Paonia Eagles

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Colorado Class 1A

Overall Record: 5-0
League Record: 1-0 (Western Slope)
2016 Football Schedule
Date
Opponent
9/2
vs. Center
W 49-7
9/10
@ Rye
W 28-13
9/16
W 38-0
9/23
W 54-7
9/30
W 35-21
10/7
10/14
vs. Olathe*
10/21
10/28
*Indicates league games
Paonia Football News Feed

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL PREVIEW - WEEK 5

The next five weeks will be a rugged slog for the six members of the 1A Western Slope conference. The league has produced three of the last four state champions and entering conference play, three teams are 4-0 and the remaining three at 3-1. That means all five weeks of conference play could feat [READ]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL PREVIEW - WEEK 4

Eastern Colorado is the center of attention in Class 1A this week as a couple of top ten battles take place along Interstate 70. Those games feature #2 Strasburg at home against #4 Limon and #5 Bennett is on the road to #10 Burlington. In both cases the lower ranked team wants to keep the game low [READ]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL PREVIEW - WEEK THREE

Coming off frustrating losses to quality opponents in week two, both #5 Bennett and unranked Rye look to get back into the win column against an unbeaten and ranked rival. The Tigers are at home to meet 9th ranked Ellicott (3-0) and Rye makes the trek to challenge 4th ranked Limon (2-0). They are [READ]

TOP 10 FOOTBALL RESULTS (WEEK 3)

It’s only week three of the football season but the schedule many games that could serve as a preview of playoff games in November. Especially in Class 3A where the top six teams square off in three games and the results will play a huge role in the RPI standings and playoff brackets. Every other [READ]

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: PAONIA VS RYE

A pair of top ten teams met at a neutral site on Saturday evening as #2 Paonia battled #6 Rye. Both teams moved the football well but the Eagles took better advantage of opportunities for a 28-13 decision. [READ]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL PREVIEW - WEEK TWO

For those of you not completely familiar with the realignment in place this year you might mistake our report for the 2A preview as the headliner game is #3 Strasburg at #5 Bennett. Both clubs have made the playoffs the past six years in Class 2A and their matchup often drew attention in that class [READ]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL PREVIEW - WEEK ONE

Even though Buena Vista and Paonia are ranked 1-2 this year, the two clubs that have dominated the 1A division for the past three years have major holes to fill as they seek another title 2016. Defending state champion Buena Vista must replace Keegan Wentz and Paonia, which won the two previous [READ]

RETURNING ALL-STATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS FOR 2016

While last year’s senior class was very talented, nearly 60 all-state players are back for another year of high school football in Colorado. Class 4A defending state champion Windsor and 5A power Pomona top the list of returnees with three all-state selections apiece. [READ]

PREDICTED CLASS 1A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Several programs that have entered the 1A division from Class 2A should immediately impact conference championships and win playoff berths their first year in the classification. Among those teams that could make a deep playoff run are Strasburg, Bennett, Trinidad and Olathe. All four teams should [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

Same two teams but a different locale for the 2015 1A state championship as Paonia and Buena Vista collide once again. Last year Paonia picked up a 21-7 win at home but this year the Demons get a chance to host and hope to finish off a perfect 13-0 campaign and the much coveted crown. [READ]

FOOTBALL: BRENT MCRAE - PAONIA

The Eagles used a late touchdown to upset 2nd ranked Resurrection Christian 21-15 on the road and earn a chance at a third consecutive 1A state championship. [LISTEN]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A STATE SEMIFINAL PREVIEW

Three of the teams in the Class 1A state semifinals were also there a year ago so many of the players are familiar with the surroundings and pressure of a final four game. The lone newcomer is Crowley County and the Chargers will be the underdog at home against top ranked Buena Vista. Resurrection [READ]

FOOTBALL: PLAYOFF SCHEDULE/RESULTS (ALL CLASSES)

Another round of playoff football is set and the matchups for all seven classes can be seen below. The highlight of the weekend will be the first state championship game as Eads plays host to Arickaree/Woodlin for the six man crown. Classes 2A, 1A and eight man will also determine their state fina [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A - STATE QUARTERFINAL PREVIEW

Three of the four state quarterfinal battles in Class 1A this Saturday are the first-ever playoff meetings between the schools. The exception is the contest between Crowley County and Limon as the two league rivals square off for the second time in a month. Winners advance to the state semifinals [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A FIRST ROUND PREVIEW

Returning two-time state champion Paonia is back for a run at another championship in Class 1A and they begin the playoff run as the #3 seed. Buena Vista and Resurrection Christian, both 9-0, hold down the top two spots and all three teams are expected to grab wins in the opening round on Saturday. [READ]

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: CEDAREDGE AT PAONIA

Paonia racked up a third consecutive 1A Western Slope as they downed Cedaredge to close out the regular season. Colorado Preps videographer Mackenzie Lewis was on hand and she provides the highlights below. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 9

