4A FOOTBALL – FIRST ROUND PREVIEW

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Week Eleven seems different. Oh… PLAYOFFS!

The editor might rip into me for the effort here, however this will be a smart play by me in the long-term. The entire Class 4A football season is going to finish with the annual finale inside Broncos Stadium at Mile High, and I will once again be working your championship event. So what I’ve done here is prepared unofficial Game Notes for all 16 playoff squads based on information from MaxPreps.com, the new playoff history tool here at ColoradoPreps.com, and some direct exchanges with team staff.

For you, I am thinking this could be a useful one-page scroll to carry with you on gameday(s).

The journey begins now for sixteen teams seeking two spots in the December 1st championship game.

Whichever Class 4A football teams remain alive after three playoff rounds; I will merely update the busy data and get to work on stories to tell. And those stories are the diamonds in the flubber of that funky turf!

Best to the players trying to make something happen that can’t ever be taken away. #emojipound

 

Friday, November 9, 700pm: (16) HERITAGE at (1) PINE CREEK

TEAM NOTES – HERITAGE

8-2 (3-2) – Metro

HC: Tyler Knoblock (5)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2016 R1

Playoff Record: 19-20

Championships: 2009

 

STAT LEADERS – HERITAGE

Passing: Conner Cummiskey (Jr) – 109-189, 1479 yards, 15 TD 9 INT

Rushing: Giani Palazzo (Sr) – 719 yards, 13 TD

Receiving: Terrance Ferguson (So) – 60 receptions, 893 yards, 9 TD

Total TKL: Phillip Ferguson (Sr) (Sr) — 102

Total TKL: DJ Delimont (Sr) — 90

TFL: JC Aguirre (Sr) — 14.0

Sacks: Noah Freng (Jr) – 3.5

INT: Everett Darrington (Jr) — 2

Kicking: Christiano Palazzo (So) — 3-4 FG, 13-16 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS — HERITAGE

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Arapahoe (5A)

Terrance Ferguson — 99.2 receiving yds/game ranks 2nd among 4A playoff participants

Terrance Ferguson — 60 receptions ranks 2nd among 4A playoff participants

Phillip Ferguson — 11.3 tackles per game ranks 1st among 4A playoff participants

Turnovers Forced: 5 INT / 8 FR = 13

Turnovers Lost: 9 INT / 3 FL = 12

Travel distance from Heritage HS to District 20 Stadium is 56 miles

 

TEAM NOTES – PINE CREEK

9-1 (5-0) – Southern

HC: Todd Miller (14)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 F

Playoff Record: 26-11

Championships: 2016, 2014, 2013

 

STAT LEADERS – PINE CREEK

Passing: Gavin Herberg (Jr) — 52-112, 961 yards, 12 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: David Moore III (Jr) — 1390 yards, 16 TD

Receiving: Max Lofy (Jr) – 12 receptions, 400 yards, 6 TD

Total TKL: Sam Miller (Sr) — 55

Total TKL: Daniel Bone (Sr) — 50

TFL: Abner Schwab (So) — 7.5

TFL: Elias Rolfe (Jr) – 7.5

Sacks: Elias Rolfe (Jr) – 5.5

INT: Daniel Bone (Sr) – 2

INT: Vito Arciniega (Sr) — 2

Kicking: Luke Wieland (Jr) — 3-3 FG, 40-44 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – PINE CREEK

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Pueblo West, Grand Junction Central, Palmer Ridge (3A)

David Moore III (Pine Creek) — 1390 rushing yards ranks 3rd in 4A

Pine Creek appeared in five championship games in the previous seven years

Only previous playoff meeting was a Pine Creek victory in 2008 in Round 2

Turnovers Forced: 9 INT / 6 FR = 15

Turnovers Lost: 2 INT / 8 FL = 10

Todd Miller is the only head coach in the 4A playoffs to have a championship with his current team

 

 

Friday, November 9, 700pm: (11) DAKOTA RIDGE at (6) MONTROSE

TEAM NOTES – DAKOTA RIDGE

6-4 (4-1) – Jeffco

HC: Ron Woitalewicz (18)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2015 R1

Playoff Record: 11-11

Championships: 0

 

STAT LEADERS – DAKOTA RIDGE

Passing: Ben Biffinger (Sr) – 86-157, 932 yards, 4 TD, 6 INT

Rushing: Jered Garcia (Sr) – 1290 yards, 18 TD

Receiving: Justin Sanchez (Sr) – 27 receptions, 393 yards, 1 TD

Total TKL: Charlie Offerdahl (So) — 65

Total TKL: Chris Freddolino (Sr) — 63

TFL: James Hess (Jr) –12.0

Sacks: Jackson Bartlett (Sr) – 12.0

INT: R. Kissinger (Sr) — 4

Kicking: Max Hart (So) — 6-9 FG, 20-27 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – DAKOTA RIDGE

