2A League Breakdown

Class 2A League Predictions Update Week 8

Class 2A League Predictions Update Week 8

We head into the 8th week of the regular season.  We are 2 weeks into league play and we could possibly give away a league title or two this weekend.  A big week of games upcoming in Class 2A.  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 5-2 on the season following the 54-0 win over Alameda.  Elizabeth cannot wrap up the league title till they face Kent Denver on 10/29.  Elizabeth has a bye this week and will be getting ready for their next game against Denver West.  Elizabeth sits at #9 in the RPI.

Kent Denver

Kent Denver improved to 4-2 on the season following the 28-0 win over Englewood.  Kent Denver had a solid performance in that game and keep their playoffs hopes alive.  Kent Denver won’t face Elizabeth till the last game of the season and that will be for a league title.  Kent Denver this week hosts Alameda.  This is a must win game for both teams.  Kent Denver is on the bubble at #15 and winning 1 of their final 2 games is a must.

In the Playoff Hunt

Elizabeth, Kent Denver

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Denver West, Englewood, Alameda

RPI Standings (As of 10/14)

#9 Elizabeth, #15 Kent Denver, #25 Alameda, #27 Denver West, #31 Englewood

Flatirons League

Northfield

Northfield is in the drivers seat in terms of winning the league title.  Northfield picked up a very important 39-20 win over Arvada to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in league.  Northfield does not have a league game this week.  Northfield moves out of league play to face Centauri in a clash of two teams looking for playoff berths.  Northfield sits at #14 in the RPI.  Northfield closes the season against Middle Park and D’Evelyn

D’Evelyn

D’Evelyn picked up a important 54-0 win over Pinnacle last week to keep themselves in the playoff race.  D’Evelyn this week faces Faith Christian and this is a must win game for both teams.  D’Evelyn still has a shot at the league title but cannot have 2 league loses to do so.

Faith Christian

Faith Christian moved back into the win column picking up an impressive 41-0 win.  Faith Christian sits at 2-4 overall and would need some help to win the league title.  Faith Christian sits at #21 in the RPI and winning out is the only shot they have at getting an at-large berth.

Arvada

Arvada nearly had the upset of Northfield, but they could not hold the lead in the second half.  Arvada must now quickly bounce back and hope that Northfield falls in one of their remaining two games.  Arvada sits at #32 and would need a tie to happen for first to get into the playoffs.  Arvada travels to face Middle Park this week and is a must win game.

Middle Park

Middle Park fell to Faith Christian last week 41-0.  Middle Park can still force a tie for the league title but must beat Arvada this week and then upset Northfield next week.

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 10/14)

#14 Northfield, #21 Faith Christian, #29 D’Evelyn, #32 Arvada, #34 Middle Park, #39 Pinnacle

Patriot East League

Brush

Brush is in the driver’s seat for the league title.  Brush last week picked up the 61-14 win over Valley and improved to 4-2 overall.  Brush was supposed to face Sterling this week, but Sterling has canceled the game.  Brush now has a bye (They are trying to find a game) and a win over Fort Lupton next week should give them the league title and a automatic berth.  Brush sits at #6 in the RPI and is in contention for a top 8 seed.

Platte Valley

Platte Valley improved to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league play following the 42-12 win over Sterling.  Platte Valley should finish second in league now.  Platte Valley this week will face Fort Lupton.  Platte Valley will be the favorite in that game.  Platte Valley sits at #11 in the RPI and are on the bubble.  Platte Valley must win out and if they do should get into the playoffs.

Sterling

Sterling fell to 1-5 on the season and have canceled their game this week against Brush.  Sterling is now in danger of missing the playoffs and must win their final two games against Valley and Fort Lupton for even a shot at a top 16 RPI.  Sterling currently sit at #19 in the RPI and improving their WP will give them a big boost.

Lock for the Playoffs

Brush

In the Playoff Hunt

Platte Valley, Sterling

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Weld Central, Valley, Fort Lupton

RPI Standings (As of 10/14)

#6 Brush, #11 Platte Valley, #19 Sterling, #24 Weld Central, #28 Valley, #38 Fort Lupton

Patriot West League

Eaton

Eaton improved to 7-0 on the season following the 27-20 win over University on Thursday night.  Eaton is now a lock to make the playoffs but cannot decide the league title till next week when they host Severance.  Eaton had to come from behind to win this game but were able to do so and keep tied for 1st place in league.  Eaton sits at #2 in the RPI (Before the game)

Severance

Severance improved to 4-1 on the season following the 40-0 win over Berthoud last week.  This week Severance will look to stay tied with Eaton when they host Resurrection Christian.  Severance will once again be looking for another key win.  Severance will have to be ready to stop the run and offensively must have a big day from their key players.  Severance sits at #3 in the RPI and is a lock to make the playoffs but winning the league title must be a key.

Resurrection Christian

Resurrection Christian picked up their first loss of the season falling to Eaton 10-6.  Resurrection Christian will now be looking to bounce back when they travel to Severance.  Resurrection Christian with an upset could still get a share of the league title but will need some help.  Resurrection Christian must be ready defensively and I don’t see this as a very high scoring game.  Resurrection Christian is not a lock for the playoffs yet, but a win and they will be.  Resurrection Christian sit at #5 in the RPI.

The Academy

The Academy fell to 4-2 on the season following the 41-28 loss to University.  The Academy played tough but came up just short.  The Academy will host Berthoud this week and is a must win game for The Academy if they want any shot at the playoffs.  The Academy must still face Resurrection Christian and Severance to close out the year so a win over Berthoud is a must and possibly a win in their final two games to get into the playoffs.

