaged 37.7 points on offense and allowed just 14.2 on defense, while Legend put up 39 points a week and allowed just 6.8 to their opponents.

Fairview’s senior quarterback, Liam O’Brien, completed 141 of 230 pass attempts for 1,860 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first full regular season as the starter. Junior Grant Page led the team with 634 yards and eight touchdowns. The Fairview defensive unit, led in tackles by Liam Huber (62), Zach Lewis (52) and Brayden Wood (51) is tied for the statewide lead with 13 total interceptions. Senior defensive back Jay Barry has the most picks in the Knights secondary with five.

On the other side, Legend’s defensive secondary has 10 interceptions of its own and is led by Jaxon Muma’s state-leading seven picks and team-leading 45 total tackles. The Titans defense has also recovered nine fumbles. Offensively, senior quarterback Kalen Shoemaker threw for 890 yards and 14 touchdowns during the regular season and running back Connor Eise led the team with 798 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.

Class 4A

No. 5 Broomfield vs. No. 4 Loveland

Details: Nov. 20 at Ray Patterson Field at 6:30 p.m.

Outlook: Between Broomfield (5-0) and Loveland (6-0), one or the other has played in four of the last five Class 4A state championship games. The two teams have also traded victories in their head-to-head series over their past eight meetings. That combination of postseason pedigree and competitive history should make for an exciting early-round matchup on Friday night in Loveland.

For Broomfield, senior Hall Edmonds leads the Eagles in both rushing and tackling with 426 yards and 49 total tackles. The Broomfield defense has forced seven turnovers and allowed just 16.4 points in five regular season games while the Eagles offense put up 27.6 points a week. Sophomore quarterback Cole LaCrue threw for 841 yards with nine touchdowns to just one interception and likes to push the ball downfield to big targets like 6-foot-3 junior Josh Dunn, who finished the regular season with 382 yards and six touchdowns.

Loveland counters with a pair of dynamic offensive threats in quarterbacks Zack Rakowsky and Garrett Harstad, who mostly run the ball and have combined for over 1,700 yards of total offense and nearly 30 touchdowns. The Loveland offense averages 41.5 points per game and junior linebacker Ian Loomis’ 69 total tackles pace a defense that gave up an average of only 14.3 points during the regular season.

Class 3A

No. 2 Holy Family vs. No. 7 Evergreen

Details: Nov. 20 at Holy Family at 6 p.m.

Outlook: The last time Holy Family and Evergreen met one another was in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. Evergreen won that game 40-8 but this year, Holy Family enters in the more favorable position with the No. 2 overall seed.

The Holy Family (6-0) offense has a dangerous feature back in senior Trevin Johnson, who has rushed for 786 yards and 11 touchdowns already in 2020. With 383 yards of his own, senior Matt Mollender is a solid secondary option. Senior quarterback Michael White threw for 903 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season for a Tigers offense that averaged 46.3 points a week. The Holy Family defense, which allowed only 10 points a game, forced 16 turnovers and had 14.5 sacks, is led by juniors Jared Delgado and Brady Samaras, who have 44 and 41 tackles, respectively.

The Evergreen offense averaged 30.8 points a game. How it will perform on Friday, however, is difficult to project because it relied heavily on senior quarterback Griffin Lauritano, who is not eligible for postseason play because he transferred to Georgia and back to Colorado at the beginning of the fall. Evergreen running back Noah Martens carried the ball 109 times for 871 yards and the Cougars’ defense held its six regular-season opponents to 15 points a game.

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Broomfield High School junior linebacker Blake Naranjo (8) celebrates an interception return of Brighton High School junior quarterback Nathaniel Griffeth (9) on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)