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Chatfield

11 INT ranks 2nd in Class 4A

26.0 sacks ranks 2nd in Class 4A

Jered Garcia – 18 rushing TD ranks 3rd in 4A

Max Hart – 6 FG tied for most among playoff participants

Turnovers Forced: 11 INT / 10 FR = 21

Turnovers Lost: 8 INT / 3 FL = 11

Travel distance from Dakota Ridge HS to Montrose Community Stadium is 250 miles

Eagles could fly 64 minutes round-trip between DIA and Montrose Regional Airport at $492 per player.

 

TEAM NOTES – MONTROSE

9-1 (4-1) – Metro

HC: Brett Mertens (3)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 R1

Playoff Record: 26-23

Championships: 1950

 

EXTRA POINTS — MONTROSE

Wins versus 2018 postseason qualifiers: GJ Central, Durango (3A), Palisade (3A), Fruita, Heritage

Most victories versus 2018 playoff teams than any other 4A squad.

2850 rushing yards ranks 4th in Class 4A

33 rushing TD ranks 4th in Class 4A

Turnovers Forced: 3 INT / 11 FR = 14

Turnovers Lost: 2 INT / 9 FL = 11

Montrose and Dakota Ridge have appeared in 71 playoff games combined yet never met each other.

 

 

Friday, November 9, 700pm: (10) GRAND JUNCTION CENTRAL at (7) FRUITA MONUMENT

TEAM NOTES – GRAND JUNCTION CENTRAL

7-3 (4-1) – Southern

HC: Shawn Marsh (6)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2016 R1

Playoff Record: 8-15

Championships: 0

 

STAT LEADERS – GRAND JUNCTION CENTRAL

Passing: Max Marsh (Jr) – 153-243, 2149 yards, 19 TD, 9 INT

Rushing: Anthony Zubiate (Sr) – 949 yards, 13 TD

Receiving: Cade Balleweg (Sr) – 54 receptions, 784 yards, 7 TD

Total TKL: Tanner Hickey (Sr) — 99

Total TKL: Shaun Stepisnik (Sr) — 83

TFL: Coben Miller (Sr) –5.0

Sacks: Jence Morrison (Sr) – 6.0

INT: Josh Barela (Sr) — 2

Kicking: Joe Carol (Jr) — 1-1 FG, 27-28 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS — GRAND JUNCTION CENTRAL

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Fruita Monument

223.7 passing yds/game ranks 3rd in Class 4A

386.3 total yds/game ranks 5th in Class 4A

Max Marsh — 214.9 passing yds/game ranks 4th in 4A

Max Marsh — 247.0 total yds/game is most among 4A playoff participants

Turnovers Forced: 4 INT / 8 FR = 12

Turnovers Lost: 9 INT / 4 FL = 13

Travel distance from Grand Junction Central HS to Stocker Stadium is 10 miles

 

TEAM NOTES – FRUITA MONUMENT

8-2 (5-0) – Pioneer

HC: Cameron Ross (1)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 R1

Playoff Record: 29-26

Championships: 1966

 

STAT LEADERS – FRUITA MONUMENT

Passing: Zach Rush (Sr) – 47-80, 914 yards, 12 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: Treyton Queen (Sr) – 1262 yards, 14 TD

Receiving: Cade Balleweg (Sr) – 54 receptions, 784 yards, 7 TD

Total TKL: Max Belshe (Jr) — 80

Total TKL: Brody Swenson (Sr) — 71

TFL: Kaden Jolley (Sr) – 18.5

Sacks: Kaden Jolley (Sr) – 9.5

INT: Zach Rush (Sr) — 2

Kicking: Connor Scholes (So) — 2-3 FG, 30-35 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – FRUITA MONUMENT

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Pueblo West, Chatfield, Standley Lake

283.3 rushing yards/game ranks 4th in Class 4A

481 rushing attempts ranks 1st in Class 4A

30.0 team sacks is 2nd among 4A playoff qualifiers

Kaden Jolly — 18.5 TFL ranks 1st in 4A

Kaden Jolly — 9.5 sacks is most recorded by 4A playoff participants

Turnovers Forced: 6 INT / 8 FR = 14

Turnovers Lost: 1 INT / 12 FL = 13

18 miles apart and 78 combined playoff games. This will be their first playoff meeting.

