1A League Breakdown

Class 1A Football Semifinal Preview and Predictions

Photo by Teresa O’Dwyer and OTSportsChek (Limon vs Monte Vista)

Class 1A Football Semifinal Preview

We kick of the Semifinals of the Class 1A State Playoffs Saturday.  Some great and unexpected Semifinal matchups will happen and look for a great Weekend of Football.

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#1 Limon at #13 C.S Christian, Saturday at 1pm

Limon moved into the Class 1A Semifinals with a 50 to 20 victory over Monte Vista.  Limon moves to 11-0 on the season and will hit the road to face C.S Christian this week.  Limon offensively got things rolling racking up 355 yards of total offense.  QB Jordan Rockwell was efficient going 5 of 9 for 86 yards and 1 TD.  WR Michael Hoffman was recipient of the pass.  The rushing attack was the main weapon for Limon as they racked up 269 yards of total rushing.  Lohgan Bottjer led all rushers with 143 yards rushing and 4 rushing TDs.  Gabe Schubarth also pitched in 78 yards rushing and 2 rushing TDs.  Defensively Limon was able to limit Monte Vista offensive attack and held them to 4.5 yards per carry.  Limon also forced 2 turnovers in the game a fumble recovery by Ahren Schubarth and a INT by Jordan Rockwell.  Keon Bandy led all tacklers with 12 tackles, Ahren Schubarth (9 tackles), Gabe Schubarth (6 tackles) and Treyton Marx (7 tackles) all pitched in on defense as well.

C.S Christian moved into the Class 1A Semifinals with a 24-23 upset of #5 Yuma.  C.S Christian pulls back-to-back upsets and are the biggest surprise team in the Semifinals.  C.S Christian improves to 8-3 on the season and will host Limon this weekend.  Offensively C.S Christian had a big day racking up 432 yards of total offense.  QB Jace Velasquez had a big day going 15 of 21 for 339 yards and 3 passing TDs.  WR Taylor McLeod and Casey Orawiec both had huge days with both eclipsing the 100 yards receiving mark.  The rushing attack for C.S Christian did struggle a bit only rushing for 93 yards.  Casey Orawiec led all rushers with 41 yards and Casey Orawiec pitched in with 39 yards rushing.  Defensively C.S Christian was able to limit the rushing attack of Yuma holding them to 239 yards rushing on 57 carries.  C.S Christian had just one forced turnover, so their defense had their best day against the run.  Eddie Harmon led all tackles with 20 tackles.  Alex Niederhauser (18 tackles), Conner Thomas (17 tackles), and Casey Orawiec (15 tackles) all helped on defense.

Limon and C.S Christian have faced each other once in the past 10 years.  Limon won that meeting 36-0 in the semifinals in 2018.  These two teams have 3 common opponents this season in Monte Vista, Yuma and Flatirons Academy.  Limon defeated Flatirons Academy 42-14, Monte Vista 50-20, and Yuma 28-0.  C.S Christian defeated Flatirons Academy 34-31 and Yuma 24-23 and C.S Christian lost to Monte Vista 64-33.

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#2 Strasburg at #6 Wray, Saturday at 1pm

Strasburg moved into the Class 1A Semifinals by defeating Centauri 37-0.  Strasburg continues their winning ways over Centauri going 5-0 in the playoffs.  Strasburg improves to 10-1 on the season and will hit the road this week to Wray.  Offensively Strasburg had a huge day racking up 540 yards of total offense.  QB Landen Martin had a solid day going 7 of 12 for 138 yards.  WR Austin Velasco was his favorite target racking up 94 yards receiving.  The rushing attack was the main cog of the offense racking up 402 yards of total rushing.  RB Zach Marrero had a huge day with 263 yards rushing and 5 rushing TDs.  Thomas Devlin also pitched in with 100 yards rushing.  Defensively Strasburg was able to pitch the shutout and hold an explosive offense.  Strasburg will need to bring that same defensive effort this week.  (Strasburg has no defensive stats).

Wray moved into the Class 1A Semifinals by defeating Wiggins 35-28.  Wray improves to 8-3 on the season and will host the semifinal against Strasburg.  Wray offensively had a solid day racking up 353 yards of total offense.  QB Casey Midcap had a big day going 20 for 29 for 145 yards and 2 passing TDs.  WR Chris Arambula was his favorite target with 17 receptions for 128 yards and 2 receiving TDs.  The rushing attack also had a good day with 208 yards of total rushing.  RB Samuel Meisner led all rushers with 89 yards rushing and 3 rushing TDs.  Brady Collins also pitched in 67 yards and was the second option in the rushing attack.  Defensively Wray had a good day holding Wiggins to just 177 yards of total offense.  Wray forced 2 INTs on the day both by Case Midcap and also had 2 sacks.  Samuel Meisner led all tacklers with 14 tackles.  Camden Riggleman (8 tackles), Payton Wade (7 tackles), and Caeden Bauer (5 tackles) all pitched in on defense.

These two teams last meet in the playoffs in 2017 with Strasburg winning 35-6.  These two teams do have 4 common opponents in Holyoke, Wiggins, Limon, and Burlington.  Strasburg went 3-1 against these teams defeating Holyoke 37-6, Wiggins 29-28, and Burlington 41-7 and Strasburg lost to Limon 27-0.  Wray went 3-2 against these opponents losing to Wiggins 28-14 and Limon 13-8.  Wray defeated Holyoke 53-12, Burlington 27-7, and got revenge on Wiggins 35-28.

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Class 1A Football Playoff Predictions Semifinals and Full Bracket

First, this is just my opinion.  I would love to hear or see your thoughts on how the 1A bracket turns out.  Second, Good Luck to all teams!  I do not cheer against any teams.  Full breakdown of each matchup posted earlier.

Class 1A Playoff Predictions Quarterfinals Only

#1 Limon over #13 C.S Christian

On paper this should not be that close of a game.  C.S Christian though is playing their best football of the season and are coming off back-to-back upsets of the #4 and #5 teams.  C.S Christian would have to raise their play to another level again to upset Limon.  C.S Christian defensively will be tested by a very dangerous backfield.  Limon proved last week they are the team to beat and will look for a dominate performance this week.  Limon defensively will be tested in the secondary and that is my biggest concern.  I think Limon physical play will wear down C.S Christian.

#6 Wray over #2 Strasburg

This should be a great game.  If your Strasburg, you probably want me to continue to pick against you again as Strasburg played one of their best games of the season last week defensively.  Strasburg offensively will once again look to get their rushing attack going but look for the passing attack to have it moments.  Wray defensively must start faster and cannot dig a hole early in the game this week.  Wray will be tested by the balanced offensive attack of Strasburg.  Wray offensively must have another big day from their QB but look for the rushing attack to se the tone.  I honestly think this could go either way and I think will be a great matchup.

Class 1A Entire Bracket Filled Out

Here is my entire bracket picked. 

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