Four weeks into the conference season only three of the six Class 1A conferences have determined their top two finishers and automatic qualifiers. Crowley County and Colorado Springs Christian are 1-2 in the South Central, Resurrection Christian and Platte Canyon are the top two in the Metro and Mo [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 8

No Class 1A team has yet to clinch a post-season berth but that list could be very large by week’s end as many teams can earn a spot in the bracket with wins. A few teams can also wrap up a league championship with wins based on results elsewhere in the conference. First and second place teams in [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 7

Quality matchups on the 1A level are a bit hard to find this week as in several cases league leaders take a break from battling each other. Exceptions can be found in the North Central, South Central and Southern Peaks leagues so that’s where our report focuses this week. [READ]

VIDEO: MEEKER AT PAONIA

For the second straight year Paonia and Meeker hooked up in a tremendous regular season battle that will help decide the 1A Western Slope title. The Eagles held on for a wild 34-30 decision. [READ]

FOOTBALL: BRENT MCRAE - PAONIA

The 3rd ranked Eagles held on late to edge conference rival and 9th ranked Meeker 34-30 [LISTEN]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 6

This is the week that 3rd ranked Paonia and 9th ranked Meeker renew their long-time rivalry and as is the case most years the Western Slope title could be on the line. 4th ranked Cedaredge will also have a strong say in the matter but Friday’s winner between the Eagles and Cowboys takes a major ste [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 5

It’s the first week for all Class 1A teams to be involved in conference play and the schedule sets up a bit differently. With three exceptions, the most important games do not involve a ranked team as a majority of the top ten clubs should post a win without much difficulty. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 2A PREVIEW (WEEK 4) - UPDATED

Only five top ten Class 2A squads were on the gridiron Friday night but three of them posted a shutout to gain their latest victory. Below is a brief rundown of the teams and how they posted wins. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 4

One of the more intense rivalries in Class 1A football is set to renew this Friday as Burlington heads to Limon for a non-conference battle. And while the game doesn’t carry the statewide impact this year it normally does the result will factor into the post-season bracket should both teams qualify [READ]

FOOTBALL: WEEK FOUR STATE RANKINGS

No changes at the top of any respective divisions but there is quite a bit of movement elsewhere in the latest football rankings released today by CHSAA. They are posted below. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 3

Week three of the 1A schedule brings a possible league championship game inside the Metro. 3rd ranked Resurrection Christian goes on the road to 4th ranked Platte Canyon and most folks believe the winner will run the rest of the league table and be crowned conference champions. Since both teams al [READ]

FOOTBALL: WEEK TWO RECAP (CLASS 1A)

While the top three teams in Class 1A picked up lopsided victories a few other members of the top ten had to score late wins. Here’s a recap of the week two action. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK TWO

At least four games on the 1A schedule this weekend draw enough interest to be our main attraction but we’ve selected the Platte Canyon – Wiggins battle in Bailey as our lead story because of the contrasting styles of play. It’s basically the old school double wing run dominated offense of Platte C [READ]

FOOTBALL: WEEK TWO RANKINGS RELEASED

CHSAA has released new football rankings and as guessed there are three new number one teams this week as previously top ranked teams Valor Christian, Brush and Caliche all lost in week one. Despite a zero week loss to 4A power Longmont, Pueblo East though was able to maintain top billing in Class [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK ONE

For the past two years all teams in Class 1A have been chasing Paonia for the state championship and with the Eagles in the number one perch to begin this year that chase will continue. If the Eagles are successful in lifting the Gold Ball again this year they will become the third 1A team to win [READ]

ALL AREA FOOTBALL TEAMS FINALLY STEP ON THE GRIDIRON

Following a very limited zero week schedule virtually every team across the San Luis Valley are in action coming up this weekend. Of all the teams in action Monte Vista may have the most difficult assignment. Ranked seventh in Class 1A to open the season the Pirates play host to top ranked Paonia [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A ZERO WEEK PREVIEW

For the third time in 12 months, non-conference rivals Meeker and Rye tangle on the 1A football field. Meeker stuffed Rye twice during the 2014 season including a 43-6 win in the second round of the playoffs that ended the Thunderbolts’ campaign. They also met in zero week last year with Meeker sc [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

In a state championship game many predicted from day one of practice in August, Paonia will host Buena Vista in a battle of unbeatens for the Class 1A crown. Paonia is 48 minutes away from back-to-back state championships with Buena Vista seeking their first title since 1999. [READ]

FOOTBALL: WEEK 13 PLAYOFF RESULTS - ALL CLASSES

Three more state championship trophies will be handed out this weekend as title games are slated in Classes 2A, 1A and 8man. Those three contests are joined by the semifinals in the largest three divisions. Here’s a look at the matchups and we’re updating game times and dates as they become [READ]

