6-Man State Championship Breakdown and Prediction
#1 Fleming vs #2 Stratton/Liberty 12/3 @2pm at CSU-Pueblo
Fleming is the #1 overall seed and entered the playoffs with a 5-0 record. In the first round Fleming was able to cruise past Kit Carson 58 to 14. In the Semifinals Fleming faced Granada and one of the best games of the tournament ensued. Fleming was able to come from behind and get a defensive stand to win 52 to 46 over Granada. Fleming offensively is a run first team but can throw the ball. QB Kade Comstock leads the passing attack with 589 yards passing, 10 TDs, and 3 INTs. The rushing attack has racked up 1710 yards total. The rushing attack is led by Charles Hobbs (540 yards & 11 TDs), Nolan Japp (485 yards & 7 TDs), and Chris Goss (410 yards & 9 TDs). Defensively Chris Goss (88 Tackles) and Brady Kuntz (73 Tackles) lead the defense in tackles. Brady Kuntz also leads the team in TFL (11) and Sacks (6). Fleming special teams are also very good with 3 Kickoff Returns for TDs and 1 Punt Return for a TD.
Stratton/Liberty is the #2 overall seed and entered the playoffs with 4-0 record. In the first round Stratton/Liberty was able to hold off a second half come back against Briggsdale to win 58 to 39. In the semifinals Stratton/Liberty was able to slow down a very good rushing attack and get the 36 to 15 win over Cheyenne Wells. Stratton/Liberty is a run first offense. Freshman QB Charlie Tagtmeyer leads the passing attack with 225 yards passing, 7 TDs, and 1 INT. The rushing attack for Stratton/Liberty has racked up 1373 yards rushing. The rushing attack is led by Alex Cruz (570 yards & 8 TDs) and Charlie Clapper (409 yards & 7 TDs). Defensively Riggin Williams (41 Tackles) and Logan Breyer (36 Tackles) lead the defense in tackles. Logan Breyer leads the team in Sacks with 9 and Will Witzel leads the team with 3 INTs.
This is a rematch of last year’s state championship. Fleming won that matchup by 1 and I am expecting another good game this week. Both teams will look to control the line of scrimmage and both must be able to run the ball to have success. Fleming has the senior leadership from last years team back and I am giving them the edge at QB if this turns into a shootout and need a big last drive. Stratton/Liberty is a younger team, but their rushing attack is second to none. I am picking Fleming in this game. I do think if Fleming needs to start passing their passing attack will be able to move the ball. I also think special teams will be a big factor in this game. Good Luck to both teams!!