The Class 1A football schedule is somewhat light this week as only four ranked teams are in action. It will be the calm before the storm as things will get quite hectic in Week 5.
Gunnison at (2) Buena Vista (Saturday)
It’s no surprise that the Demons came into the season as a 1A team on the rise, but it was last week’s win over defending champion Centauri that raised some eyebrows. The result was a jump to No. 2 in the 1A rankings. If it holds through this week, it will set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown with Limon next Friday. But first thing’s first.
Hayden Camp has thrown for 329 yards three touchdowns and also rushed for 105 yards. All three of his touchdowns passes have gone to his younger brother, Caleb.
Colton Montoya has been strong in pass coverage and has two interceptions already this season.
(3) Wray at Ellicott
The Eagles are coming off their first loss of the season but since it came to an out-of-state opponent they should be able to shake it off. They head to Ellicott to try and get back to their winning ways. They’ll try to maintain steady production on offense. Brady Collins and Chris Arambula have each rushed for over 120 yards and have combined for three touchdowns.
The one thing Wray has figured out is that it doesn’t need to be flashy in its wins. The team has scored a combined 82 points in its three games , but surrendered just 44. The defense has already recovered six fumbles which has been crucial in keeping its opponents out of the end zone.
(5) Wiggins at (3A 10) Platte Valley (Saturday)
Even in their double-overtime loss to Strasburg, the Tigers have very much looked like they can make a deep playoff run this season. They rebounded from that loss with a dominant win over Rocky Ford. Julio Flores ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the win. If he can repeat that performance against the Broncos, the Tigers could get their second win over a ranked 2A team this season.
Platte Valley was shutout by Eaton last week and would love a rebound victory against a good team. Heading into the Eaton game, quarterback Howdy Johnson was rushing for about 155 yards per game and had scored three touchdowns. Those are the numbers the Broncos will need out of him in order to avoid dropping a second straight game.
Montezuma-Cortez at (10) North Fork
The Miners recovered from their season-opening loss to Meeker with a 28-0 win over Grand Valley. Lane Allen rushed for 102 yards in that win and Hunter Moreno threw for a touchdown and had a rushing score to power the offense.