Class 2A State Football Preview and Predictions
We look at the first-round matchups in each Class and then give are prediction for each matchup. I will do a complete prediction in my next article and then I am hoping to have my Class 2A League Awards completed as well.
#1 Resurrection Christian vs #8 Moffat county 11/21 @1pm
Resurrection Christian enter the playoffs as the #1 seed and 5-0 on the shortened season. Resurrection Christian played a solid scheduled but faced no other playoff teams but had quality wins over D’Evelyn, Englewood, University, and Berthoud. Resurrection Christian defensively has given up 0 points this season and rated as the #1 defense in Class 2A. Resurrection Christian defense is led in tackles by Tanner Applebee and Christian Scandrett. Tanner Applebee also leads the team in TFL and Sacks. Eddie Lemos leads a very good secondary with 4 Interceptions on the season. Offensively Resurrection Christian has been balanced in their offensive attack. The passing attack is led by Will Schrotenboer who has 722 yards passing and 11 TDs. The rushing attack is led by Tanner Applebee (234 yards rushing) and Dylan Evans (172 yards rushing). Resurrection Christian enters the Class 2A playoffs as the slight favorite to win the Class 2A title.
Moffat County enters the playoffs as the #8 seed and finished the regular season at 4-1. Moffat County won the West League and ended the season on a 4-game winning streak. Moffat County has a win over a playoff team in Delta. Moffat County played quality opponents in Meeker, Delta, and Woodland Park. Defensively Moffat County gave up 100 points which is 11th best in Class 2A. Moffat County is led in tackles by Joseph Campagna and Taran Teeter. Caleb Frink leads the team in INTs with 2. Offensively Moffat County is a run first team but can attack thru the air. QB Ryan Peck leads the passing attack with 437 yards and 6 TDs. The rushing attack has racked up 822 yards and is led by Caleb Frink who has 503 yards rushing and 5 TDs.
Resurrection Christian will be favored in this game. Moffat County will have to be able to move the ball on offense and QB Ryan Peck must have his best game of the season. Resurrection Christian will look to their defense to lead the way for them. I am going with Resurrection Christian in this game.
#4 Pagosa Springs vs #5 Eaton 11/21 @1pm
Pagosa Springs enters the playoffs as the #4 seed and went 5-0 during the regular season. Pagosa Springs won the Southwest League. Pagosa Springs has a win over a playoff team in Lamar and played quality opponents in Lamar, Alamosa, and La Junta. Pagosa Springs defense has given up just 41 points which is second best in Class 2A. Aaron Aucoin and Caleb Laverty lead the team in tackles. Mitch Lewis also leads the team in TFL with 7. Pagosa Springs secondary is led by Aidan O’donnell who has 4 INTs on the season. Offensively Pagosa Springs is a run heavy offense but have proven they can throw the ball. The passing attack is led by Grant Aucoin who has 432 yards passing and 5 TDs. The rushing attack leads the way for Pagosa Springs with 1628 yards rushing. Dylan Tressler leads the rushing attack with 1052 yards rushing and Grant Aucoin is also a big weapon with 439 yards rushing.
Eaton enters the playoffs as the #5 seed and sit at 4-2. Eaton finished 3rd in the Patriot East league. Eaton played a very tough schedule facing 2 playoff teams and facing 4 quality opponents in Sterling, Brush, Severance, and Platte Valley. Eaton defensively has given up 67 points which is 3rd best in Class 2A. Eaton defense is led in tackles by Ethan Florez and Morgan Tribbett, Morgan also leads the teams in TFL with 10.5. Gage Butler leads the team in INTs with 4. Offensively Eaton is a run first team but also have proven they can throw the ball. The passing attack is led by Scott Grable who has 532 yards passing and 5 TDs. The rushing attack for Eaton has 1419 yards racked up on the season. The rushing attack is led by three different players, Ethan Florez (418 yards), Salvador Rojas (406 yards), and Scott Grable (400 yards).