 

 

Friday, November 9, 700pm: (15) RAMPART at (2) LOVELAND

TEAM NOTES – RAMPART

7-3 (4-1) — Pikes Peak

HC: Rob Royer (5)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 QF

Playoff Record: 10-16

Championships: 1998

 

STAT LEADERS – RAMPART

Passing: Cale Cormaney (So) — 28-68, 441 yards, 3 TD 3 INT

Rushing: Chris Yoo (Jr) – 1241 yards, 16 TD

Receiving: Ethan Temby (Sr) – 10 receptions, 125 yards, 2 TD

Total TKL: Zach Tuggle (Sr) — 60

Total TKL: Ethan Temby (Sr) — 47

TFL: Bryce Delahoy (Sr) — 13.0

Sacks: Bryce Delahoy (Sr) – 5.0

INT: Cale Cormaney (So) – 5

Kicking: David Peters (Jr) – 3-6 FG, 42-47 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – RAMPART

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Dakota Ridge

304.7 rushing yards/game ranks 2nd in Class 4A

43 rushing TD ranks 2nd in Class 4A

35.3 points/game ranks 3rd in Class 4A

11 INT ranks 2nd in Class 4A

Turnovers Forced: 11 INT / 5 FR = 16

Turnovers Lost: 7 INT / 3 Fumble = 10

Cale Cormaney – 5 INT ranks as most among the 4A playoff teams

Travel distance from Rampart HS to Ray Patterson Field is 114 miles

 

TEAM NOTES – LOVELAND

10-0 (5-0) – Longs Peak

HC: Wayne McGinn (6)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 QF

Playoff Record: 47-29

Championships: 2003, 2000, 1982, 1942, 1939, 1936

 

STAT LEADERS – LOVELAND

Passing: Riley Kinney (Sr) — 45-76, 981 yards, 6 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: Zach Weinmaster (Sr) – 1392 yards, 20 TD

Receiving: Cody Rakowsky (Sr) – 16 receptions, 260 yards, 1TD

Total TKL: Michael Deschene (Sr) — 95

Total TKL: Sean Boylan (Sr) — 67

TFL: Collin Morrison (Sr) — 14.0

Sacks: Collin Morrison (Sr) — 8.0

INT: Isaiah Meyers (Sr) — 4

INT: Zach Weinmaster (Sr) — 4

Kicking: Cody Rakowsky (Sr) — 1-2 FG, 50-52 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – LOVELAND

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Broomfield, Ralston Valley (5A), Skyline

323.5 rushing yards per game rank 1st in Class 4A

48 rushing TD rank 1st in Class 4A

40.0 scoring average ranks 2nd in Class 4A

432.9 total yards per game ranks 1st in Class 4A

4.8 points/game allowed ranks 1st in Class 4A

18 INT ranks 1st in Class 4A

Turnovers Forced: 18 INT / 9 FR = 27

Turnovers Lost: 4 INT / 1 Fumble = 5

Zach Weinmaster – 1392 rushing yards ranks 2nd in 4A

Zach Weinmaster – 20 rushing TD ranks 1st in 4A

Only postseason meeting between programs was the 2000 semifinals

 

 

Saturday, November 10, 100pm: (9) SKYLINE at (8) PUEBLO WEST

TEAM NOTES – SKYLINE

7-3 (4-1) — Longs Peak

HC: Mike Silva (4)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 R1

Playoff Record: 9-8

Championships: 1986

 

STAT LEADERS – SKYLINE

Passing: Chase Silva (So) – 148-208, 2196 yards, 24 TD, 5 INT

Rushing: Jeremy Hollingsworth (Sr) – 1351 yards, 17 TD

Receiving: Kyle West (Sr) – 73 receptions, 1183 yards, 9 TD

Total TKL: Ethan Drewes (Sr) — 80

Total TKL: Creighton Trembly (Jr) — 54

TFL: Will Drewes (Jr) – 6.5

Sacks: Kyle West (Sr) — 3.0

Kicking: Ben Kalashar (Sr) — 1-1 FG, 39-47 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – SKYLINE

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Mead (3A)

224.8 pass yards/game ranks 1st in Class 4A

27 passing TD ranks 1st in Class 4A

46.0 points/game ranks 1st in Class 4A

411.2 total yards/game ranks 2nd in Class 4A

Turnovers Forced: 4 INT / 8 FR = 12

Turnovers Lost: 6 INT / 4 Fumble = 10

Chase Silva — 219.6 passing yards/game ranks 2nd in 4A

Chase Silva — 24 passing TD ranks 1st in 4A

Kyle West — 1183 receiving yards ranks 1st in 4A

Kyle West – 73 receptions ranks 1st in 4A

Jack Wathen — 10 receiving TD ranks 2nd in 4A

Travel distance from Skyline HS to Cyclone Stadium is 168 miles

 

