2A League Breakdown

Class 2A League Predictions and Playoff Predictions Week 7

Photos by Paul Dineen & OTSportChek (Brush vs Platte Valley)

Class 2A League Predictions and Playoff Predictions Week 7

We head into the 7th week of the regular season.  The first week of league play is complete and it was a great week of football.  A few shake ups in the league and should be another great week of games coming up.  Playoff Predictions and Projections will be in a separate article.  (Can always use more Class 2A pictures!!!!!!)

Colorado League

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is my pick to win the Colorado League.  Elizabeth improved to 4-2 on the season with a 41-7 win over Englewood.  Elizabeth will face Alameda this Friday and will be a big game for deciding the league title.  Elizabeth will be the favorite in the game this week, but they must not overlook Alameda.  Elizabeth currently sits at #9 in the RPI.

Alameda

Alameda had a bye last week to prepare for their game against Elizabeth.  Alameda is still searching for their signature win and this could be it.  Alameda must be able to stop the run to have success.  Alameda currently sits at #21 in the RPI and are very much in the playoff hunt.  Alameda may need an upset of Elizabeth or Englewood to get into the playoff though.

Kent Denver

Kent Denver improved to 3-2 on the season defeating Denver West 38-6.  Kent Denver should maintain a tie for first place as long as they avoid an upset by Englewood this week.  Kent Denver must get their rushing attack going and defensively must play well against the pass.  Kent Denver currently sits at #14 in the RPI and are on the bubble.  Kent Denver must win this game to stay inside the top 16 of the RPI.

Denver West

Denver West dropped to 2-3 on the season.  Denver West lost to Kent Denver 38-6.  Denver West RPI now sits at #24 and they are barely holding onto a playoff spot.  Denver West will hit the road to face Banning Lewis this week and is a must win for both teams.  Denver West needs this game and cannot drop this game to have a shot at the playoffs.

In the Playoff Hunt

Elizabeth, Kent Denver, Denver West, Alameda

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Englewood

RPI Standings (As of 10/7)

#9 Elizabeth, #14 Kent Denver, #21 Alameda, #24 Denver West, #33 Englewood

Flatirons League

Northfield

Northfield improved to 3-2 on the season and moved into the driver’s seat in the league title hunt with a win over Faith Christian 42-0.  Northfield had a great game against Faith Christian.  Northfield is now my pick to win the Flatirons League.  Northfield will hit the road this week to face Arvada.  Northfield must be ready as they face another team who won last week and also has league title aspirations. 

Arvada

Arvada improved to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in league play with a 42-0 win over Pinnacle.  Arvada picked up the key win and now look to take a big step towards the league title if they can upset Northfield this weekend. 

Middle Park

Middle Park improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in league play with a 24-16 win over D’Evelyn last week.  Middle Park went from out of the playoffs to right back into the mix with that win.  Middle Park will look to keep pace with the winner of Northfield and Arvada when they travel to face Faith Christian.  This is another big test for Middle Park.

Faith Christian

Faith Christian dropped to 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in league play.  Faith Christian cannot drop to 0-2 in league or will be eliminated from the league title hunt.  This is a must win for Faith Christian.

D’Evelyn

D’Evelyn will look to bounce back from their loss to Middle Park.  D’Evelyn will face Pinnacle this week and must win to move to 1-1.  D’Evelyn will have to win out to get a share of the league title.

In the Playoff Hunt (Will need the league title)

Northfield, Faith Christian, Middle Park, Arvada, D’Evelyn

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Pinnacle

RPI Standings (As of 10/7)

#17 Northfield, #26 Faith Christian, #28 Arvada, #31 D’Evelyn, #32 Middle Park, #39 Pinnacle

Patriot East League

Brush

Brush took control of the league title race with a huge win over Platte Valley 41-0.  Brush is now my pick to win the Patriot East League and are a near lock for the playoffs.  Brush is also in good position now to even host a playoff game but must continue to take care of business.  Brush this week will host Valley.  Brush will face another 1-0 team in league and will look to continue to their rise to win the league.  Brush sits at #7 in the RPI.