University fell to 4-3 on the season coming up just short against Eaton 27-20.  University currently sit at #10 in the RPI and are a near lock.  University have a must win game next week against Berthoud and a win should be enough to get them into the playoffs.

Lock for the Playoffs

Eaton, Severance

In the Playoff Hunt

Resurrection Christian, The Academy, University

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Berthoud

RPI Standings (As of 10/14)

#2 Eaton, #3 Severance, #5 Resurrection Christian, #10 University, #16 The Academy, #30 Berthoud

Southwest League

Bayfield

Bayfield took a huge step towards the league title beating Alamosa 28-0.  I believe that Bayfield has not lost to Alamosa since 2010 but I could be wrong.  Bayfield sits in the driver’s seat for the league title and possibly hosting a first round game.  Bayfield will travel to face La Junta this weekend and is a must win for Bayfield if they plan on hosting a first round game.  Bayfield currently sit at #8 in the RPI.

Alamosa

Alamosa dropped to 4-2 overall falling to Bayfield 28-0.  This was a bit of a surprise but now Alamosa must quickly bounce back as they have a must win against Montezuma-Cortez this week.  Alamosa will not want to risk losing to Cortez and really putting their playoff hopes on the line.  Alamosa currently sit at #12 in the RPI and have 2 games that won’t help their RPI after this week’s game.

Montezuma-Cortez

Montezuma-Cortez picked up a huge 27-12 win over Pagosa Springs last week to keep their playoff hopes alive.  Cortez now will look to win 2 of their final 3 games to push for a top 16 RPI.  Montezuma-Cortez will host Alamosa this week and an upset would push them into the top 16.  Cortez will face Bayfield next week and then Salida to close out the year.  Montezuma-Cortez may need an upset of Alamosa or Bayfield to get into the playoffs.

In the Playoff Hunt

Alamosa, Bayfield, Montezuma-Cortez

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Salida, Pagosa Springs

RPI Standings (As of 10/14)

#8 Bayfield, #12 Alamosa, #18 Montezuma-Cortez, #26 Pagosa Springs, #37 Salida

Tri-Peaks League

Classical Academy

Classical Academy improved to 5-0 on the season following the 70-13 win over Lamar.  TCA is now 1 win away from the league title and they get their shot at home when they host Woodland Park.  TCA will be the favorite in that game and will also be hoping for a top 4 seed in the playoffs.  TCA sits at #4 in the RPI and are a lock for the playoffs.

Woodland Park

Woodland Park improved to 3-2 on the season following the 48-6 win over Salida.  Woodland Park will now be looking for the league title when they play Classical Academy.  Woodland Park will need to play their best game this season to pull of the upset.  If Woodland Park loses to TCA they still have hopes for a at-large berth.  Woodland Park will have to beat Manitou Springs and La Junta to give themselves a shot at a playoff berth.  Woodland Park sit at #17 in the RPI.

La Junta

La Junta improved to 3-3 overall following the 60-27 win over Manitou Springs last week.  That win keeps La Junta in the playoff mix.  La Junta has a non-league game this week against Bayfield.  This is not a must win but their final 2 games of the season are.  La Junta with the upset of Bayfield would greatly improve their shot at the playoffs but the game to have circled is on 10/29 against Woodland Park.

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 10/14)

#4 Classical Academy, #17 Woodland Park, #20 La Junta, #35 Lamar, #36 Manitou Springs

West League

Moffat County

Moffat County improved to 6-0 on the season following the 46-13 win over Rifle.  Moffat County stays tied for 1st with the win.  Moffat County will host Aspen this week and should be a solid test for Moffat County.  Moffat County cannot win the league title till they face Delta on 10/22.  Moffat County sits at #1 in the RPI and are a lock for the playoffs.

Aspen

Aspen sit on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs.  Aspen last week lost to Delta 56-0.  Aspen now face Moffat County and either need to upset Moffat County or Basalt to have a shot at the playoffs.  Aspen sit at #22 in the RPI and winning only 1 of their final 3 games won’t be enough to get into the playoffs.

Delta

Delta are tied with Moffat County for 1st place in the West League.  Delta improved to 5-1 on the season following the 56-0 win over Aspen last week.  Delta this week will host Basalt in a huge league game.  Delta will look to stay tied with Moffat County.  Delta also sit at #13 in the RPI so are very much on the bubble.  Delta will look to continue to play outstanding defense this week against Basalt.

Basalt

Basalt improved to 5-1 on the season following the 48-12 win over Coal Ridge.  Basalt will now look to stay just 1 game back of Moffat County when they travel to Delta.  Basalt are sitting at #7 in the RPI and a win over Delta should lock them into the playoffs.  Basalt will have to play very physical this week against a run first offense of Delta. 

Rifle

Rifle dropped to 2-4 on the year and are also on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs.  Rifle have a must win game this week against Coal Ridge.  Rifle will probably need to upset either Basalt or Delta in their final 2 games to have any shot at the playoffs.  Rifle currently sit at #23 in the RPI and need to win 2 of their final 3 games plus get some help.

Lock for the Playoffs

Moffat County

In the Playoff Hunt

Basalt, Moffat County, Delta, Aspen, Rifle

Eliminated from the Playoff Hunt

Coal Ridge

RPI Standings (As of 10/14)

#1 Moffat County, #7 Basalt, #13 Delta, #22 Aspen, #23 Rifle, #33 Coal Ridge