TEAM NOTES – PUEBLO WEST

8-2 (5-0) – Pikes Peak

HC: Clint Buderus (1)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 SF

Playoff Record: 8-8

Championships: 2007

 

STAT LEADERS – PUEBLO WEST

Passing: Chandler Mason (Jr) – 34-71, 479 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: Kyle Jameson (Sr) – 670 yards, 12 TD

Receiving: Reece Bundy (Jr) – 21 receptions, 223 yards, 2 TD

Total TKL: Martin Trujillo (Sr) — 70

Total TKL: Jacob Lee (Sr) — 51

TFL: Martin Trujillo (Sr) – 7.0

Sacks: Dillon Derting (Jr) – 2.0

Kicking: Preston Gasperetti (Jr) — 0-2 FG, 23-27 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – PUEBLO WEST

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Pueblo East (3A), Rampart

9.4 points per game yielded ranks 2nd in Class 4A

Turnovers Forced: 4 INT / 2 FR = 6

Turnovers Lost: 3 INT / 3 Fumble = 6

First postseason meeting between two programs with 33 combined playoff appearances.

 

 

Saturday, November 10, 100pm: (13) CHATFIELD at (4) BROOMFIELD

TEAM NOTES – CHATFIELD

7-3 (4-1) — Jeffco

HC: Bret McGatlin (17)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 QF

Playoff Record: 15-14

Championships: 2001

 

STAT LEADERS – CHATFIELD

Passing: Zach Yanda (Sr) – 98-165, 1312 yards, 8 TD, 5 INT

Rushing: Hunter Barnes (Sr) – 1258 yards, 13 TD

Receiving: Malcolm Boyd (Jr) – 19 receptions, 259 yards, 1 TD

Total TKL: Colin Simcox (Jr) — 89

Total TKL: Anthony Johnston (Sr) — 76

TFL: Anthony Johnston (Sr) — 5.0

Sacks: Anthony Johnston (Sr) — 2.0

INT: Zach Yanda (Sr) — 2

Kicking: Charlie Wildermuth (Sr) — 6-9 FG, 40-42 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – CHATFIELD

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Rampart

402.2 total yards/game ranks 3rd in Class 4A

Turnovers Forced: 7 INT / 7 FR = 14

Turnovers Lost: 5 INT / 9 Fumble = 14

Charlie Wildermuth – 6 FG tied for most among 4A playoff participants

Travel distance from Chatfield HS to 1 Eagle Way is 34 miles

 

TEAM NOTES – BROOMFIELD

8-2 (4-1) — Northern

HC: Blair Hubbard (3)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 SF

Playoff Record: 39-33-1

Championships: 1984, 1983, 1981

 

STAT LEADERS – BROOMFIELD

Passing: Steven Croell (Sr) – 69-131, 1225 yards, 15 TD, 7 INT

Rushing: Dylan Torres (Sr) – 1154 yards, 19 TD

Receiving: Caden Peters (Jr) – 13 receptions, 280 yards, 5 TD

Total TKL: Hall Edmonds (So) — 84

Total TKL: Ryan Capasso (Sr) — 66

TFL: Ryan Capasso (Sr) – 12.0

Sacks: Ryan Capasso (Sr) – 9.0

INT: Trey Ortega (Jr) — 3

Kicking: Matthew Eich (So) — 4-7 FG, 34-37 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – BROOMFIELD

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Legacy (5A), Standley Lake, Longmont

Turnovers Forced: 7 INT / 4 FR = 11

Turnovers Lost: 7 INT / 6 Fumble = 13

Dylan Torres — 19 rushing TD ranks 2nd in Class 4A

Ryan Capasso — 9.0 sacks ranks 5th in Class 4A

First playoff meeting between two programs with 102 combined postseason games.