This game pits the #2 defense vs the #3 defense and two teams who must control the line of scrimmage to have success. Which ever teams is more physical will win this game and this in my opinion is the best matchup in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. I am going with Pagosa Springs in this game. This will be a very physical game.
#2 Sterling vs #7 Lamar 11/21 @1pm
Sterling is your defending State Champions and ended the regular season as the #2 seed and 5-0. Sterling won the Patriot East League and are also looking to grab another state title. Defensively Sterling has given up 72 points which is 4th best in Class 2A. Sterling defense is led in tackles by Peyton Rose and Keaton Knaub. Keaton Knaub also leads the team in Sacks (4) and TFL (8). Sterling is led in INTs by Tucker Myers with 3. Offensively Sterling has leaned on their passing attack but can run the ball as well. QB Radek Mccracken leads the passing attack with 588 yards and 9 TDs but Sterling could also turn to QB Kaeden Sheets who has 310 passing yards and 5 TDs against the two playoff teams they faced. Sterling rushing attack is led by Riley Bornhoft (223 yards) and Jackson Keil (159 yards rushing)
Lamar enters the playoffs as the #7 seed and finished the regular season with a 5-1 record. Lamar faced quality opponents in Pagosa Springs, La Junta, and Alamosa. Lamar finished second in the Southwest League. Defensively Lamar gave up 81 points which is 7th best in Class 2A. Lamar defense is led in tackles by Devyn Kincade and Greyden Martinez. Devyn Kincade also leads Lamar in sacks with 6. Damian Ramos leads Lamar’s secondary with 4 INTs. Offensively Lamar bring a balanced attack and a high-powered offense. Lamar passing attack is led by Zane Rankin who has 1198 yards passing and 13 TDs. Lamar rushing attack has racked up 1201 yards and is led by Zane Rankin (417 yards), Jesus Reyes (374 yards), and Damian Ramos (331 yards).
Sterling has a very good defensive, and they will face off against a very good offensive Lamar team. Both teams can also play on the other side of the ball mentioned. Lamar must be able to move the ball on offense and must take care of the ball. Zane Rankin must have his best game of the season to pull the upset. Sterling may need their offense to come in big for them, but I still think Sterling key to this game is their defense. I do not think this will be a high scoring game, but I think will be a close game.
#3 Platte Valley vs #6 Delta 11/21 @1pm
Platte Valley finished the regular season at 5-1 and enter the playoffs as the #3 seed. Platte Valley played a very tough schedule and faced 4 quality opponents in Valley, Sterling, Wray, and Eaton. Platte Valley defensively has given up 129 points which is 15th best in Class 2A. Platte Valley defense at times has struggled giving up 31, 38, and 35 points but all were to playoff teams. Platte Valley has been the most impressive on offense scoring 48 points against Wray and 41 points against Eaton. Platte Valley offensively is balanced in their offensive attack. The passing attack is led by QB Kade McDaniel who has 890 yards passing and 8 TDs. The rushing attack for Platte Valley has racked up 1133 yards and led by Kade McDaniel (600 yards) and Weston Meyer (302 yards).
Delta finished as the runner up a year ago and know what it takes to reach the State Championship again. Delta finished the regular season at 4-1 and finishing second in the West League. Delta has quality wins over University and Woodland Park. Delta defensively has given up 75 points which is 6th best in Class 2A. Delta defense is led in tackles by James Goff and Hunter Goff. Jason Timbreza leads the secondary with 2 INTs. Offensively Delta is a pass first offense and turn to QB Nathan Scharnhorst to lead the passing attack. Nathan Scharnhorst has 2 games under his belt and has thrown for 218 yards and 2 TDs. The rushing attack for Delta has needed to step up and Timothy Horn leads the way with 436 yards rushing.
The big question is can Delta slowdown Platte Valley high powered offense and if they cannot, will Delta offense be able to keep pace. Delta, I think must turn to their defense or control the clock with their rushing attack. Platte Valley will look to continue the pace with their offense but also look for their defense to try and bounce back after giving up 35+ points in back to back games. I am going with Platte Valley in this game. I think Platte Valley offense will be to much.