FOOTBALL: BRENT MCRAE - PAONIA

The defending state champions cruised to another state finals appearance with a 35-15 win over Resurrection Christian. [LISTEN]

FOOTBALL: SCOREBOARD SHOW REPLAY

The second hour of today's edition of the Built Ford Tough Scoreboard Show is now available. We visited with state championship Coach David Saffer of Arickaree/Woodlin and coaches from Buena Vista, Paonia, Caliche, Kent Denver, Brush, Discovery Canyon, Fort Morgan & Rifle. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PLAYOFF PREVIEW - SEMIFINALS

Buena Vista QB Keegan Wentz and the unbeaten Demons are two wins away from that elusive 1A state championship. They host Meeker in one semifinal on Saturday with defending champion Paonia entertaining Resurrection Christian in the other. [READ]

FOOTBALL: PLAYOFF SCHEDULE/RESULTS - WEEK 12

The first Gold Ball of the 2014 football season will be handed out Saturday as the top two seeds in the six man division face off for the championship. That’s one of 19 post-season games on the schedule for week 12. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PLAYOFF PREVIEW - QUARTERFINALS

Success in the first round of the playoffs went to the teams that ran the football on the offensive end and forced some turnovers defensively. The exception to that strategy was Resurrection Christian as they utilized a potent passing attack to move past Cedaredge in their first round contest. Now [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PLAYOFF PREVIEW - ROUND #1

The matchups are different but with 12 of 16 playoff teams also in the bracket a year ago, most of the teams have recent playoff experience. The lone newcomers are Ellicott, Wiggins, Crowley County and Meeker and those four will challenge many programs with plenty of post-season history. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PLAYOFF BRACKET

Class 1A playoff bracket has been released. Meeker and Rye join the conference champions in hosting first round games this coming weekend. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 9

Final regular season games in Class 1A are set for this Friday and Saturday and going into the final week only seven of the 16 playoff berths have been determined. Five more guaranteed berths will be determined with results from the weekend and then four wildcards will be selected and the first [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 8

With league champions possibly declared in the North Central, South Central, Tri Peaks and Western Slope it’s a very important set of games inside Class 1A. Since the top two teams in each division earn guaranteed berths in the playoffs, even more teams can clinch their spot in the bracket. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A PREVIEW - WEEK 7

Each Class 1A team has only three games remaining in the regular season so the weed out process concerning the playoff hits the stretch drive. Entering this week, we believe there are 19 teams fighting for the 16 available post-season berths. A dozen of those entrants will be awarded to the top [READ]

FOOTBALL: BRENT MCRAE - PAONIA

Defending state champion and top ranked Paonia survived a wild finish to score a 22-16 win at #3 Meeker. [LISTEN]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A WEEK TWO PREVIEW

Yuma's defense (in white) had to deal with the power running game of Limon last week but this Friday the Indians must prep for the spread passing attack of Resurrection Christian. [READ]

FOOTBALL: WEEK TWO TOP TEN SCHEDULE

Matt Call led the Discovery Canyon defense in their impressive week one win over 4A Silver Creek. Call and the Thunder now face Holy Family in one of the main attractions of week two. [READ]

FOOTBALL: PAONIA - BRENT MCRAE

The Class 1A defending state champions used two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to upend 7th ranked Monte Vista 20-14 in the season opener for both squads. [LISTEN]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A WEEK ONE PREVIEW

Centauri's Jareb Aziz (with ball) is one of the many talented offensive players returning across the 1A ranks in 2013. The Falcons are many of clubs trying to chase down defending state champion Paonia. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CHANGES A PLENTY IN CLASSES & LEAGUES

Daniel Langewisch and the Faith Christian Eagles are one of numerous teams with new coaches and a new conference for the 2014 football campaign. [READ]

PRACTICE BEGINS FOR 2014

Paonia is one of seven defending state champions that open practice for the 2014 season today. The Eagles captured the 1A state crown by beating Centauri in the finals. [READ]

PAONIA FOOTBALL: Brent McRae

The Eagles tripped up Centauri 32-24 to win the second state football championship in school history and first since 1959. [LISTEN]

FOOTBALL: PLAYOFF SCHEDULE/RESULTS (ALL CLASSES)

QB Jay McIntyre and the Monarch Coyotes need a home win over Pine Creek today to reach a second consecutive state final. It's one of nine games on the playoff schedule for today. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

Forgive the young men from Paonia and Centauri if they are carrying a chip on their shoulders this week. Heading into the play-offs, many people considered it a forgone conclusion that Buena Vista and Limon would meet in the Class 1A championship contest. Both were undefeated entering the playoffs [READ]

