Class 1A Football Semifinals Breakdown
Good Luck to all teams in the Semifinals. Centauri vs Strasburg will be the third straight meeting in the playoffs and Limon vs Holyoke is a huge league rivalry game.
#1 Strasburg vs #5 Centauri
Strasburg moved into the Semifinals with a tough 28-0 victory over league rival Highland. Strasburg was able to score 14 points in the second quarter and 14 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Strasburg posted the shutout defensively and played extremely well. Strasburg gave up just 129 yards of offense to Highland. Strasburg focused on stopping the run and did a good job of doing that. Strasburg also forced 2 turnovers and 3 sacks in the game. Strasburg offensively played a solid game posting 304 yards of total offense. QB Collin Russell had one of his best games passing for 116 yards, rushing for 92 yards and reaching the endzone 4 times. RB Trystan Graf also had some success with 71 yards rushing. This week Strasburg faces a familiar foe in Centauri. Defensively Strasburg will look to stop the big play ability of Centauri and limit the rushing attack. Offensively look for Strasburg to lean on QB Collin Russell and RB Trystan Graf.
Centauri moved into the Semifinals with a solid 41 to 6 victory over Meeker. Centauri jumped out to the quick 7 to 0 lead then scored 20 in the second quarter to build a big 27-6 lead going into halftime. Centauri added two more TD’s in the second half but came out with a great plan and executed the plan. Defensively Centauri limited what Meeker could do holding Meeker to just 196 yards of total offense. Meeker was without starting QB Ryan Phelan but Centauri played a tough game defensively. Centauri also forced two turnovers in the game. Offensively Centauri struggled passing the ball going 3 of 8 for 38 yards but the rushing attack was ready to play. RB Mason Claunch had 147 yards rushing and RB Taj Cornum had 125 yards rushing leading the way for Centauri offensive attack. This week Centauri will look to break a 2-game losing streak to Strasburg. Defensively Centauri must be ready for a tough offensive attack that is balanced and has a lot of weapons. Offensively look for Cornum and Claunch to really lead the way for the Centauri offense.
This will be the third meeting between these teams in the playoffs. In 2017 Strasburg beat Centauri 10-7 in OT and in 2019 Strasburg beat Centauri 44 to 22. This should be a good game between two very solid teams. Centauri will look to contain the offensive attack of Strasburg and also try and get their offense going. Strasburg will look to force Centauri to pass the ball like they did last year and offensively will try and run the ball against a very good defense.
#2 Holyoke vs #3 Limon
Holyoke moved into the semifinals with the tough 27-0 victory over C.S Christian. Holyoke jumped out to the quick 13 to 0 lead and that is all they would need shutting down the C.S Christian offense. Holyoke defensively came to play holding C.S Christian to just 118 yards of total offense. Holyoke forced 3 turnovers in the game and 3 sacks and really took control with their defense. Offensively Holyoke had a solid game racking up 394 yards of total offense. QB Miles Sprague had a solid game passing for 155 yards, rushing for 50 yards and 1 TD. The rushing attack had 239 yards and were led by Mikey Ramos and Blake Mosenteen. Holyoke will now turn their attention to rival Limon. Defensively Holyoke will look to stop the run and force Limon to pass the ball. Offensively Limon will lean on QB Miles Sprague and RB’s Blake Mosenteen and Mikey Ramos.
Limon moved into the semifinals with the 41 to 14 victory over Wray. Limon looked to be in a tough game early with Wray tying the game up at 14 in the second quarter. Limon was able to score one more time taking the 21 to 14 lead into halftime. Limon was able to get things going again scoring 7 in the third quarter and holding Wray scoreless. Limon would polish things off scoring 13 more points. Limon defensively had a solid game plan and did give up 200 yards of offense. Wray was without Tyler Collins but Limon was able to slowdown the rushing attack of Wray. Offensively Limon leaned heavily upon their rushing attack and they had success rushing for 377 yards. RB Jeremiah Leeper led all rushers with 186 yards and 3 TDs and RB Kory Tacha pitched in another 176 yards and 3 TDs. This week Limon will look to avenge their loss to Holyoke. Defensively Limon will be forced to stop a balanced offensive attack but pressure on the QB will be huge. Offensively Limon must be able to run the ball effectively to have success in this game.
These two teams meet during the regular season. Holyoke walked away with the 14 to 12 victory and it came down to the wire and Holyoke stopping a two-point conversion was the difference in the game. Limon will look to fix the mistakes of the first game and get their offense going in this game. Holyoke will also look to stop the rushing attack and their offensive mistakes. This should will be a defensive game and look for a close score at the end again.