 

 

Saturday, November 10, 100pm: (12) LONGMONT at (5) PONDEROSA

TEAM NOTES – LONGMONT

7-3 (3-2) — Northern

HC: Doug Johnson (19)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 SF (3A)

Playoff Record: 51-30-1

Championships: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1955, 1954

 

STAT LEADERS – LONGMONT

Passing: Oakley Dehning (Sr) – 109-203, 1690 yards, 22 TD, 9 INT

Rushing: Drake Engelking (Sr) – 1349 yards, 19 TD

Receiving: Sage Yazzie (Jr) – 35 receptions, 577 yards, 11 TD

Total TKL: Brayden Engelking (Jr) — 62

Total TKL: Dylan Hassler (Sr) — 62

TFL: Dylan Hassler (Sr) — 7.0

Sacks: Telvin Townsend (Sr) — 4.5

INT: Cruz Garcia (Sr) — 4

Kicking: Cruz Garcia (Sr) — 0-1 FG, 24-29 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – LONGMONT

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Skyline

398.1 total yards per game ranks 4th in Class 4A

Oakley Dehning — 22 passing TD ranks 2nd in 4A

Drake Engelking — 19 rush TD ranks 2nd in 4A

Sage Yazzie — 11 receiving TD ranks 1st in 4A

Turnovers Forced: 7 INT / 7 FR = 14

Turnovers Lost: 5 INT / 9 Fumble = 14

Only postseason meeting between the two programs was in R1 of 1993 Class 5A playoffs

Travel distance from Longmont HS to EchoPark Stadium in Parker is 67 miles

 

TEAM NOTES – PONDEROSA

8-2 (5-0) — Metro

HC: Jaron Cohen (5)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 R1

Playoff Record: 13-21

Championships: 2003

 

STAT LEADERS – PONDEROSA

Passing: Dylan Hollowell (Sr) – 28-47, 367 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: Koby Kercher (Sr) – 527 yards, 6 TD

Receiving: Joe Hufford (Jr) – 27 receptions, 412 yards, 5 TD

Total TKL: Ryder Blair (Sr) — 112

Total TKL: Ben Beecher (Jr) — 91

TFL: Ethan Waite (Sr) – 18.0

Sacks: Ethan Waite (Sr) – 9.0

INT: Mason Maggio (Sr) — 3

Kicking: Mat Waid (Sr) — 5-7 FG, 30-32 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – PONDEROSA

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Dakota Ridge, Montrose, Heritage

8 consecutive victories ranks as the second longest win streak in Class 4A

34.5 sacks is most recorded among 4A playoff teams

Ethan Waite — 18.0 TFL is 2nd in Class 4A

Turnovers Forced: 7 INT / 13 FR = 20

Turnovers Lost: 12 INT / 5 Fumble = 17

 

 

Saturday, November 10, 100pm: (14) STANDLEY LAKE at (3) GREELEY WEST

TEAM NOTES – STANDLEY LAKE

7-3 (4-1) — Pioneer

HC: Don Morse (19)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2017 R1

Playoff Record: 0-4

Championships: 0

 

STAT LEADERS – STANDLEY LAKE

Passing: Alex France (Sr) – 32-66, 702 yards, 11 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: Alex France (Sr) – 737 yards, 10 TD

Receiving: Tyler Williams (Sr) – 18 receptions, 467 yards, 6 TD

Total TKL: Alec Halbeisen (Sr) — 74

Total TKL: Matt Estrada (Sr) — 69

Sacks: Brady Kizer (Sr) — 9.0

INT: Alex France (Sr) — 3

Kicking: Kevin Ruzicka (Sr) — 1-1 FG, 32-36 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – STANDLEY LAKE

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: None

73 pass attempts is the least recorded by all 4A playoff qualifiers

301.7 rushing yards ranks 3rd in Class 4A

Brady Kizer — 9.0 sacks ranks 2nd among playoff participants

Turnovers Forced: 8 INT / 10 FR = 18

Turnovers Lost: 4 INT / 11 Fumble = 15

Travel distance from Standley Lake HS to District 6 Stadium in Greeley is 53 miles

 

TEAM NOTES – GREELEY WEST

8-2 (4-1) — Northern

HC: Jason Renouf (6)

Most recent playoff appearance: 2016 QF

Playoff Record: 11-14

Championships: 0

 

STAT LEADERS – GREELEY WEST

Passing: Jarod Clark (Sr) – 32-56, 399 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: Derrick West (Sr) – 938 yards, 14 TD

Receiving: Joseph Piacenza (Sr) – 12 receptions, 224 yards, 2 TD

Kicking: Drake Holdren (Sr) — 4-9 FG, 32-33 PAT

 

EXTRA POINTS – GREELEY WEST

Wins vs. ‘18 postseason qualifiers: Chatfield, Longmont, Broomfield

This will be the first time Greeley West meets Standley Lake in the postseason

 

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2 Comments

  1. There is no analysis here nor any preview. Why would I come here if I could go to MaxPreps and get all of this information? I come to this website for content, not a bunch of copy/paste stats. I expect more from this website as it is usually a great source of information and insight by the staff on the teams involved. I have been looking forward to this preview all week and this was a major letdown. Let’s hope next week shows some effort since the teams involved deserve better than this.

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