One week removed from knocking a top-10 – not to mention league – opponent from the unbeaten ranks, Roosevelt’s football team is looking to make lightning strike twice.

The top-ranked Roughriders (6-0, 1-0 League 7), fresh off a 35-20 victory over No. 6 Resurrection Christian, now make a short trip to Greeley on Thursday to tangle with No. 5 Northridge (6-0, 1-0).

The winner will get a leg up in the league-title chase, not to mention potentially be one of only two (No. 3 Green Mountain is at Conifer on Friday) undefeated teams remaining in the 3A classification.

After this weekend, only three weeks remain in the regular season.


(1) Roosevelt at (5) Northridge (Thursday)

A stingy Northridge defense will need to find a way to slow down a Roosevelt rushing attack that grinds out nearly 300 yards a game. Ryan Doucette and Xavier Ramirez each topped 100 yards in the 15-point victory over Resurrection Christian, with the tandem combining for three touchdowns. Junior Bronco Hartson was 11-of-16 passing for 223 yards and two scores, and the Roughriders forced three turnovers and had three sacks.

Northridge needed a fourth-quarter field goal to hold off Mountain View 9-7. Isaac Kness rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, but four turnovers nearly proved costly. The Grizzlies’ defense though continues to be tough, allowing only a combined 15 points over the past four games.

Glenwood Springs at (2) Durango

Facing an unbeaten Summit team that was ranked seventh in the state, Durango made a big statement in the League 3 opener. The Demons rolled past the Tigers 56-3, holding Summit to 110 yards of total offense. Tyler Harms was 9-of-9 passing with three touchdowns for Durango (5-1, 1-0) and four players scored rushing touchdowns, led by Jeric Bauch’s 134 yards and two scores.

Now comes Glenwood Springs (4-2, 1-0), which took a forfeit victory over Battle Mountain.

(3) Green Mountain at Conifer

The Rams received a scare from Evergreen, but an 11-point second-half rally sent the game to overtime. In the second OT, Green Mountain (6-0, 1-0) scored a touchdown and then made a stop to take a 24-23 victory. Anthony Digrazia rushed for two scores and George Soppe added a third.

Conifer (3-3, 1-0) opened league play with a 33-13 victory over Wheat Ridge behind a big game from Nic Hudson.

(4) Lutheran at Lincoln

Lutheran’s League 5 opening victory was a big one, as the Lions downed No. 9 Holy Family 35-13. Lutheran (4-2, 1-0) hadn’t played since a loss to Montrose two weeks earlier, but a 174-yard, three-touchdown game from Ryan Kenny, along with 251 yards passing and two touchdowns from Ryken Daugaard, allowed the Lions to post the big win. The Lutheran defense recorded nine sacks, three of which came from Josh Ayers.

Lincoln (3-3, 0-1) lost its third in a row, falling 49-6 to Fort Morgan.

Severance at (6) Resurrection Christian (Saturday)

Resurrection Christian found the going rough against top-ranked Roosevelt, suffering its first loss of the season in a 35-20 setback. Quarterback Carter Evans had three total touchdowns for the Cougars (5-1, 0-1), and sophomore Hunter Hansen rushed for 90 yards.

Severance (2-4, 0-1) fell 29-12 to Thompson Valley.

Littleton at (7) Evergreen (Saturday)

Evergreen (4-2, 0-1 in League 4) came ever so close to knocking Green Mountain from the unbeaten ranks. The Cougars led the Rams 17-6 at halftime, only to see Green Mountain take them to two overtimes before emerging with a 24-23 victory. Evergreen’s Tommy Poholsky tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for another, and senior Jack Johnson had a monster game defensively with 17 total tackles, an interception and a sack.

Littleton (5-1, 1-0) is trying to make its own way in the league. The Lions took down Skyview 48-26 in their league opener, with Brycen Mhlanga rushing for 232 yards and five touchdowns.

Canon City at (8) Pueblo East (Saturday)

Pueblo East (5-0, 1-0 in League 2) had its best offensive showing of the season, rolling past Sand Creek 58-14 as sophomore Zayden Stephens had four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing). The Eagles also returned two kickoffs for scores and another on a fumble return.

Canon City (1-5, 0-1) dropped a 22-21 nail-biter to Pueblo County last Friday.

(9) Holy Family at Northfield

Holy Family’s up-and-down 2022 campaign continued with a 35-13 loss to No. 5 Lutheran in the league opener. The Tigers (3-3, 0-1) allowed more than 500 yards of total offense, and Holy Family was sacked nine times on the night.

Northfield (4-2, 0-1) dropped its second consecutive game with a 32-27 loss to Kennedy.

Palisade at (10) Summit

Summit will need to regroup after Durango handed the Tigers their first loss, 56-3 in Durango. Summit (5-1, 0-1) couldn’t get its offense going, and the defense surrendered more than 500 yards of total offense.

After a miserable 0-4 start, Palisade has won two in a row following a 50-16 victory over Eagle Valley. The Bulldogs (2-4, 1-0) rushed for 340 yards in the win.