Class 1A Week 7 League Breakdown
Last week the Metro League was all but cleared up in terms of the first and second place teams in league. Platte Canyon blasted Cornerstone Christian 56 to 6 and essentially locked up second place. That win by Platte Canyon basically clinched the league title for Resurrection Christian baring a huge upset in the final two weeks of the season. The only game of interest this week is Cornerstone Christian vs Front Range Christian. This game is important for Cornerstone Christian because if they want to grab a wildcard berth they need to win 2 of their last three games and that would put them at 5-4. A loss would essentially knock them out of the playoff hunt. Platte Canyon should be able to easily move by Lyons and keep their nice winning streak going. This league is competing with the South Central and Southern Peaks for the finally wildcard berth.
Cornerstone Christian at Front Range Christian Platte Canyon at Lyons
Estes Park at Clear Creek
Well the #1 and #2 teams avoided the trap games last week and both won setting up a huge league clash. Wiggins blasted Highland 50 to 7 and Burlington got by Wray 27 to 14. The other game from last week was Holyoke getting by Yuma 28 to 14 and keeping pace with the leaders. This week we finally get to see the top two teams face each other. Wiggins travels down to Burlington. Wiggins has been on fire since their loss to Platte Canyon winning four straight games including a key win over Crowley County. Wiggin’s defense has been great in their turnaround giving up 34 points in four games and their offense has been even better averaging 44 point per game. Burlington has bounced back nicely since losing to Limon two weeks ago getting by Yuma and Wray. Their defense still needs to improve when it comes to stopping the run. Burlington has given up large amounts on the ground in two of their past three games giving up 258 to Limon and 238 to Wray. This matchup looks to be tough for Burlington’s defense. Wiggins can spread you out and throw the ball but recently have been able to run the ball very good. This has huge implications as well because both teams still have to face an improved Holyoke team that also sits at 2-0. Holyoke has been impressive this year they have a nice key win over #2 Akron (8-Man) and need to win this weekend to at least guarantee them a top three finish and a winning record. They host a Wray team that can upset a team if they can pull everything together. Holyoke should be able to move past Wray and set up clashes against Wiggins and Burlington to close out the season. This league should be able to get three teams in if Holyoke wins this weekend.
Highland at Yuma Wiggins at Burlington
Wray at Holyoke
The league took a huge turn last week when undefeated Limon was upset by Colorado Springs Christian. Colorado Spring Christian was able to stop the rushing attack of Limon enough for the upset and rebounded nicely after losing the week previously to Crowley County. Now this league will get very interesting. Limon and Colorado Springs Christian should both easily win this weekend moving to 2-1 in league. The game to watch for is Crowley County hosting Rocky Ford. Once again Crowley County is in the running for a league title and can take a huge step this week by beating Rocky Ford. Crowley County one loss is to Wiggins but they own a few key wins against John Mall, Rye, and Colorado Springs Christian. Rocky Ford went 1-3 in non-league play but they played a tough schedule. Since entering league they have taken advantage of playing the bottom 2 teams and put themselves in a position to challenge for the league crown or the automatic berth. Rocky Ford will need its defense to stop the run if they are going to have any chance at pulling the upset. Crowley County should get the win and continue their march towards a league title. This league will need things to go their way to get three playoff teams they will be competing with the Metro and Southern Peaks league for the last spot in the playoffs.
Byers at Limon Rocky Ford at Crowley County
Calhan at Colorado Springs Christian
The Southern Peaks league has separated themselves into two categories. You have Monte Vista, John Mall, and Centauri all sitting at 2-0 and then you have Center, Dolores, and Ignacio sitting at 0-2. Monte Vista and John Mall both scored easy victory last week and Centauri had a close game against Center 24 to 21. The big key game this week is between Monte Vista and John Mall. Monte Vista has won 5 straight games since their opening season loss to Paonia. Their offense has really been clicking as of late scoring over 25 points in the past four games. Monte Vista defense has also been very good allowing only 7.2 point per game through their 5 game winning streak. John Mall had a slow start to the season losing both games to Crowley County and Limon but have rebounded nicely with 4 straight wins. Their offense has really found its grove using the rushing attack to lead the way. Their defense has also been very stout but they will be tested this week. This game will be decided by the defense. Monte Vista defense has been very good at stopping the run in the 3 games reported for rushing amounts no one has rushed for over 200 yards and John Mall in all their wins has been over 200 yards. I think Monte Vista wins this game but it will be a good test for them. The other two games this week are Center at Dolores which Center should win and Ignacio at Centauri and Centauri will keep pace with the leader. Like I mentioned above the Southern Peaks league is competing with the Metro and South Central league for the final playoff spot as of now.
Center at Dolores Ignacio at Centauri
Monte Vista at John Mall
The Tri Peaks league is really starting to take shape. Buena Vista pounded Peyton 49 to 6 and Rye beat Ellicott 35 to 14 both of those wins have moved these teams into first place. The real battle is now for third place and possibly the wildcard berth for this league. Salida and Ellicott currently both sit tied for second at 1-1. That tie will be broken this week when they face off against each other. Salida has had an up and down season currently sitting at 3-3 overall they are still searching for a key victory on the season and they will have a chance at that this weekend. Ellicott will have to quickly bounce back this week after losing last week to Rye. This is really a huge game for Ellicott they still have to face Buena Vista and they cannot afford to go to 1-2 in league and have hopes for making the playoffs. I believe Ellicott should be able to grab the win and stay in third place. The other good game will be Rye at Peyton. Rye is coming off a big win and really have set themselves up to finish in second place. With a win this week Rye and with if Salida loses this week Rye will lock up an automatic berth. Peyton will need to also quickly bounce back after getting beat by Buena Vista. Peyton came into league 3-1 overall and have since lost two straight games and now are in desperate need of a league win. Going to 0-3 in league will dash any chances for the playoffs. Rye should be able to move past Peyton and keep heading towards their clash with Buena Vista. This league should get 3 teams into the playoffs especially if Ellicott wins this weekend.
Rye at Peyton Buena Vista at Dolores Huerta
Salida at Ellicott
We had a huge game last week in the Western Slope league and that was between Paonia and Meeker. It came down to the wire but Paonia was able to pull the win out 34 to 30. That puts Paonia in charge of their destiny in league and now sets up huge battles in the final two weeks against Cedaredge and Hotchkiss. Paonia travels to Lake County this week and should win and Hotchkiss travels to Grand Valley and should also be able to move past them. The lone big game is Cedaredge traveling to Meeker. Cedaredge won easily last week and moved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in league. They have had a good season so far this year and are hoping to keep pace with Paonia for the league crown. Cedaredge has relied heavily on their defense this year. They have yet to allow over 13 points this season. Cedaredge has been challenge a few times this year a 21 to 6 win over Basalt and a 14 to 12 win over Olathe. Cedaredge with a win this week will lock up an automatic berth. Meeker will be looking to bounce back after a hard fought loss to Paonia. A big third quarter is what gave Paonia the edge over Meeker. Meeker has yet to win a clutch game this season. They have two close losses 17 to 16 to Rye and 16 to 14 to Roaring Fork. In their 3 wins they were all by 30 points or more. For Meeker to grab the upset they will need to be able to win a close game. A loss for Meeker puts them at 1-2 in league and into fourth place and sets up a huge game against Hotchkiss at the end of the year. A win for Meeker will for a 3 way tie for second place. This league will grab 3 playoff berths for sure.
Hotchkiss at Grand Valley Cedaredge at Meeker
Paonia at Lake County