Platte Valley

Platte Valley dropped to 2-3 on the season after a 41-0 loss to Brush.  Platte Valley will have little time to recover as they face Sterling this Friday Night.  Platte Valley must bounce back or a loss to Sterling could hurt their at-large hopes.  Platte Valley sits at #11 in the RPI and are on the bubble.  This is a big game for both teams

Sterling

Sterling picked up their first win of the season defeating Weld Central 40-26.  Sterling kept their playoff hopes alive with that win.  Sterling could really boost their chances again if they can upset Platte Valley.  Sterling does not necessarily need to beat Platte Valley and Brush but an upset of one of these two could be the boost they need.  Sterling sits at #16 in the RPI.

In the Playoff Hunt

Brush, Platte Valley, Sterling

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Weld Central, Valley, Fort Lupton

RPI Standings (As of 10/6)

#7 Brush, #11 Platte Valley, #16 Sterling, #25 Weld Central, #29 Valley, #38 Fort Lupton

Patriot West League

Eaton

Eaton improved to 5-0 on the season following the 42-6 win over previously undefeated The Academy.  Eaton had a great game plan for The Academy but now must quickly refocus for a huge league game against Resurrection Christian.  Eaton will have to find a way defensively to slow down the rushing attack of Rez Christian.  Eaton must also have a big day on the ground.  Eaton is a near lock for the playoffs, but the winner of this week’s game will move into that category.  Eaton sits at #4 in the RPI.

Resurrection Christian

Resurrection Christian improved to 4-0 on the season following the 45-0 win over Berthoud.  Resurrection Christian will look to snag another signature win this week.  Resurrection Christian must be ready defensively to stop the run and offensively must get their rushing attack going.  I expect this to be a great game between Resurrection Christian and Eaton.  As mentioned, winner will move into the locked to the playoff category.  Resurrection Christian sits at #5 in the RPI.

Severance

Severance continued their great start to the season with another big 34-13 win over University last week.  Severance will have a chance to lock up a spot in the playoffs if they can beat Berthoud this week.  Severance cannot afford to drop this game which is why I don’t have them in that category this week.  Severance sits at #2 in the RPI.

University

University drops to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in league play.  University will look to bounce back after a tough 34-13 loss to Severance.  University will look to stay in the hunt for a top 3 finish in league when they travel to face The Academy.  This is a huge game for University, and they must be able to slow down the dual threat QB of The Academy.  University sist at #10 in the RPI and the results of this game will be huge going forward for them.

The Academy

The Academy dropped their first game of the season to Eaton 42-6.  The Academy will now look to bounce back this week when they host University.  This is a very important game for both teams as the loser will probably move closer to the edge of the bubble.  The Academy must be ready for a physical offensive attack and must get their offense going this week.  The Academy sits at #12 in the RPI.

In the Playoff Hunt

Eaton, Resurrection Christian, Severance, The Academy, University

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Berthoud

RPI Standings (As of 10/7)

#2 Severance, #4 Eaton, #5 Resurrection Christian, #10 University, #12 The Academy, #30 Berthoud

Southwest League

Alamosa

Alamosa improved to 4-1 on the season with their 28-6 win over Pagosa Springs.  Alamosa will now look to take complete control of the league when they host Bayfield this Friday Night.  Alamosa has struggled against Bayfield in the past and this year look to get that monkey off their backs.  Alamosa must be able to keep their offense going and defensively must be ready for a high-flying offensive attack.  Alamosa sits at #8 in the RPI.

Bayfield

Bayfield improved to 3-1 on the season with their 39-0 win over Salida.  Bayfield will also be in the drivers seat for the league title if they can beat Alamosa.  Bayfield will still have to face Pagosa Springs but will be in good shape.  Bayfield will look to continue the dominance they have had on Alamosa the past few years.  Bayfield must be ready defensively and offensively must be able to generate points.  Bayfield sits at #15 in the RPI.

Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs dropped to 1-4 on the season following the 28-6 loss to Alamosa.  Pagosa Springs will look to keep their playoff hopes alive when they host Montezuma-Cortez.  This is a must win for Pagosa Springs and Montezuma-Cortez.  Loser will be eliminated from the playoffs.  Pagosa Springs has the #20 RPI.

Montezuma-Cortez

Montezuma-Cortez picked up the 24-18 win over Manitou Springs in OT last week to keep their playoff hopes alive.  Montezuma-Cortez now has another must win game when they travel to Pagosa Springs.  Winner keeps playoff hopes alive loser is eliminated.

In the Playoff Hunt

Alamosa, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs, Montezuma-Cortez

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Salida

RPI Standings (As of 10/7)

#8 Alamosa, #15 Bayfield, #20 Pagosa Springs, #22 Montezuma-Cortez, #37 Salida

Tri-Peaks League

Classical Academy

Classical Academy in my eyes is a lock for the playoffs and their win last week over La Junta solidified that.  TCA defeated La Junta 45-7 last week and improved them to 4-0.  TCA this week travels to face Lamar and they will be heavily favored against a young Lamar team.  TCA sits at #3 in the RPI.  A win this week and next week when they face Woodland Park will be for a league title.

La Junta

La Junta dropped to 2-3 on the season and now have a must win game this week against Manitou Springs.  La Junta sits at #19 in the RPI and cannot drop this game to Manitou Springs and expect to make a run for an at-large berth.  This is now crunch time for La Junta going forward.

Woodland Park

Woodland Park improved to 2-2 on the season fallowing the 19-13 win over Lamar.  The win kept Woodland Parks at-large hopes alive.  Woodland Park this week face Salida in a must win game for Woodland Park.  A win keeps Woodland Parks hopes alive.  Woodland Park will need to win 3 of their final 4 games to have a shot at the playoffs.

Lock for the Playoffs

Classical Academy

In the Playoff Hunt

La Junta, Woodland Park

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Manitou Springs, Lamar

RPI Standings (As of 10/7)

#3 Classical Academy, #18 Woodland Park, #19 La Junta, #34 Manitou Springs, #36 Lamar

West League

All I can say is wow after last week things are really shaken up now inside the West League.

Moffat County

Moffat County is now my pick to win the West League following their 19-6 win over Basalt.  Moffat County had a big game against Basalt and really took care of business.  Moffat County will now look to move to 2-0 in league play when they travel to face Rifle.  Moffat County cannot overlook Rifle and must continue to play great defense.  Moffat County sits with the #1 RPI and a win over Rifle will move them into locked status. 

Rifle

Rifle had the most surprising loss last week falling to Aspen 34-19.  Rifle will now be fighting for their playoff lives and need an upset this week or in two weeks against Basalt.  Rifle dropped to #27 in the RPI down from #17.  Rifle this week must be able to move the ball on offense and defensively must be ready for the dual attack of Moffat County.  This is a huge game for both teams.

Delta

Delta improved to 4-1 on the season following the 63-0 win over Coal Ridge last week.  Delta will now face Aspen who had the biggest surprise of last week.  Delta must get going offensively again and that means controlling the line of scrimmage.  Delta will have their hands full for the next 4 week and a win over Aspen could be huge going forward.

Aspen

Aspen had the biggest surprise win last week beating Rifle 34-19.  Aspen will now look to continue that momentum this week when they host Delta.  Aspen went from out of the playoff hunt to right back in with that upset win.  Aspen still needs more help as they sit at #24 in the RPI.  If Aspen can upset Delta this week they will be very much in the mix.

Basalt

Basalt picked up their first loss of the season falling to Moffat county 19-6.  Basalt this week face Coal Ridge and is a must win game to get back going in the right direction.  Basalt should win this game and get ready for a big 3 game stretch.  Basalt sits at #6 in the RPI.

In the Playoff Hunt

Basalt, Moffat County, Delta, Aspen, Rifle

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Coal Ridge

RPI Standings (As of 10/7)

#1 Moffat County, #6 Basalt, #13 Delta, #23 Aspen, #27 Rifle, #35 Coal Ridge