PAONIA FOOTBALL: Brent McRae

The Eagles picked up a high quality road win at Buena Vista (28-14) and now they have a chance to earn their first state football title since 1959. [LISTEN]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A SEMIFINAL PREVIEW

Top seeded Buena Vista and QB Keegan Wentz (#4) are one win away from reaching a second consecutive state final. The Demons host Paonia on Saturday while #2 Limon ventures to Centauri as the top four seeds battle in the state semifinals. [READ]

FOOTBALL: PLAYOFF SCHEDULE (WEEK 12)

Footballs first state champion will be crowned this week as Liberty/Stratton battles Hi Plains for the six man title on Saturday. State finalists will also be determined in eight man, Class 1A and 2A while the remaining three divisions cut their playoff field down to just four teams. Here's a [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A QUARTERFINAL PREVIEW

Limon QB Gavin Liggett (#7) led the Badgers to a week one win over Yuma and now he and the Badgers face the Indians again in the state quarterfinals. It's one of four very attractive matchups on Saturday. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A FIRST ROUND PREVIEW

Running back Jareb Aziz has helped lead Centauri to the third seed in the Class 1A bracket. The Falcons begin their playoff run on Saturday at home against 14th seeded Wray. [READ]

FOOTBALL: CLASS 1A BRACKET (GAME TIMES ADDED)

The wildcard teams have been selected and the 16 teams involved in the 1A playoffs have been paired up for first round meetings. Wildcard teams are Colorado Springs Christian, Lyons and Wray with Crowley County being left out. Heres a look at the pairings. [READ]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL: WEEK NINE PREVIEW

Monte Vista RB Jacob Vance helps lead the 7th ranked Pirates into their huge Southern Peaks championship showdown with 6th ranked Centauri on Saturday. The winner lands the league title and is guaranteed a home game in round one of the playoffs. [READ]

FOOTBALL: WEEK NINE RANKINGS

Two number one teams were knocked off in week eight and those losses might or might not cause some changes in our latest Colorado Preps football rankings. Palisade was surprised by Delta (3A) inside the Western Slope while Montrose (4A) came up short by three points to Grand Junction. Five new [READ]

PAONIA FOOTBALL: Brent McRae

The Eagles used a stout defense to blank Hotchkiss 21-0 to win the annual North Fork Bowl and to take over sole possession of first in the 1A Western Slope. [LISTEN]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL: WEEK EIGHT PREVIEW

Alec Ellis (#34 with the ball) leads #8 Wray into a very crucial matchup with #10 Resurrection Christian on Friday. Both teams are tied with Yuma atop the North Central league but neither has clinched an automatic playoff spot or wildcard berth. [READ]

FOOTBALL: WEEK EIGHT RANKINGS ANNOUNCED

Of the 68 teams ranked a week ago, only 12 suffered losses and in many cases those losses came against other teams in the top ten. As a result there are only a few changes in the latest Colorado Preps football polls announced today. Regular season play winds down in eight and six man this week so [READ]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL: WEEK SEVEN PREVIEW

Limon QB (#7) eludes two tacklers in the Badgers homecoming win over Burlington earlier this year. The top ranked team in 1A gets a good challenge this week from Holyoke as the Dragons look to snap a two game skid. [READ]

FOOTBALL: WEEK SEVEN RANKINGS ANNOUNCED

After three defending state champions were beaten on the same night in week five, things returned to normal bit in week six as most of the highly ranked teams were able to post victories. There is however a new number one in Class 3A as Palisade takes over the top slot [READ]

PAONIA FOOTBALL: Brent McRae

The game went back and forth but in the end, Paonia survived for a 28-22 win over Meeker in an important game inside the 1A Western Slope. [LISTEN]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL - WEEK SIX PREVIEW

9th ranked Paonia hopes to break through with a key league win against unbeaten Meeker on Friday. The winner in our mind, should virtually lock down one of the 16 available playoff bids. [READ]

FOOTBALL: WEEK SIX RANKINGS ANNOUNCED

Lamar QB Draven Adame has led Lamar to a perfect 5-0 start and up to fifth in this week's Colorado Preps football rankings. [READ]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL: WEEK FIVE PREVIEW

Center QB Jose Angel Chavez shown here against John Mall has helped the Vikings to a surprising 4-0 start and into the top ten ahead of their big conference battle with #7 Centauri. [READ]

CLASS 1A FOOTBALL: WEEK THREE PREVIEW

Centauri RB Jared Aziz works the left side against Lamar last week as #3 Jason Buhr looks on. The Falcons fell to 1-1 with the loss and face another challenge against unbeaten Paonia in week three. [READ]

FOOTBALL: TOP MATCHUPS FOR WEEK THREE

For the first time this season there is not a one versus two battle in any of the classifications but that doesnt mean the week three schedule is void of top matchups. League action gets underway on a few fronts in the smaller divisions and there are several matchups involving top ten teams. [READ]