Class 2A Football Semifinal Breakdown and Predictions
#4 La Junta vs #9 Faith Christian
4 teams remain and a spot in the state championship is at large. La Junta moved into the Semifinals beating Salida 20-0. This was a hard-fought game with both teams playing really good defense. La Junta defensively forced the shutout but also limited a good rushing attack. La Junta forced 2 fumbles in the game and were led by Jacob Tafoya in tackles. Offensively La junta attempted just 3 passes. The one completion was for a touchdown, but they also threw one interception as well. La Junta rushing attack did have some success rushing for 184 yards. Jon Nuschy was the most successful rushing for 90 yards. La Junta now has to refocus as a team as they prepare to play a team coming off a huge upset.
Faith Christian is coming off a huge upset beating #1 Bayfield 21-13. The biggest play of the game was Faith Christian leading 14-7 and Bayfield had the ball. QB Hayden Farmer for Bayfield was flushed out of the pocket and forced a tough throw which Jordan Abbott stepped in front of and took it to the house for Faith Christian to take a 21-7 lead in the fourth quarter. Faith Christian played outstanding defense and played tough for an entire game. Faith Christian was led by Jacob Thielen with 10 tackles. Faith Christian also forced 1 fumble and had 3 sacks as well. Faith Christian offensively did enough to win the game. Faith Christian had 217 yards of total offense. Isaiah Kroll played a huge part in the offense passing for 91 yards and throwing 2 TD’s. Erick Granados led all rushers with 65 yards. Faith Christian now faces another top defense and will hope their defense can once again rise to the challenge.
Another game featuring two top defenses. Both teams are coming off games against top defenses as well and both teams are hoping to have big production from their QB’s once gain. La Junta will hope to keep Faith Christian off balance but must get rushing yards from their offense. Faith Christian must have solid passing production from Isaih Kroll once again but must take care of the football. Faith Christian defensively will have to stop La Junta rushing attack. This will be a very physical football game once again. I am going with La Junta in this game I think their defense can rise up to the challenge.
#2 Resurrection Christian vs #6 Platte Valley
A battle of two unbeatens and both coming off big wins. Resurrection Christian was in a tough one last week holding off Rifle 21-14. Resurrection Christian defense was the difference limiting Rifle to just 14 points and containing their rushing attack enough. Resurrection Christian has to like the way their defense has played but some improvements must be made. Kyle Lueck and Zane Zuhlke led the way for Resurrection Christian in tackles both with 13. Resurrection Christian defense also forced 2 interceptions and had 6 TFL. Offensively Resurrection Christian made a change at QB. Zane Zuhlke was at QB this week and performed well passing for 70 yards and 1 TD. Resurrection Christian rushing attack was also limited rushing for 145 yards as a team. Kyle Lueck led all rushers with 75 yards. Resurrection Christian offense has still no clicked on all cylinders and if they do they will be tough to stop. Their offense must take care of the ball this week.
#6 Platte Valley is coming off a massive 46-9 upset of #3 Basalt. Platte Valley set the tone if the first quarter scoring 14 points and then again after halftime scoring 22 points. This is a big game for Platte Valley showing their toughness and the experience gained from last year. Offensively Platte Valley could do no wrong racking up 526 yards of total offense. The passing attack was led by Trevon Wehrman who threw for 118 yards but threw 1 INT. The rushing attack had a massive day rushing for 408 yards. Ernesto Rios had a career day rushing for 264 yards and 2 TD’s. Platte Valley made a statement in this game but their offense will face their toughest challenge this week. Defensively Platte Valley played well forcing 2 turnovers and 1 sack. Platte Valley also limited Basalt to just 121 yards rushing. Basalt did have some success throwing the ball. Platte Valley was led in tackles by Roberto Lara (12) and Josh Yancey (9). Platte Valley should have success this week on defense as well.
This will be another good game. Resurrection Christian got here by playing outstanding defense and their offense taking care of the football. Platte Valley has relied a bit more on their offense with do it all QB Trevon Wehrman and RB Ernesto Rios, but Platte Valley defense is not joke as well as they have a Top 7 defense. This game I have a feeling will come down to defense. I don’t think we will see a lot of points scored and defense and turnovers will influence this game. Both teams are playing good football and I am going with Resurrection Christian in this game. Resurrection Christian defense is the second best defense and it could be a difference maker.